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TORONTO (July 21, 2014) – Snuffy the Seal is back. And so is SHARKNADO. Summer’s most-anticipated annual TV event “Shark Week 2014” returns to Discovery Canada for seven teeth-gnashing nights, beginning Sunday, August 10, through Saturday, August 16, taking its biggest bite out of the season yet! This summer, “Shark Week 2014” builds upon last year’s 11 shark-filled programs, offering 12 new “Shark Week” specials (airing day-and-date with Discovery U.S.); the return of last year’s hit late-night LIVE SHARK AFTER DARK talk show; a Saturday night movie double-bill; and – for the first time ever! – the iconic theme week also feature original Canadian content! Returning early from summer hiatus, DAILY PLANET wades into shark-infested waters to deliver five nights of the most incredible and bizarre shark science from around the world. All told, Canadians can look forward to an unprecedented 42 hours of teeth and fins during “Shark Week 2014,” and more premiere hours than ever before in the 19-year history of the blockbuster summer event. The experience continues online where viewers can dive deeper into “Shark Week 2014” at Discovery.ca with loads of exclusive content.
Bigger, bolder, and with more bite than ever before, “Shark Week” returns to Discovery, Aug. 10-16
Like last year’s MEGALODON, “Shark Week” continues to evolve, fascinate, and surprise viewers year after year, taking on mythical proportions. “Shark Week 2013” stands as Discovery Canada’s highest-rated seven-day period ever (Sunday, August 4 to Saturday, August 10, 2013), as the summer event lured in more than 8.3 million Canadians. In August, Discovery will once again meet this voracious viewer appetite with its biggest, boldest, and best line-up yet.
The nightly can’t-miss “Shark Week 2014” schedule for Discovery’s new specials and Saturday’s movie double-bill is as follows (Note: all programming subject to change):
Nightly, 6-11 p.m. ET / 3-8 p.m. PT
- 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT – “Best of” SHARK WEEK Special 1 (Encore; Sat. *New*)
- 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT – DAILY PLANET SHARK WEEK Special (*New*; Mon.-Fri.)
- 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT – “Best of” SHARK WEEK Special 2 (Encore)
- 9 p.m. ET/6 and 9 p.m. PT – SHARK WEEK 2014 Special 1 (*New*)
- 10 p.m. ET/7 and 10 p.m. PT – SHARK WEEK 2014 Special 2 (*New*)
- 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT – SHARK AFTER DARK 2014 (*New*; LIVE, Mon.-Fri.)
Discovery’s new “Shark Week 2014” highlights include:
- AIR JAWS: FIN OF FURY (TBC)
Sunday, August 10 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Natural History producer Jeff Kurr and his team return using incredible new cameras and high tech underwater gadgetry to track down the missing “mega-shark” named Colossus.
- SHARK OF DARKNESS: WRATH OF SUBMARINE
Sunday, August 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
For years, a legend has grown off the coast of South Africa of an enormous great white shark nicknamed Submarine. This 30-foot shark is said to be the largest great white shark of all time. Locals believe that this shark is responsible for countless fatal attacks, but its existence has never been proven. This documentary explores the evidence and asks the question: can Submarine exist?
- SHARK AFTER DARK 2014
Sunday, August 10 to Thursday, August 14 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT – LIVE!
(rpt at 11 p.m. PT)
Back for a second run with host Josh Wolf, the LIVE “Shark Week 2014” after-show leads viewers through an hour-long celebration of all things shark-related, including celebrity guests, shark experts, and shark attack survivors, among others. The talk show gives viewers the first opportunity to interact live on-air every night with tweets, questions to the shark experts, and more.
- SHARK WEEK ON DAILY PLANET
Monday, August 11 to Friday, August 14 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
It’s a week so epic, DAILY PLANET couldn’t resist getting in on the action – with a Canadian science twist! DAILY PLANET returns early from hiatus for five special “Shark Week 2014” episodes – featuring dozens of original shark science stories and content from nearly every continent on Earth, presented as only DAILY PLANET can! Anchored by jaw-some co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dr. Dan Riskin – each episode spotlights the world’s biggest, most enigmatic species of sharks – including the basking shark, cow shark, great hammerhead shark, great white shark, blue shark, bull shark, blacktip shark, and even an extinct shark – the helicoprion! Highlights from the week’s best stories include: a trip from Florida to the Bahamas with trauma surgeon Dr. Robert Borrego in his attempts to uncover a potent shark antibiotic; a profile on a former shark hunter who’s become the most unique shark conservationist in the world – now dedicated to bringing great whites to scientists; and an epic journey with videographer and explorer Joe Romeiro to film what he describes as “the unicorn for underwater cameramen” – the great hammerhead shark. (Note: a detailed announcement with DAILY PLANET’s best day-by-day highlights will be issued separately.)
