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TORONTO (December 4, 2014) – Canadians can take a pass on leftover programming this year, as Discovery transforms holiday viewing! Approaching its 20th anniversary in January 2015, Playback’s Channel of the Year and Canada’s #1 entertainment specialty network announced today it will air an incredible nine, full-season premiere runs, totalling 64 hours of all-new programming, beginning Sunday, Dec. 21 through to Jan. 4. Discovery’s holiday schedule - even more robust than a broadcaster’s typical fall season launch, features brand new series HIGHWAY TO SELL, ICE LAKE REBELS, BUYING THE BEACH, FAT N’ FURIOUS, DUKES OF HAGGLE, SHACKLETON, REDWOOD KINGS, GUNSLINGERS, and TOO CUTE! PINT SIZED.
Complementing the incredible holiday schedule are epic marathons of Discovery’s megahits GOLD RUSH, CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, SHARK WEEK, HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and the return of naked New Years, a.k.a. NAKED AND AFRAID!
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Wrapping up the year with more than two full weeks of marathons and specials, Discovery’s day-by-day holiday highlights include:
Sunday, Dec. 21 from 3 - 11 p.m. ET – New episodes from 7 - 11 p.m. ET
(Saturday, Dec. 21 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. PT)
Discovery kicks off the holiday binge viewing with a Kilcher re-cap followed by entirely new episodes! Get reacquainted with the Kilchers as they face unexpected and daunting challenges due to a historically warm winter. The Kilchers are always pushed to their limits by the uncontrollable elements, but work together as a family to sustain a heritage they've chosen to live and defend in ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER.
HIGHWAY TO SELL – COMPLETE NEW SERIES!
Monday, Dec. 22 from 6 - 11 p.m. ET
(Monday, Dec. 22 from 3 - 9 p.m. PT)
Every guy's ultimate four-wheel fantasy becomes his worst nightmare when he is forced to choose between the cash he desperately needs and the classic ride he always knew his clunker could become in Discovery’s all-new series, HIGHWAY TO SELL. Will the owners choose to let go of their beloved classics and walk away with the cash, or will the thought of seeing their dream cars in the hands of another be too much to handle? It's cash vs. classics in the six-part marathon Canadian premiere.
Tuesday, Dec. 23 from 9 a.m. to Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. ET – New episode at 9 p.m. ET
(Monday, Dec. 23 from 6 a.m. to Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 7 a.m. PT)
Discovery’s ambitious gold miners are back at it again and the stakes have never been higher. Who’s in and who’s out? After the highs and lows of last season, everything has changed during Season 5: new miners, new claims, new machines, and new ways to pull gold out of the ground. For some, now is the time make it or break it. But will big risks lead to an even bigger pay out? Catch-up with Todd, Parker, and the gang during an epic 24-hour GOLD RUSH gold mine!
CANADA’S WORST DRIVER – COMPLETE TENTH SEASON!
Wednesday, Dec. 24 from 2 - 9 p.m. ET
(Tuesday, Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT)
Celebrating a decade on the airwaves, CANADA’S WORST DRIVER returns to Discovery on Christmas Eve! The hit series follows the drivers, each nominated by a friend or family member, as they are put through their paces by host Andrew Younghusband in a controlled driving environment and evaluated by a panel of driving experts. Each episode features the tried-and-tested challenges viewers have come to love, each designed to push the drivers to their limits and teach them crucial safe driving skills – all with an eye to eliminate driver distraction.
SHARK WEEK 2014 HOLIDAY REWIND CHOMPDOWN! – New Premiere at 5 p.m. ET!
Thursday, Dec. 25 from Noon to 5 p.m. ET
(Wednesday, Dec. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT)
The summer’s most-anticipated annual TV event gets a yuletide rewind, including an all-new look at SHARKSANITY! Discovery presents SHARK WEEK 2014’s best moments on Christmas Day with SHARK OF DARKNESS: WRATH OF SUBMARINE, SHARKAGEDDON, MONSTER HAMMERHEAD, and JAWS STRIKES BACK.
ICE LAKE REBELS – COMPLETE NEW SERIES!
Thursday, Dec. 25 from 6 - 11 p.m. ET
(Thursday, Dec. 25 from 3 - 8 p.m. PT)
The freeze and thaw periods are the two most deadly times of the year on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, where a handful of survivalists hunt for food, drill for water, trade for necessities, and protect their turf. It's a lawless frozen lake of ultra-libertarians forced together during brutal winters. Choosing another kind of lifestyle, these rebels have bid farewell to living life the conventional way on land and traded it in for floating homes and houseboats...and since they don't live on land, they don't pay taxes, and, therefore, no one polices them.
BUYING THE BEACH – COMPLETE NEW SERIES!
