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'MythBusters' Sends Cannonball Through Home -- By Mistake!

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 11:15AM
Mythbusters CannonballThe producers of 'Mythbusters' apparently never learned not to play ball near the house. When testing out a stunt in Dublin, California, a cannonball struck a home, leaving holes in the walls after "a few unfortunate bounces," as the local sheriff's department spokesman explained.

According to MSNBC, a projectile from an Alameda County firing range missed its target and hit a home, going through one wall and exiting through another.

There were no injuries and no word on what exactly the 'MythBusters' experiment included.

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'Weed Wars' Looks Inside the Business of Medical Marijuana With a Colorful Cast of Card-Carrying Characters

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 1st 2011 6:00PM
Steve and Andrew DeAngelo, 'Weed Wars'The war on weed just got a lot more colorful.

Despite your own personal feelings about medical marijuana use and the fight to legalize the drug, the folks at Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the largest dispensary on the West Coast (and the largest retailer of cannabis on the entire planet, according to the owners), are opening their doors to show the other side of the story.

Steve DeAngelo, the founder and executive director of Harborside, and his brother Andrew, the general manager, are bringing weed to reality TV with Discovery Channel's new four-part series 'Weed Wars' (premieres Thurs., Dec. 1, 10PM ET).

They're not in the business of dealing a drug -- they provide a variety of wellness treatments and services to their card-carrying clients, as well as a assortment of cannabis-laced products, including edible treats and desserts, lotions, teas, topicals and, of course, a wide range of smokable product as well.

I caught up with the DeAngelos to talk about the issues, the fear that comes with running a business like this and the eclectic characters -- staff and clients alike -- that we'll see on the show, which makes the series reminiscent of a workplace sitcom of sorts.

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Ariel Tweto Talks 'Flying Wild Alaska,' Calls BS On Seeing Russia From Anyone's House

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 28th 2011 10:00AM
Ariel Tweto, 'Flying Wild Alaska'Ariel Tweto is so cute she's almost cartoon-like. With a petite frame and an infectious giggle, the 'Flying Wild Alaska' star was a bundle of energy when we hung out to talk about Season 2 (premieres Fri., Oct. 28, 10PM ET on Discovery). Actually, energetic doesn't even begin to describe her, as our journey through a wide range of talking points proves.

Born Ariel Eva Tuadraq-Atauchaq Tweto, the Eskimo firecracker from Unalakleet, Alaska, struggled to get her pilot's license all through Season 1 in the hopes of taking flight for her family business, Era Alaska, an airline that services the barren land and extreme conditions of the Alaskan wilderness.

"I'm still working on it!," she promised, before launching into one of her many endearing stories -- which are fascinating but, admittedly, not altogether relatable for anyone in the lower 48 states. Like how to properly cook swan. Yes, swan, which according to Tweto tastes like "a cross between a turkey and a duck," in case you're curious.

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Jesse James Returns to Discovery to Battle 'American Chopper' Guys

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2011 4:30PM
Jesse James ReturnsJesse James is returning to the Discovery Channel for one very epic showdown. James, who was last seen on Discovery in 2006, will go head-to-head with Paul Teutul Senior and Paul Teutul Junior in 'American Chopper Live.'

The two-night event airs Dec. 5 and 6 at 9PM ET on Discovery.

The Teutuls and James will be competing for the title of master bike builder. On Mon., Dec. 5 at 9PM, Discovery will show viewers the three men and their bikes. Then the audience will be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be revealed live on Tues., Dec. 6 at 9PM in a broadcast from Las Vegas.

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'MythBusters' to Host Steve Jobs Documentary

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 11th 2011 10:35AM
Mythbusters iGeniusDiscovery is turning its attention to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his legacy in a new documentary, 'iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World.'

'MythBusters'
hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will host the one-hour documentary that will feature interviews with noted tech, media and entertainment figures.

"Someone once said that to follow the path that others have laid before you is a very reasonable course of action, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men," Savage said. "Steve Jobs was an unreasonable man. He didn't simply give the public what they wanted, he defined entirely new ways of thinking about our lives in the digital space: productivity, creativity, music, communication, media and art. He has touched, directly and indirectly, all of our lives."

