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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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'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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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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Lovers Fight While Trying to Survive in the Wilderness on 'Man, Woman, Wild' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 16th 2010 12:43AM
Loves Fight While Trying to Survive in the Wilderness on 'Man, Woman, Wild'What's the worst fight that you ever got into as part of couple? And were you under a lot of stress at the time?

'Man, Woman, Wild' (Fri., 9PM ET on Discovery) is a reality show featuring a husband-and-wife team. Mykel Hawke is a former Special Forces survival expert. Ruth England, his wife, is a television journalist. Together, they are dropped into the most inhospitable spots on the planet.

After that point, two of them must endure -- alone -- for four days. And they have with them only a single knife and the clothes that they're wearing. Kind of a pressure-y situation, no?

On the latest episode, the pair are stranded in Tasmania, of all places. Unfortunately, a fierce storm starts rolling in. The couple must improve their handmade shelter quickly, or they'll, um, "die" of hypothermia.

As the wind races and the thunder booms, Mykel and Ruth begin arguing about how best to outlast the storm. ... Did we mention that neither one of them has eaten for two days?

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April 2010 Premiere Dates and Finales

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 30th 2010 1:30PM
'Bones' / 'South Park'
Two long-running series hit milestones this month when 'Bones' achieves it's centennial and 'South Park' doubles up that achievement with episode 200. Fans of NBC's 'Merlin' will be pleased to know that the second season of the popular British series launches this month (April 2) on Syfy.

Both MTV's 'The Hills' and Showtimes' The Tudors' premiere their final seasons, while 'Ugly Betty' signs off for good. TNT wraps their run of 'Southland,' awaiting ratings results to make any decisions on renewal.

With spring upon us, most of the network shows are heading toward their season finales, while a few, like 'Glee' and 'Fringe,' are returning from long breaks. Keep track of all the television comings and goings with our April guide

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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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Bear Grylls Hosting 'Worst Case Scenario' Revival

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 15th 2010 8:32PM
The 'Man vs. Wild' host's career just got a little wilder.

Discovery announced that Bear Grylls will host six episode of a new survival show called 'Worst Case Scenario,' based on the popular line of books published by Quirk Books.

The show will put Grylls in a series of heightened and dangerous situations to teach viewers how to survive them or at least walk away with most of your limbs still intact.

This isn't the first time the book series has gotten the TV treatment. TBS turned the book series into a reality information show that only lasted two seasons and featured a fresh-faced Mike Rowe before he found infamy as the host of Discovery's 'Dirty Jobs'.

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TLC Puts the Brakes on 'American Chopper'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 8th 2010 6:29PM
The family reality show that would never say die just died.

TLC has officially canceled the long-running 'American Chopper', which has been on the air since 2003 when it first found footing on the Discovery Channel. The show's final episode will air on Thursday.

Say what you will about the series running past its prime, but both the show and its subjects have been through a hell of a lot of mayhem. The shop played host to a ton of thick, rich drama, capping with the final season in which Paul Jr. leaves the shop on very heated terms and eventually led to Paul Sr. suing his son for a $1 million in back company stock.

If you're curious to know how things will wrap up, check out a preview of the final episode at Turbo.Discovery.com.

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Hawking channels Sagan with new space series

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 23rd 2010 2:30PM
Professor Stephen Hawking has more letters after his name to forge his own alphabet. And, now he has his own television series heading our way from Discovery.

According to a release from the network, Hawking (Ph.D., CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA...See what I mean?) is the centerpiece of Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking -- will explore the major questions confronting modern science and physics. How did our universe begin? Could alien life be found on distant planets? Does our galaxy have a life expectancy? Hawking will lead an audience in a layman friendly exploration of those questions in the four part series.

It's Hawking taking up the mantle of the late astronomer Carl Sagan and his 1980 PBS series, Cosmos. The above video looks back affectionately on that show with a little music remix. In the original show, Sagan would explain the seemingly unexplainable every week.

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Discovery Channel also going 3D

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 6th 2010 10:29AM
The only way a 3D version of ESPN could be cooler is if ESPN aired some kind of awesome competition at the X-Games that involved skateboarders and sharks.

So until some stoned extreme sports team organizer invents "sharkboarding," we'll just have to settle with a three-dimensional Discovery Channel.

The network is teaming with Sony and IMAX to launch its own 3D, 24-hour channel by 2011. It doesn't say exactly what the programming will entail, but expect a lot of giant man-eating animals trying to jump out of your TV and claw their way up the food chain.

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Discovery roars into December with Clash of the Dinosaurs

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 20th 2009 8:57AM
Discovery Channel will be throwing dinosaurs at each other for the holidays.As December rolls around, your kids will want to watch the usual line-up of holiday specials. But, I'm guessing they wouldn't mind watching a T-Rex hunt down and tuck into a Triceratops, whatever the time of year.

Discovery Channel will put cutting-edge imaging technology to bring giant lizards to life inside and out with Clash of the Dinosaurs. Premiering December 6 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), the four-part series looks inside the body of a dinosaur to with cinematic photo-real 3D graphics.

According to Discovery's announcement, consulting anatomy and paleontology experts help to peel back the skin, muscles and bones of the creatures to show how they thrived. So, on second thought, maybe the kids should stick with A Year without a Santa Claus.

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Discovery serves up storms, ghosts, crabs for Thanksgiving

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 10th 2009 2:00PM
Discovery will serve reality show marathons this Thanksgiving.Nothing says "holiday season" like tornadoes, ghosts and animal dung. So, Discovery Channel is running marathons of their reality shows to make the yuletide season gay.

The network's scheduling release states that Mythbusters, Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, Storm Chasers and Ghost Lab will each get a turn offering guys something to watch while they undo their belts after the big meal (and while the ladies do the dishes).

Here's the programming slate for when you're not watching football or A Year without a Santa Claus:

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Day: Mythbusters – 9 a.m. ET/PT – 3AM ET/PT
Nov. 27: Day after Thanksgiving: Deadliest Catch – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Nov. 28: Dirty Jobs – 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Nov. 29: Storm Chasers – 1 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve: Dirty Jobs – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Dec. 25: Christmas Day: Mythbusters – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Dec. 26: Deadliest Catch – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve: Ghost Lab – 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Jan. 1, 2010/New Year's Day: Mythbusters – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.

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Monster Garage rises from the ashes

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 2nd 2009 12:02PM
Jesse James on Discovery Channel's Monster GarageThe show that transformed the Discovery Channel from a stuffy science documentary network that even A/V club nerds found drab and dull into the media franchise it is today is returning to the network that birthed it.

Monster Garage
will return to the cable network for a new series run set in Detroit called MG: Motor City. It is set to debut in the fall.

The new series will gather a gaggle of gearheads to task them with turning a timid Ford Model T into a fire-breathing, fuel-guzzling, Firestone tire-eating race dragster. What's the grand prize? What else? A multimillion dollar government bailout!

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