Archive for January 2011

Science Channel to Take Viewers on a Thought-Provoking Journey with ‘An Idiot Abroad’

January 21, 2011 | by aharris

An Idiot Abroad on GetGlue - ChinaAt TCA earlier this month, I was excited for Science Channel‘s presentation of An Idiot Abroad, a new series coming to the U.S. that provides a unique look at the world through the eyes of Karl Pilkington, friend to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Of course, I expected big laughs from Ricky (two words: Golden Globes), but I was equally charmed by Karl (as were the critics who attended).

Dubbed the most elaborate practical-joke-turned-sociology-experiment in television history, Ricky and Stephen sent Karl (they liken him to a real-life Homer Simpson) on a trip around the globe to visit the Seven Wonders of the World. Despite Karl’s resistance, he’s shipped to exotic locales (from the Great Pyramids of Egypt to the Great Wall of China) to learn the history of each Wonder and immerse himself in the local customs.

As viewers join Karl on his journeys, they can also check-in on GetGlue each Saturday night (series airs at 10pm ET/PT) to earn location-specific An Idiot Abroad stickers.

Check out a preview of the series below, and scroll down further if you want more laughs (courtesy of Science Channel’s TCA panel).

‘Creating Change’ Update: Us Helping Us Receives Social Media Grant

January 20, 2011 | by aharris

Discovery Impact: Creating Change LogoJust over a month ago, I had the pleasure of working with Us Helping Us, People Into Living — a D.C.-based nonprofit that provides innovative programs and services aimed at reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS in the black gay community and beyond — as a part of Discovery Impact: Creating Change.

Us Helping Us LogoWorking with my colleague Matt, we developed a comprehensive social media strategy and gave Us Helping Us a tangible start with a new presence on Facebook. As luck would have it, Creating Change came the week that Us Helping Us was presenting a grant application to Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic; and this we week we found out that Us Helping Us received the grant for $74,000 to use towards their social media strategy and outreach.

With the grant, the Us Helping Us team will leverage  social platforms to reach out to many audiences — including, most importantly, the men for which it provides live-saving and life-improving services every day.  Social media has the power to inform, entertain and, as we are reminded here, make a difference in people’s lives.

For more about Us Helping Us and how you can help, please visit their website at

Investigation Discovery Looks at the Dark Side of Hollywood with ‘James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons’

January 19, 2011 | by gweiswasser

ID LogoWe saw one side of Hollywood when we watched the Golden Globes last weekend: glamorous movie stars, lush red carpets, and a gorgeous setting. But there’s another side of Hollywood that’s much darker — one which Investigation Discovery explores starting tonight at 10pm ET/PT in its new series James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons.

In the show, bestselling author James Ellroy, who wrote The Black Dahlia and LA Confidential, takes a fresh look at some of Hollywood’s most nihilistically notorious crimes from the past to the present. The new six-part series showcases Ellroy’s larger-than-life personality and his vivid verbal style as he exhumes, explores and exposes the delicious dirt that cascades behind the silver screen.

The series begins with a deeply personal account of the genesis of Ellroy’s fascination with crime, the unsolved murder of his mother in 1958. This harrowing event formed his moral and spiritual attachment to devastated women, an obsession that provided him with the fire and fury to write his crime novels and memoirs. Tonight’s episode also features the homicides of a 16 year-old girl murdered in her own home, and a woman kidnapped while using an ATM machine.

Here’s a sneak peek at the series:

Also, check out the episode guide, a guide to James Ellroy’s books, and more about the show.

Watch for the Launch of Discovery Fit & Health on February 1

January 18, 2011 | by gweiswasser

A lot of Discovery Health fans have been wondering where they can find their favorite shows, now that OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has launched. Well, we are excited to share the answer with you: Discovery Communications announced yesterday that it will rebrand FitTV to Discovery Fit & Health on February 1, 2011.

Discovery Fit & Health will combine the compelling real-life stories of Discovery Health with the audience-favorite fitness programming from FitTV. The network will be available in approximately 50 million homes and found at the channel location currently occupied by FitTV (find the channel location in your cable lineup with our channel finder).

Learn more about what you can find on Discovery Fit & Health… and tune in on Saturday for a mini-marathon of returning favorite Untold Stories of the ER.

Discovery Channel Takes to the Alaskan Skies in ‘Flying Wild Alaska’

January 14, 2011 | by gweiswasser

It’s all in the family on the new Discovery Channel series Flying Wild Alaska, premiering tonight at 9pm ET/PT.  The series follows the Twetos, the first family of the Alaskan skies, as they operate Era Alaska, an airline that transports everyday necessities to one of the most remote and extreme parts of America. With no freeway system for hundreds of miles, Era Alaska is the lifeline for the isolated rural inhabitants of the Bering Sea coastline. From champion snow dogs bound for the Iditarod to medicine for sick children, the goods that the pilots ship on any given day are crucial to daily life. (In one episode, they even have to deliver a toilet seat!)

Get to know the intrepid Tweto Family &mash; Jim, his wife Ferno, and daughters Ariel and Ayla — and read more about the show here. And check out a sneak peek below!

‘Extreme Couponing’ to Return to TLC as a Series

January 12, 2011 | by gweiswasser

Do you like to save money? Do you like free stuff?

Ok, who doesn’t? But some people take this desire to an extreme. Last month, TLC aired a one-hour special called Extreme Couponing, which profiled four shopaholics who use coupons to save thousands of dollars and amass huge stockpiles of goods. These shoppers go dumpster diving for coupons and spend hours a day searching the internet for great deals.

Their reward? Shockingly low totals at the checkout line:

Due to the great interest in this special – it attracted 2.1 million viewers  and ”Extreme Couponing” trended on Twitter on the night of the special – TLC has announced that Extreme Couponing will return as a special this spring. Keep an eye out for it! And to tide you over, here are some more video clips from the special.

Happy clipping!