Friday, Dec. 26 from Noon to 5 p.m. ET
(Friday, Dec. 26 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. PT)
This Boxing Day, viewers can escape to the beach as families embark on a sandy search for the waterfront home of their dreams. BUYING THE BEACH offers an inside look at amazing seaside properties across the U.S., showcasing unique homes where potential buyers can settle into the sand and soak up the sun mere steps from their own backyard. Each episode of BUYING THE BEACH presents house hunters with three potential properties to choose from. Local realtors guide the process, helping potential buyers find the perfect place – whether it's a beachside mansion in South Carolina, a cottage at the ocean's edge in Oregon, a bungalow along the shores of Mississippi, or a two-story houseboat anchored in California.
FAT N’ FURIOUS – COMPLETE NEW SERIES!
Friday, Dec. 26 from 6 - 11 p.m. ET
(Friday, Dec. 26 from 3 - 8 p.m. PT)
In the Rust Belt State of Ohio, speed reigns supreme – the faster the car, the fatter the profit. And every second counts. With a waist size that rivals the Rust Belt itself, Tommy Christmas and his family are known for driving big and living even bigger. FAT N’ FURIOUS follows the hilarious car junkies of Christmas Automotive as they hunt down left-for-dead cars and bring them back to life and to the racetrack. The treasures left for dead in backyards around the state are pervasive and can be picked up on the cheap. But turning them into race-ready muscle cars is a whole other matter entirely.
DUKES OF HAGGLE – COMPLETE NEW SERIES!
Saturday, Dec. 27 from 1 - 3 p.m. ET
(Saturday, Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon PT)
DUKES OF HAGGLE presents a whole new breed of savvy American tradesmen as they barter for a living. These barterers spend their time scouring farms, flea markets, backyards, and junkyards for items they can sell at the weekly auction.
MOONSHINERS – New episode at 10 p.m. ET
Saturday, Dec. 27 from 4 - 10 p.m. ET
(Saturday, Dec. 27 from 1 - 7 p.m. PT)
Think bootleggers, backwoods stills, and "white lightning" are things of the past? Hardly! It's a thriving multi-million dollar industry, though clandestine and illegal. Discovery presents a recap of the fourth season followed, by a special all-new Christmas episode where the cast shares some of their holiday traditions!
SHACKLETON – COMPLETE NEW SERIES!
Sunday, Dec. 28 from 2 - 5 p.m. ET
(Sunday, Dec. 28 from 2 - 9 p.m. PT)
The story of Ernest Shackleton and his crew’s escape from Antarctica is the most extrodinary adventure and survival story ever told. After their ship, Endurance, was crushed by ice, and with the long dark winter looming, Shackleton realized he would have to go for help or all would die. In this four-part miniseries, crew of five British and Australian adventurers join expedition leader Tim Jarvis in an attempt to become the first to authentically re-enact Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia.
RIVER MONSTERS – BEST OF SEASONS 1 – 5!
Sunday, Dec. 28 from 6 p.m. through Monday Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. ET
(Sunday, Dec. 28 from 3 p.m. to Monday Dec. 29 at 8 a.m. PT)
A river this dangerous won't give up its secrets without a fight. Jeremy Wade is back for the holidays with a truly epic marathon. Catch a selection of the very best episodes featuring the freshwater detective, biologist, and extreme angler as he takes viewers along on the mysterious adventure of a lifetime.
REDWOOD KINGS – COMPLETE NEW SERIES!
Monday, Dec. 29 from 4 - 11 p.m. ET
(Monday, Dec. 29 from 1 - 8 p.m. PT)
REDWOOD KINGS uncovers the artistry that goes into turning ancient reclaimed redwood trees into hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind, creative works of art. Twin brothers and tree titans, Ron and John Daniels, work side-by-side creating carvings of animated characters, feature film and theme park facades, and even custom play houses and tree houses. Keeping every project on schedule and on budget is no easy task, but the Daniels' crew of 40 carpenters, designers, artists, and engineers pull off jaw-dropping specimens of art. To a novice, it's hard to believe the amazing handiwork and painstakingly detailed pieces are actually made of wood.
HIGHWAY THRU HELL – COMPLETE THIRD SEASON!
Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET
(Monday, Dec. 29 from 1 - 8 p.m. PT)
Buckle up for a HIGHWAY THRU HELL third-season marathon spectacular! Jamie Davis and his crew travel some of the most economically vital – and most inhospitable – trucking routes in North America. Plagued by winter storms, truckers spin out and smash up, and heavy rescue teams hustle to clear the automotive carnage and get the road open again.
PUNKIN CHUNKIN: SUPERCHUNK! – Special episode!
Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. ET
(Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. PT)
PUNKIN CHUNKIN: SUPERCHUNK! brings together some of the top teams in the competition to unleash a chunking extravaganza like never before. Teams will vie for the top title by taking on various challenges to chunk everyday objects into a cornfield. TV's, pianos, and even cars...nothing is safe from this group as the Chunkers meet their greatest challenge to date.
