Discovery unveils all-star cast for “Curiosity”

The line-up of hosts for the ambitious, multi-year series includes Robin Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Brendan Fraser, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Spurlock and Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe, among others.
July 29, 2011

Discovery Channel has unveiled several of the hosts taking part in its upcoming ambitious event series Curiosity.

Premiering August 7 at 8 p.m. EST/PST with an episode featuring renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, future episodes of the Sunday night series will be hosted by such celebs as Robin Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Brendan Fraser, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Michelle Rodriguez, Eli Roth, doc-maker Morgan Spurlock and two hosts of other Discovery staples – MythBusters‘ Adam Savage and Dirty Jobs‘ Mike Rowe.

The range of topics is as wide as the array of hosts, with Williams exploring what drugs actually do to the human body, Jackson examining how the world might end and Fraser delving into what lies beneath Egypt.

In other episodes, Roth will explore the nature of evil, Freeman will look into the possibility of a parallel universe, and Gyllenhaal will let us know once and for all why sex is fun. Lost and Avatar star Rodriguez will investigate how we might survive an alien attack, Spurlock will endeavor to find out if living like a primitive cave-dweller would actually improve our health, Savage will ask if we really can live forever and Rowe will shine his spotlight on the live organisms inhabiting our bodies.

Curiosity is one of Discovery’s most ambitious undertakings to date, and is slated to span five years with 60 episodes and companion content across Science Channel, HD Theater, Planet Green, and Discovery’s international nets. A companion website featuring unique content as well as segments from the series was recently launched in advance of the August premiere.

“We all wonder. Curiosity is the driving force in every discovery that has advanced our civilization,” said John Hendricks, Discovery Communications founder and chairman and creator of the Curiosity series. “From the most obscure details to the biggest questions of our lives, the innate desire to ask why makes us uniquely human. Each week, theĀ Curiosity series will capture that fundamental sense of wonder and present an engaging visualization of our minds’ search for answers.”

Hawking’s episode isĀ entitled “Did God Create the Universe?” It’ll be followed up by a roundtable panel discussion at 9 p.m. EST/PST featuring well-known theologians who will challenge Hawking’s positions.

The premiere episode is produced by Darlow Smithson Productions, with John Smithson and Ben Bowie as executive producers and Susan Winslow as executive producer for Discovery Channel. For the series, Simon Andreae is the senior exec producer, and Alan Eyres is executive producer.

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