Discovery’s Planet Earth encores alongside the debut of Fearless Planet tonight

Starting tonight, the Discovery Channel will encore its Emmy-winning series Planet Earth; two hour-long episodes air Sundays starting at 8 p.m. ET. After that, the network will debut Fearless Planet at 10, a six-episode series that follows Will Gadd’s extreme explorations of places such as the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef.

On the new series, he’ll be “swimming with sharks along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef; base-jumping Venezuela’s Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall; sand-skiing the Sahara Desert; and rappelling the Grand Canyon,” USA TODAY reports. But as the paper notes, the show “is more geological tour than action-adventure series, with computer-generated images showing how canyons, islands and natural wonders are formed.”

Also tonight, Animal Planet debuts In Steve’s Footsteps at 10 p.m. ET. The special is “the story of Terri’s first time at the helm of the landmark crocodile research work that Steve started many years ago and whose last trip finished only days before he died on September 4, 2006,” according to the network. It “looks at how Steve’s children, Bindi and Robert, are growing up into the world of their dad and learning more and more skills from their mother and grandfather.”

Fearless Planet [Discovery]
Will Gadd fearless for Discovery’s new ‘Planet’ [USA TODAY]
In steve’s Footsteps [Animal Planet]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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