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Discovery Channel Sues 'Deadliest Catch' Stars for $3 Million

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 21st 2010 12:00PM
Discovery Channel sues 'Deadliest Catch' stars Jonathan and Andy HillstrandAnyone waiting for a 'Deadliest Catch' spinoff series from Jonathan and Andy Hillstrand might want to adjust their expectations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Discovery Channel is suing the brothers for $3 million, claiming they never completed work on the spinoff show, called 'Hillstranded,' they had agreed to film.

The Discovery Channel argues that the Hillstrands completed two weeks of principal photography for a show about their lives in Alaska, then refused to sit for interviews necessary to complete the project.

In a THR follow-up article, a lawyer for the brothers said in a statement, "The recent actions of Discovery Communications are an astonishing and shameful instance of arrogance and greed run amok ... Three million dollars is exponentially greater than any compensation ever paid to the 'Deadliest Catch' captains, and yet this is the figure Discovery is trying to extort from these men."

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Facing a Black Bear on 'Man, Woman, Wild' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 20th 2010 1:55AM
Facing a Black Bear on 'Man, Woman, Wild'So far, we've managed to avoid an actual wild animal attack on 'Man, Woman, Wild' (Fri., 9PM ET on Discovery). But that doesn't mean that one could never happen. During the latest episode, Ruth and Mykel find themselves stranded in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. And then -- BEAR, BEAR, AAAH, BEAR!

Ahem. Yes, the husband-and-wife team encounter a bear. They have wandered a bit off-track while trying to get out of the mountains and suddenly, well, there's a big old black bear running across their path. But Mykel is prepared -- sort of. After all, he and his wife do have sharpened sticks. "Don't move!" he says to Ruth. "Honey, get your spear ready." Yes, a couple of sticks versus an enormous bear. That might just work.

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The Discovery Channel Hostages Discuss Their Amazing Escape (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 17th 2010 1:04AM
The Discovery Channel Hostages Discuss Their Amazing EscapeOn September 1st, a man named James Lee entered the Discovery Channel Headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. He was holding a gun and wearing a backpack filled with explosives. For the next four hours, Lee held three men hostage while he ranted and raved about his anger at the channel, and about his political views.

Today on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Oprah talked with two of the hostages -- co-workers Jim McNulty and Chris Wood -- as they related their escape from the life-or-death situation. (The third hostage, the security guard who was on duty that day, elected not to appear on the show.) Chris discussed his decision to flee the building after lying on the floor for hours. "I mouthed to the guard, and I said 'Run,' and he shook his head yes."

Unfortunately, that's when things got a bit more complicated.

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'Man, Woman, Wild' - Ruth and Mykel Are Beaten by the Alaskan Wilderness (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 13th 2010 12:04AM
'Man, Woman, Wild' - Ruth and Mykel Are Beaten by the Alaskan WildernessYou would think that winter would be the most dangerous time of year in Alaska. But on the latest 'Man, Woman, Wild' (Fri., 9PM ET on Discovery), husband-and-wife team Mykel Hawke and Ruth England discover that the spring thaw season can be even worse. While exploring the remote bush country, the couple's snowmobile breaks down. Now, they must tough it out for four days, with only the clothes on their backs and a single knife as their survival tool.

The pair salvage what they can from their busted snowmobile. They cut off the vehicle's treads, and turn those into snowshoes. Spark plugs from the snowmobile are used to start a fire. They make a hut out of snow, and use their knife to cut the inner bark out of trees -- which they then use as food. (This is what the Native Americans used to eat sometimes as well.)

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Discovery Communications Headquarters Invaded By Gunman

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 1st 2010 2:15PM
Discovery Channel buildingUPDATE (6PM): According to NBC's Washington, D.C. affiliate, the police have confirmed the suspect is dead.
UPDATE (5PM): TBD.com reports that police shot the suspect. His condition is unknown.
The Discovery Communications headquarters building in Silver Spring, Md. has been shut down after a gunman possibly bearing explosives took hostages, CNN reports.

Montgomery County Cpl. Dan Friz told ABC news station WJLA that the suspect was carrying what appeared to be an "explosive device." A SWAT team surrounded the 10-story building and police chief Tom Manager said negotiations with the gunman are ongoing.

