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Discovery sets new series live on the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Discovery Channel will document the work and personal lives of law enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border in the new live multi-platform series Border Live. Hosted by Bill Weir (pictured, left), ...
November 2, 2018

The Discovery Channel will document the work and personal lives of law enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border in the new live multi-platform series Border Live.

Hosted by Bill Weir (pictured, left), the six-part series will broadcast live from Discovery’s New York studio each week, tracking action and stories as they unfold on the border.

Weir will engage with experts across a range of border issues, offering analysis of events in real time. Border Live crews will be embedded with officers and special agents at key border sites including Nogales, Arizona, and the Rio Grande Valley. Veteran investigative journalist Lilia Luciano (right) will also be immersed in the field and interview people who live and work along the border.

Weir serves as an anchor and special correspondent for CNN, while Luciano is an investigative reporter at TEGNA’s ABC10 in Sacramento, with varied experience covering border issues.

The series is produced for Discovery by Lucky 8, known for its blue-chip docs and access-driven unscripted series like 60 Days In for A&E. Greg Henry, Kim Woodard, Isaac Holub, George Kralovansky, Ashley Adams, Anne Marie Gaynor and Andres Vasquez serve as executive producers for Lucky 8. Joseph Schneier, Joseph Boyle and Christina Bavetta are EPs for Discovery, and Cameron Doyle is coordinating producer.

“The U.S.-Mexico border has been the focus of our national dialog over the last several years,” said Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer, Discovery and factual, in a statement. “Our goal with this project is to shine a light on epic stories through immersive experiences, and we will turn that lens on one of the biggest and most important stories of our time.”

The series joins other entries into the live field following the massive success of series such as A&E’s Live P.D. and NBC’s live television musicals, such as TNT’s M.D. Live, from B17 Entertainment and Motiv8 Media, in association with Lionsgate and due for next year; Lifetime entering the live space with My Great Big Live Wedding from Thinkfactory Media; and the BBC’s Blue Planet Live, coming in March of next year.

Border Live premieres Dec. 5, from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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