Icicle of death, thief penguin, brilliant killer whales: just some of Frozen Planet’s awesomeness

Tonight, the Discovery Channel debuts another epic multi-part, cinematic nature documentary that it co-produced with the BBC, like 2007’s Planet Earth and last year’s Life. Frozen Planet debuts at 9 p.m. ET, and our version is narrated by Alec Baldwin, because we don’t like British people telling us about nature (David Attenborough narrated the BBC version).

The seven-episode series was filmed over four years by 38 camera operators who spent 134 hours under water and 840 hours in blizzards, in weather as cold as -58 degrees. It has been relentlessly promoted, including with the addictive Big Brother-like penguin cam. Speaking of penguins, the documentary includes footage of a thieving penguin.

Among the footage are a number of things that have never been filmed before, such as this freakish icicle of death and this scene, in which a pod of killer whales collaborate to knock a sea lion off an ice floe. This is what killer whales probably fantasize about doing to the tourists they’re forced to splash from inside their tiny tank at Sea World:

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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