Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Hawking’

Curiosity Debuts with Special Cross-Network Simulcast Tonight

August 7, 2011 | by aharris

CuriosityWhen Discovery Channel first hit the air in June 1985, our Founder and Chairman, John Hendricks, had a simple mission: satisfying our curiosity about the world around us through nonfiction television. Over the years, Discovery has grown to include over 130 networks in over 210 countries around the world, and today the company launches the first episode of Curiosity — the company’s largest multi-platform initiative to date.

Curiosity is a journey to uncover the truths behind life’s most challenging questions. There is perhaps no more challenge question than the one addressed in tonight’s premiere: Did God create the universe? Debuting on Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science, Investigation Discovery and Discovery Fit & Health at 8pm ET/PT, the episode lays out Stephen Hawking’s viewpoint and theory about the question. Following at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery, TLC and Science, Meet the Press‘ David Gregory will host a roundtable discussion including:

  • John Haught, a Roman Catholic theologian and Head of the Center on Study of Science and Religion at Georgetown University
  • Paul Davies, cosmologist and co-director of the Cosmology Initiative at Arizona State University
  • Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at California Institute of Technology

Viewers are also invited to join the discussion at, on Facebook and on Twitter by following @CuriosityTV and using the #GodUniverse hashtag. Discovery is also encouraging fans to show off their curiosity by checking in on GetGlue and earning special stickers for each episode/question.

Welcome to Curiosity!

Meet the Man Behind Discovery & Our Curiosity

August 3, 2011 | by aharris

Hendricks on Curiosity HomepageThis Sunday, August 7, at 8pm ET/PT, Discovery Channel will debut the first installment of Discovery Communications most ambitious multi-platform project ever: Curiosity. Tackling some of the biggest questions of our time as a part of Discovery’s mission to satisfy curiosity about the world around us, Curiosity was envisioned by our Founder and Chairman, John Hendricks.

A cornerstone of the project, beyond the television series with big questions and big names (Stephen Hawking, Eli Roth, Robin Williams and Maggie Gyllenhaal, to name a few), is For the past several weeks, the site has featured three of our online Curiosity Luminaries each week and today’s spotlight is on none other than Hendricks. Check out his profile, watch videos of him tackling questions about TV, education and the genesis of Curiosity, and read his answer to several questions — spanning philanthropy and alternatives to fossil fuels.

To join the conversation about these and many other topics, make sure to visit the Curiosity Facebook page and to follow @CuriosityTV on Twitter!

Discovery Nets Nominated for 11 News & Doc Emmys

July 19, 2011 | by aharris

On the heels of last week’s 10 Primetime Emmy nominations, Discovery Communications received 11 News & Documentary Emmy nods earlier this week — with Discovery Channel leading the way with seven. First Life with David Attenborough was nominated in three categories (Outstanding Nature Programming, Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction) and Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking was recognized with two nominations for Outstanding Science and Technology Programming and Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction.

Congratulations to all the nominees:

Outstanding Nature Programming
First Life with David Attenborough (Discovery Channel)
Secret Life of Elephants (Animal Planet)

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (Discovery Channel)
Creating Synthetic Life (Science)

Outstanding Historical Programming – Long Form
The Kennedy Detail (Discovery Channel)

Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form
Houston We Have a Problem (Planet Green)

Outstanding Cinematography – Nature
Air Jaws (Discovery Channel
Into the Dragon’s Lair (Animal Planet)

Outstanding Writing
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
(Discovery Channel)

Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction
First Life with David Attenborough
(Discovery Channel)
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
(Discovery Channel)

Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the 32nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Award winners will be announced on Monday, September 26 in New York City.