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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 »

Gunman Takes Hostages in Discovery Channel HQ

He has history of trouble with company

(Newser) - A gunman who had what police described as "concerns" with the Discovery Channel networks is holding a "small number" of hostages in the company's suburban Washington headquarters. Police are in negotiations with the man, who entered the building in Silver Spring, Md., wearing what appeared to be explosive... 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 »

Oprah Sets Date for Cable Launch, Show Move

Discovery Channel to media mogul: 'Move it or lose it'

(Newser) - The long-awaited launch of Oprah's cable network is set for early 2011, and her syndicated talk show will move to the new Oprah Winfrey Network—and from Chicago to Los Angeles. The switch from Discovery Health Channel to OWN was originally set for mid-2009, and Discovery threatened to rescind the... More »

Discovery's Shark Week Back With a Bite

(Newser) - Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Discovery Channel, Shark Week is back. The channel's wildly popular annual look at the predators returns next week with six new documentaries, including a look at the deadly 1916 shark attacks off New Jersey that inspired Jaws. Channel... More »

Hasbro, Discovery Join to Launch Kids Channel

Toy maker plans to use kids network to promote merchandise

(Newser) - Hasbro and Discovery have struck a deal to revitalize the flagging Discovery Kids Network, the Los Angeles Times reports. Hasbro, manufacturer of Transformers and GI Joe, will buy a 50% stake in Discovery Kids for $300 million. The company plans to emphasize merchandise based on programming on the network, which... More »

Ferrell Tests His Mettle on Man Vs. Wild

Man vs. Wild appearance will air in June

(Newser) - Will Ferrell fans can watch the funnyman eat reindeer eyeballs, drink his own urine, and rappel down frozen waterfalls in a June episode of Man vs. Wild. Ferrell joined host Bear Grylls in Sweden—where the pair also improvised snow shoes and foraged for food—to tape the popular Discovery... More »

ESPN, Discovery Rank as Favorite Cable Channels

(Newser) - US viewers see ESPN and the Discovery Channel as the most indispensable cable networks, Multichannel News reports. A poll by Solutions Research Group asked 1,200 TV viewers which channels they thought of as “must keep.” The results:
  • The top four spots went to the big networks. In
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World's Heaviest Groom Weds

Half-ton man goes to wedding on flatbed

(Newser) - The world's heaviest man was married yesterday in a bizarre wedding ceremony in Mexico that required a crane to transport him to him to the nuptials. Manuel Uribe, 47, was driven to the ceremony on the back of a flatbed truck, decorated in white, still resting in the bed he... More »

Explosive Mentos- Coke Secret Uncapped

What causes the YouTube phenom

(Newser) - You've seen it on hit YouTube videos, but now young researchers have unlocked the secret of the volcanic reaction that occurs when Mentos are dropped into Diet Coke, ABC News reports. Students at Appalachian State University say the rough, dimply surface of the sinking candy disrupts the water molecules in... More »

Planet Green a 'Waste of Energy'

New network turns Earth into "lifestyle accessory"

(Newser) - Our era of eco-chic has borne bitter fruit: Watching the new cable network Planet Green is “an unforgivable waste of energy,” writes Troy Patterson in Slate. The Discovery Channel spinoff reduces environmentalism to a status symbol and bludgeons the viewer with inane condescension. “Eco-tainment” is king, with... More »

Lance’s Team Bites the Dust

Biking outfit loses sponsorship amid doping scandals

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong’s former cycling team is shutting down after failing to find a new corporate sponsor. The Discovery Channel squad would normally have no trouble staying afloat after one of its riders won the Tour de France this summer, the New York Times reports. But  doping scandals have... More »

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