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Detained as a suspected spy and threatened at gunpoint? Narrowly escaped drowning? Survived a plane crash in the Amazon? AND back for more?

Expert angler Jeremy Wade returns for more danger, mystery and freshwater sleuthing in captivating third season of RIVER MONSTERS, premiering Tuesday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel. With seven all-new episodes, this season proves to be the most exotic and bizarre yet.

A weekly murder mystery, RIVER MONSTERS follows biologist and extreme angler Wade’s worldwide search for harrowing tales of man-eating fish and examines these freshwater mysteries as he sets out to prove them as tall tales or frightening fact. Wade’s RIVER MONSTERS quests have him diving in with and reeling in fascinating and mysterious creatures – all alleged killers with human victims…

“This season, I get into even more unfamiliar territory,” notes Wade. “The destinations are diverse, the stories strange, and the fish every bit as fearsome but in unexpected ways. I encountered fish with invisible powers, others that live to a century, the largest true freshwater fish so far and the longest struggle I’ve had with a live fish to date.”

 

This season’s highlights include:

 

RIVER MONSTERS:  “The Mutilator”

Tues., May 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Jeremy Wade travels to Papua, New Guinea, to investigate a spate of bizarre deaths on the Sepik River. One of the world’s last great unexplored rivers, the Sepik cuts through the heart of an island renowned for cannibalism, macabre rituals, head hunters and bitter tribal conflict. But now a new threat is ripping through this region:  A creature is tearing chunks from unsuspecting fishermen and devouring specific male anatomy. Known locally as “the Ball Cutter,” this lone hunter with vice-like jaws has claimed the lives of two fishermen.

 

RIVER MONSTERS:  “Flesh Ripper”

Tues., May 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT  

Angler Jeremy Wade is on the trail of a mysterious – and carnivorous – monster described over 200 years ago by a famous explorer. Is the 2.5-metre beast in question a mere legend, or could it be the same flesh-and-blood creature that has attacked divers, seized a child, and devoured sheep alive? New Zealand’s freshwaters have been a safe place for swimmers, yet as Wade finds out, its remote rivers and deep lakes provide refuge for an ancient and elusive predator – until Wade lures it out of hiding.

 

RIVER MONSTERS:  “Chainsaw Predator”

Tues., June 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Angler Jeremy Wade heads to a remote river in the Australian Outback to try and catch the rare but fearsome Freshwater Sawfish. This shadowy predator is reputed to reach 5.5 metres long and attacks boats – but why is this bizarre-looking sea monster swimming hundreds of kilometres inland? In a quest that began 20 years ago in the Amazon and ends on the banks of a shark-infested river, Wade roams into an ancient and beguiling landscape where he encounters indigenous communities, scientists and a real-life “Crocodile Dundee” before finally confronting the disturbing truth.

 

Deteriorating cities, Arctic temperatures and unknown histories make Discovery World HD a cool channel to watch this May.

The month begins with KILLER SUBS IN PEARL HARBOUR (May 5), shedding light on the historic attack. Next, MAKING HISTORY (May 5) reveals the true history of some of the most intriguing subjects.

Head to the Arctic with POLAR BEAR: SPY ON THE ICE (May 7) to witness the real habits of polar bears through the use of cleverly disguised “spycams.”

From polar bears to people, ARCTIC WITH BRUCE PARRY (May 10) shows first hand how the people of the Arctic live. Also this month, travel to EXTREME CITIES (May 24) to explore the deteriorating state of some of the world’s metropolises.

 

May programming highlights for Discovery World HD include:

New Series:

 

MAKING HISTORY

Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/ PT, beginning May 5

Who said history was boring? MAKING HISTORY takes an original and exciting approach to the past by diving straight into subjects that viewers want to know more about. Hitler, Stonehenge, Nostradamus and gangsters are the subjects of this four-part series. Discover if the world will end in 2012, why Stonehenge was built, what Hitler’s favourite book was, and what exactly was the French Connection?

