Television Critics Association Panels Propel Networks into Spring Season

Yesterday here in Pasadena, many of Discovery Communications’ networks previewed a selection of upcoming programming to journalists from around the country at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour. You can read more about the event, including which networks participated and what specific programs they presented here.

Science Channel announced What Could Possibly Go Wrong?, where real-life friends Grant Reynolds and Kevin Moore work to decipher what went wrong in the most outrageous internet fail videos. The series will premiere on Saturday, February 7 at 10pm ET/CT.


Grant Reynolds and Kevin Moore from Science Channel’s ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong?’ with Josh Berkley, Executive Producer

Destination America announced the premiere of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Impact Wrestling on the network. Voracious fans can get in on the non-stop action and explosive entertainment on Friday, January 16 at 9pm ET/CT.


Marc Etkind, General Manager, Destination America with TNA Wrestlers Chris Melendez and Ken Anderson from Destination America’s ‘TNA Impact Wrestling’ and the President of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling, Dixie Carter

Animal Planet announced Matt on the Run, where weekend adventurer Matt Galland and his adrenaline-junkie best buddies Danny Bryson and Blake Josephson venture to some of the most untouched pockets of the world in an effort to trek roughly 100 miles in four days. The series will premiere in February.


Rick Holzman, General Manager, Animal Planet with Matt Galland, Blake Josephson and Danny Bryson from Animal Planet’s ‘Matt on the Run’

TLC announced My Big Fat Fabulous Life, which follows the life of overnight internet sensation Whitney Thore (“A Fat Girl Dancing”) with all the ups and downs, humor, heart and tears that come with being a fat girl in today’s world. The nine-part series premieres Tuesday, January 13 at 10pm ET/PT.


Whitney Thore from TLC’s ‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’

Discovery Life Channel announced New Girls on the Block, which follows a group of highly inspirational and entertaining women from Kansas City, Mo. – all friends and some couples – who happen to be transgender. The six-part series premieres on Thursday, April 2 at 10pm ET/CT.


Jay James, Executive Producer, Conveyor Media; the Head of the Transgender Institute, Caroline Gibbs; Macy Graham-Kimbrough, Sharon Granger, Robyn Clarke, and Andrew Boyce from Discovery Life Channel’s ‘New Girls on the Block’

American Heroes Channel announced its exclusive rights to Surrender, a new documentary that captures the saga that unfolded during the final episodes of World War II and the first steps into a new world. The two-part special will air this spring to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.


Kevin Bennett, General Manager, Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel

Investigation Discovery announced Vanity Fair Confidential, where mysteries from the pages of Vanity Fair magazine are lifted on to the television in a series of hour-long episodes, offering exclusive insights interlaced with first-person accounts from those involved in each case. The new series will premiere Monday, January 19 at 9pm ET/CT.


Dana Brown, Deputy Editor, Vanity Fair; Bryan Burrough, Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair and writer, “The Counterfeit Rockefeller;” Gry Park, Ex-wife of the Counterfeit Rockefeller, Christophe Rocancourt; Michelle Kramer, Featured in Buzz Bissinger’s “The Runaway Doctor” story; Steven Weinstock, Executive Producer, True Entertainment; Michael Klein, Executive Producer, Conde Nast Entertainment

Discovery officially introduced new Discovery Channel President Rich Ross, who took some time to field questions from the media about his new role and his visions for the network. Discovery then welcomed MythBusters co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to the stage, who announced that the fan-favorite show will have a fresh look and feel as it heads into its latest season – complete with new high-res cameras and special Simpsons and Indiana Jones collaborations The new season premieres on Saturday, January 10 at 9pm ET/CT.


Rich Ross, President, Discovery Channel


Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from Discovery Channel’s ‘MythBusters’