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Announced today, DiscoveryChannel.ca introduces a new look that allows users to more deeply engage with Discovery Channel’s rich content. The new look features a sleeker design to anchor new content, offering improved usability and navigation, expanded show features and multiple social networking options.

The improved site complements the newly enhanced video player experience, which since it’s re-launch in October of this year has seen a 205% increase in video views.* Check out the new look, enhanced access and exclusive content now at DiscoveryChannel.ca.

Go to discoverychannel.ca to experience the new look, enhanced access and exclusive content.

“The redesigned Discovery site reflects our audiences’ growing appetite for high-quality online content,” said Paul Lewis, President and General Manager, Discovery Channel. “This evolution helps continue to build a borderless, multi-platform Discovery community.”

Social media takes a prominent role on the newly designed site, becoming more heavily and centrally integrated into the home and show pages. Facebook and Twitter feeds for Discovery brands, talent and shows are combined to offer the latest updates straight from the source. These feeds are located beneath the programming schedules, with Twitter and Facebook icons appearing along the main central navigation.

Planet You, Discovery’s user-generated platform that allows users to upload Discovery-inspired video and images, is also more integrated into the site. Planet You provides users with another unique opportunity to interact on the Discovery site by sharing content and offering feedback on other users’ contributions.

Additional widgets include the Popular Feed, which compiles all the videos, photos, articles and comments that users find interesting across Discovery’s brands. Users will be able to seamlessly explore the full range of content that only Discovery can offer.

Take an out-of-this-world journey and discover how the solar system’s most spectacular landscapes were carved using the laws of nature.

The beauty and mystery of the universe is revealed when WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM premieres on Discovery World HD, Saturday, January 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Host Professor Brian Cox adventures across the globe to explain outer space phenomenon with Earthly examples.

Witness the magical display of the northern lights; the remnants of meteors on the Canadian prairies; the wondrous cavern of the Grand Canyon; and the humbling depth of the Pacific Ocean; and learn how these events and places reflect the physics behind the solar system. Join our captivating guide as he reveals his six favourite wonders, from the rings of Saturn to the deep caves of southern Mexico.

Using real images taken from space probes, including the Cassini and Hubble telescopes, WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM provides a detailed view of the vastness of space. A scaled model of the solar system is used to help explain the complexity of the universe. This painstaking recreation provides complete accuracy including sizes, relative distances, rotations and orbits; as well as extensive detailing such as the gaseous, cloudy topography of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

 

Highlights from the first episodes of WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM include:

 

WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM – “Empire of the Sun”

Saturday, January 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The Sun’s magisterial rule over the solar system is revealed in the first episode. Cox travels to India for a total solar eclipse; explores the Brazilian rainforest to investigate the Sun’s power over water; and visits the Arctic Circle to watch the battle between the Sun’s wind and our planet as demonstrated through the northern lights.

 

WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM – “Order Out of Chaos”

Saturday, January 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Cox reveals how the beauty we see in our cosmic backyard emerged from chaotic clouds of gas. With the aid of specialist photography and the astounding night sky over Africa’s Atlas Mountains, Cox describes how we first became aware of other planets. He goes on to explain the physics of our solar system and the rings of Saturn by chasing tornados in Oklahoma.

 

WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM – “Thin Blue Line”

Saturday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Cox takes a ride to the top of Earth’s atmosphere. Soaring to 18-kilometres he sees the darkness of space above and the thin blue line of our atmosphere below. Back on Earth, Cox scours to the frigid Canadian prairies for melted fragments of a 10-ton meteor that slammed into the atmosphere at 50 times the speed of sound.

Discovery World HD uncovers the mysteries that make up our distant past and out-of-this-world future with captivating new programs in January.

Journey to the farthest reaches of outer space with WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM and then delve deep underground with DIGGING FOR BRITAIN. Next, explore some of the world’s most famous cities and regions with WATERFRONT CITIES OF THE WORLD, ATLAS: MYSTERIES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN and WORLD’S GREATEST CITIES. Then, discover key innovations from our past with two new exploratory series: THE WORKS and EVOLVE. 

