It was in a diner in New York City’s West Village that the Discovery Channel’s first true-crime, real-time reality series Killing Fields took form. Actually, it was multiple diners, and the people sitting across the table from each other were an Emmy-winning writer of Homicide: Life on the Street and an executive producer of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
The Discovery Channel enters the true-crime docuseries arena tonight with The Killing Fields, which debuts at 10 p.m. ET and follows an investigation into a cold case from 1997: the murder of graduate student Eugenie Boisfontaine.
Racing Extinction, a horrifying and compelling documentary from the director of The Cove, debuts tonight around the world on Discovery.
A reality TV show star was responsible for kids being prevented from going outside at school today because he lost his king cobra. Airplane Repo star Mike Kennedy lost the eight-foot king cobra, and his home is one-half mile from an elementary school, prompting kids to have to stay inside. Clarcona Elementary School’s principal told… continue reading
Shark Week 2015 encores this weekend with Discovery Channel’s first-ever Shweekend. It’s three new specials—MythBusters vs. Jaws (Saturday at 9), Shark Alley: Legend of Dynamite (Saturday at 10), and Air Jaws: Walking With Great Whites (Sunday at 9)—plus repeats and marathons all day long. But how did Shark Week do earlier this summer? Did the… continue reading
The Discovery Channel promotes Shark Week–which starts tonight–as “the most wonderful week of the year.” For the first time in two years, it’s possible that may once again be true. After airing fiction and then more fiction, the network’s new president awesomely declared fake shows are done. Ratings dropped last year, so there’s more than… continue reading
Shark Week begins Sunday, and there’s on iconic image that, even when it isn’t actively used in promotional material, seems to represent the Discovery Channel’s annual summer stunt best. And it was filmed by Tony Sacco, the DGA-award winning director of The Chair. He was on episode 37 ofThe Jay and Tony Show Show podcast… continue reading
Discovery Channel’s new president Rich Ross has been in his new job for around three days, but he faced television critics and reporters this morning, and said repeatedly that he’ll be moving Discovery Channel shows away from scripted, fake things, and even from sensational stunts such as Eaten Alive, which failed to deliver on the promise of its… continue reading
Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents. The editing used the… continue reading
During Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk between skyscrapers on Sunday, the Discovery Channel teased its next stunt: Eaten Alive. Though it’s not live, the Dec. 7 special is similar: an impossible, first-time-ever feat broadcast on television. With the little information that’s been released so far–just the two ads below and a one-sentence teaser web site–it should inspire a… continue reading
Nik Wallenda will follow his live 2013 walk across the Grand Canyon tonight with Skyscraper Live: two walks across tightropes strung between buildings in Chicago. One tightrope has an incline of 15 degrees; the other is shorter, but he’ll walk it blindfolded. The buildings are along the Chicago River, known for its gusty winds, and… continue reading
Discovery Channel’s Shark Week starts Sunday, and the programs on the schedule have names such as Sharkageddon and Zombie Sharks. Despite the dramatic and entertaining titles, these are based in science and fact; the former is about tiger sharks in Hawaii while the latter “explores tonic immobility, a catatonic zombie-like state that can be achieved in sharks.” However, last in… continue reading
Making the Band group O-Town is reuniting, and the Discovery Channel plans a series that’s even more like more Hunger Games than The CW’s version last summer, Capture. Although it’s April Fool’s Day, and although I once actually satirized TV networks producing a real-life Hunger Games, Discovery’s plans are real. Survival Live strands eight people… continue reading
Storm Chasers star Tim Samaras and Buckwild star Shain Gandee both died this year: Tim was chasing a massive tornado in Oklahoma and died along with his son and Carl Young; Shain died earlier this spring while mudding with his uncle and a friend. Neither was being filmed at the time: Shain was on a… continue reading
Despite outrage over its fake Megalodon documentary that kicked off Shark Week, the Discovery Channel is defending its decision to betray its viewers trust in the network by acting as if science doesn’t really matter. Michael Sorensen, Discovery’s senior director of development and the executive producer of Shark Week, said in an unbelievable statement: “With… continue reading