Posts Tagged ‘MythBusters’

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:

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

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:

This Week In…Discovery Buzz

December 5, 2014 | by cshirley

Discovery BuzzWe’re back from the Thanksgiving holiday and while we had our fill of turkey, stuffing and Grandma’s jokes, we can’t get enough of what’s going on here at Discovery Communications. Just this week, TLC’s The Little Couple returned for its seventh season, audiences around the country enjoyed Animal Planet Live!’s Reindeer Cam, and Josh and Anna Duggar announced they’re expecting their fourth child!

Additionally, Discovery Digital Networks’ TestTube launched ‘MANthropology’, a series which aims to provide advice for men- from fashion tips to gift ideas!

All of this barely scrapes the surface of what’s been brewing recently – and there’s more to come by the end of the year! Check out what else happened this week:

And don’t forget to tune in to Eaten Alive on Discovery Channel this Sunday, December 7 at 9p.m. ET/PT! You won’t want to miss it.

Pumpkins Get Their Wings Again in This Year’s Annual ‘Punkin Chunkin’

November 26, 2014 | by lstewart

Hosts Kari Byron and Tory Belleci clear the scene as Yankee Farmer Steve Seigars gets ready to pull the trigger.

Ready and…launch! Much like the way the holidays seem to have come barreling towards us this year, pumpkin after pumpkin will be sent rocketing across the sky in Punkin Chunkin, airing Saturday November 29 at 8pm ET/CT on Science Channel and Discovery.

Hosted by Mythbusters own Tory Belleci and Kari Byron, the annual pumpkin-throwing contest is not for the faint of heart; while catapults and slingshots may have been the propellers of choice back when Punkin Chunkin started in 1986, the event has evolved to include military-grade cannons and trebuchets – and a commanding knowledge of everything from physics, mechanics and engineering.

Participating teams spend most of the year preparing, which includes everything from designing and building the propellers, hosting a series of dry runs and choosing the best, most aerodynamic pumpkins to send flying. Is it worth it? I’d say hard work pays off: last year’s winner, Brian Labrie, launched a pumpkin 4,694.68 feet!

Though the event was relocated from Delaware to Greenfield, New Hampshire this year, that didn’t stop hundreds of people from showing up to see pumpkins sail through the air (and land with a resounding “splat!”). Tune in to Punkin Chunkin this Saturday at 8pm ET/CT on Science Channel and Discovery to see if this year’s competitors were able to best Labrie’s 2013 record.

(Interested in learning more about Punkin Chunkin? Check out this AMA Tory and Kari hosted on Reddit earlier this week.)

Don’t miss other holiday specials & programs running through the weekend:

  • Revenge of the Whale, Animal Planet, November 26 at 9pm ET/CT
  • When Turkeys Attack, Destination America, November 26 at 10pm ET/CT
  • Tanksgiving, American Heroes Channel, November 27th at 12pm ET/CT through 6am ET/CT November 28
  • Pit Bulls and Parolees: Giving Thanks, Animal Planet, November 29 at 10pm ET/CT

Hosts Kari Byron and Tory Belleci take part in the pumpkin’s final weigh-in.

Team Yankee Siege makes final adjustments for 1,000lb pumpkin chunk.

Yankee Farmer Steve Seigars’€™ 10,000lb mace.

Host Kari Byron and Fat Jimmy cheer on the chunkers.

Five Discovery Networks Among Primetime Emmy Nominees

July 10, 2014 | by aharris

Emmy AwardsThis morning, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be presented on August 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel and OWN all nabbed nominations, including Discovery’s MythBusters and TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, and Discovery’s Alaska: The Last Frontier and Deadliest Catch for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, OWN’s Running from Crazy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special and Science’s Through the Wormhole in Outstanding Informational Series.

In total, Discovery Communications’ networks received 14 nominations:

Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming

  • Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery)
  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery)

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

  • Running from Crazy (OWN)

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

  • Through the Wormhole (Science)

Outstanding Narrator 

  • Too Cute! (Animal Planet)
  • Penguins: Waddle All the Way (Discovery)

Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming

  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery)
  • Naked and Afraid (Discovery)

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special

  • Klondike (Discovery)

Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming

  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

  • MythBusters (Discovery)
  • Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC)

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

  • Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery)
  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery)

Congratulations to all the nominees, and stay tuned for the Awards announcements in August!