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Show Guide: 'A Perfect Planet'

Written by 01 January, 2021

Synopsis: A Perfect Planet is a new five-part series from Sir David Attenborough and the award-winning team behind the original Planet Earth and The Hunt. In a unique fusion of blue chip natural history and earth sciences, A Perfect Planet  explains how the living planet operates, showing how the forces of nature - weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes – drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of life. In doing so, it reveals how animals are perfectly adapted to whatever the environment throws at them. 

The series takes audiences on a stunning visual journey, from lands drenched by the Indian Monsoon and the slopes of fiery Hawaiian volcanoes, to the tidal islands of the Bahamas and the frozen wastes of Ellesmere Island. From Arctic wolves prowling moonlit landscapes in winter, to frozen wood frogs magically thawing back to life in spring; from the vampire finches of the Galapagos who drink the blood of seabirds, to the African flamingos who gather in their thousands every year in a vast volcanic lake to breed.

Devised to change the way we see our home, the first four episodes look at the natural forces; volcanoes, the sun, weather and ocean currents, and the last in the series focuses on the human force and our impact on the natural world. Audiences will view time and again how the lives of animals are driven and enabled by our planet’s great natural forces. (Courtesy Discovery+, 2021)

Production Credits:
A Perfect Planet is a Silverback Films Production for BBC and Discovery, co-produced with Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF, China Media Group, CMG Film, Drama and Documentary Programming Center, France Televisions and The Open University.  The executive producer is Alastair Fothergill, and the series producer is Huw Cordey. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. For discovery +, Howard Swartz is executive producer.

The Episodes:
Season One Episode Guide (Discovery+)
1-01 Volcanoes--01/04/2021

1-02 Sun--01/04/2021

1-03 Weather--01/10/2021

1-04 Oceans--01/17/2021

1-05 Humans--01/24/2021

Last modified on Friday, 01 January 2021 20:48

Show Guide: 'Aaron Needs A Job'

Synopsis: Custom car builder Aaron Kaufman is on a mission to find his next gig, exploring machine-powered industries and meeting the mechanically-minded men and women who keep the world running. The master mechanic who starred in "Fast N' Loud" and "Shifting Gears With Aaron Kaufman" delves into the world of vintage military vehicle restoration in Texas, joins a tugboat crew in Washington and gets a look at the Las Vegas hotel service industry. He descends into a Colorado coal mine to learn about the dangers of operating machinery near coal dust and accompanies Nevada firefighters into extreme desert conditions. The intrepid Kaufman provides a behind-the-scenes look at these motor-driven industries as well as the hardworking people who thrive in them. (Courtesy Discovery)

The Cast:
Aaron Kaufman

Production Credits:

The Episodes:
Season One Episode Guide (Discovery)
1-01 What's Old Is New--07/15/2019
Aaron starts his job search by testing a restored Sherman tank; after firing the cannon, Aaron braves the dangers of coal mining; later, Aaron works on a steam train that has run for 150 years.

1-02 Episode Two--07/22/2019
Aaron takes to the skies as he achieves his childhood dream of flying an F-16 fighter jet; Aaron explores a scrap yard where he learns how to rip up, crush, and shred old vehicles for fun and profit; Aaron takes on the world of tires.

1-03 Testing The Waters--08/05/2020
Aaron reveals he's a little wet behind the ears when it comes to industries that rely on water; he works on a cargo ship, touring an overwhelmingly large engine and making sure the cargo is tied down to the deck before joining the crew of a tug boat.

1-04 Learning To Fly--08/12/2019
Aaron explores the challenges of human survival; at NASA headquarters, he learns about the future of space travel and tests cars made for the moon; he undertakes crop-dusting; Aaron visits a massive water-pumping plant.

1-05 At Your Service--08/19/2019
Aaron explores the service industry; first, he gets behind the wheel of an elite Green Beret training mission; then, Aaron feels the heat on a firefighter's training course; later, Aaron navigates a 40,000-pound trash truck around an obstacle course.

1-06 Liquid Assets--08/26/2019
Aaron joins the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as workers lay massive concrete mats on the Mississippi River, gets down and dirty with swamp loggers and explores the largest hydro dam in the United States.

