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TCA: Discovery Communications unveils new shows for ID, Science

As part of Discovery Communication’s TCA press tour presentation held Wednesday (July 26), the network group unveiled a raft of air dates for previously announced programs, documentaries and returning series, ...
July 26, 2017

As part of Discovery Communication’s TCA press tour presentation held Wednesday (July 26), the network group unveiled a raft of air dates for previously announced programs, documentaries and returning series, as well as new projects including Investigation Discovery’s Drew Peterson: An American Murder Mystery and Science Channel’s Mysteries of the Missing.

Investigation Discovery

The Discovery Communications-owned true crime network unveiled its latest installment of its ‘An American Murder Mystery’ strand.

Drew Peterson: An American Murder Mystery, a two-hour special, will unravel the murder of Stacy Peterson, a 23-year-old mother of four who vanished from her Chicago home in October 2007, with her husband, police sergeant Drew Peterson, a suspect. As police dug further into Peterson’s story, who maintained his innocence and claimed to have no involvement in the disappearance of his fourth wife, law enforcement discovered that Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, died under suspicious circumstances.

Peterson would eventually be convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Savio, in 2012.

Ten years removed from Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, Investigation Discovery will delve into Drew and Stacy’s short-lived marriage, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Savio.

The one-off will feature exclusive interviews with those closest to the case, including Stacy’s sister Cassandra Cales and aunt Candace Aikin, as well as Jim Glasgow, the Will County State’s attorney later targeted in a murder-for-hire plot, coordinated by Peterson and for which he was convicted in 2016; and forensic pathologist Larry Blum.

Presented in partnership with American Media Inc., Jupiter Entertainment and Weinstein Television, Drew Peterson: An American Murder Mystery premieres Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ID.

Executive producers on the special include Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Patrick Reardon, Stephen Land, Allison Wallach, Matt Sprouse, David Pecker and Dylan Howard. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer.

Science Channel

Produced by Wall to Wall, Mysteries of the Missing is a new series that looks at plausible reasons for why someone or something could seemingly vanish.

The series features vanishing acts such as the three Alcatraz escapees who managed to flee the island fortress in 1962; the Lost Roanoke Colony in North Carolina; the unexplained cause of a 1908 explosion in a remote part of Siberia that is said to have been the equivalent of a thousand atom bombs; and the Bermuda triangle, among others.

Jeremy Dear and Fred Hepburn are executive producers for Wall to Wall. For Science Channel, Neil Laird is executive producer. Mysteries of the Missing premieres Aug. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Elsewhere, Science Channel’s long running series MythBusters returns in November with new hosts  Jonathan Lung and Brian Louden (pictured) and an arsenal of experiments, while former astronaut Mike Massimino will host the network’s previously announced special, Great American Eclipse and the new series The Planets.

Animal Planet

The previously announced series Rescue Dog to Super Dog from Plimsoll Productions is heading to Animal Planet.

Millions of dogs live in shelters in the U.S. waiting for new homes while millions of people in the U.S. live with physical, psychological or neurological disabilities. Rescue Dog to Super Dog gives shelter dogs a second chance to become a service dog in training to a person with a disability who needs assistance.

The series premieres on Animal Planet on Aug. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

For Plimsoll Productions, Grant Mansfield, Karen Plumb and Laurie Girion are executive producers. For Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman is executive producer and Sarah Russell is producer.

Discovery Channel

Audiences get a chance to glimpse the crucial beginning phase of scientific research in the upcoming series, First in Human: The Trials of Building 10, narrated and executive produced by actor Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory.

From McGee Media, First in Human is a three-part, six-hour medical documentary series that follows four diverse patients as they participate in a “First in Human” trial, the initial time when a new therapy is tested in humans.

First in Human is directed and produced by John Hoffman; Beth Wichterich and Michael Epstein are also producers. Executive producers are Dyllan McGee,  Todd Spiewak and Eric Norsoph; supervising producer, Stacia Thompson. For Discovery Channel, supervising producer is Jon Bardin.

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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