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SCIENCE CHANNEL UNVEILS ITS 2014-15 UPFRONT SLATE, LED BY AN UNPRECEDENTED RACE TO THE MOON

Science Channel and Discovery Channel Named the Exclusive Television Homes of the Google Lunar XPRIZE with a Live Broadcast Scheduled From the Moon

(New York, NY ) Science Channel ignites a new generation of viewers with its 2014-15 Upfront programming slate that builds on the network’s most-watched year in primetime and total day in 2013, its most-watched primetime quarter in 1Q14, and its most-watched primetime month in March 2014. Featuring a wealth of new programs, live specials and returning series, the line-up feeds those who possess a passion to explore the unknown, who are unafraid to challenge perspective, and who are completely dedicated to seeking truth through science.

A world premiere live event headlines Science Channel’s slate as the network and Discovery Channel announced today that they will be exclusive television homes to the Google Lunar XPRIZE in 2015. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is the largest international incentive-based prize of all time, offering a $30 million reward for the safe landing of a private, unmanned spacecraft on the moon. Science Channel and Discovery Channel will chronicle the historic race with a miniseries event following 18 teams from around the world as they compete to land safely on the surface of the moon and transmit a live picture back to Earth before the prize’s deadline of December 31, 2015.  The networks will follow the entire process including testing, lift-off, and live coverage of the winning lunar landing, which is estimated to take place in 2015. 

“Science has never been a bigger part of the social consciousness, generating widespread buzz and conversation about space tourism, delivery drones and wearable technology like Google Glass,” said Eileen O’Neill, Group President, Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity. “As the only network dedicated entirely to science programming, Science Channel is uniquely positioned to deliver entertaining television that ignites their imaginations. This season’s Upfront lineup explores all that science has to offer, from unexplained phenomena and biblical mysteries to alien life and backyard scientists.”

Following up on the critically-acclaimed scripted movie THE CHALLENGER DISASTER, Science Channel, in cooperation with the BBC, is developing its second scripted film, SPIES OF LOS ALAMOS, targeted for the third quarter of 2015. This thriller is set against the intense backdrop of 1940s World War II and the creation of America’s biggest military secret ever – the atom bomb. In the New Mexico desert the Army had assembled the world’s brightest minds, but right under their noses four spies were feeding secrets to the enemy that could change the course of world history. SPIES OF LOS ALAMOS is the story of the men who would stop at nothing to find them.

Late night star Craig Ferguson is lending his passion for science as executive producer of I F-ING LOVE SCIENCE. Inspired by “I Fucking Love Science,” the Facebook page with 11 million likes, this all-new series attempts to prove a grand, outlandish thesis that takes viewers on twists and turns through the big and small things of science. I F-ING LOVE SCIENCE follows one inalienable truth – that jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, science is present in everything.

Joining I F-ING LOVE SCIENCE are a number of all-new series for 2014-15. ALIEN UNIVERSE WITH BRIAN COX reunites viewers with Professor Brian Cox from the Peabody Award-winning series WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE. This time Cox seeks answers to the biggest questions about humanity and the cosmos as he gets to the heart of both alien and human life in this all-new series. Finding out more about alien life requires us to know more about the stars, planets, moons, minerals, asteroids, black holes and more. The all-new series STRIP THE COSMOS uses stunning CGI to strip down – layer by layer – the stuff that makes up space to reveal the destiny, origins and structure of the universe. Without satellites gathering information in the deep darkness of space our knowledge of the universe would be very limited. Science Channel is celebrating manmade satellites by bringing each to life in the all-new series MY LIFE AS A SATELLITE where, using a first-person account, viewers will learn about the untold and under-celebrated stories of NASA and science of the universe.

Science Channel is also bringing back several fan favorites this Upfront season including network stalwarts HOW IT’S MADE, which is the official program of Manufacturing Day, and  HOW DO THEY DO IT?, as well as the network’s annual rite of Thanksgiving, PUNKIN CHUNKIN. As the home for the unexplained and alien programming, Science Channel hits THE UNEXPLAINED FILES and ARE WE ALONE? WEEK return for third and fifth seasons, respectively.