 

January programming highlights for Discovery World HD include:

 

New Series:

WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM 

Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 1

Immerse yourself in the true and awesome beauty of our solar system with WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM. Travelling from the Sun to the far-out reaches of Neptune, this five-part series reveals the latest scientific knowledge beamed back from the fleet of probes, rovers and telescopes currently in space, and offers a vivid and unprecedented tour of the world beyond our planet.

 

THE WORKS

Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 3

Author and robotics expert Daniel Wilson explores everything from skydiving and power tools to beer and sneakers in this fun and fact-filled 10-part series.

 

EVOLVE

Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 6 

This 11-part series traces the history of the key innovations that have driven nature’s evolutionary arms race from the dawn of life to today, from the anatomical (eyes, jaws and body armour) to the behavioural (movement, communication and sex). EVOLVE blends spectacular live-action natural history sequences, CGI, epic docudrama and experimental science to illustrate ours and our fellow species’ eternal struggle for survival on Earth.

 

WORLD’S GREATEST CITIES 

Saturdays at 8 p.m./10 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 8

Exploring a day-in-the-life of New York, London, Paris, Rome, Sydney and Hong Kong, Griff Rhys-Jones goes behind the scenes in this six-part series to uncover how the different cities work as living machines and celebrates the infinite variety of life.

 

WATERFRONT CITIES OF THE WORLD

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 11

World-famous photographer Heidi Hollinger discovers vibrant port cities and captures their true essence and soul in this 13-part series. Settled centuries ago when boat travel was the only means of communication, these ports have developed into commercial and cultural metropolises. The series features visits to San Francisco, Moscow, Bangkok, Melbourne and more. 

 

DIGGING FOR BRITAIN

Thursdays at 9 p.m./PT beginning Jan. 20

History may be written and edited by those in power, but no one can scrub out the bodies, pots and pans, temples, graffiti and religious sacrifices that ordinary men and women leave behind. Each episode in this four-part series spans archaeological digs that focus on a specific period: The Stone Age, the Romans, The Dark Ages and The Middle Ages.

 

New Special:

 

ATLAS: MYSTERIES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

Saturday, January 1 at 8 p.m./10 p.m. PT

Viewers are transported to the Mediterranean with this visually stunning, Emmy® Award winning special as ATLAS: MYSTERIES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN reveals the geography and natural phenomena of some of the world’s oldest and most diverse countries.

 

LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS has become Discovery Channel’s most-watched special event broadcast ever, with 685,000 viewers tuning in Sunday night for the landmark television event.

Drawing in a combined reach of more than two million viewers from 8 – 9:30 p.m. ET, LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS successfully rocked audiences with a stunning re-creation of a blow-by-blow revelation of what happened 65 million years ago.

The special – an original Canadian production – was the #1 non-sports specialty program on Canadian television Sunday night not only with total viewers, but also for A25-54 (293,000) and A18-49 (285,000).

This fully-immersive television experience realistically portrays a cataclysm of unimaginable proportions that ended the dinosaur dynasty and forever changed the very existence of life on Earth.

After kicking off Discovery Channel’s “Dino Week,” the critically-acclaimed production airs again this Thursday, November 25 at 8 p.m. ET in SD on Discovery Channel and in HD on Discovery World HD. An extended 3D experience is also available online at DiscoveryWorldHD.ca beginning on Friday, November 26 (watch it in 3D online with red and cyan anaglyph glasses or in Standard Definition).

“LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS reinforces Discovery Channel as a Canadian leader in factual storytelling and now in 3D,” said Ken MacDonald, Vice-President of Programming for Discovery Channel. “Transmitting a first-rate documentary in four different formats on the same night was a remarkable task and now with Friday’s online viewing extension, we are adding yet another layer to this incredible success story.”

Available to viewers in four dynamic viewing platforms – SD, HD, anaglyph 3D and active 3D – LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS is an incredible multidisciplinary endeavour that cleverly marries the art of science, technology and storytelling in one world-class documentary program.

