Discovery’s DAILY PLANET Goes to the Edge…and Jumps!

— September 13, 2013

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TORONTO (September 13, 2013) DAILY PLANET puts adrenaline under the microscope during “Adrenaline Junkies” Week, beginning Monday, October 7 at 7 p.m. ET on Discovery. Join co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin as they meet up with ordinary people doing extraordinary things – a base jumper strapping himself into a human catapult, Garrett McNamara surfing the biggest waves on the planet, and Tong in lava. If it seems like a heart-pumpingly impossible thing to do – DAILY PLANET will get viewers past the point of no return!  

Canada’s favourite science show, DAILY PLANET goes high-velocity during “Adrenaline Junkies” Week featuring Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin

**Media Note** Download NEW Season 19 DAILY PLANET photography at BellMediaPR.ca 

As Discovery’s flagship hour continues its landmark 19th season, viewers can enhance their DAILY PLANET experience by clicking onto the show’s online platform at Discovery.ca featuring an all-new community forum. In addition, DAILY PLANET’s Facebook and Twitter community continues to EXPLODE as “Adrenaline Junkies” Week kicks-off!

Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Adrenaline Junkies” Week include:

Superhuman

Ever wonder what it feels like to dangle off the edge of something more than 20 stories tall? This is one instance when adrenaline is NOT friendly! Super human Eskil Ronningsbakken takes DAILY PLANET to the iconic Holmenokollen Ski Jump near Oslo, Norway to show viewers why. It takes innate skill, nerves of steel, and unique physical and mental preparation. Precariously perched on the top of a ladder on top of the ski jump, Ronningsbakken knows one small wobble could cost him his life. There is no safety net, no harness, no second chance. 

Garrett McNamara

Garrett McNamara hunts down the world’s biggest monster waves. The professional big wave surfer holds the record for largest wave ever surfed – a formidable 30-meter wave off the coast of Portugal. DAILY PLANET catches up with McNamara at his home on Hawaii’s North Shore, going inside the mind of the daredevil who’s intensely focused on his next goal: shattering his own record!

Chasing Lava

Kilauea volcano is mighty restless. One of the world’s most active volcanoes – it’s been continuously erupting since 1983. Yet, finding lava flows isn’t easy… but photographer Bryan Lowry knows the secrets. With over 20 years’ experience chasing lava, he’s bringing DAILY PLANET host Ziya Tong along for the gruelling overnight trek.

Tumble 100

When an aircraft enters a flat spin, it often means death. But German Air Force pilot Marc Gruene is trying to break a world record and survive 100 spins. DAILY PLANET follows Gruene as he readies mind, body, and airplane through a grueling training regimen designed to manage the extreme risks of the High-G manoeuver. Using wingcams, Discovery hops on board for the record attempt…when something happens that the pilot never trained for.

Human Catapult

When jumping off buildings just isn’t enough to get the heart thumping, how does a professional adrenaline junkie step it up a notch? Jason Bell is a BASE jumper, an engineer, and the inventor of the human catapult – a way to launch base jumpers off bridges, buildings, cliffs, whatever strikes their fancy! DAILY PLANET joins Bell as he test launches a bunch of crazy BASE jumpers into a lake in West Virginia.

About DAILY PLANET

An international success story, DAILY PLANET is produced by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), a production house wholly owned by Discovery Canada. The series’ Executive Producer is Kelly McKeown; Senior Producers are Steven Hunt and Agatha Rachpaul; Supervising Producer is Heather Sherman; Managing Producer is Erin Mackie; and Director is John Morrison.

About Discovery

The world is just awesome!  With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995 and now available in more than eight million Canadian homes, Discovery consistently ranks first among all English-language Canadian specialty networks for overall viewer satisfaction according to the TV Trends and Quality (TVQ) Survey. Discovery is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at  Discovery.ca.

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SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Discovery Canada on Twitter: twitter.com/DiscoveryCanada
Discovery Canada on Facebook: facebook.com/discoverycanada
Daily Planet on Twitter: twitter.com/dailyplanetshow
Daily Planet on Facebook: facebook.com/Daily-Planet 
Ziya Tong on Twitter: twitter.com/Ziya_Discovery
Dan Riskin on Twitter: twitter.com/riskindan

For more information:

Noah Zatzman, Discovery, 416.384.5903 or noah.zatzman@bellmedia.ca                                    

Jodi Cook, Discovery, 416.384.4603 or jodi.cook@bellmedia.ca

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