 

POLAR BEAR: SPY ON THE ICE                      

Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning May 7

With the use of “spycam” photography, the two-part series POLAR BEAR: SPY ON THE ICE captures the true habits of polar bears as never seen before. The “icebergcam,” “blizzardcam” and “snowballcam” are a new generation of covert devices on a mission to explore the Arctic islands of Svalbard in Norway. Backed up by “snowcam” and “driftcam,” these state-of-the-art camouflaged cameras reveal the extraordinary curiosity and intelligence of the polar bear.

 

ARCTIC WITH BRUCE PARRY 

Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning May 10

Adventurer Bruce Parry travels to Alaska and immerses himself in the community, experiencing first-hand how the people of the Arctic live now and how these ancient ways of life may be about to change forever. In the five-part series, Parry visits three very different communities, each with their own unique way of surviving in America’s last frontier.

 

WILDWIVES OF SAVANNAH LANE

Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning May 21

Males drool and females rule – the strongest, most seductive and protective animals of the savannah are the females. Contradicting the belief that females were obedient, tender, submissive, forgiving and always loyal, WILDWIVES OF SAVANNAH LANE discovers that females are in fact dominant, independent, manipulative and often unfaithful. The three-part series follows the daily activity of five charismatic females: a lioness, elephant, cheetah, baboon and hippo to show who the real queens of the savannah are.

 

EXTREME CITIES             

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning May 24

Discover how EXTREME CITIES struggle against the toughest environmental conditions on the planet to provide their populations with an acceptable level of existence. From the coldest city on the planet, suffering from extreme permafrost; to the highest, surrounded by 5000-metre peaks; to the darkest, where residents must live two months each year without the sun; and to a city drowning by deadly typhoons and increasing sea level – this four-part series explores some of the harshest human habitats in the world.

 

PITCHMEN  

Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, beginning May 30

Anthony “Sully” Sullivan tries to pick up the pieces and continue making inventors’ dreams come true after the sudden death of his long-time friend and pitch-partner Billy Mays. In the 10-part series PITCHMEN, Sully, joined by Mays’ son Billy Mays III, scours the country holding “Pitch-a-Thons” to give everyday inventors a shot at catching his eye.

 

New Specials:

 

KILLER SUBS IN PEARL HARBOR

Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

For decades, it has been thought that a bomb dropped by a Japanese aircraft sank the U.S. battleship Arizona. But the discovery of a group of Japanese midget subs in and around Pearl Harbor has raised questions about the ship’s final hours. KILLER SUBS IN PEARL HARBOR is a gripping one-hour investigation of the possibility that these tiny but lethal mini-subs may have played a crucial and previously unsuspected part in the tragic events of that “Day of Infamy.”

There are few occasions in history when it can be said that the actions of a few changed the destiny of not just a country, but of the world.

The 1940 Battle of Britain is one of those defining moments. Actor Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Star Wars) joins his brother Colin in THE REAL BATTLE OF BRITAIN to mark the 70th Anniversary of this historic event.

Premiering on Discovery World HD on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, this 90-minute special revisits this famous chapter in Britain’s history and reveals the story of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Britain’s “finest hour.”

Colin is an RAF veteran of 20 years’ service; his brother Ewan is a hero of the big screen and fledgling pilot himself. Together they honour the heroes of 1940 both on the ground and in the air, bringing the story of the Battle of Britain to a new generation. During the special, Ewan is treated to a flying display by the only existing Hurricane in the world that actually flew during the Battle of Britain and is joined by RAF veteran Bob Foster who flew the Hurricane during the Battle 70 years ago. Then, Colin gives his brother the surprise of his life as Ewan gets to fly in a Spitfire over the White Cliffs of Dover. To learn to fly the iconic Spitfire, the men complete three days of training in a Tiger Moth.

As they fly historic planes, meet the veterans and explore the tactics and technology, Colin and Ewan discover the importance of the Battle and the surviving legacy of the 1940s’ campaign for the modern RAF. Together, they honour what is arguably the most important event in modern British history and the only aerial war in world history.

With no managers, no assistants and no hair-and-makeup team – Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsh, Lupe Fiasco and others climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last January to raise awareness about the global clean-water crisis.

Joined by actress Isabelle Lucas, and musicians Santigold and Kenna – as well as a team of scientists, United Nations ambassadors and experienced mountain guides – SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT documents their once-in-a-lifetime expedition to Africa’s highest peak.