A MySpace profile reportedly belonging to the gunman -- who AOL News says has been identified as James Jay Lee of Silver Spring -- lists "The Discovery channel" as one of his television interests. Lee's most recent status update is from January 2008, and reads "Lee says: It's time for REVOLUTION!!"

The ABC affiliate's website, TBD.com, reported that Lee had a history with Discovery, including an arrest for protesting against the network in 2008.

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Facing Hypothermia While Crossing a Freezing River on 'Man, Woman, Wild' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 30th 2010 4:45AM
Facing Hypothermia While Crossing a Freezing River on 'Man, Woman, Wild'On the latest 'Man, Woman, Wild' (Fri., 9PM ET on Discovery), survival expert Mykel Hawke and his journalist wife Ruth take a leisurely rafting trip in Utah. They're traveling down the Colorado River, which apparently flows through a lot more states than Colorado. (Utah being one of these states, obviously.) Everything is going fine. Or rather, everything is sort of going fine -- right up until the moment that their raft overturns.

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'Man, Woman, Wild' - Ruth Is Forced To Drink Her Husband's Pee (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 23rd 2010 2:42AM
'Man, Woman, Wild' - Ruth Is Forced To Drink Her Husband's PeeBeing together in the wilderness can be a bonding sort of experience. But sometimes, couples can get a little too close. Like, "drinking each others' urine" kind of too close. Which is pretty much what takes place on 'Man, Woman, Wild' (Fri., 9PM ET on Discovery).

As always, husband and wife Mykel Hawke and Ruth England are stranded together in the middle of nowhere. But this time around, they're getting a little dehydrated. So Mykel comes up with a brilliant plan. He'll just have the two of them drink his pee. Yes! No! ... The whole thing seems sort of awful, but maybe it's also necessary.

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On 'Man, Woman, Wild,' a Couple Must Kill a Possum (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 1st 2010 9:45PM
On 'Man, Woman, Wild,' a Couple Must Kill a PossumMykel Hawke is a survival expert. His wife Ruth England is a TV journalist. Together, on 'Man, Woman, Wild' (Fri., 9PM ET on Discovery), they travel into some of the most remote locations on Earth. There, they must survive with nothing more than a single knife and the clothes they are wearing.

On the most recent episode, the pair found themselves stranded in the Louisiana bayou. And in order to get some food, they had to kill a possum. Yikes. It didn't go super-smoothly, and Ruth got kind of upset.

Although possums are known for playing "dead" when threatened, this one decided to go in different direction -- and escaped up a tree. Ruth and Mykel eventually tracked it down, then stabbed it to death with a stick and a knife.

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'PitchMen' Returning to Discovery in August

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 26th 2010 8:30PM
Anthony SullivanIf you've ever wondered how Discovery could carry on the highly entertaining reality series 'PitchMen' without the highly electric personality of the late Billy Mays, you're about to get your answer.

The second season of the Discovery Channel series will begin on Aug. 21 starring the other "pitchman," Andrew "Sully" Sullivan.

'PitchMen' will pick up where the first season left off, with our intrepid infomercial maverick traveling the country looking for new and exciting products to sell insomniacs and soap opera watchers around the world. Sadly, he'll be doing it without his old partner in crime. Mays passed away last year after suffering a heart-attack, and an autopsy would later reveal that he had cocaine in his system at the time of his death.

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World's Oldest Mother on 'Pregnant at 70' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 27th 2010 11:50PM
The World's Oldest Mother on 'Pregnant at 70'The oldest woman in the world to give birth lives in northern India. Her story is told on the Discovery Health Channel special 'Pregnant at 70' (Thu., 8PM ET on DHC). Though to be honest, we don't know exactly how old the woman is -- because she isn't sure of her own birthday. She may be 70, or she may be as old as 72.

The mother, Rajo Devi, had been trying for fifty years to have a baby with her 72-year-old husband. In India, a great amount of social stigma exists for married couples who don't have children. Devi became pregnant via in vitro fertilization -- even though she experienced menopause more than twenty years ago.