The full listing of Science Channel’s upfront programming slate follows below.

4Q14

HOW DO THEY DO IT? – Season 13

(10x30)

Premiere Date TBD

Science Channel’s popular series HOW DO THEY DO IT? is the cure for your average curiosity. The series explores the science behind how everyday gadgets function, taking viewers on an extraordinary journey to discover how the world around them works.

HOW IT’S MADE – Season 15

(13x30)

Premiere Date TBD

HOW IT’S MADE is the addictive assembly line series that returns to give viewers an exclusive look at how their favorite items are manufactured. The series visits dozens of factories where raw materials transform into final products in the scope of a 30-minute episode.

PUNKIN CHUNKIN

(1x120)

Premieres November 2014

For more than 25 years, the World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition has been launching pumpkins high into the skies above Delaware. Science Channel will be there for the seventh straight year in 2014 to catch every far-flung, high-flying moment. PUNKIN CHUNKIN covers every angle of the intense competition from growing special, aerodynamic pumpkins and determining the perfect pumpkin's mass to the mechanics of the air cannon and the physics of catapults.

I F-ING LOVE SCIENCE

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Premieres November 2014

Executive Produced by late night star Craig Ferguson and inspired by the Facebook page “I Fucking Love Science”, I F-ING LOVE SCIENCE follows one inalienable truth – that jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, science is present in everything. In each episode the show attempts to prove a grand, outlandish thesis that will take the viewer on twists and turns through the big and small of all things science. Each hour will delve into a bevy of unexpected but related topics, meeting celebrities, scientists and everyday people – each of whom f-ing love science.

STRIP THE COSMOS

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Premiere Date November 2014

In each episode of STRIP THE COSMOS stunning CGI strips major planets, moons, black holes, stars and galaxies of gases, minerals, rock, magma and gravitational force-fields – layer by layer – revealing the destiny, origins and structure of the universe. STRIP THE COSMOS will also explore fascinating mysteries including: What happens inside an exploding star?; Can you escape from being sucked into a black hole?; Do the insides of comets harbor life?; and can we travel through the cosmos inside an asteroid?

SURVIVORMAN – Season 5

(4x60)

Premiere Date TBD

Filmmaker, musician and outdoor adventurer Les Stroud once again ventures into the wild with no food, no water and no crew. He must rely on his years of training, raw instincts and sheer will to survive. And if that weren't enough, he refuses to bring along a film crew, preferring instead to maintain an authentic survival situation and film the journey himself, dragging 65 pounds of camera gear every inch of the way. 

ALIEN UNIVERSE WITH BRIAN COX

(5x60)

Premieres November 2014

Are we the only ones looking up at the stars and wondering what is out there? On a distant planet, are other creatures asking the same questions and having the same dreams of finding the answers? And if there are, who are they? The all-new series ALIEN UNIVERSE WITH BRIAN COX is Professor Brian Cox’s personal journey into our alien universe and his attempt to answer the massive questions about humanity and our place in the cosmos.

AMERICAN MAKERS (wt)
(6x60)

Premieres November 2014

Capitalizing on the burgeoning Maker Movement, this original new series puts five amateur inventors in a four-round battle to win the chance of a lifetime – an opportunity to take their product to market. Under the watchful eye of a team of experts, each inventor’s product is put through a series of tests and focus groups, re-tooling and tinkering to find out if the inventor’s vision matches consumer demand. The team of experts must decide which, if any of the inventions deserve a true investment and can be put on store shelves.

BIBLICAL CONSPIRACIES

(4x60)

Premieres December 2014

Each year, amazing new discoveries bring the Biblical ancient world to life, but rather than solve riddles, the discoveries only seem to shroud the era deeper in controversy and myth. BIBLICAL CONSPIRACIES will explore several of the most unexpected finds of the last few years—and uncover the bizarre secrets behind them. With the aid of cutting-edge technology, this four-part series brings viewers to the crumbling tombs, palaces and ruins of the Holy Land in search of ancient conspiracies hidden away for thousands of years.