Premiering on Discovery World HD on Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT, this two-hour special follows the group as they brave freezing temperatures, dizzying heights, exhausting delirium and crippling altitude at over 5800 metres.

The SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT expedition was conceived by singer and producer Kenna, whose father suffered from waterborne diseases as a child in Ethiopia and for whom the climb was dedicated. Of his celebrity climbers, Kenna said “we’re representing people who can’t represent themselves,” adding “On top of this whole magnificent thing, it’s personal for me because I could have been one of those kids.”

Actress Jessica Biel was quick to join the climb, “[Kenna] told me his story and I was just inspired by him. And I called him and asked him if I could go.”  

Although immediately wondering what she got herself into after the first night on the mountain, Biel and the others persevered to complete the climb. Emile Hirsh had high-energy throughout most of the climb and called the experience “humbling.” Of the daunting task Lupe Fiasco said, “We’re risking our lives to save some lives. It’s surreal.”

Their efforts help bring attention to the more than a billion people across the globe who don’t have access to clean water. The solution to this life-threatening crisis is surprisingly simple. “The amazing thing about the global clean-water crisis is that we don’t need a vaccine, we don’t even need new technology,” said UN humanitarian Elizabeth Gore who participated in the climb, “We have the ability to solve this crisis. We just need support.”

Viewers can trace the climb online through a highly interactive website and social media accounts. Blog posts, videos and tweets gave daily updates of the trek. Donations are still being accepted through the website – where a dollar can provide 1,000 litres of clean water to those who need it. To learn more visit http://www.summitonthesummit.com/

At 157 metres long – almost the length of 1.5 football fields – DSV Skandi Arctic is a beast to manoeuvre. But it’s what happens beneath the hulking ship that’s truly amazing.

When the landmark Canadian series MIGHTY SHIPS returns, the fourth season dives in – quite literally – with an exploration of the extraordinary technology on a saturation dive ship that works to keep the divers safe doing the most dangerous jobs in the world.

Premiering Wednesday, February 23 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel, this “high stakes, high seas, high drama” series offers exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the most extraordinary ships from around the world – from massive heavy cargo lifters and drug patrol vessels, to Arctic icebreakers.

 

Highlights from the first episodes of MIGHTY SHIPS 4 include:

 

MIGHTY SHIPS: “DSV Skandi Arctic”

Wednesday, February 23 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

MIGHTY SHIPS fourth season begins on the frontline of exploring Earth’s final frontier – the sea floor. DSV Skandi Arctic is a new breed of ship. A saturation dive support ship, this vessel is the mother ship for aquanauts who work hundreds of meters below the surface on jobs considered the most dangerous in the world. Christened in 2009, Skandi Arctic is 157 meters long and the saturation dive habitat that sits on her stern is both state of the art and borderline science fiction. Saturation divers are risk takers – adrenaline junkies at the pinnacle of the dive community. For 30 days, 24 divers live in the pressurized habitat that’s better suited for life on Mars. They dive 24/7 using diving bells to travel deep below the surface. Each time they dive, they put their lives at risk. If they lose Heliox, pressure, or the heat in their suits, they’re dead in seconds.  On deck, the job of Skandi Arctic’s 90-plus crew is to support the divers to get the job done. MIGHTY SHIPS is there to see why the stakes are so high and the job is so dangerous, how the technology is truly space age and the potential for disaster is omnipresent.

 

MIGHTY SHIPS: “USCGC Bertholf”

Wednesday, March 2 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

The incredible USCGC Bertholf is the first of eight Legend Class ships built for the U.S. Coast Guard. Bertholf is a multi-purpose frigate equipped with only the best and most advanced technology and weaponry. MIGHTY SHIPS joins Bertholf as she patrols the high seas, looking for drugs, weapons, human trafficking, as well as conducting traditional search-and-rescue missions. Bertholf’s advanced weapons systems reinforce the reality that this is a front-line warship. On patrol in the dangerous eastern Pacific off of Columbia, the young but dedicated crew carries out their primary mission – stemming the growth of illegal drug use and addiction by stopping drug shipments before they enter the country. MIGHTY SHIPS is onboard as the crew engages and catches real smugglers in pulse-pounding chases. It’s no wonder that the USCGC Bertholf’s motto is: “Legends Begin Here.”

