Posts Tagged ‘MythBusters’

Get Ready to Hurl with Discovery & Science on Thanksgiving

November 22, 2011 | by aharris

Punkin Chunkin 2011 GetGlue StickerPumpkins become projectiles once again with the return of Punkin Chunkin, the annual special that has become a Thanksgiving tradition on Discovery Channel and Science.

For the unfamiliar, Punkin Chunkin is a yearly extravaganza where teams (and more than 30,000 fans) gather in a Delaware cornfield to see whose homemade contraption can propel a pumpkin the farthest. This year’s event takes viewers behind the firing line, getting up close and personal with the explosive contraptions and personalities that help define “gourd glory.” MythBusters’ Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci host and take viewers inside the madness to uncover the subculture of these passionate participants.

So enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family and friends, and then enjoy your pumpkin pie on Thursday at 8pm ET/PT while the pumpkins fly on Discovery & Science. And don’t forget to check in on GetGlue to earn your Punkin Chunkin 2011 sticker!

Spend Your Thanksgiving Holiday with Your Favorite Discovery Network Shows

November 22, 2011 | by aharris

Happy ThanksgivingAs you prepare to hit the road, brave the airports or host family and friends this Thanksgiving, not enough can be said for the need to de-stress and relax. Whether in a tryptophan-induced haze or not, Discovery’s networks are serving up a generous portion of marathons over the next several days that will have you coming back for seconds. Check out the line-up below and, most of all, have a happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23

Thursday, November 24

Friday, November 25

Saturday, November 26

Discovery Channel, Penn & Teller Are Ready to Lie to You

October 4, 2011 | by aharris

Penn & Teller Tell A LieAs kids we’re taught that lying is wrong. Then, as we grow up, we learn that there are nuances and those “white lies.” But there is also another class of deception — lying in the name of entertainment and enlightenment. That’s exactly what Discovery Channel is bringing us on Wednesday nights with Penn & Teller Tell A Lie (premiering at 10pm ET/PT, after MythBusters).

In the new series, hosted by the iconic Penn & Teller, viewers are presented with several stories in each episode and asked to use their knowledge and powers of deduction to detect which one is a lie. Taking the interactive guessing game to a new level, the Guess the Lie co-viewing app allows you to place your bets in real time while watching (the results will be featured in the show), and also get fun extras and chat with fans during the show. Some of the truths/lies tackled include:

  • You can melt steel with bacon.
  • A jet engine can blow out a forest fire.
  • You can lift a car with a head of human hair.
  • Wallpaper can stop a wrecking ball.

So download the app (available on iPad, iPhone and online), follow @PennJillette and @MrTeller on Twitter and be prepared to be lied to!

New Episodes of MythBusters Return to Discovery Channel on Wednesday

September 27, 2011 | by aharris

Adam Savage of MythBustersThey’ve tackled some crazy myths over the years (and nabbed three consecutive Emmy nominations) and tomorrow Discovery Channel‘s MythBusters will be back with more science and mayhem. Among the myths they will tackle this season:

  • Are motorcycles better for the environment than cars? (This Wednesday’s episode, at 9pm ET/PT)
  • Can you supersize a Newton’s Cradle to epic proportions?
  • Can you use duct tape to fix a plane that has been mauled by a bear? (As odd as this one sounds, it’s a story that has inundated our fansite message boards for years!)
  • Could a methane blast inside a sewer blow manhole covers tens of feet into the air?

And who says science can’t be fun? Catch a sneak peek of tomorrow’s premiere below and listen for the new open, courtesy of the Dandy Warhols!

MythBusters, Lies, Dinos & Trekkies: Discovery & Science Storm Comic-Con 2011

July 27, 2011 | by aharris

Today’s post is from guest blogger David Tra, Social Media Specialist for Discovery Channel, who is back from San Diego just in time for Shark Week 2011!

