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“Darkness,” “Devil’s Canyon” highlight Discovery Channel summer slate

Discovery Channel’s summer slate includes new programs and returning favorites including the network’s popular Shark Week.  The new lineup includes shows such as Darkness, which pushes contestants to their limits in complete darkness, enduring ...
May 24, 2017

Discovery Channel’s summer slate includes new programs and returning favorites including the network’s popular Shark Week

The new lineup includes shows such as Darkness, which pushes contestants to their limits in complete darkness, enduring days buried underground; the new documentary Mosquito, that looks at the international effort to stop the world’s deadliest animal in its tracks; and television’s longest-running summer event, Shark Week gives audiences a glimpse into the mysterious world of sharks.

Below are the new series airing this summer on Discovery with descriptions courtesy of the network.

Devil’s Canyon

Deep in the bush of British Columbia, there is a new gold rush happening in the area known as Devil’s Canyon. Hundreds of millions of dollars in gold are waiting for anyone who is willing to risk their life to get it. Extreme prospectors Boyce Goff, Ben van der Valk and John Belchik travel separately into the areas of Devil’s Canyon that are far beyond the reach of big mining companies, in search of the next big pay streak. No roads, no trails, no camera crew, no help. It’s man vs. nature in one of the harshest environments on Earth, all for the chance to steal the Devil’s gold. Devil’s Canyon airs June 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Throwback Weekend

Discovery Channel is turning back the clocks to revisit some of the most iconic series in television history. Packed with nostalgia, Throwback Weekend revisits epic experiments and maverick mechanics with original episodes of Mythbusters and Monster Garage. Throwback Weekend airs June 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT

Diesel Brothers: The Double Header

Heavy D, Diesel Dave, Redbeard and The Muscle have built an empire with DieselSellerz, bringing extreme tricked out trucks to fans across America. Internet sensations, the team showcase crazy pranks and stunt driving to their loyal followers. They work hard and play hard, but this time they’re taking their diesel game to the ballpark… with Detroit Tigers’ superstar Miguel Cabrera and MLB Network analysts Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez and former All-Star Carlos Peña. The two-night special, Diesel Brothers: The Double Header, premieres on Monday, June 19th at 9 p.m. ET/PT and concludes on June 22nd at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the Discovery Channel. The special will also air in Spanish on Discovery Español on June 19 and June 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Mosquito

Shot on four continents and featuring insights from some of the world’s leading experts, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention former Director Tom Frieden, Mosquito sounds the alarm about the deadliest animal in the world highlighting the immense international efforts that will be required to stop it in its tracks. Mosquito flies into Discovery July 6.

Shark Week

As television’s longest running summer event, from exotic, unexplored locations to incredible breaches and shark sonograms, Shark Week (pictured) has given viewers extensive insight into the mysterious world of sharks – taking them where cameras have never been before. Along the way, Shark Week has built a community of scientists, including Craig O’Connoll, Neil Hammerschlag, and Tristan Gutteridge, who have come on board to share science-based shark stories and exciting shark research from the field. Discovery will employ new technology, from genetic profiling to miniaturized camera tags, to peer more deeply into the shark ecosystem. The shows of the 30th anniversary will combine the best of science and technology to capture the fascinating and misunderstood behavior of sharks. Whether looking for the largest great white sharks deep in the ocean, or exploring for strange new shark species, Shark Week 2017 starting July 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT will deep dive into the secret lives of sharks, and find better ways to share the oceans we co-inhabit.

Darkness

This all-new series takes the survival genre to the next level. Inspired by extreme training scenarios conducted by the U.S. Military, Department of Defense, and NASA, three strangers each episode will push themselves to their absolute limits in complete darkness – enduring days buried underground while navigating prehistoric cave systems, ancient subterranean cities and centuries-old abandoned mines. Darkness comes to Discovery this July.

First in Human

From the first use of chemotherapy for cancer, lithium for depression, and immunosuppressive therapy for lupus, NIH’S Building 10 has been at the forefront of the world’s medical breakthroughs. First in Human is an unprecedented look inside Building 10, the nation’s largest research hospital, where the medicine of tomorrow is made.  The three-part documentary series explores the lives of the doctors, researchers, and patients who together make progress possible in this cutting-edge testing ground. The series is narrated by Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critics Choice winning actor Jim Parsons, directed by Emmy winner John Hoffman, and executive produced by Hoffman and Emmy winner Dyllan McGee. First in Human premieres August 10.

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

From the Montana Rockies to the Kansas wheat fields and the Gulf of Mexico, families who work the land and sea are crossing political divides to find unexpected ways to protect the natural resources vital to their livelihoods. Narrated by award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw and directed by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated Susan Froemke and Emmy-winning filmmaker John Hoffman, the film is based on Miriam Horn’s book, “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland.” The documentary was an official selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and premieres August 31 on Discovery.

Carspotting

Entrepreneurial brothers Carlos and Pedro, coupled with their car savant and best friend Niko, are in the business of re-glorifying the holy grails of American muscle cars. The trio hunt, restore, and sell these abandoned relics in a remote region of the Pacific Northwest, a hidden region for car-hunting gurus. The experts in this new series dig around remote locations for classic cars that have been left for dead and are determined to find the most sought after hidden cars and make huge profits doing it.

Garage Rehab

In this new series, Richard Rawlings is the owner of several successful businesses including Gas Monkey Garage a world-renowned hot rod shop and Gas Monkey Bar and Grill. Now, he’s ready to help other business owners find that same success. So, he’s traveling the country in search of struggling automotive and motorcycle shops that are desperate for cash and on the brink of failure. Will Rawlings and his team be able to save a struggling garage from closing its doors forever?

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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