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'Biggest Scam of 2017': Phelps' Race Against a Great White

Fans didn't realize he'd be racing against computer-generated sharks, not real ones

(Newser) - It was supposed to be the event of the summer. Well, OK, an event of the summer—but Michael Phelps fans still had high hopes for the swimming champ's much-hyped race Sunday against a bunch of sharks. They didn't read the fine print, however, and People and the... More »

Michael Phelps' Next Opponent Has Never Heard of Him

Because it's a dang great white shark

(Newser) - Is he high ? Mashable reports Michael Phelps will race a great white shark for Discovery Channel's inescapable Shark Week. The mechanics of the race are unclear—Mashable is concerned the shark won't understand it's supposed to race the Olympian, not eat him—and a press release... More »

Alaskan Bush People Could Soon Be Alaskan Jail People

The reality stars are in legal trouble for allegedly lying about living in Alaska

(Newser) - Once again reality TV proves to be less real than we've been led to believe. The stars of Discovery Channel's Alaskan Bush People may not be the "born and raised wild" Alaskans the show portrays them to be, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. Six members of the... More »

Was Man Eaten Alive by Anaconda? Not Exactly

Paul Rosolie needs rescue during Discovery Channel show

(Newser) - Eaten Alive, the Discovery Channel special that was supposed to feature Paul Rosolie being swallowed whole , then regurgitated, by an anaconda, aired last night ... but Rosolie's encounter with the giant snake didn't exactly go down as planned. According to the Hollywood Reporter , Rosolie spent most of the two-hour... More »

Man Says He'll Be Eaten Alive by Anaconda

Paul Rosolie claims he'll journey into the belly of the beast for Discovery Channel

(Newser) - Naturalist Paul Rosolie believes "you have to go head first." What he's referring to is shoving his head into the mouth of an anaconda, letting it swallow him, and filming the experience for a Discovery Channel special called Eaten Alive, News.com.au reports. According to the... More »

Shark Week Once Mattered; Now It's a Joke

Alan Yuhas: Discovery abandons science in quest for ratings

(Newser) - The Discovery Channel's Shark Week is under way again, but it can't end soon enough for Alan Yuhas at the Guardian . Discovery now prefers schlock to science, as evidenced by the fictional documentary Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives that kicked off this year's festivities. When it began... More »

Doomed Storm Chasers Stressed Safety

Tim Samaras, son, partner weren't reckless

(Newser) - The three storm chasers who died Friday in an Oklahoma tornado knew what they were doing, according to family, friends, colleagues, and experts in the field. Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and his partner Carl Young were all known from the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers. One meteorologist explains that... More »

Kraken! Scientists Capture First Giant Squid Footage

And Discovery is airing tape this month

(Newser) - Discovery is about to release the Kraken: Until now, the giant squid had never been caught on video in its natural habitat. But Japan's National Science Museum has managed to capture the footage, and it's headed for the small screen on the country's public television. Then, on... More »

Boeing 727 Crashes in Mexico—as Part of TV Show

Discovery Channel will air footage later this year

(Newser) - A Boeing 727 crashed in a Mexican desert on Friday—on purpose. The staged event was carried out by the Discovery Channel, which will air the "groundbreaking" footage as part of a documentary series called Curiosity. With a name like that, it doesn't take much of a stretch... More »

Discovery Fires Bear Grylls

Outdoorsman axed over contract dispute

(Newser) - Bear Grylls prevailed in scores of Man vs. Wild episodes, but those survival skills were no help in man versus network. The Discovery Channel has fired the British adventurer "due to a continuing contractual dispute," ABC reports. Grylls, who starred in seven seasons of the survival show, was... More »

MythBusters Cannonball Rips Through Home

It goes on a wild ride through neighborhood

(Newser) - Um, whoops: MythBusters was attempting to fire a cannonball through barrels of water and a cinder block wall in order to slow its inertia. Instead, the cannon misfired, sending the reality TV show's cannonball on a tear through a residential California neighborhood yesterday. The cannonball first blasted through the... More »

Shark Week to Be Hosted by...

...Andy Samberg of 'SNL' fame

(Newser) - Last year, the Discovery Channel used a non-Discovery star to host Shark Week for the first time—and it worked out well for them, with the largest audience ever (31 million) tuning in to the Craig Ferguson-hosted event. So this year, the network is following the same formula: Saturday Night ... More »

Discovery Channel, Vatican Team Up for Exorcist Series

Church will allow its investigations to be recreated on TV

(Newser) - Discovery Channel will deepen its involvement with the supernatural in a new series called the Exorcist Files—with the unusual twist that the Vatican is helping out, Entertainment Weekly reports. The network will recreate investigations of demonic possessions and hauntings conducted by the Catholic Church, which is opening its files... More »

Discovery Cancels Show on Michael Jackson's Autopsy

Fans, estate decried program as 'in shockingly bad taste'

(Newser) - The Discovery Channel has scrapped plans to air a reenactment of Michael Jackson's autopsy, Reuters reports. Michael Jackson's Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson had been scheduled to air internationally next month (though not in the US), but the network decided that with a court hearing on Dr. Conrad Murray's... More »

Kate Plus 8 Fueled Discovery Gunman's Wrath

James J. Lee hated network for encouraging population growth

(Newser) - The gunman shot dead after taking hostages at Discovery Communications headquarters yesterday hated the network's shows because he believed they promoted population growth. James J. Lee—who had a history of protesting around Discovery HQ —demanded an end to shows like Kate Plus 8 and 19 Kids and Counting... More »

Suspected Gunman Has History of Protests

He's well-known around Discovery HQ

(Newser) - This is apparently the mindset of the hostage-taker police are negotiating with at Discovery Channel headquarters: "All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions." The suspect identified as James J. Lee, 43, wrote... More »

5 Fun Facts About 'Shark Week'

Audiences love it, activists not so much

(Newser) - It’s Shark Week! Time offers a brief history of Discovery Channel’s popular annual event:
  • An oldie but a goodie: It’s been around since 1987, just two years after the channel launched, making it cable’s longest-running event.
  • Average viewers: It’s one of the most popular television
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Deadliest Catch Stays Classy While Airing Death

Show keeps it real—but doesn't exploit

(Newser) - Deadliest Catch is the realest of reality shows—“in the documentary sense of the word, as opposed to the corrupt facsimile associated with the so-called ‘reality TV’”—and in its coverage of unscripted television’s first death, it maintains that gritty grace. A string of episodes... More »

Deadliest Catch Captain Dies

Popular Cornelia Marie skipper Phil Harris dead at 53

(Newser) - Affable captain Phil Harris of Discovery Channel's hit reality series Deadliest Catch has died at the age of 53. The man often called the toughest skipper in America suffered a stroke while offloading his catch from his boat the Cornelia Marie in Alaska last month and never fully recovered, AP... More »

'Deadliest Catch' Capt. Suffers Stroke

Captain Harris flown to Anchorage for surgery

(Newser) - A captain from Discovery Channel's popular "Deadliest Catch" series was flown to a hospital in Anchorage after suffering a stroke. Capt. Phil Harris, 53, underwent a 12-hour emergency surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma. He was unloading the Cornela Marie in Saint Paul Island in Alaska... More »

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