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Discovery Channel remembers Walter Cronkite

By Jeff Pfeiffer “It is fair to say there would be no Discovery Channel without Walter Cronkite,” says John S. Hendricks, founder and chairman of Discovery Communications, about the legendary newsman, who passed away Friday at the age of 92. “When we struggled for funding and viability in the early 1980s, Walter was one of the first to see the possibility of a 24-hour channel dedicated to high-quality storytelling about the world around us. His guidance, support and commitment were instrumental in securing the resources and distribution to first launch Discovery Channel in 1985.”

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TV Commemorates 40th Anniversary Of Moon Landing

This Monday, July 20, marks the 40th anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest achievements — reaching and walking on the moon. Because of this, you’ll notice the occurrence of moon-themed TV programming waxing this weekend: Direct From the Moon (repeat) — National Geographic Channel (HD), July 19 at 7pm ET. Stunning footage of the eerie silence of the moon comes from Japan’s Kaguya lunar orbiter in this cool special. Living on the Moon (premiere) — National Geographic Channel (HD), July 19 at 9pm ET. It’s been a while since we’ve visited the moon, but might we one day live on it? […]

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“Shark Week” Adds Bite To Summer TV

By Jeff Pfeiffer (aka RabbitEars) First of all — yes, yes, it’s true. RabbitEars is really me. I’ve hidden long enough! But be honest with yourself. You’re not too surprised, are you? After all, have you ever seen RabbitEars and me at the same place, at the same time? But now to the main business at hand. Discovery Channel has announced the return of its summer favorite, Shark Week, in August. Just as many sharks need to keep swimming to survive, so this ratings juggernaut has moved ever forward since its debut back in 1988. And as in previous years, […]

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Preview: Nature’s Most Amazing Events

By RabbitEars Don’t forget this weekend to tune in to Discovery Channel‘s great new miniseries Nature’s Most Amazing Events. Discovery co-produced the series with the BBC, their production partners on Planet Earth. That series set the bar for natural history programming so high that I wasn’t sure if this new series would be quite as awe-inspiring. While Planet Earth remains on a level of its own, this series comes very close to it and is still the best nature show — or any show period — you’re likely to see this year. And it is unique in that each of […]

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The Hilarious Hillstrand Brothers

On Land, “Deadliest Catch” Fishermen John And Andy Hillstrand Are Every Bit The Characters You Think They Are. By Karl J. Paloucek You know things have gotten wild in the world of television when Alaskan crab fishermen become TV stars. But as unlikely as it may be, it’s also undeniable: The captains of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch (Season 5 premieres April 14, part of Discovery Channel’s “Alaska Week”) have attained household-word status in many households across America. We recently caught up with Captains John and Andy Hillstrand while putting together a spread in our print edition of Channel Guide Magazine […]

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“Planet Earth” Production Partners Go On A New Adventure

If you saw the astonishing natural history series Planet Earth a few years back, you’ll be happy to know that the BBC and Discovery Channel have teamed on a similar new series, premiering in May. Nature’s Most Amazing Events is a six-part high-definition series filmed over the course of two years that chronicles breathtaking natural events that take place across our planet, and which are triggered by seasonal and climate changes — from the flooding of the Okavango Delta in Africa to the great summer melt of ice in the Arctic. In addition to following Planet Earth‘s example of showcasing […]

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Victory for “Treasure Quest”

At a press conference today, the discovery of one of Britain’s greatest historic shipwrecks, the HMS Victory, was announced. The warship, lost in a storm in 1744, was discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration (OME) in the English Channel last year, and was amazingly kept under wraps for several months during the identification process. This week’s episode of Discovery Channel’s Treasure Quest, airing Feb. 5 at 10pm ET/PT, follows OME’s efforts to piece together this deep-sea mystery. Here’s a preview:

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Wild, Wild World of Animals (July 2008)

Posted by RabbitEars This month’s premieres and new episodes that may be of interest to you animal lovers: Greatest American Dog — CBS, July 10. This new reality competition series pits 12 teams of dogs and owners from across the country against each other in challenges that test the dogs, and perhaps the people even more, as they must prove their ability to have their pet effectively trained. Like many other reality shows, these teams will also be living together. If you think things got pretty chaotic in The Real World households, try putting 12 pooches in the same living […]