This Week In…Discovery Buzz

December 19, 2014 | by lstewart

Fridays are usually one of the more lively days in the office as the weekend looms near, but this Friday in particular is especially buzzy as we all head into some much-welcomed time off for the holidays. (It’s also possible that employees are literally buzzing from all of the cookies, cupcakes, fudge, buckeyes and other sugary treats that have been passed around the last few days!)

This week we shared some exciting news for fans to look forward to in the new year, including a special episode of Mythbusters that seeks to get to the bottom of some Simpsons-inspired myths and a new season of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Julie Chen, Sean Hayes and Angie Harmon.

Here are some other stories you may have missed:

There’s a lot more exciting programming news coming your way as we begin the new year, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this video below that gives fans an idea of what they can expect as Discovery Fit & Health becomes Discovery Life next month:

Need a Last-Minute Gift? CrimeFeed.com Has You Covered!

December 17, 2014 | by lstewart

Let the final countdown begin! Christmas Eve is exactly one week away, and if you’re still struggling to find the perfect gift for someone who seemingly has everything, CrimeFeed.com, an online destination that delves into the crimes of today and digital companion to Investigation Discovery (ID), has some suggestions that are, to put it mildly, unique.

Some of the ideas are for the more mild-mannered armchair detectives, like a WiFi-enabled, weatherproof security camera or a small sensor that’s designed to detect movements in your house. But others are more obscure, and some downright deceiving, like a pen that may look ordinary at first glance but is actually designed to break glass and contain an hidden handcuff key. There’s even a ring with a stone that is set facing outward instead of inward that can etch hard surfaces – like glass and car doors – and can be used for self-defense if necessary.

You can read the full list here. Happy shopping!

Discovery’s ‘MythBusters’ Joines Forces with White House, NIH in Ebola PSA

December 15, 2014 | by lstewart

Discovery has teamed up with the White House and the National Institutes of Health to create a PSA with MythBusters hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who encourage viewers to “get the facts and find reliable information” about Ebola.

In the 30-second PSA, Adam and Jamie acknowledge that there are “a lot of rumors and false information popping up” about the deadly virus, and while the virus should certainly be taken seriously, sensationalized stories can do more to “freak us out” than to advise us on what we should do. The PSA also includes words of encouragement from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

This isn’t the first time Adam and Jamie have put their myth-busting skills to work in response to a global health crisis. In 2009, the guys joined forces with the United States Department of Health and Human Services to make a PSA about H1N1 (aka Swine Flu).

The PSA is airing now through December 28 on Discovery, Science Channel and Discovery Fit & Health. For more information and facts about Ebola visit cdc.gov/ebola.

This Week in…Discovery Buzz

December 12, 2014 | by lstewart

Discovery BuzzHappy Friday, everyone! There was no shortage of programming news from TLC this week, from announcing the return of Kate Plus 8, to debuting two new programs, My Big Fat Fabulous Life and Style By Jury, which will both air in early 2015.

Some well-loved, fan-favorite programs got a little TLC (pun intended) this week, too! American Chopper made a special return as part of Discovery’s Mega Week. Equally as mega: a 10-day Mythbusters marathon that will air on Science Channel from December 24th through January 2nd.

Here is some other news you may have missed this week:

TLC and Feeding America Work Together to Fight Hunger

December 12, 2014 | by lstewart

This holiday season, TLC has partnered with Feeding America in an effort to get local communities involved in the fight against hunger. Feeding America is an impressive organization that feeds America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engages the country in the cause.

This past week, TLC talent and local volunteers joined together at four separate Feeding America member food banks around the U.S. to lend a hand.

The four food banks together service over 21.1 million clients. With about 49 million Americans living in food-insecure households – of them, 16 million children – hunger is a BIG issue that cannot be ignored.

The events are part of TLC’s Season of Giving; local volunteers who participated in each event were selected as part of the program’s sweepstakes. As a continuation of the partnership, another sweepstakes is also running until December 14th offering entrants a chance to win a $500 donation to support their local Feeding America food bank.

 

‘American Chopper’ Returns to Discovery Tonight in Shaq-Sized Special Episode

December 11, 2014 | by lstewart

Fans of American Chopper can rejoice: the beloved Discovery show is back with a special episode tonight that is as tremendous as its guest star, Shaquille O’Neal. The 7’1” basketball legend has enlisted the help of Paul Teutel Sr. and the Orange County Chopper team to build him not just any ordinary bike, but a special Superman themed one. The custom chopper is the largest the team has ever built, and when Paul Sr.’s eccentric son Mikey is temporarily put in charge of the build, all hell breaks loose. With ambitious goals and tight deadlines, there’s never a dull moment with the OCC crew!

The return of American Chopper is part of Discovery’s Mega Week, a week of jam-packed, super-sized programming that includes new specials and fan favorite series. Check out the preview below, and don’t miss the special episode tonight on Discovery at 9pm ET/CT.