 

MIGHTY SHIPS: “Beluga Bremen”

Wednesday, March 9 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Step aside Mike Tyson – and meet Beluga Bremen. A true heavy-weight champion, Bremen is the world’s first multipurpose heavy lift cargo carrier that can hoist more than 1,400 tons of weight. Bremen is the first of 16 ships in Beluga’s latest generation of super heavy lift P2 series carriers… the biggest, most powerful heavy lifters in the shipping world. Bremen’s very first job is to lift, transport and deliver two of the largest mining autoclaves ever built to a gold mine in the Dominican Republic.  Each one weighs in at an astronomical 820 tonnes!  It’s the heaviest cargo ever delivered to this Caribbean Island. MIGHTY SHIPS tells the unique story of this challenging voyage full of firsts, starting in  Malaysia where Bremen picks up her cargo. Next, she docks in the busiest port on Earth, Shanghai, to pick up another heavy load. And finally, Bremen crosses the Pacific Ocean and navigates the busiest, most famous canal in the world, the Panama Canal – all before her real job even begins!

 

Also this season on MIGHTY SHIPS, hop into the world’s hot zones with “USNS Robert E. Peary”, a T-AKE 5 supply ship, built for 21st century warfare. Join Peary on active deployment in the Gulf of Aden, where re-supplying a fleet of 20 warships is the key element in the chase and capture of the globe’s most notorious modern pirates (March 16). Next, explore life aboard the world’s biggest ferry, “Stena Britannica,” a car carrier, passenger ferry, cargo transport and cruise ship all rolled into one. Catch up with Britannica as she enters active service on the busiest ferry route in the world, between Holland and England (March 23). And finally this season, go aboard “CCGS Amundsen,” a research icebreaker whose job is to battle Arctic extremes to understand just how global warming is radically changing life in the high Arctic. Amundsen’s crew of mariners and scientists study the implications of unprecedented climactic changes by going where no ship has gone before – through the historic and dangerous Northwest Passage (March 30).  

 

MIGHTY SHIPS is produced by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery Channel Canada.

Leading up to tomorrow’s anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Hatiti, below is a breakdown of the programs and specials airing on CTV, CTV News Channel, TSN, MTV and Discovery Channel.

 

CTV Remembers the Disaster in Haiti a Year Later

– ETALK dedicates programming to charities and celebrities still working to make a difference in Haiti

– CTV, CTV News Channel, TSN, MTV and Discovery Channel all feature programming dedicated to Haiti’s rebuild

The following is the CTV slate of programming aimed at reminding Canadians about the ongoing recovery effort. ETALK features stories dedicated to the charities and celebrities who are working to rebuild Haiti. CTV, CTV News Channel, TSN, MTV and Discovery Channel, also feature specials leading up to the one year anniversary of the disaster, tomorrow Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.

Below is a list of programs and specials, all times ET; visit CTV.ca, CTV News Channel, TSN.ca, MTV.ca and DiscoveryChannel.ca to confirm local broadcast times.

 

CTV

ETALK

Tuesday, Jan. 11 to Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

·         Tuesday: MTV News’ Aliya-Jasmine Sovani is on the ground in Haiti and shares how people are working to make houses out of rubble.

·         Wednesday: One year after the success of Wavin’ Flag, which raised more than one million dollars, ETALK speaks to some of the artists involved. Also, fresh off his most recent trip to Haiti, Free the Children’s Craig Kielberger shares what it’s like there now.

·         Friday: ETALK’s Ben Mulroney joins Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Paul Haggis and his celebrity friends at a special event in Los Angeles for his charity, Artists For Peace and Justice, which is dedicated to raising funds for Haiti.

 

CANADA AM

Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 6 a.m.

·                     Wednesday: CTV News’s Tom Walters is in Port-au-Prince to shed light on all the work still needed to rebuild Haiti.

 

CTV NEWS

Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 11 p.m.

Tom Walters broadcasts from Port-au-Prince to bring Canadians news on the progress and process of rebuilding Haiti’s cities, government, economy and how they’re moving on without the many who have been lost this year.

