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When it comes to a show called Eaten Alive, those tuning in more than likely did so to watch someone get eaten alive. Such was most definitely NOT the case when it came to Discovery’s most recent piece of stunt programming, which should have been called Embraced Firmly.
Whenever an actor takes part in any form of reality television, it’s usually just for funded exposure at the back end of a career. Acclaimed British actor Idris Elba is just settled into the peak of his, so it’s no surprise he won’t be living in a house with Verne Troyer and Da Brat. Instead, he’s doing this.
Reelz’s look at Whitney Houston’s death allegedly used a fake drug dealer as a part of its “true” narrative, which makes one wonder how often this kind of thing happens. But before we all don our Inspector hats, here are ten of the most memorable instances where TV wasn’t being as truthful as we thought it was at the time.
Discovery has creating programming that is more event-based recently. Nik Wallenda’s Chicago tightrope act aired live on the channel, and now the cable network is planning to get a little weirder with its newest special Eaten Alive.
Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda is ready for another daredevil challenge. He’s been planning a crazy tightrope stunt in Chicago since the spring, and on Tuesday, the Discovery Channel announced that Wallenda will be able to walk untethered above the Chicago River this winter. The walk will air live on The Discovery Channel this November.
This week, the Discovery Channel announced that it was officially ending its reality series, Sons of Guns. The news follows the arrest of series lead Will Hayden on Tuesday in Louisiana. He was arrested for the aggravated rape of his daughter from the time she turned eleven to the present, with the most recent abuse occurring as recently as last month. Because of the graphic and violent nature of the crime, it seems as if Discovery is hoping to distance itself as far as possible from the show.
This year Discovery has signed on a few celebs that you might expect and a few you might not to host the network’s late night talk show Shark After Dark. The 2014 list includes Ashley Tisdale, Tara Reid, Matt Walsh and many, many more
I suppose it would be newsworthy if Discovery Channel had somehow decided to scale back and give the world the shortest Shark Week ever, but that’s not the case here. As you can imagine, this year’s tribute to the ocean’s most iconic beast is actually bigger than any that have come before, with an unprecedented 13 Shark Week exclusives.
One of the most exciting aspects about live television is the “anything goes” mantra that comes along with it, as some of the best parts of a concert or awards ceremony are the things no one could have planned. Discovery’s Everest Jump Live was a special event meant to take advantage of that spontaneity by documenting one of the most dangerous stunts every conceived, but real life tragedy struck in the form of the deadliest avalanche in Everest’s recorded history.
Sure, fireworks and BBQs will command American attention this week, but, next month, another American tradition will be unveiled when the annual Shark Week arrives on Discovery Channel. And, this time, it's bigger than ever.
Tornados in the midwest continue to take lives this summer. Among the recent casualties in Oklahoma was Storm Chasers star Tim Samaras. He and his son Paul Samaras, along with Carl Young, were among those killed on Friday while chasing a tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma.
Tonight, Discovery - the network that brought us nature and wildlife programs Planet Earth, Life and Africa - debut North America - will debut a 7-part series, which treks across the continent to check in on mother nature in her various forms. North America is a continent with an especially diverse array of climates, from the icy cold Alaska to the deserts in Arizona to tropical rain forests in Panama...
Discovery Channel is going Beneath the Hood to look at the lives of modern-day Ku Klux Klan members with a new special that will debut next week. According to the network's information, no topic is off limits in this exploration of this far-right white supremacist organization, known for cross burning and instigating racial tension, among other things, since the 1800s.
Discovery Channel is headed down the scripted path for the first time in its history with Klondike, a mini-series about the Gold Rush based on a book by Canadian author Charlotte Gray. The success of gold hunting reality series Gold Rush seems to be giving them confidence that a scripted look at the original Klondike Gold Rush in 1895 will bring in the viewers as well.
Mike Rowe’s days of making us all grateful for our clean and cushy desk jobs are at an end. Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs has reached its official end after 8 seasons of introducing viewers to some of the toughest, grossest, and most under-appreciated jobs in the nation.