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Finally! A Settlement Reached on 'American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 30th 2011 2:14AM
'American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior'It's been a long time coming, but father and son's long-lasting dispute finally came to an amicable close on 'American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior' (Mon., 9PM ET on Discovery). The pair came together, with their lawyers, and finalized the deal that would see Paul Sr. buy out his son's remaining share of Orange County Choppers.

"I feel good about myself and I think that's the bottom line. I can go home and sleep better now," Paul Sr. said about the exchange.

"Maybe we can have some healthy competition now," he said to his son.

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Mention of John Wilkes Booth in Civil War Era Letter on 'Auction Kings' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 24th 2011 3:43AM
John Wilkes Booth mention, 'Auction Kings'There's something very romantic about letters and written accounts from pivotal times in history. It's like reaching back and being there when you read them. On 'Auction Kings' (Tue., 9PM ET on Discovery), Paul Brown got to see some Civil War letters and diaries with a special bonus of historical significance.

Historians love first-person accounts from the Civil War, but these letters went that extra step by mentioning John Wilkes Booth. The letter was dated three years prior to Booth's assassination of President Lincoln, so it was simply a genuine statement about his fame as an actor.

"I had no idea really that Boothe was that well known as an actor," Brown said. "Evidently, he was."

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Tattoo Bob Brings in Handwritten Poem by Jim Morrison on 'Auction Kings' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 17th 2011 3:26AM
Jim Morrison poem, 'Auction Kings'Tattoo Bob found himself homeless after serving our country in Desert Storm. He wound up staying at a storage unit, and while there he discovered a unique collectible. He brought it in for analysis and shared his story on 'Auction Kings' (Tue., 9PM ET on Discovery).

The item is a hand-written and signed poem by Jim Morrison. Bob had managed to track down The Doors' manager Danny Sugarman, who authenticated the find, and even praised the quality of the signature.

Bob was hoping to score $1,000 for the item, but when it went to auction he was thrilled to double his expectations, scoring $2,000. That's a pretty good return on an item he got for free out of a box labeled 'JUNK.' You just never know what's out there.

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KISS-Inspired Bass Guitar on 'Dirty Money' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 10th 2011 2:25AM
Discovery Dirty MoneyFor any aspiring rock god, the most important weapon in your arsenal is a killer instrument, and few instruments look more killer than the custom-made bass featured on last night's 'Dirty Money' (Tue., 10PM ET on Discovery).

The new series sees brothers (and entrepreneurs, of a kind) John and Jimmy DiResta turning other folks' trash into their treasure, customizing flea market finds and selling them at a profit.

Their Gene Simmons-inspired guitar is the first of many.

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'Back to the Future' Replica DeLorean For Sale on 'Auction Kings' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 10th 2011 2:00AM
DeLorean on Auction KingsWhere we're going, we don't need roads ... but we probably need around $50,000, give or take a grand or two.

This week on 'Auction Kings' (Tue., 9.30PM ET on Discovery), a movie buff called Video Bob brought in possibly the coolest car the show has ever seen -- a near-exact replica of the 1981 'Back to the Future' DeLorean time machine, with all the labels, lights and gadgets that the real car boasted in the movie.

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Discovery's 'Dirty Money' Crew Explains the Art Of Dumpster Diving (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2011 5:20PM
The crew from Discovery's 'Dirty Money' on 'Good Day New York'If you've ever been taking out the trash and spotted something on the curb and thought it could be worth something, you may be right. At least that's the philosophy of brothers John and Jimmy DiResta, the stars of the new Discovery show 'Dirty Money.' The pair appeared on 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) to talk about the show and their chosen profession.

With the help of John's son Matthew, a.k.a. Rat Boy, the DiRestas find trash on the streets of New York City and try to turn it into saleable treasure. "New York City garbage picking is all about timing," said Jimmy in a clip from the show. "If somebody's evicted, if somebody's moving, if you're right there at the right time, it's like getting a parking spot." The clip also showed Rat Boy climbing into a dumpster, with his proud father noting his agility.

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Good News! Sharks May Not Like the Taste of Humans (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 2nd 2011 6:15PM
'Rogue Sharks' on Discovery for Shark WeekHere's a comforting discovery that might help you get through Shark Week: sharks may not enjoy the taste of people. According to 'Rogue Sharks' (Tuesday, 9PM on Discovery), even on the rare occasion that sharks bite humans, in most cases, they don't make a meal of it.

The report examined a series of shark attacks on Northern California's Salmon Creek Beach in 2005, recreating an attack on surfer Megan Halavais. Halavais had been surfing when a Great White attacked, dragging her under by the leash on her surf board. She was bitten on the leg, but both she and shark experts found the nature of wound puzzling. "My scars are so clean, it's literally like it bit me and then lifted its teeth back out so gently."

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It's an Explosive Finale as Northwestern Gets Her Revenge on 'Deadliest Catch' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 27th 2011 3:46AM
'Deadliest Catch' season finaleAfter a successful season on 'Deadliest Catch' (Tue., 9PM ET on Discovery), there was only one order of business left for Captain Sig Hansen of the Northwestern. He remembers the Chinese lanterns that freaked him out earlier at the hands of the Time Bandit's crew.

So he lures them closer by telling Time Bandit Captain Andy Hillstrand, "We got a little shake in the back there. I don't know what it is."