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Andy Samberg On Staying Alive as Shark Week's Chief Shark Officer (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 29th 2011 9:05AM
Andy Samberg, Shark WeekAndy Samberg has a lot of weight on his shoulders as Shark Week 2011's Chief Shark Officer. But, just how did the 'Saturday Night Live' funnyman get this "jawesome" gig?

"I think I'm Chief Shark Officer for obvious reasons," Samberg said. "I love sharks, I'm a really bad swimmer, Justin Timberlake passed. What else? Mainly the third one."

In the exclusive video interview below, Samberg, while soaking wet and standing in the ocean, details his experiences as Chief Shark Officer.

"The worst thing about being Chief Shark Officer is that I had to go to the Bahamas! It doesn't smell like whiz or homeless people anywhere here," he joked. "I'm just so homesick. It's going to be so sucky when I have to go back."

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Discovery Greenlights 'Weed Wars'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 1:00PM
MarijuanaFirst the Catholic Church, and now marijuana -- Discovery sure is taking its new programming slate in some interesting directions. The network has announced 'Weed Wars,' a new reality show about a medical marijuana dispensary.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the show follows Steve DeAngelo, a pot reform activist and owner of Oakland's Harborside Health Center. The center serves 80,000 clients.

"'Weed Wars' fearlessly pulls back the curtain on a once illegal and still controversial world," Nancy Daniels, executive vice president at Discovery Channel, told EW. "Like 'Gold Rush' or 'Deadliest Catch,' these are guys pursuing their own version of the American Dream."

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Tightrope Walker Nik Wallenda Previews 'Life On a Wire' on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 22nd 2011 12:45PM
Nik Wallenda of 'Life On the Wire' on NBCIf you recognize Nik Wallenda's last name from somewhere, it's because he's the seventh generation of the family of circus performers known as the Flying Wallendas. Wednesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Wallenda talked about making his own mark with his high wire act, which is featured on the new Discovery Channel show, 'Life On a Wire.'

Wallenda performs some breathtaking stunts, like a high wire walk of more than 2,000 feet and riding a bicycle across the wire. On the show, Wallenda wears a camera for all of his stunts.

"That's one of the exciting things about 'Life On a Wire' is that the viewers actually get to see what I'm seeing," he said, "which is a new thing. No one's ever been able to actually see the angles."

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TV 101: 'Gold Rush: Alaska' Has More Drama Than Dancing With the Housewives

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 2nd 2011 2:00PM
Gold Rush AlaskaYou think you know drama? You, the guy in his bath robe watching 24 continuous hours of 'Law & Order' and its plethora of offshoots, solving every crime before the first commercial break?

You think you know drama? You, the nice old lady wiling away your twilight years with your soap operas and cats?

You think you know drama? You, the 'Real Housewives' addict praying that someday they will do a 'Real Housewives of Shreveport' so you can show the world what tackiness and entitlement are all about?

Well, you may know each of those specific types of drama, but you don't know real drama until you've seen 'Gold Rush: Alaska,' the reality show that puts them all to shame.

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Discovery Teams With Catholic Church for 'The Exorcist Files'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 5th 2011 11:00AM
Pope Benedict XVITake Discovery's knack for recreating real-life stories and combine it with documents from the Vatican and what do you get? 'The Exorcist Files.'

Yep, Discovery has teamed with the Catholic Church for a new series based on their investigations of hauntings and demonic possessions. According to Entertainment Weekly, the series will also feature interviews with religious experts and top Vatican officials, people who are rarely seen on TV.

"The Vatican is an extraordinarily hard place to get access to, but we explained we're not going to try to tell people what to think," Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery, told EW. "The work these folks do, and their conviction in their beliefs, make for fascinating stories."

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Discovery Cancels Michael Jackson Autopsy Special, J.B. Smoove Gets Fox Comedy and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 3rd 2011 2:00PM
Michael JacksonAfter fan petitions and strongly worded letters from Michael Jackson's estate, Discovery has canceled its planned special about Jackson's autopsy.