 

SHAMELESS IDEALISTS: MIA FARROW

Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.

Shot in rural Haiti, Free the Children’s Craig Kielburger sits down with Mia Farrow for an intimate interview about her return to the devastated country, life as a Hollywood icon and her work as a humanitarian around the world.

 

CTV NEWS CHANNEL

Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. ET

This one-hour special hosted by Marcia MacMillan tells the story of the Haitian children who have found homes here in Canada in the last year and Canadians who are making a difference in Haiti. With reports from Tom Walters in Port-au-Prince and experts around the world, CTV News Channel also looks at why the country is still on its knees asking the question, has the world aid response fallen short?

 

TSN

SPORTSCENTRE (all editions)

Tuesday, Jan. 11 and Wednesday, Jan. 12

Football Insider Dave Naylor broadcasts from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as seven players from the Canadian Football League Players Association spend 10 days in the country to shine a spotlight on reconstruction and rehabilitation projects, including a visit to an Oxfam program, for Huddle for Haiti. CFL players Graeme Bell, Kelly Bates and Aaron Fiacconi of the Edmonton Eskimos, Yvenson Bernard and Chris Cvetkovic of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Rolly Lumbala of the BC Lions, and Jason Jimenez of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats attend memorial services, participate in rehabilitation programs, and visit with children in Port-au-Prince.

 

MTV

Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 6:26 p.m. on MTV NEWS

MTV News’ Aliya-Jasmine Sovani travels to Haiti to document the country’s recovery. A full video diary of her journey will air Sunday, February 20 at 6 p.m. on MTV NEWS PRESENTS: IMPACT.

 

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

DAILY PLANET

Weeknights at 7 p.m. ET

Discovery Channel’s flagship science series DAILY PLANET returns to Haiti with three new stories that look at future risks and surprising innovations. On special assignment for DAILY PLANET is MTV News’s Aliya-Jasmine Sovani who files her first report on Tuesday, Jan. 11 after meeting with local leader Patrick Massenat, and UN aid worker Eilana Nicolini, who together are leading a unique recycling program that offers vital employment opportunities for 400 people by creating environmentally-friendly – and cheaper – recycled paper briquettes out of garbage. Then on Wednesday, Jan. 12 Sovani offers two new reports, first speaking with United Nations Geophysicist In Residence, Eric Calais. Calais was tasked with a one-year project working with the Haiti Bureau of Mines, to set up a Seismic Monitoring System to record ground movement using accelerometers and GPS data to identify new fault lines and susceptible areas with the aim of reducing the risks and damage associated with earthquakes in Haiti.  Then for her final story in Haiti, Solvani meets Atlanta-based builder Jeremy Coleman who has developed a new construction technique to build homes directly out of the rubble left behind by last year’s earthquake.

Discovery World HD explores the great outdoors this February and explores our changing environment. Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Isabel Lucas climb for a cause in SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT.

Survivalist Mykel Hawke, with his wife, TV journalist Ruth England, shows what it takes to survive in the wild in MAN, WOMAN, WILD.

Then, Canadian scientists sail down south to document climate change in ANTARCTICA: HUMAN ENDEAVOUR. And Sir David Attenborough is back digging underground to uncover the earliest life forms in FIRST LIFE WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH.

February programming highlights for Discovery World HD include:

 

New Series:

 

MAN, WOMAN, WILD

Wednesday, February 2 at 9 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Mykel Hawke is a former Special Forces survival expert. His wife, Ruth England, is a TV journalist. Together, they take on some of the most forbidding and remote locations in the world in MAN, WOMAN, WILD. In this eight-part series, the couple must survive as a team with only a knife and the clothes on their backs for four days and nights.

 

ANTARCTICA: HUMAN ENDEAVOUR

Friday, February 4 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

A team of adventurous Canadian scientists and filmmakers sail south to Antarctica in order to document the most important environmental challenge facing our planet – climate change – in ANTARCTICA: HUMAN ENDEAVOUR. Braving some of the Earth’s roughest and coldest seas, as well as the long, dark Antarctic winter, the team in this 12-part series bears witness to the changes wrought on one of the most rapidly warming places on the planet – the Antarctic Peninsula.