When the Time Bandit swings around to take a look, Captain Sig and his crew launch a barrage of fireworks at them. The Time Bandit fires back, and the two wind up putting on one of the more impressive fireworks displays we've seen on television. Many cities' July 4th celebrations would be put to shame by the firepower on display.

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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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Bear Grylls and Jake Gyllenhaal Strip Down in Freezing Temperatures on 'Man vs. Wild' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 12th 2011 9:40AM
You first heard about it a few weeks ago, but now you finally get to see Jake Gyllenhaal take his shirt off on 'Man vs. Wild' (Mon., 9PM ET on Discovery). Well, there was more to it than that.

He and Bear Grylls both shed their shirts in sub-freezing temperatures to keep them as dry as possible while they crossed a river. It's a far cry from a shirtless Gyllenhaal in the deserts of 'Prince of Persia.'

"I joined up for this, right?" Gyllenhaal lamented as he stripped. They made the crossing fairly quickly, making us cold just from watching them in the freezing water with the cameraman trying to keep the lens free of snow and ice.

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8 Celebs We'd Love to See on 'Man vs. Wild'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 11th 2011 4:30PM
'Men vs Wild with Jake Gyllenhaal'Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is going on the adventure of a lifetime tonight: He'll be trekking through the wilds of Iceland for two days with Bear Grylls on a very special episode of 'Man vs. Wild.'

'Men vs. Wild with Jake Gyllenhaal' (Mon., July 11, 9PM ET on Discovery) finds the 'Brokeback Mountain' and 'Love and Other Drugs' star teaming with Grylls for a snowy, icy, carcass-filled trip.

Following in the footsteps of funnyman Will Ferrell, who ventured to Northern Sweden with the show a couple years back, Gyllenhaal will show off his tough-guy skills, without the help of any stuntmen or body doubles like in the movies.

We can't wait to see these two get rugged together, but it got us thinking -- who should be next? Last year, Gryllls told us he wanted Cameron Diaz to tag along, and it looks like that's happening. (Although Ben Stiller was set to go, too -- whatever happened with that?)

Here, eight more celebrities we'd love to see roughing it on 'Man vs. Wild.'

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'Secrets of Seal Team 6' Shows Digital Reenactment of Bin Laden's Death (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 11th 2011 2:24AM
'Secrets of Seal Team 6'Discovery took us inside the 'Secrets of Seal Team 6' (Sun., 9PM ET on Discovery), but one of the more compelling moments of the special wasn't a secret at all. It was, rather, a visual presentation of the operation that took out Osama Bin Laden.

While the graphics in this presentation weren't even on par with the top-of-the-line video games currently on the market, it was enough to help us visualize exactly what happened during the 38-minute raid that killed bin Laden.

For the people devastated by the events of 9/11 directly, as well as the rest of the country and world, it's a strange piece of closure. None of us were there when the world's most wanted terrorist was shot and killed, but now we can say we "saw" how it happened.

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Captain Keith Lays It on the Line for Greenhorn Danny on 'Deadliest Catch' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 6th 2011 6:16AM
'Deadliest Catch'The dangerous work the men do on 'Deadliest Catch' (Tue., 9PM ET on Discovery) makes it even more important that the entire crew is on the same page, focused and ready to tackle the job at hand. As it's such a team effort, one person not on their A-game can be costly. It's right there in the title how serious this is, after all.

So we understand completely when Capt. Keith Colburn called out Danny, one of his crew, in front of everyone else. This is too dangerous and too serious to allow one disgruntled crew member ruin a nearly $1 million haul.

When Danny came to confront him about the public berating, Keith first shut Danny up and then laid it on the line.

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Jamie and Adam Try to Dodge Bullets on 'Mythbusters' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 2nd 2011 1:40AM
'Mythbusters'If you're worried that a sniper might be targeting you, you may have tuned into this week's 'Mythbusters' (Wed., 9PM ET on Discovery) with a glimmer of hope in your heart. The gang decided to see if they could break the Hollywood myth of dodging bullets.

They set up a rig that would shoot a paintball at Jamie Hyneman from a close distance mere milliseconds after Adam Savage fires from a typical sniping distance. It's a good thing, too, as Jamie wasn't able to move fast enough until they reached a distance of 500 yards. Then, he was just able to dodge it.

At that distance and under those perfect circumstances, Adam declared that "There's just no way you could see [a sniper] fire from far enough away to give you a remote chance of dodging that thing." Myth busted, which means you're on your own with your sniper.

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Justin Tennison, 'Deadliest Catch' Deckhand, Found Dead in Alaska Hotel Room

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 23rd 2011 4:37PM
Deadliest Catch, Time Bandit'Deadliest Catch' deckhand Justin Tennison was was found dead in his Homer, Alaska, hotel room yesterday, TMZ reports.

According to the Facebook fan page of 'Deadliest Catch' star Captain Andy Hillstrand, the 34-year-old Tennison was an experienced fisherman who recently joined the crew of the Time Bandit as a deckhand for the Red King 2010 and Opilio 2011 seasons. He was the second cousin of Time Bandit crew member Eddie Uwekoolani, Jr., and served as engineer during the boat's off season.

"Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand," Hillstrand wrote on his Facebook page. "The Captains and Crew appreciated his hard work and many contributions this past year. We will miss him terribly and wish his family all the best during this most difficult time."

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