1-07 By Land, Sea & Air--09/09/2019
Aaron works on a tramcar 8,000 feet above the desert, helps build a hovercraft in Indiana and spends some time with woodworker-turned-car builder, Isaac Cohen.

Show Guide: 'American Detective With Lt. Joe Kenda'

Written by 04 January, 2021

Synopsis: This true-crime series hosted by Lt. Joe Kenda, one of America's toughest detectives, features incredibly disturbing and mind-blowing cases from across the country. Lt. Kenda expertly guides us through the complex twists and turns of these bizarre crimes. (Courtesy Discovery+, 2021)

The Cast:
Joe Kenda as Himself

Production Credits:

The Episodes:
Season One Episode Guide (Discovery+)
1-01 Fourteen Stories Down--01/04/2021
A presumed suicide shifts to foul play when a second body is discovered.

1-02 Murder, Murder, Murder--01/04/2021
A Seattle woman is brutally murdered close to a homeless encampment.

1-03 Hazard Lights--01/04/2021
A depraved killer snuffs out the life of a promising young schoolteacher.

Last modified on Monday, 04 January 2021 11:01

Show Guide: 'Assembly Required'

Written by 21 February, 2021

Synopsis: Home repair experts compete to breathe new life into everyday household items.

The Cast:
Tim Allen as Himself
Richard Kerns as Himself

Production Credits:

The Episodes:
Season One Episode Guide (History)
1-01 Bring The Heat--02/23/2021
Tim Allen and Richard Kern put the maker's skills to the test when they have them create an all-season leaf blower that can also melt ice and snow. But before they can play with fire, they have to prove they can put out one by creating a Class A fire extinguisher. Can the makers bring the heat needed to melt Tim and Richard's hearts or will they be left in the cold?

1-02 Smokin' Hot--03/02/2021
Tim Allen and Richard Kern heat up the competition when they ask the makers to create a mobile BBQ grill with all the fixins. But before they can start cooking, they must first prove they can create fire by fabricating a blazing torch.

1-03 Kicking Grass--03/09/2021

Last modified on Tuesday, 23 February 2021 03:35

Show Guide: 'Atlas Of Cursed Places'

Written by 22 December, 2020

Synopsis: Author and adventurer Sam Sheridan travels to the most cursed places on Earth to reveal the regions' haunting histories. Entrenching himself in macabre modern day culture, Sheridan explores regional history and folklore, employs cutting-edge science to illuminate the dangers of the curse, and paints a new and revealing portrait of a doomed place and the people who live there in the process. (Courtesy NatGeo, 2020)

The Cast:
Sam Sheridan as The Host

Production Credits:

The Episodes:
Season One Episode Guide (NatGeo)
1-01 The Curse Of The Bermuda Triangle--12/01/2020
Sheridan dives deep to get to the bottom of the Curse of the Bermuda Triangle, a stretch of ocean where people disappear without explanation. He speaks to oceanographers, physicists, disaster physiologists and probability analysts to get to the bottom of this age-old mystery. Join Sheridan as he dives to the Bimini Coast shipwreck and discovers what took place for ships and aircrafts in the past.

1-02 The Curse Of Atlantis--12/08/2020
Sheridan investigates Atlantis, the utopian city Plato writes as a city cursed by the gods and swallowed up into the sea 12,000 years ago. He speaks with archaeologists, researchers and even space archaeologist Sarah Parcak to use technology to uncover the truth about the lost city of unlimited riches that Plato and thousands of others believed to be real. Join Sheridan on his trip to Morocco as he toes the line of myth and reality.

1-03 The Curse Of Vlad The Impaler--12/15/2020
Sheridan visits Transylvania, Romania, and investigates the eerie curse of Vlad the Impaler, Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula. Although not the blood-thirsty vampire who’s taken over recent pop culture, Vlad III is known for ruling 15th century eastern Europe with fear and revenge, his legacy lasting centuries. Join Sheridan as he meets Romanian witches, speaks with mathematicians and works with geneticists to uncover the lasting trauma of Vlad the Impaler’s curse and the scar he left on eastern Europe.