NAKED AND AFRAID – Naked New Year’s Marathon – Special episode at 11 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to Thursday, Jan. 1 at 5 a.m. ET
(Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. to Thursday, Jan. 1 at 3 a.m. PT)
Discovery takes survival of the fittest to the next level with a Naked New Year’s marathon featuring Hollywood stars James Franco and Seth Rogen in a very special NAKED AND AFRAID episode to ring in 2015! Dropped in a remote location with no food, no water...and NO CLOTHES, these Hollywood stars have 21 days to survive with nothing but one personal item each.
DEADLIEST CATCH – COMPLETE TENTH SEASON!
Thursday, Jan. 1 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET
(Thursday, Jan. 1 from 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT)
While the wary veteran skippers cement their legacies on the Bering Sea, the young guns begin to create their own on the heroic 10th season of multiple Emmy Award-winning series DEADLIEST CATCH. Tune in to a New Year’s Day marathon where the stakes are higher and the stress is greater than ever, as it isn’t long before drama hits the Bering Sea. A boat goes up in flames, another runs aground, and many crews earn record-breaking profits.
FAST N’ LOUD – New episodes premiere from 7 – 9 p.m. ET
Friday, Jan. 2 from 10 a.m. to Saturday, Jan. 3 at 7 a.m. ET
(Friday, Jan. 2 from 7 a.m. to Saturday, Jan. 3 at 4 a.m. PT)
Motor mastermind Richard Rawlings and mechanical prodigy Aaron Kaufman help ring in 2015 searching for forgotten and neglected vintage cars. Most assume these old classics are rust buckets – but to this crew, they're potential goldmines. Rawlings and Kaufman need big projects and, more importantly, big profits to keep the doors open at Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas.
AMERICAN CHOPPER – Special episode featuring SHAQ!!
Friday, Jan. 2 at 10 pm. ET
(Friday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. PT)
An all-new special featuring an epic encounter with 7'1" basketball legend Shaquille O’Neill, who contracts the OCC team to build their largest bike to date – an enormous Superman-themed chopper.
GUNSLINGERS – COMPLETE NEW SERIES!
Saturday, Jan. 3 from Noon to 5 p.m. ET
(Saturday, Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT)
In the thrilling six-part historical docudrama series GUNSLINGERS, Discovery presents the true stories behind infamous icons and legendary conflicts of the Wild West. Captivating in its cinematic storytelling, GUNSLINGERS exposes the real, often little-known adventures of the Wild West's iconic characters. From unlawful lawman Wyatt Earp, teenage vagabond Billy the Kid, scorned rebel Jesse James,Yankee sharpshooter Wild Bill Hickok, dangerous psychopath John Wesley Hardin, and war veteran-turned-assassin Tom Horn, GUNSLINGERS tips its cowboy hat to those who became icons in a wild, wild world. Juxtaposed with vivid reenactments, expert commentary is layered throughout each episode to ensure the authenticity and historical accuracy of each story.
YUKON MEN – COMPLETE THIRD SEASON!
Saturday, Jan. 3 from 6 p.m. to Sunday, Jan. 4 at 1 a.m. ET
(Saturday, Jan. 3 from 3 -10 p.m. PT)
Discovery’s thrilling series YUKON MEN returns to Tanana, Alaska as its people face new challenges and threats. After a dark and cold Alaskan winter, the men emerge to find themselves under siege: a new road threatens to open the town to the outside world as dwindling resources and government bans challenge their hunter-gatherer lifestyle. All while and a double homicide shakes them to their core. At the end of the day, each man will be pushed to their limit. Pushed to decide, how far they will to go to live free?
TOO CUTE: PINT SIZED – COMPLETE NEW SERIES!
Sunday, Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET
(Sunday, Jan. 4 from 6 - 11 a.m. PT)
This absolutely adorable series delivers delightfully darling stories about animals in the first chapter of their lives. The program highlights the fuzzy fumbles as animals embark on their first few months in the world, getting up close and personal with the world's most precious pups, kittens, and other babes, including a hedgehog!
MYTHBUSTERS – COMPLETE NINTH SEASON!
Sunday, Jan. 4 from 3 - 9 p.m. ET
(Sunday, Jan. 4 from 6 - 11 a.m. PT)
Hosted by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, MYTHBUSTERS has inspired a generation to inquire, interact, and get involved with science. MYTHBUSTERS uses a signature brand of explosive experimentation to prove or disprove popular myths, misconceptions, and legends. For more than a decade, the team has tested 885 myths, filmed more than 7,200 hours, created 815 explosions, and used nearly 40 kms worth of duct tape!
Sunday, Jan. 4 at 10 p.m. ET
(Sunday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. PT)
An all-new episode featuring the Kilcher family and their frontier lifestyle on the homestead in Alaska.
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