SERENGETI: Director-Producer John Downer talks about new wildlife Discovery series – Exclusive Interview

Elephants and zebra herds at waterhole in SERENGETI - Season 1 | ©2019 Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel’s new Sunday-night miniseries SERENGETI is unusual. This is not because it is set in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa, which contains large populations of many of the continent’s most notable wildlife; the network has aired many documentaries made there. However, SERENGETI is not a documentary, but rather a drama, created by Simon Fuller and directed by award-winning wildlife documentarian John Downer, both of whom are producers on the miniseries. Downer shot footage of real Serengeti lions, elephants, hyenas, baboons and other animals going about their lives, which has been edited into a storyline, narrated in the […]Read On »

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SHARK WEEK: Shark Expert Paul de Gelder on the 30th Anniversary of Discovery’s annual summer event – Exclusive Interview

Ronda Rousey and Paul De Gelder pose before their dive beneath the waters off the Fiji coast in RHONDA ROUSEY UNCAGED | ©2018 Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel’s SHARK WEEK is back for its thirtieth anniversary, bringing with it seven days of aquatic apex predator fun and information, beginning Sunday July 22. One of SHARK WEEK’s favorite hosts, Paul de Gelder, is back for three of the event’s specials: RONDA ROUSEY UNCAGED, which features Olympic and UFC athlete Rousey training with de Gelder in order to be able to face sharks, airing Sunday, July 22; SHARKWRECKED, on Thursday, July 26, which follows de Gelder and James Glancy float for two days and nights with sharks in the open ocean; BLOODLINE: THE SPAWN OF JAWS, which investigates […]Read On »

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MANHUNT: UNABOMBER: FBI Profiler and Author James R. Fitzgerald on the new miniseries – Exclusive Interview

MANHUNT UNABOMBER | © 2017 Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel’s miniseries MANHUNT: UNABOMBER is based on the writings and life experiences of former FBI agent James R. “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who was crucial in the capture of serial bomber Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski. Fitzgerald, who has written extensively about his career in various facets of law enforcement, is played in MANHUNT: UNABOMBER by Sam Worthington (AVATAR). He is known for pioneering forensic linguistics, a technique of investigating a suspect’s use of words and writing style to see if they match the profile and, in the case of the Unabomber, Kaczynski’s anonymously-penned manifestos. At a party thrown by Discovery Channel for […]Read On »

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HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS: Actor Michiel Huisman on new mini-series – Exclusive Interview

Michiel Huisman in HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS | © 2016 Discovery Channel

Michiel Huisman (pronounced Michael HIGHS-man) may be a familiar face to those who’ve seen the films THE AGE OF ADALINE, THE INVITATION and/or WILD. The actor from the Netherlands was also a series regular on TREME and recurred on NASHVILLE. But what Huisman has really been known for in the past few years is playing the object of female desire on propulsive genre fare. Until recently, he played Daario Naaharis, consort of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, on GAME OF THRONES and the former arms dealer Cal who fathered a child with Tatiana Maslany’s Sarah Manning on ORPHAN BLACK. Now Huisman […]Read On »

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HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS: Gabriel Luna – exclusive interview

Bug Hall and Michiel Huisman in HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS | © 2016 Discovery Channel

HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS is an original Discovery Channel dramatic miniseries, running Monday, September 5 through Wednesday, September 7, about the origins of the famous motorcycle company in the early years of the twentieth century. Gabriel Luna plays motorcycle racer Eddie Hasha, aka the Texas Cyclone. Luna is a real-life Texan himself, originally from Austin. He previously starred in El Rey’s series MATADOR and was one of the leads in ABC’s short-lived WICKED CITY. When Discovery Channel throws a party for the Television Critics Association at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles – where there is an exhibit of […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: KLONDIKE director Simon Cellan Jones gets a rush for gold

KLONDIKE poster | ©2014 Discovery

Discovery Channel’s first scripted project, KLONDIKE, is a six-hour miniseries, running in three two-hour blocks, dealing with the Yukon gold rush in 1897-1897. Based on Charlotte Gray’s novel THE GOLD DIGGERS and scripted by executive producer Paul Scheuring, KLONDIKE stars Richard Madden as novice prospector Bill Haskell, Abbie Cornish as a businesswoman in the mining town Dawson City, Tim Roth as a malevolent mover and shaker and Sam Shepard as a determined man of the cloth. Simon Cellan Jones (pronounced Kethlen Jones) directed all six hours of KLONDIKE in Alberta,Canada, in conditions sometimes almost as arduous as those faced by […]Read On »

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Interview: GAME OF THRONES actor Richard Madden on KLONDIKE

Richard Madden in KLONDIKE - Season 1 | ©2014 Discovery

KLONDIKE is Discovery Channel’s six-hour, three-night (Jan. 20-22) excursion into scripted programming. Based on Charlotte Gray’s fact-and-invention-blending novel THE GOLD DIGGERS, KLONDIKE  tells the story of the Yukon gold rush in the 1890s, where people made fortunes or died – or killed – trying. Richard Madden stars as young prospector Bill Haskell, who finds himself working with and against the local mill owner (Abbie Cornish), a thuggish fellow prospector (Tim Roth) and a preacher (Sam Shepard) as he struggles to stake a claim in the forbidding frozen terrain. Scotland-born actor Madden, of course, also spent three years as Robb Stark […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: KLONDIKE star Augustus Prew on the new Discovery scripted series

Augustus Prew in KLONDIKE - Season 1 | ©2014 Discovery

The Discovery Channel makes an ambitious leap into scripted programming with the three-night miniseries event KLONDIKE, running at 9 PM Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-23. Based on Charlotte Gray’s novel GOLD DIGGERS, the 1897-set KLONDIKE mixes real people like novelist Jack London (played by Johnny Simmons) with fictional characters like our initial point-of-view characters, recent college graduates and best friends Bill Haskell, played by Richard Madden, and Byron Epstein, played by Augustus Prew. Bill and Epstein don’t really have any idea what they’re getting into when they set out for the virtually lawless Yukon Territories, where people were prospecting for […]Read On »

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