The program taps the latest research from the world’s leading experts drawing on virtually every scientific discipline – from palaeontology and geology to climatology and astrophysics. This truly dynamic television experience follows the doomed, the brave and the survivors in the extraordinary story of these once-mighty rulers. With 18 months of exhaustive scientific research, 30,000 hours of visual effects and animation work by a team of artists – rendering approximately 1,090,000 images! – LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS is the definitive explanation of why there aren’t any dinosaurs in your backyard today.

Visit DiscoveryChannel.ca and DiscoveryWorldHD.ca to learn more about how the special was produced, including a photo gallery of the models as they were constructed as well as FX sets and bonus material.

 

“Dino Week” continues tonight on Discovery Channel featuring three more episodes of PREHISTORIC that examine what U.S. cities would have looked like at the time the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Details include:

 

PREHISTORIC: “Denver”

Tues., Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Evidence found in Denver holds the key to unlocking an ancient mystery about when humans first arrived in North America.

 

PREHISTORIC: “Dallas”

Wed., Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

From ancestors of the famous longhorn cattle to mammoths, large cats and overgrown armadillos of the Ice Age, everything about Dallas was always big; swim with mosasaurs in downtown Dallas; meet Paluxysaurus, the state dinosaur of Texas.

 

PREHISTORIC: “Washington, D.C.”

Fri., Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Washington, D.C. was once a beach town whose waters were teeming with the largest shark ever known; the land was patrolled by a predator that looked like a dog but was bigger than a grizzly.

A cataclysm of unimaginable proportions ended a dynasty of 160 million years. Measured in moments, days and months – and marked by mega-tsunamis, terrifying meteor showers, off-the-scale earthquakes and a chilling nuclear winter – these are the last days of the dinosaurs. On Sunday, November 21, Discovery presents the epic broadcast event, THE LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS.

Airing in simulcast on Discovery Channel (standard definition) and Discovery World HD (high definition) at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the broadcasts will be immediately followed by the 3D world premiere of the program at 9:30 p.m. ET on Discovery World HD.

Complemented by rich online content at DiscoveryChannel.ca and DiscoveryWorldHD.ca, this landmark broadcast is a fully-immersive television experience that follows the doomed, the brave and the survivors in the epic story of these once-mighty rulers. (Please see box below for times and formats.). THE LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS kicks off Discovery Channel’s “Dino Week.”

THE LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS taps the latest research from the world’s leading experts to present a blow-by-blow revelation of what happened 65 million years ago. Drawing on virtually every scientific discipline – from palaeontology and geology to climatology and astrophysics – THE LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS is an incredible marriage of science and storytelling.

An asteroid strike that “rings the Earth like a bell” releases a fireball big enough to rip through the atmosphere, followed by seismic waves deep enough to wrap around the globe. In a captivating account of the timetable of collapse, this 90-minute special is a visceral portrayal of how the red-hot cloud tears a path of destruction through every continent, triggering a bitter “nuclear winter” that leads to a collapse in the food chain and global darkness. THE LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS is the definitive explanation of why there aren’t any dinosaurs in your backyard today.

Experience a world altered forever by a series of catastrophic events after the asteroid, bigger than Mount Everest, smashes into Central America sparking irreversible change. Only moments before, dinosaurs were hunting for food, searching for water and shelter, or tending their young – just as they had for hundreds of generations. But now, in the moments following the cataclysmic impact, the world’s dinosaurs – whether caught in the forests of North America, the desert wilderness of Mongolia or the lush landscape of Mexico – suffer a sequence of so-called “death mechanisms” that lead to the animals’ inevitable extinction and threaten the very existence of life on Earth. 

