Stars Come Out for Discovery Communications’ Upfront

Yesterday, Discovery Communications returned to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City to host its annual Upfront for an audience of advertisers and press. While I shared news yesterday here about new and returning series coming to our networks, we wanted to give you a glimpse at the action — on stage and backstage — through the photos below. I’ve been fortunate to attend several Upfront presentations and what…

Josh & Chuck from ‘Stuff You Should Know’ to Take SXSW by Storm

Starting this week, tens of thousands will descend on Austin, Texas for SXSW 2012. Among those from the Discovery family attending are Josh Clark & Chuck Bryant from the popular Stuff You Should Know podcast and blog on HowStuffWorks.com. On Sunday, March 11, at 3:30pm, Josh & Chuck will return to the Driskill Hotel to record the latest installment of their SYSK podcast. If you’re at SXSW Interactive, mark your…

Science Asks, ‘Are We Alone?’

Many scientists, writers and Hollywood films (my favs: Contact and Men in Black) set their sites on on that big question: Is there intelligent life beyond Earth? And what better network than Science to explore the subject. Starting March 6, Science is launching Are We Alone? Month in conjunction with TED and the SETI Institute. Things kick off tomorrow night at 10pm ET/PT with the return of Through the Wormhole,…

Put Science’s ‘An Idiot Abroad’ on Your Bucket List

Two words: Karl Pilkington. Yes, that’s right, Ricky Gervais’ favorite round-headed friend is returning to Science on Saturday, January 21, at 10pm ET/PT in An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List. After following Karl to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in the first season (and spending Saturday night’s Tweeting along with fellow fans for Science), I know there’s no better cure for the winter blahs than a dose…

Discovery Education & 3M Are Searching for America’s Top Young Scientist

For the past thirteen years, Discovery has sought out the brightest young minds in grades 5-8 to solve everyday problems with the power of science…and the search is on again. Today, Discovery Education and 3M announced the opening of the 14th annual Young Scientist Challenge, asking students to create a short video explaining the science behind their solution to an everyday problem in one of these three categories: The Way…

Fill Your Holidays With Marathons From Discovery Communications

If you’re looking at long days ahead at your in-laws’ and wondering how you’re going to pass those hours, we have just the answer for you: marathons of your favorite Discovery Communications programs! Here’s a guide to what we’ve got over the next week or two: Friday December 23: Gold Rush on Discovery starting at 9am ET/PT, Dr. G: Medical Examiner Fan Favorites on Discovery Fit & Health starting at…

Science Debuts ‘Trek Nation,’ Miso Sideshow Experience

Science is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Star Trek by delving into the life of its creator, Gene Roddenberry, with Trek Nation. This two-hour tribute, Wednesday at 8pm ET/PT, follows Gene’s son, Rod, as he explores the deep impact of his father’s singular vision of the future. Through interviews with fans, including George Lucas, J.J. Abrams and Seth MacFarlane, Trek Nation chronicles a son’s journey to discover his father’s work…

Get Ready to Hurl with Discovery & Science on Thanksgiving

Pumpkins 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…

Discovery Networks to Participate in First Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System

We’ve all caught them while we’ve been tuning into our favorite networks: regular tests of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). EAS is a national public warning system across broadcasters, cable television systems, radio and other platforms that allows the President to address the American public during a national emergency. The system also may be used on a state or local level to deliver important emergency information, like AMBER alerts. On…

Science, Ridley Scott Introduce Us to the ‘Prophets of Science Fiction’

Calling all sci-fi fans! On Wednesday night at 10pm ET/PT, Science debuts Prophets of Science Fiction, a series that explores the relationship between science fiction and the constantly-evolving worlds of science and technology. Executive Producer Ridley Scott, the creative genius behind Hollywood classics including Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator and a student of science fiction explores how the dreams of storytellers like Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, George Lucas and Phillip K.…