1Q15

OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE – Season 3

(13x60)

Premieres January 2015

What if the time we spent playing YouTube videos also exposed us to first-hand demonstrations of some of science’s fundamental principles?  Science Channel proves that you can have your viral videos and your lab lessons too in the hit series OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE. Each episode counts down the 20 best web videos testing the principles of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. From death-defying dives from the sky, to epic explosions that rock the desert, to full-sized cars performing perfect backflips no experiment is too extreme.

ARE WE ALONE? WEEK

Premieres March 2015

Seventy-four percent of Americans believe in the existence of aliens – and 15 million believe that they have actually made contact with extraterrestrials. Every year, Science Channel dedicates one full week of programming to one of mankind’s most pressing questions with ARE WE ALONE?. The week-long event features world-renowned scientists, leading journalists and alien investigators examining compelling accounts of unusual encounters, strange happenings and possible UFO sightings worldwide.

2Q15

THROUGH THE WORMHOLE – Season 6

(10x60)

Premieres June 2015

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, THROUGH THE WORMHOLE explores the deepest mysteries of existence — the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. Can we eliminate evil? What is nothing? Is there a superior race? Now, science has evolved to the point where hard facts and evidence may be able to provide us with answers instead of philosophical theories. THROUGH THE WORMHOLE brings together the brightest minds and best ideas from the very edges of science — Astrophysics, Astrobiology, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory, and more — to reveal the extraordinary truth of our Universe.

HOW IT’S MADE – Season 16

(13x30)

Premiere Date TBD

HOW IT’S MADE is the addictive assembly line series that returns to give viewers an exclusive look at how their favorite items are manufactured. The series visits dozens of factories where raw materials transform into final products in the scope of a 30-minute episode.

HOW IT’S MADE: DREAM CARS – Season 3

(20x30)

Premiere Date TBD

Picture your dream car: a Maserati or maybe the Audi R8. Have you ever wondered just how that incredible machine was made? Join Science and the classic HOW IT’S MADE crew as we go around the world to the birthplaces of your favorite cars. Each half-hour will reveal the inner workings and gorgeous exteriors of dream cars worldwide with amazing access to the factories and test labs where those cars are built.

MY LIFE AS A SATELLITE

Premiere Date TBD

MY LIFE AS A SATELLITE is a first person account of the life of a man-made satellite. Through the satellite’s exploration of the cosmos viewers learn about the untold and under-celebrated stories of NASA and the science of the universe. Using a combination of stunning CGI, telescope photography, NASA footage and original video, this series take viewers on a spectacular journey of space.

3Q15

SPIES OF LOS ALAMOS

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Premiere Date TBD

In 1943 a team of dynamic and brazen scientists gathered in the New Mexico desert to set out on an incredible task – to create the atomic bomb. Science Channel’s second scripted film, SPIES OF LOS ALAMOS, reveals the untold story of how the most guarded secret in U.S. military history was penetrated through international espionage. With a web of conflicted characters and an extraordinary mission, SPIES OF LOS ALAMOS unveils the story of the ultimate betrayal and its impact on our world today.

THE UNEXPLAINED FILES – Season 3

(12x60)

Premiere Date TBD

From strange abductions and mutated species to bizarre occurrences, there are some phenomena that science cannot–or will not–explain. In THE UNEXPLAINED FILES Science Channel lifts the veil on some of these shocking and mind-boggling cases from around the world. Join renowned scientists, credible experts and first-hand eyewitnesses as they present riveting never-before-seen footage and share their vivid first-person accounts of truly bewildering experiences. The series takes viewers on a thrilling expedition presenting some of the most shocking and interesting stories ever told. 

About Science Channel:

Science Channel, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to ask the killer questions of "how" and "why not." The network is a playground for those with audacious intellects and features programming willing to go beyond imagination to explore the unknown. Guided by curiosity, Science Channel looks for innovation in mysterious new worlds as well as in its own backyard. Science Channel and the Science Channel HD simulcast reach nearly 80 million U.S. households. The network also features high-traffic online and social media destinations, including ScienceChannel.com, facebook.com/Science Channel and twitter.com/Science Channel.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching 2.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through more than 190 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the Hub Network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

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