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Discovery axes Lucky 8′s “Border Live”

Discovery Channel has pulled the plug on its live series Border Live midway through the program’s first season, a Discovery spokesperson has confirmed to Realscreen. Discovery first announced the series in ...
January 4, 2019

Discovery Channel has pulled the plug on its live series Border Live midway through the program’s first season, a Discovery spokesperson has confirmed to Realscreen.

Discovery first announced the series in November 2018, with it being the network’s first big attempt at episodic live TV, akin to A&E’s successful Live PD.┬áBut viewers were hard to come by and the series was pulled from the schedule after three episodes of a planned six-episode run.

The final episode, which aired prior to the Christmas holiday season on Dec. 19, drew in 430,000 viewers and a 0.1 rating among adults 18-49, according to ShowBuzzDaily.

Produced by Lucky 8 TV, the series documented the work and personal lives of law enforcement officials along the U.S.-Mexico border, and was broadcast live to audiences from Discovery’s New York studio with host Bill Weir, a CNN anchor and special correspondent, and field reporter Lilia Luciano, a veteran investigative journalist.

Border Live crews were embedded with officers and special agents at key border sites including Nogales, Arizona, and the Rio Grande Valley.

In an attempt to provide unfiltered access to the American and Mexican border crossing, Lucky 8 had secured filming deals with the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection.

Border Live marked one of Discovery’s first forays back into the live genre since Nik Wallenda‘s live specials Skywire Live (2013) and Skyscraper Live (2014).

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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