 

FIRST LIFE WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

Saturday, February 5 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

With the help of expert fossil hunters, David Attenborough uncovers evidence of the earliest life forms in FIRST LIFE. From the fog-bound coasts of Newfoundland and the ice-capped Rockies, to the parched Australian Outback and the rugged deserts of Morocco, this two-part series unearths some of the most remarkable fossils preserved for hundreds of millions of years.

 

SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE II

Wednesday, February 16 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Chronicling the high seas and high stakes of swordfishing in the North Atlantic’s stormy Grand Banks, SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE II enters some of the most dangerous waters on the planet. In this 10-part series a team of long line fisherman from New England risk all to catch an elusive prey – swordfish.

 

SAM BROWN PRESENTS

Tuesday, February 22 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Samantha Brown is the go-to girl for travel and is sharing her know-how in SAM BROWN PRESENTS. In this six-part series, Brown takes viewers to the must-see hotels, restaurants and activities, including some of her secret, off-the-beaten path places, from across the world. 

 

New Specials:

 

SUPERBODIES

Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Fly full throttle into the fastest, highest, most dangerous and difficult cold winter sports in SEVERE SNOW SESSIONS. This one-hour special takes a harrowing and fascinating ride down slopes, around the rink, and along the tracks at the world’s most intense snow sports.

 

SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT

Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Follow actors Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Isabel Lucas along with musicians Kenna, Lupe Fiasco and Santigold as they attempt to make it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, in SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT. Narrated by Justin Timberlake, the 90-minute special takes the team on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, exposing them to new knowledge and engaging them to draw attention to the global clean water crisis.

On this evening’s broadcast of DAILY PLANET, veteran co-host and producer Jay Ingram announced he would be stepping down from his nightly co-hosting duties at the end of the season.

Ingram is not retiring, but rather exploring opportunities to contribute to Discovery Channel’s pursuit of science stories – including content for DAILY PLANET – in a new way.

“Jay’s insatiable curiosity, his creativity and his ability to translate complex science into everyday language makes him not only a unique talent in Canada but in the world,” said Paul Lewis, Discovery Channel’s President and General Manager, and DAILY PLANET’s first Executive Producer. “We are both really excited at the possibilities for Jay to contribute on multi-platforms – television, online, mobile and print – to ensure that Discovery remains a leader in bringing together storytelling and the latest technologies.”

“Co-hosting DAILY PLANET has been an amazing chapter in my career. The show is all about ingenuity, imagination and ‘stick-to-itiveness’,” said Ingram.  “Whether it’s a backyard inventor or a scientist in a lab, at the core they’re all the same. Telling their stories and sharing their drive and passion is what’s made DAILY PLANET so compelling for our audience – and for me – for the last 15 seasons. Stepping down as full-time co-host will give me greater time and flexibility to find new ways to share the world’s most compelling science stories.”

Ingram has been at the helm of DAILY PLANET – the world’s first and only nightly science and technology show – for an incredible 16 years. Ingram joined Discovery Channel in November 1994 and was instrumental in helping shape the program format when it launched on January 1, 1995.  Earlier this season, together with co-host Ziya Tong, Ingram marked the milestone with the two-hour special, DAILY PLANET’S GREATEST SHOW EVER.

From space and sports to movies and microbiology, Ingram has made everyday science entertaining and accessible during his 15 seasons as co-host and producer of DAILY PLANET.  With an astonishing 3,000 episodes in the vault, breaking science news around the world – and indeed, beyond it – Ingram’s favourite highlights are many!  Big “firsts” include live coverage from Kazakhstan of the launch of the first module of the International Space Station, shuttle launches, and the momentous Phoenix lander arrival on the Red Planet. From Iqaluit and Russia to Australia and China – and indeed, even Mars – DAILY PLANET and Ingram have gone everywhere scientific breakthroughs are happening.