She now has a seven-month-old daughter. The doctor who preformed the in vitro operation said that he expected no medical difficulties. But he was concerned that the child would be orphaned at an early age, due to the advanced age of her parents.

What do you think? Do you find this to be a heartwarming story? Or a tale of medical science gone wrong?

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Top Five Death-Wish Shows on the Discovery Channel

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 10th 2010 9:00AM
Deadliest Catch, crab fishingDiscovery Channel unveiled its lineup for the 2010-11 season this week, and it looks like more stellar programming for the real-life stories network. You can read more about it here, but two that caught my eye are 'Engineering the Impossible,' where a team of specialists search for clues about how some of the world's most fantastic structures were built; and 'The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.' a documentary executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

This made me think about some of my favorite shows on the Discovery Channel, and I realized that they usually involve people in ridiculously disgusting or deadly situations. I think of these as the "real" reality shows, rather than the manufactured reality shows like 'Survivor' and 'The Amazing Race.'

Ok, we'll take Bear Grylls out of the equation, because, clearly, there's no need for him to be dropped into the wilderness and have to drink his own pee. But the others on my list are just awesome people doing death-wish jobs no one else wants to do. Follow me after the jump to see who made my top five list.

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Discovery Channel Announces 2010-2011 Season

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 8th 2010 3:29PM
Discovery Channel unveiled a lineup of new specials and series for its 2010-11 season today, including new series 'Worst Case Scenario' and 'Construction Intervention,' and miniseries from Steven Spielberg, Disney and NASA, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Discovery introduces 'Worst Case Scenario,' based on the popular series of books and starring 'Man vs. Wild's' Bear Grylls,and 'Construction Intervention,' featuring New York City construction guru Charlie Frattini and his crew as they tackle real-life property improvement nightmares.

The specials include the miniseries 'Human Planet,' which will explore eight different natural environments and the people who live in them, and 'Earth from Space,' which shows Earth as a living organism, as viewed from space. Discovery is producing in conjunction with NASA.

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New 'Deadliest Catch' Promo Features Captain Phil Harris

by Chris Jordan, posted Apr 6th 2010 6:00PM
The upcoming sixth season of 'Deadliest Catch,' which premieres Tue., April 13 at 9PM ET, looks to be a bittersweet affair.

A new promo features deceased Captain Phil Harris and close-ups of the rugged features of crew members from the crabbing boats of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The spot is filmed in sepia tones while Eddie Vedder's reflective ballad, 'Rise,' plays in the background.

This will be the last season with Harris. The tough-as-nails fishing boat captain of Cornelia Marie suffered a massive stroke Jan. 29 while in port off-loading at St. Paul Island, Alaska and died.

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Glenn Beck Explains His 'Antichrist' Comment, We Explain the Rest of It

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 26th 2010 1:04PM
One of the weirder entertainment feuds, one even weirder than the famed Nipsey Russell-Herve Villechaize knife fight of 1976, has emerged in our midst.

A few days ago, Oscar winning director James Cameron got extra chatty with a Hollywood Reporter, er, reporter and let loose on anti-global warming zealots and Glenn Beck (and no, that last sentence wasn't meant to be redundant). It got so heated and ridiculous that it made me wish 'Celebrity Deathmatch' was still on the air and not in the claymation format.

Beck, of course, heard the comment in which Cameron claimed Beck had once referred to him as the "Antichrist". Beck dove into his archives, found the rather un-Christian reference he made towards the 'Avatar' director and post a full response to Mr. Cameron on his Wednesday show.

Of course, that's not the whole story.

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Get Ready to Experience 'Life' on the Discovery Channel

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 19th 2010 4:30PM
LifeTake the voice of one of the world's most iconic women, Oprah Winfrey, add extraordinary wildlife visuals from the makers of 'Planet Earth' and what do you get? Discovery Channel's newest surefire hit documentary, 'Life.'

The nature series premieres March 21 from 8-10PM ET across seven Discovery Communications properties: Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Discovery Health Channel and Planet Green. Subsequent episodes will air only on the Discovery Channel from 8-10PM ET until April 18.

'Life' comes from a partnership between the BBC and Discovery, much like the other hit nature documentary 'Planet Earth.'

More, including videos, after the jump

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