But how do you tell this dramatic and moving story, when the prehistoric world and environment that the dinosaurs lived in doesn’t exists anywhere on Earth today? Created in cutting-edge CGI and stunning 3D environments, more than 50 artists were tasked with recreating these environments based on extensive scientific research. Once this was done, the animators had the digital freedom to shape and sculpt the environments in ways that has never been done before. In this CG world, the animator could play Mother Nature, having total control over weather (including the creation of rain and fog), vegetation and microscopic details that give THE LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS a rich, filmic quality. This is showcased in a shot which sees a mother T-Rex building a nest for her children. As her foot scrapes against debris, particles fly towards the lens, adding even more dynamic depth and movement to the sequence, allowing the viewer to feel as though they are right there, immersed in their world.

With 18 months of exhaustive scientific research, 30,000 hours of visual effects and animation work by a team of artists – rendering approximately 1,090,000 images! –THE LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS is an incredible multidisciplinary endeavour. Visit DiscoveryChannel.ca and DiscoveryWorldHD.ca to learn more about how the special was produced, including a photo gallery of the models as they were constructed and FX sets, bonus material, broadcast information (including when and where to watch the SD, HD, anaglyph and active 3D versions), and were to get the 3D glasses.  THE LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS will also be available to watch online, one week following its broadcast premiere.

THE LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS airs on Sunday, November 21 at the following times and in the following formats:

8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel (standard definition)

8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery World HD (high definition)

9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT on Discovery World HD (anaglyph 3D*)

9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT Cable/Satellite 3D Barker Channel (active 3D)

 

THE LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS kicks off Discovery Channel’s “Dino Week” featuring four episodes of PREHISTORIC that examine what four U.S. cities would have looked like at the time the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Details include:

 

PREHISTORIC: “Los Angeles”

Mon., Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

In its distant past, Los Angeles was home to enormous Ice Age mammals, carnivorous dinosaurs and gigantic undersea monsters; the city emerged from the sea as tectonic plates clashed and gave birth to earthquakes that still rock the city.

 

PREHISTORIC: “Denver”

Tues., Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Evidence found in Denver holds the key to unlocking an ancient mystery about when humans first arrived in North America.

 

PREHISTORIC: “Dallas”

Wed., Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

From ancestors of the famous longhorn cattle to mammoths, large cats and overgrown armadillos of the Ice Age, everything about Dallas was always big; swim with mosasaurs in downtown Dallas; meet Paluxysaurus, the state dinosaur of Texas.

 

PREHISTORIC: “Washington, D.C.”

Fri., Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Washington, D.C. was once a beach town whose waters were teeming with the largest shark ever known; the land was patrolled by a predator that looked like a dog but was bigger than a grizzly.

 

*Note About the 3D Broadcast:  To experience LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS in 3D, viewers subscribed to Discovery World HD channel will also require 3D glasses.  Free 3D glasses will be distributed to home delivery subscribers of the Globe and Mail on Thurs., Nov. 18.  The 3D glasses will also be available free-of-charge at select CTV stations (please visit DiscoveryWorldHD.ca for participating locations and pick up dates and times).

The harrowing drama of the 33 trapped Chilean miners and the unprecedented rescue operation that freed them after 70 days, gripped the hearts of Canadians – and millions followed their story worldwide.

Now, the exclusive Discovery Channel special, RESCUED: THE CHILEAN MINE STORY, reveals the details of their ordeal and rescue mission in a new one-hour special premiering Thursday, October 28 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT.

The special produced by Peru’s Pacha Films for Discovery Channel Latin America, will air in simulcast with Discovery Channel and Discovery eñ Espanol in Canada, U.S. and Latin America on October 28 and will begin airing on Discovery Channel across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific beginning in November.

This captivating documentary explores the extraordinary scientific and technological innovations employed in last week’s miraculous rescue from deep below the Earth’s surface.  In true Discovery Channel fashion, viewers will get an exclusive inside look into the myriad of characters, arduous planning and emotional ups and downs as well as the victories and setbacks of the full 70-day rescue mission.