Ingram has tapped the biggest names and brightest minds in science, including meeting celebrated primatologist and anthropologist, Jane Goodall, at her home in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; interviewing Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web – and learning why he passed up the opportunity to licence the technology for financial gain; and joking with renowned Professor Stephen Hawking… in an elevator. He is equally fascinated by the backyard inventors who aren’t household names and through DAILY PLANET could share their stories, such as asking inventor Perry Watkins about his 48cm-tall “Flatmobile,” the world’s lowest roadworthy car; meeting Newfoundland inventor Jim Meaney who creates solar panels from pop cans; and exploring Wally Wallington’s one-man reconstruction of Stonehenge.

Earlier this year, Ingram was appointed as a member to the Order of Canada for a lifetime of renowned service in communications. Other awards include the Sandford Flemming Medal, the Royal Society of Canada McNeil Medal, and a Michael Smith Award – each recognizing Ingram’s exceptional work bringing science to the mainstream. Before joining Discovery Channel, Ingram earned a Masters Degree in microbiology at the University of Toronto; he also holds honorary degrees from Carleton University, McGill University, McMaster University, King’s College. He also holds an honorary degree and is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Alberta. A prolific author, Ingram has written 11 books – most recently, Daily Planet: The Ultimate Books of Everyday Science – and three titles have won Canadian Science Writers Awards.

Ingram will maintain his co-hosting role until DAILY PLANET’s season finale in June. In the spring, viewers can look forward to a celebration of Ingram’s tenure with the show and new details regarding his ongoing role within Discovery Channel.

What happens when the “average” person falls under the spell of a dangerous criminal? WICKED ATTRACTION follows forensic psychologists and criminal profilers as they uncover the true stories of people driven by love to commit murder.

Beginning Wednesday, January 19 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT on Investigation Discovery, this 26-part series reveals some of the most terrifying crimes in recent history committed by deadly duos in love.

Crime scenes of horrific murders, as re-enacted here, are featured in WICKED ATTRACTION on Investigation Discovery

Explore the roots of these murder sprees and the psychological motivations behind notorious criminal couples. From a pair of corrupt nurses to a mother-and-son con artist team; unassuming pairings commit heinous and surprising crimes, escaping suspicion until it’s too late.

 

Highlights from the first episodes of WICKED ATTRACTION include:

 

WICKED ATTRACTION – “Minivan Murders”

Wednesday, January 19 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

In 1997, authorities from Reno, Nevada; to Sacramento, California are on the lookout for a man and woman who are kidnapping women and sexually assaulting them in their minivan. Fueled by methamphetamine and a pathological drive to satisfy their deviant urges, no one is safe.

 

WICKED ATTRACTION – “Madness of Two”

Wednesday, January 26 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

In 1984, Jens Soering, 18, and Elizabeth Hayson, 20, met and fell in love at the University of Virginia. Haysom’s parents, however, disapproved of the relationship, which ultimately cost them their lives. In March 1985, after having dinner with Haysom’s parents, Soering brutally stabbed them to death before fleeing to Europe with the woman he killed for.

 

WICKED ATTRACTION – “Evil in the Desert”

Wednesday, February 2 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

In the late 1990s, a number of young women go missing in New Mexico. For the ones that return, they are plagued by nightmarish visions and lost memories. The search for answers leads authorities to discover a sadistic couple who have set up a chamber of horrors in their home.

Canada’s Worst Driver concluded Monday night with the crowning (?) of Lance from Ottawa as Canada’s Worst Driver.

Drivers from across Canada descended on Dunnville, Ontario to compete for the title of Canada’s Worst Driver. The eight finalists completed challenges ranging from simple day-to-day driving tasks to high speed challenges

In the final episode Brad, Dale and Lance made their way to one of the busiest tourists areas in the country, Niagara Falls, to complete the road test challenge. Seconds after pulling out of the parking lot and onto Niagara Falls Blvd, Lance suffered a severe panic attack and was taken away by ambulance which contributed to becoming the best of the worst.

Dale didn’t fare as well either and didn’t technically “graduate” but could easily be considered the worst driver. Community members were outraged that Dale wasn’t the worst and some say that it should have been a tie.

What do you think of Lance being Canada’s Worst?

Is your friend or family member worse then Lance or Dale? Canada’s Worst Driver is casting for a new season and you can send your nomation to driver@propertelevision.com or call the tip line 1-866-598-2591.