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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
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 HMV.com. 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.

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