- JAWS STRIKES BACK (TBC)
Monday, August 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Marine biologist Greg Skomal and the “Sharkcam team” travel to the remote Pacific island of Guadalupe, home to some of the largest great white sharks on earth, to film an epic clash of the titans. Their mission: to film Jaws hunting two-ton mega seals.
- MONSTER HAMMERHEAD
Monday, August 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
MONSTER HAMMERHEAD explores a legendary hammerhead shark that has been patrolling Florida’s shores for the past 60 years. Now, a team of scientists and anglers look to explore the mystery and find out if the legend could be real.
- ALIEN SHARK: RETURN TO THE ABYSS
Tuesday, August 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Shark researcher Paul Clerkin heads to the Indian Ocean to investigate the ocean’s darkest depths in search of shark species that scientists never even knew existed and get a glimpse of the last known group of bioluminescent sharks in the world.
- LAIR OF THE MEGA SHARK
Tuesday, August 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Famed shark experts Jeff Kerr and Andy Cassagrande head to New Zealand on a life-or-death mission to investigate the mysterious legend of a giant great white shark Maoris call the “lord of the sharks." Jeff and Andy will risk everything to track down this Mega Shark believed to be lurking in the shadows of the New Zealand coast line.
- ZOMBIE SHARKS (TBC)
Wednesday, August 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Tonic immobility is a catatonic, zombie-like state that can be achieved by flipping sharks upside down. This shark phenomenon has been studied by scientists for years but a recent spike in orca attacks on great whites suggests orcas have learned a way to immobilize and prey on great whites. Professional shark diver Eli Martinez hopes to prove this theory by being the first person to induce underwater tonic immobility in a massive great white shark.
- SPAWN OF JAWS 2: THE BIRTH
Wednesday, August 13 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Dr. Michael Domeier has spent years scouring the Pacific Ocean, hoping to solve one of the greatest mysteries of shark science – the location of great white pupping grounds. In 2013, he set the process in motion by successfully tagging a pregnant female shark that he called Gil Rakers. Now he’s returning to the sea to follow her journey and be the first to find a baby great white shark.
- I ESCAPED JAWS 2
Thursday, August 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
An all-new shark special featuring attack stories told from the perspective of the survivor. Using first person interviews and actual attack footage, we break down how the attacks occurred and how the victims narrowly escaped with their lives.
- SHARKAGEDDON (TBC)
Thursday, August 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Hawaii is thought of as an idyllic vacation destination, but recent spikes in shark attacks are turning these shores into a deadly hot spot. Hawaiian native and surf legend Kala Alexander knows these waters better than anyone, and he hopes to uncover the reason behind this sudden shark invasion.
- MEGALODON: THE NEW EVIDENCE
Friday, August 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
In April 2013, a fishing vessel was attacked off the coast of South Africa, killing all on board. A TV crew documented Marine Biologist Collin Drake as he worked to determine the predator responsible. Now, his discovery is presented with shocking new evidence and interview footage.
- SHARKNADO and SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE
Saturday, August 16 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET/5 and 7 p.m. PT
Discovery celebrates the end of an epic “Shark Week” with the ultimate movie double bill – 2013’s pop culture phenomenon, SHARKNADO, followed by this summer’s sequel, SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE. Starring Tara Reid (American Pie) and Ian Ziering (BEVERLY HILLS 90210), the original SHARKNADO finds thousands of sharks terrorizing a waterlogged Los Angeles following a freak hurricane. The panic continues when high-speed winds form tornadoes in the desert, nature’s deadliest killer rules the water, land, and air. The story resumes in SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE, as a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished iconic sites – and only Fin (Ziering) and April (Reid) can save the Big Apple.
“Shark Week 2014” marks the start of newly redesigned Discovery.ca coming in August, where users can explore an exclusive preview of the new site beginning July 28. The full “Shark Week” experience extends at Discovery.ca/sharkweek, with full episodes (available the morning after broadcast) online and on the Discovery Canada App, plus a library of the best shark specials from years’ past; cool infographics, including shark attack “hot spots” and “sharks in plight” map; Shark-o-Pedia and trivia; a shark anatomy diagram and photos; shark facts, news, and shark-themed Daily Discoveries. And – back by popular demand! – users can get into the spirit of “Shark Week” with downloadable DIY party accessories, including a Shark Fin Hat so viewers can “get their fins on,” and much more! Viewers can join the “Shark Week” conversation on twitter.com/DiscoveryCanada, with the hashtag #SharkWeek.
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