The special was to air in the United Kingdom on Jan. 13. "Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week, and at the request of Michael Jackson's estate, the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson's official autopsy has been postponed indefinitely," Discovery Networks International said in a statement.

According to Reuters, John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson's estate, were pleased with Discovery's decision.

In other TV news ...

• Diego Klattenhoff has joined the cast of Showtime's 'Homeland.' Klattenhoff will play Mike Faber, a Marine and friend of Damian Lewis' character, Scott Brody. The series stars Claire Danes as a CIA agent who suspects the Scott Brody character is planning an attack on the US. [Hollywood Reporter]

• Veteran actor Pete Postlethwaite has died. Postlethwaite appeared in 'Inception,' 'The Usual Suspects' and countless more films. He also starred in a number of TV miniseries including 'Criminal Justice' and 'The Sin.' [Variety]

• Oprah has named the finalists for 'Your OWN Show.' They include Zach Anner, a wheelchair-bound travel guide, a Texan minister who lived on the streets after dropping out of high school and three people trying to get their own cooking show. More than 9,500 people submitted video entries. The first episode of the competition is set to air Jan. 7. [New York Times]

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Are You Ready for 'MythBusters' in 3D?

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 11th 2010 11:20AM
'MythBusters'Have you ever watched 'MythBusters' and thought to yourself, "Gee, I like watching things blow up and get destroyed, but these experiments feel dulled by the constraints of two dimensions"?

Well, wait a little longer and your three-dimensional dreams might come true. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 3D channel formed from Discovery Communications, IMAX and Sony Corp. is "extremely interested" in filming several episodes of 'MythBusters' in native 3D -- meaning the shows will be planned specifically for the medium.

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'Storm Chasers' Airs Tribute Episode for Matt Hughes

by PopEater Staff, posted Nov 4th 2010 4:40PM
'Storm Chasers' Star Matt Hughes Dead at 30Veteran meteorologist Matt Hughes, a star on Discovery Channel's 'Storm Chasers,' was memorialized in his final episode on Nov. 3.

The 30-year-old died May 26 in Wichita, Kan., though many fans only learned of his death when the episode aired.

TMZ is reporting that Hughes died after attempting to commit suicide. A June 7 blog post from Wichita's ABC affiliate KAKE-TV, written by Hughes' friend and former colleague, reads: "Matt Hughes was taken to the hospital after trying to take his life. Matt was in the hospital for several days in intensive care, there was a 24 hour vigil outside the waiting room, family, other chasers, business associates, etc. I knew we were going to lose him. What a lot of us didn't know was that he suffered from depression."

Hughes is survived by his wife, Kendra, and two sons, Collin and Hunter.

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Will 'Deadliest Catch' Trio Rejoin the Show?

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 5th 2010 11:00AM
'Deadliest Catch'Last week, Sig Hansen announced he would join colleagues Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand and not participate in the next season of Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch.' But now that king crab season is almost upon us, it appears the trio could possibly be in talks to rejoin the show -- at least according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The three crab fishermen decided not to participate in the upcoming season of 'Deadliest Catch' because Discovery is suing the Hillstrand brothers for not completing work on a spinoff show they reportedly agreed to film. The Hillstrands alleged that the $3 million lawsuit would force them to sell their boats. Hansen dropped out of 'Deadliest Catch' to show his support for the brothers.

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Three 'Deadliest Catch' Stars Abandon Ship

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 29th 2010 11:00AM
'Deadliest Catch'With a major lawsuit pending, it's not surprising that three stars of Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch' have announced they are leaving the show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Capts. Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand, who are both being sued by the network, and colleague Capt. Sig Hansen said they will not continue on the series about crab fishermen in Alaska.

"We have been through a lot over the past year and unfortunately given the current situation with Discovery we are unable to continue participating in 'Deadliest Catch,'" the three men said in a statement. "It has been a fantastic ride, and we wish the best to all of the amazing and supportive 'Catch' fans we have met over the years."

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