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Discovery Channel magics up “Penn & Teller” series

Discovery Channel will premiere new series Penn & Teller's Secrets of the Universe and Swamp Brothers, along with specials Frozen Planet and Where's My Mammoth?, the U.S. network revealed at its Upfront presentation (pictured).
April 15, 2011

Discovery Channel will premiere new series Penn & Teller’s Secrets of the Universe and Swamp Brothers, along with specials Frozen Planet and Where’s My Mammoth?, the U.S. network revealed at its Upfront presentation (pictured).

Discovery will premiere four new series, including one starring world famous magicians Penn & Teller’s Secrets of the Universe, where the duo present ten amazing stories, but one of them is a lie. Multi-platform audiences will play along to guess the fake.

Best in the Business is a battle of job-skill supremacy, with farmer pitted against farmer, fireman against fireman, putting the spotlight on the not-so-average people who take their profession to the next level.

Swamp Brothers features exotic animal expert Robbie Keszey and his brother Stephen, a former city slicker, as they run Glades Herp Farms, Florida’s largest reptile sanctuary and exotic reptile dealership.

Nik Wallenda, who is a descendant of famous circus family “The Flying Wallendas,” is the focus of Life on a Wire, a look at a 21st century daredevil.

Some of the specials coming to the network include big blue chip BBC/Discovery channel coproduction Frozen Planet, which captures the scale and beauty of the earth’s polar regions, from the people behind Planet Earth, and Where’s My Mammoth?, which is billed as “the definitive natural history of one of the most iconic animals that ever lived.”

The ever popular Shark Week will return, with new insights into the magnificent and elusive creatures. Discovery’s returning series include Deadliest Catch, American Chopper, Dirty Jobs, Man Vs. Wild, MythBusters, Man Woman Wild, Dual Survival, Storm Chasers, Auction Kings, Hogs Gone Wild, Swamp Loggers and American Loggers.

“Discovery is mining content gold with one-of-a-kind characters, extraordinary places and unrivaled production quality that reinforces the network’s heritage while constantly innovating and pushing the brand forward,” said Clark Bunting, Discovery Channel president and general manager.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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