Discovery Channel, which reaches nearly 400 million subscribers around the globe, has gained unprecedented access to:

– The room set aside for reunions between rescued miners and their families

– Andre Sougarett, head of the rescue operation

– The workings of the three drilling machines used in the rescue operation

– The engineers and technicians in charge of each of the three rescue plans (Plans A, B and C) and the drilling machines

– The “control room” where daily planning meetings took place

– Medical teams, including Dr. Jean Romagnoli, one of the health experts who kept the miners alive

– Interviews with one of the heroic rescuers who descended into the mine during the final phase of the operation to show the miners how to use the escape capsule

 

The program will also feature interviews with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, Chilean Mining Minister Laurence Golborne, Dr. Michael Duncan of NASA (who advised the medical team in charge of the miners during their captivity) and several of the engineers and drillers on site.

Dangerous and highly intelligent, some prisoners refuse to be caged – and with nothing to lose, they make a break for it.

With the most audacious real-life jail breaks that surpass even the wildest Hollywood plots, Discovery Channel presents BREAKOUT, a gripping eight-part series premiering Wednesday, November 3 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT.  

With desperate ingenuity, BREAKOUT pieces together incredible tales of escape and reveals the gripping cat-and-mouse stories of convicts on the run and the law enforcement officers determined to bring these fugitives to justice.  With unprecedented access to the facilities, agents, and indeed the prisoners themselves – and often in their own words – BREAKOUT is a shocking look at crime and punishment.

 

Highlights from the first episodes of BREAKOUT include:

BREAKOUT – “Pittsburgh Six”

Wednesday, November 2 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Told in his own words, this is the story of how safecracker Nuno Pontes masterminded a daring escape from a maximum security prison. In scenes reminiscent of the film The Great Escape, Pontes and five inmates outfoxed prison guards for months to successfully construct a tunnel under the prison wall. But their freedom was short-lived. A drug overdose, a dramatic car chase and a tense armed stand-off resulted in all six fugitives being behind bars once again. The program features the first-hand accounts of two of the escapees, a prison employee, and the law enforcement agents who helped track down the runaway cons.

 

BREAKOUT – “Quawntay Adams”

Wednesday, November 10 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

In 2005, 33-year-old Quawntay Adam, a convicted drug dealer, is transferred to a maximum security jail in Alton, Illinois. Adams is regarded as a high-risk category inmate due his repeated escape attempts; but the “state of the art” facility at Alton will be more than a match for this modern-day Houdini. His single cell is a prefabricated quarter-inch steel box located on the first floor. He is constantly monitored by security cameras, and prison guards conduct a cell inspection every 30 minutes. But what the facility at Alton didn’t anticipate is that Adams has nothing to lose. Despite the security, he manages to smuggle in a hacksaw blade and cut a hole in the ceiling of his cell. He escapes through a ventilation shaft, where a female accomplice waits for him. Now on the run he’s hunted down by US Marshals… and his ingenuity only lasts for so long.

 

BREAKOUT – “Ohio’s Most Wanted”

Wednesday, November 17 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

John Parsons is the most notorious prisoner Ohio has ever seen. Fleeing from the scene of a robbery, he shoots Larry Cox, an off-duty cop – an act that tears out the heart of the small, close-knit community of Chillicothe. Now “Public Enemy Number One,” Parsons is put in a place everyone assumes to be safe to await his trial – Ross County Jail. But Parsons knows he is facing the death penalty, and no sooner is he inside, he starts planning his escape. After an ingenious attempt to get through his own cell wall using vent slats, and a mixture of toothpaste and Jolly Rancher hard candies to cover his digging, Parsons unexpectedly has to change his escape route. With only 48 hours to come up with a different plan, he manages a ridiculously audacious escape: using sheets and old newspapers, he scales up the wall of the recreation yard, runs along the roof… and jumps off. What follows is 83 days of cat-and-mouse in the dense foliage of rural Ross County, before an exhausted team of officers is finally victorious in bringing John Parsons back to face trial.

Would you be able to stand 50 metres from some of the world’s most exotic animals?

On Discovery World HD’s BIG 5 CHALLENGE, premiering Wednesday, November 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, international contestants from around the globe including Canada, Brazil, Netherlands, U.K., Sri Lanka and South Africa, compete to track, locate and photograph Africa’s “Big 5”: lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant and the elusive leopard.

