Upfronts ’14: Wallenda returns to Discovery for “Skyscraper Live”

Following the announcement of its Survival Live event series, Discovery Channel has unveiled a new Nik Wallenda live stunt special that will see the "King of the High Wire" attempt to cross the Chicago skyline untethered.
April 3, 2014

Following the announcement of its Survival Live event series, Discovery Channel has unveiled a new Nik Wallenda live stunt special that will see the “King of the High Wire” attempt to cross the Chicago skyline untethered.

As part of its upfront slate, Discovery has Skyscraper Live penciled in for a fall 2014 airing. It joins Survival Live, a 42-day series from Adjacent Productions, set for later this year, that will mix pre-recorded episodes with live eliminations as eight survivalists head into the wild with only one to emerge as the victor; and the previously announced Everest Jump Live, slated for May, which will see wingsuit jumper Joby Ogwyn attempt the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest.

A new series, #Bikerlive, also incorporates a live, interactive component, as viewers watch three regional competitors build custom bikes and a winner is crowned live, via audience votes.

Other new series on the slate include American Muscle, a sports docuseries from Funny or Die featuring trainer Mike Barwis; Edge of Alaska, following inhabitants of an “Old West” town in Alaska; Fat ‘n’Furious, following the team at Christmas Automotive as they hunt for cars destined for the scrap heap and bring them back from the dead; Kodiak, which documents life on Kodiak Island; Siberian Cut (w/t), which follows an American attempting to start a logging business in Siberia; and Tree People, which looks at a group of people who live in the treetops of the American Pacific Northwest.

Returning series on the Discovery slate include Alaska: The Last Frontier; Amish Mafia; Bering Sea Gold; Deadliest Catch; Dual Survival; Dude You’re Screwed; Fast ‘n’ Loud; Gold Rush; Moonshiners; MythBusters; Naked and Afraid; Sons of Guns; Street Outlaws; Shark After Dark (set for ‘Shark Week,’ also slated to return) and Yukon Men.

Natural history specials slated for 2014-2015 include Dolphins: Spy in the Pod which will use hidden robotic cameras to capture dolphins up-close; Girl Gang of Talia, which follows four tigress sisters as they hunt in the forests of central India; and the aforementioned ‘Shark Week’ strand.

Discovery is also pooling its automotive programming in ‘Motor Mondays,’ in which returning series such as Fast ‘n’ Loud will be teamed up with new series including #Bikerlive.

Also set for the year ahead is the previously announced scripted series The West, produced by Sundance Productions and Stephen David Entertainment.

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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 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.