Entries in Discovery Channel (6)


The Mythbusters Are Back with 'Unchained Reaction'

Discovery Channel(NEW YORK) -- Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, best known as the stars of Discovery's hit show Mythbusters, are lighting the fuse on a new experiment.

Unchained Reaction
, a new competition show that's produced by the pair, debuts this Sunday. It pits clever teams of various disciplines against each other to design chain reaction contraptions -- sometimes referred to as Rube Goldberg machines -- to perform simple tasks.

Hyneman says, "We got motorcycle mechanics for one of them, and we had people from NASA ... and we match them up. We try to find combinations that will ... make some sparks." Savage said, "We wanted to construct a show that we would be excited to be contestants on ... Every week on the show, the contestants have exceeded our expectations and done things that we could have never imagined...It's really been wonderful."

A six-part series, Unchained Reaction, makes its debut Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on Discovery.

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‘MythBusters’ Show Suspended After Stunt Goes Awry

Discovery Channel(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The popular MythBusters show on the Discovery Channel has been put on hold pending a full investigation into an incident Tuesday in which a cannonball was sent whizzing through a San Francisco-area neighborhood.

Producers for the show, in which hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman test common myths, were reportedly testing a cannon at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department bomb range in Dublin, Calif., around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The cannon was supposed to travel through several barrels of water and a cinder block wall within the bomb range but instead hit something that caused it to shoot over the hillside and into the residential neighborhood below.

Traveling at a speed of 1,000 feet per second, the cannonball flew 700 yards into a home where a couple was sleeping, bounced across a road, onto a roof and, finally, crashed into the window of a minivan.

While no one was injured in the accident, it startled local residents.

Jasbir Gill, the owner of the minivan, told local ABC affiliate KGO-TV he had exited his van just minutes before the impact.

“I looked inside and there was a big cannonball,” said Gill. “It was a good five to 10 inches. I was scared. I was lucky my kids weren’t in the van.”

The cannon also left a 10-inch hole in the bedroom wall of the home whose residents were sleeping.

“They didn’t actually hear the cannonball come through the house. What woke them up was the settling of the sheet rock,” Sgt. J.D. Nelson from the Alameda Co. Sheriff’s Dept., who was on site as a safety expert when the incident occurred, told KGO-TV.

Nelson told the station the MythBusters experiment was intended to “see if other materials could be fired out of a cannon and be as effective as a cannonball.”

Instead, the network and the production team behind the San Francisco-based show were left to explain how the experiment went so wrong.

According to Nelson, Discovery has used the sheriff department’s bomb range for more than 50 MythBusters episodes since the show first debuted on Discovery in 2003.

“They’re very sorry that this happened. And they have safety measures that are in place,” said Nelson. “They did have a misfire. And they have insurance for these kinds of things.”

The Emmy-nominated show, which has aired 189 episodes, returned for its ninth season this September.

The Discovery Channel did not respond to requests for additional comment placed Wednesday by ABC News.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Gets 'Wild' with Bear Grylls

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(NEW YORK) -- Discovery's hit Man Vs. Wild is getting some more star power this year, starting with its seventh season premiere on July 11.

Jake Gyllenhaal joined host Bear Grylls on a bone-chilling trip to Iceland, and now, fans of both stars can enjoy a sneak peek, thanks to a clip airing on Discovery's website.  The pair can be seen digging a shelter in the middle of a blizzard, ripping meat from an animal carcass, and crossing a huge mountain gap by commando-crawling along a thin cable.

Recently, Grylls said Bad Teacher star Cameron Diaz is committed to joining him on one of his survival adventures.  The first celebrity to follow the former British Special Forces soldier into the wild was Will Ferrell in 2009.

Gyllenhaal's episode airs Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery.

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Justin Tennison of 'Deadliest Catch' Found Dead in Hotel

File Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HOMER, Alaska) -- Almost one year after Phil Harris, captain of the Cornelia fishing boat on Deadliest Catch, died after suffering a stroke, the Discovery Channel show endured another loss: 33-year-old crew member Justin Tennison was found dead Tuesday in an Alaska hotel room.

Tennison died of unknown causes, and an autopsy was to be performed Wednesday afternoon.

TMZ reports that law enforcement officials found marijuana and a bottle of alcohol in the room where Tennison's body was found.

"It is with great sadness that the Time Bandit family announces the death of crew member Justin Tennison. Justin died peacefully in his sleep the night of Feb. 21, 2011," Deadliest Catch's Capt. Andy Hillstrand posted on Facebook.

"Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand. The captains and crew appreciated his hard work and many contributions this past year. We will miss him terribly and wish his family all the best during this most difficult time."

Tennison worked with Hillstrand on the Time Bandit ship as a deckhand, and is survived by a son and daughter.

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Michael Jackson Fans Object to Autopsy Documentary

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto(LONDON) -- Michael Jackson fans are objecting to a Discovery Channel documentary called Michael Jackson's Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson, which is scheduled to appear on U.K. television in January.

The documentary reportedly features a reproduction of the pop star's corpse, and follows a doctor as he dissects it. As reported by, the MJ Justice Project and the MJ Children group created an online petition to pull the TV special from airing. Thus far, over 2,500 outraged Michael Jackson fans have signed the petition, which is shooting for a total of 50,000.

"Like any other human being on this earth, Michael Jackson is entitled to a minimum of decency and respect," the petition reads. "We ask the directors of the Discovery Channel programming to proceed with the outright cancellation of this indecent documentary, detrimental to both the person and his family and loved ones."

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Chilean Mine Rescue Story Headed to the Small Screen

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Fresh on the heels of the 33 Chilean miners being rescued from a mine after 69 days, the Discovery Channel announced Thursday it will air Rescued: The Chilean Mine Story on Oct. 28.  The network says it has exclusive footage of the miners, their families and other officials, as well as never-before-seen footage from the rescue.

Spike TV will also cash in on the event that made world headlines.  The cable channel announced Thursday it's working on a reality show about life in a West Virginia mine called Coal.  Spike, which says it's been developing the series for months, expects it to premiere next April.

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