Against the epic back drop of the African skyline, BIG 5 CHALLENGE sees three competitive duos battle it out in this unique quest to find not only the “Big 5” but also stake their claim as the best wildlife photographer.

Contestants brave the Zimbabwean bush to get up close with Africa’s “Big Five”: lion, leopard, buffalo, black or white rhino and elephant to win the trip of a lifetime on Discovery World HD’s BIG 5 CHALLENGE, Nov. 10.

Near the world famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, join contestants and host, Saami Sabiti, as they take part in an extraordinary mission in the heart of the Zimbabwean bush. After splitting into three teams, the competition gets under way with much excitement from the amateur photographers. Throughout the six-part series, the contestants experience the brutal reality of life and death in the wild, including the rare sight of three lions killing a baby elephant.

Each team has six days to spot the “Big 5” earning additional points for spotting wildlife and completing “bonus tasks.” The “Big 5” animals only qualify if the contestants stay within 50 metres on foot for 10 minutes and capture a digital photograph of the animal. The team with the highest total of points wins a 10-day safari at two of the finest safari lodges in Africa, Chikwenya lodge and Singita Pamushana lodge in Zimbabwe.

 

Highlights from the first episodes of BIG 5 CHALLENGE include:

 

BIG 5 CHALLEGE – “Introduction Day”

Wednesday, November 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Arriving at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, each of the six contestants are paired off into three teams by host Saami Sabiti and introduced to their allocated professional game guides (who are only there for protection). The three teams then take a brief crash course – by wildlife analysts Gary Douglas and Jono Francis – on the behaviours, danger factors and habitat features of the “Big 5” animals, including the art of tasting elephant dung!

 

BIG 5 CHALLEGE – “Elephant Day”

Wednesday, November 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

At dawn, host Saami Sabiti briefs the contestants and issues the challenge of tracking and locating a bull elephant with tusks measuring a minimum of 80 centimetres. Problems arise when one team finds an elephant whose tusks are not long enough to qualify, and another team are charged at by their tracked giant. The contestants choose their best elephant photograph to present to the judges.

 

BIG 5 CHALLEGE – “Rhino Day”

Wednesday, November 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Host Saami Sabiti delivers the rhino mission for the day and the three teams eagerly depart. Team Laughing Leopards secretly doubles back to the lodge in search of the “Small 5” bonus animals and rest, while team Lankazil spot a lion pride in the Mbiza area. Team Musango are lucky to come across a pride of lions on a recent elephant kill but are later deceived when they believe they have spotted a bonus hyena.

As a devout practitioner of yoga and with a home filled by authentic Indian artifacts, Hollywood star Jeremy Piven has always wanted to travel to India.

Now, in a Discovery World HD two-part series exclusive, he finally gets his wish! Premiering Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, JEREMY PIVEN’S JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME: INDIA showcases – through Piven’s eyes – all the cultural and spiritual riches India has to offer.

Captured in remarkable high-definition, this fascinating series shows Piven engaging in the country’s oldest traditions, spiritual customs and even jamming with the owner of Rikhi Ram’s Music – where the legendary Beatles first experienced the power of the sitar.

Actor Jeremy Piven embraces India in the stunning new series JEREMY PIVEN’S JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME: INDIA, Oct. 16 on Discovery World HD

 

JEREMY PIVEN’S JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME – Southern India

Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Piven’s journey begins in southern India in the hustle and bustle of Bombay, where he finds pockets of spiritual passion and human compassion in the heart of the teeming mega-city. Escaping the city’s intensity, he heads to the state of Kerala, in search of renewal. There he journeys through the lush tropical countryside, hangs with locals, explores his passion for yoga and takes a memorable boat trip through the glistening backwaters of this timeless landscape. Later, Piven attends a traditional Kathakali theatre performance – part religious morality play, part comic opera – and his commitment to his own craft is strengthened through the lens of a completely different cultural experience.