Comic-Con 2011: Penn & TellerLast week, I made the cross-country trip to sunny California for Comic-Con International 2011. The pop culture spectacle was held in San Diego from July 21-24, and featured exhibitors, celebrities, movie premieres and panel discussions. Though not my first time at the geek rodeo (actually my second), Comic-Con is an awe-inspiring experience that can be overwhelming for those unprepared for its geek grandeur.

Discovery Channel‘s week began with Las Vegas’ Penn & Teller. In support of their upcoming fall series Penn & Teller Tell a Lie, the dynamic duo held a lively panel complete with previews and a magic trick grand finale.

Comic-Con 2011 - Dinosaur RevolutionFor the second straight year, Discovery Channel hosted a panel for its upcoming animated dinosaur series. However, this time around, the project’s final title was announced: Dinosaur Revolution. Featuring reShark Week at Comic-Con 2011nowned artists David Krentz (Disney’s Dinosaur) and Ricardo Delgado (Age of Reptiles), the panel wowed young and old (and wherever I fall in) with its groundbreaking animation.

While there wasn’t a panel featuring great whites, Shark Week was still creating a frenzy at Comic-Con. In fact, there was a Shark Week invasion, as street teams handed out thousands of oversized Shark Week bags to ‘Con goers. I saw first-hand that these bags were so popular that sometimes we couldn’t even hand them out fast enough (and they were in demand among @SharkWeek fans on Twitter).

MythBusters Fans at Comic-Con 2011

Fans with Outfits Fashioned from Last Year's MythBusters Bags

MythBusters also returned to Comic-Con — to the delight of many. Excited fans were thrilled to get autographs, while host Adam Savage dressed in full costume and challenged fans to find him on the convention floor through his annual #adamincognito event.

Wil Wheaton and Rod Roddenberry at Comic-Con 2011

Rod (right) with Wil Wheaton...both of whom I got to meet!

In what has now become a Saturday night Comic-Con tradition, MythBusters closed out the ‘Con in style. With a plethora of laughs and announcements (a re-mixed theme song by the Dandy Warhols, new bobbleheads and exciting side projects), all five hosts and moderator Scott Collins from The Los Angeles Times certainly gave the 3,000+ capacity crowd a memorable time. Fans also were treated to an epic sneak peek video of the upcoming fall season, along with a parody of YouTube’s “Honeybadger” video (at the end of this post).

Science also made a splash in San Diego. At the Roddenberry panel, Bernadette McDaid (VP of Production) shared that the network would air Rod Roddenberry’s documentary, Trek Nation. The special will follow Rod as he learns more about his father, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and the history and cultural influence of the storied franchise.

Discovery Channel & Science Travel to San Diego for Comic-Con 2011

July 21, 2011 | by gweiswasser

MythBusters in Full ForceDiscovery Channel and Science have invaded Comic-Con 2011 with a full slate of panels and activities at the annual fan gathering in San Diego:

  • Today, Penn & Teller kick things off with a panel at 7pm PT and a sneak peek of their new Discovery Channel series, Tell a Lie.
  • On Friday, from 6-7pm, Rod Roddenberry will be joined by fellow panelists to talk about taking the Roddenberry Star Trek legacy to the next level including with Science’s forthcoming Trek Nation.
  • Saturday, from 8-9pm PT, Discovery Channel will return to Comic-Con with Reign of the Dinosaurs (wt), coming to the network this fall and featuring a behind-the-scenes look at how the CGI series was created.
  • Finally, perennial Comic-Con crowd-pleaser MythBusters will hold its panel from 7:45-8:45 PT on Saturday night.

In addition, 20,000 lucky Shark Week fans will get great white-sized, limited-edition Shark Week bags to impress their friends, demonstrate their fandom and carry all that Comic-Con swag. And you’ll also find the MythBusters team ready to greet you at their Saturday autograph sessions!

If you aren’t one of the lucky people attending Comic-Con in person, you can tap into our colleague David Tra’s on-the-ground updates through our Discovery Channel and MythBusters Facebook pages and on Twitter by following @Discovery, @MythBusters and @SharkWeek.