1-04 The Curse Of The Bayou--12/22/2020
Sheridan visits Louisiana to learn about Aunt Julia, a local hoodoo practitioner and healer who in 1915, is believed to have put a curse on the land. A century later, locals still blame all the catastrophes befallen on the state–including the 1915 New Orleans Hurricane–on Aunt Julia’s curse. Through the course of the episode, Sheridan meets with key experts and even participates in a hoodoo ritual.

1-05 The Curse Of West Virginia--12/29/2021
Sheridan heads to the Mountain State to uncover the legendary Mothman, a winged cryptid whose presence signals disaster. While digging deeper into Mothman’s curse, Sheridan finds himself entangled in a web of disasters greater than the curse itself, from population poisoning, physical threats and dirty politics in West Virginia.


Last modified on Tuesday, 22 December 2020 13:40

Show Guide: 'Auto Biography'

Written by 05 January, 2021

Synopsis: Discover the most surprising and phenomenal stories about iconic cars and legendary drivers that have changed the automotive world and continue to do so today. (Courtesy Discovery+, 2021)

The Episodes:
1-01 Mario Andretti--01/04/2021
In 1969, Mario Andretti prepares to see his ultimate dream - the Indianapolis 500.

1-02 Junior Johnson--01/04/2021
Junior Johnson's outlaw driving style took NASCAR by storm.

1-03 Bob Chandler--01/04/2021.
Bob Chandler is responsible for America's obsession with monster trucks.

Last modified on Tuesday, 05 January 2021 15:49

Show Guide: 'Barbarians'

Synopsis: Torn between the mighty empire that raised him and his own tribal people, a Roman officer's conflicted allegiances lead to an epic historical clash.

The Episodes:
Season One Episode Guide (Netflix)
1-01 Wolf And Eagle--10/23/2020
Cherusci tribal chef Segimer bristles at the increasing demands of the new governor Varus. Secret lovers Thusneida and Folkwin deal Rome a symbolic blow.

1-02 Vengeance--10/23/2020
The theft of the standard provokes a crisis, reuniting Roman officer Ari with his father Segimer, and childhood friends Folkwin and Thusneida.

1-03 On The Edge--10/23/2020
Ari commands troops ordered by Varus to hunt down and kill Folkwin, whose family and home are put in danger for his act of defiance.

1-04 A New Reik--10/23/2020
Ari embraces his new role with the Cherusc but his shift of allegiance runs deeper than Varus knows. Thusnelda and Folkwin rally a rival tribe.

1-05 Treason--10/23/2020
Ari and Thusnelda forge a political marriage and begin uniting the fractious Germanic tribes. Folkwin is believed dead but has actually been enslaved.

1-06 The Battle--10/23/2020
Ari leads Varus and three Roman legions into Teutoburg Forest--and into history. Thousands make the sacrifice to preserve the alliance.

Show Guide: 'Battlebots: The Bounty Hunters'

Written by 01 January, 2021

Synopsis: In the BattleBots universe, from the moment you start building a robot, everyone dreams of a chance to fight against the best in the world — the legends that define the sport. Rarely does David get to face Goliath. Until now.

In Battlebots: Bounty Hunters, the sport has some of the top robot legends including Tombstone, Bronco, Witch Doctor, Son of Whyachi, Beta and Icewave. Each of the them have many knockouts and have smashed countless competitors before them.

In each episode, challengers will compete for the right to become the Bounty Hunter and fight a Legend. The prize: a unique place in BattleBots history, and the major share of a $25,000 cash prize payout in every episode.

Like in the regular season of BattleBots, each episode highlights the design and build of the competing robots and profiles the teams behind them. Competitors come from all types of backgrounds – from families to university students and everything in between. Every machine is homemade and constructed from a variety of materials with custom-built weaponry to destroy the competition. (Courtesy Discovery+, 2021)

Production Credits:
It is produced by BattleBots, Inc. and Whalerock Industries. Executive producers are Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson, Tom Gutteridge and Aaron Catling. For Discovery Channel, Scott Lewers, Joseph Boyle and Wyatt Channell are executive producers and Paola Espinosa is associate producer.

Last modified on Friday, 01 January 2021 23:55

Show Guide: 'Beartown'

Written by 30 January, 2021
Last modified on Saturday, 30 January 2021 22:55
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