 

JEREMY PIVEN’S JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME – Northern India

Saturday, October 23 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

The second-half of Piven’s journey concentrates on northern India where upon arrival in Delhi he heads to Rikhi Ram’s Music – the same place where the Beatles first experienced the musical power of the sitar over 40 years ago. Next, author and actress Padma Lakshmi takes Piven on a tour of the sights of Delhi. The adventure continues as Piven journeys to the holy town of Rishikesh, which lies in the foothills of the Himalayas. This is where yoga was born over 4,000 years ago and where Piven fuels his passion for the discipline by learning from a master at one of the world’s most beautiful spas. As the sun sets over the Ganges River, Piven participates in the Hindu ritual of the candle ceremony. It’s a stunning and powerful moment and an amazing ending to his journey of a lifetime.

Have you ever wanted to travel through time like Marty McFly in Back to the Future? Use an invisibility cloak like Harry Potter in The Prisoner of Azkaban? Or fight with Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars?

Exploring the world of the seemingly impossible, Discovery Science’s new 12-part series, SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU premieres Tuesday, September 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Time travel, invisibility, teleportation, force fields, parallel universes and other wild concepts are some of science fiction’s most popular ideas.

And though none of these have become reality, world-renowned physicist and co-founder of string field theory, Dr. Michio Kaku, explains that what is impossible today could become matter-of-fact tomorrow. 

Based on Dr. Kaku’s New York Times best-selling book Physics of the Impossible, SCI-FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU combines his knowledge of theoretical physics with his ability to turn high-level science into viable, intelligible blueprints for light sabers, starships, time travel and more. In each episode, Dr. Kaku illustrates how each fantastic invention would work and could be built. As he designs each blueprint, Dr. Kaku consults with the world’s most authoritative scientists to ascertain whether or not the technologies are possible and when we might be able to manufacture each of them.

“Science fiction helped inspire me to become a theoretical physicist. It was a thrill of a lifetime to bring together the world’s top scientists, dazzling special effects and the fans to produce, for the first time, the most authoritative and exciting analysis of our future,” said Dr. Michio Kaku.

SCI-FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU uses everyday analogies such as poker games, roller coasters and shopping malls, as well as eye-catching computer graphics to break down complex scientific theories and demonstrate how each technology would be constructed. Dr. Kaku tackles how mankind can deal with real-life situations from the world of science fiction and explores how these technologies can feasibly (or plausibly) become parts of human life.

 

Episode highlights from SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU include:

 

SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU – “How to Build a Light Saber”

Tuesday, September 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Dr. Michio Kaku uses cutting-edge science and existing technology to show how we could build the most popular movie weapon ever. He examines the awesome power of the laser and shows how to harness the power of lightning. A visit to Harvard University’s Dr. Ron Walsworth shows that stopping light isn’t quite the hurdle you might think. At MIT Professor Brian Wardle explains how nanotechnology might one day be used to generate enough energy to power up a light saber.

 

SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU – “How to Blow Up a Planet”

Tuesday, September 28 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

Could a real life death star ever actually be built? Dr. Michio Kaku thinks so. Fellow astrophysics professor Stephen Thorsett reveals that out in deep space a devastating gamma ray burster is pointing right at planet Earth. Dr. Kaku believes that an advanced civilization might be able to manipulate these bursters and beam destruction onto whatever planet they liked. He visits the world’s biggest laser at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California, and sees how fusion power might one day provide enough energy to power a laser that could destroy a planet, just like the death star in Star Wars.

 

SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU – “How to Build a Sci Fi Robot”

Tuesday, October 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Sci-fi is full of intelligent robots but so far humankind has built nothing like the amazing machines we see in the movies. Now Dr. Michio Kaku reveals how artificial intelligence will become reality. He meets STAIR, Stanford University’s pattern recognition robot and sets some tasks for LAGR, a robot that New York University’s Professor Yan LeCun has designed with the ability to learn. But the key to artificial intelligence lies in quantum computing and Dr. Kaku travels to MIT to meet Professor Seth Lloyd and find out how atomic computers will change the world.