Displaying items by tag: Shark Week

Movies And Specials: 'Jackass Shark Week'

12 July, 2021

Synopsis: Johnny Knoxville sends Steve-O, Chris Pontius and new "Jackass" cast members on a Shark Week mission for the ages. They'll dial up a series of shark stunts that test their bravery and threshold of pain as they put common shark myths to the test.

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It premiered Sunday, July 11th, 2021 on Discovery.

Movies And Specials: 'Tiffany Haddish Does Shark Week'

11 July, 2021

Synopsis: Tiffany Haddish's fantasy is to uncover the secrets of shark sex, sailing on the fanciest yachts surrounded by friendly se creatures and pampered by a handsome mermen. (Courtesy Discovery, 2021)

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It premiered Sunday, July 11th, 2021 on Discovery.

Movies And Specials: 'Michael Phelps Vs. Sharks'

11 July, 2021

Synopsis: See what happens when the world's fastest human swimmer, Olympic icon Michael Phelps, competes against one of the fastest predators on the planet, the shark, in the ultimate race (Discovery, 2021)

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It premiered Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 on Discovery.

Movies And Specials: 'Ultimate Air Jaws'

27 June, 2021

Synopsis: Off the coast of South Africa, massive great white sharks blast from the water, pulling a sneak attack on their seal prey.  Shark expert Chris Fallows and filmmaker Jeff Kurr (Air Jaws, Air Jaws 2) arrive on the scene to investigate the aerial attacks using state-of-the-art technology including an HD camera that shoots in super slow motion – 2,000 frames per second.  This enables the team to slow down a breaching shark from one second of real time to almost a minute, and in so much detail you can literally count every tooth in the shark’s mouth.  Fallows and Kurr also employ a submarine and remotely operated helicopter to capture this incredible footage (Courtesy Discovery, 2010)

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It premiered Sunday, August 1st, 2010 on Discovery.

A Year By Year Guide To Shark Week

11 July, 2021

With another annual edition of Discovery's Shark Week coming up, we wanted to take a look back at previous seasons and put together a year-by-year rundown of the history of this remarkable marketing event.

But surprisingly, no one seems to have kept track of the previous Shark Week promotions and programming. Discovery doesn't appear to have a complete rundown and I couldn't find a list anywhere that compiled previous Shark Week events.

After digging through a lot of newspaper and magazine archives, I've put together this admittedly incomplete list of Shark Week specials and other programming. If you have more to contribute, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message me on Twitter at @aysrick.

SHARK WEEK-YEAR ONE: 1988
July 17th, 1988:
Caged In Fear
Shark Hunters

July 21st, , 1988:
Dive To Adventure: Hunters Of The Deep
Sharks: Predators Or Prey?

Sharks Of A Different Color
The Shark Takes A Siesta

SHARK WEEK-YEAR TWO: 1989
Shark Hunters Of Achill Island
Shark: Maneater Or Myth?
Sharks Of San Francisco.

SHARK WEEK-YEAR THREE: 1990
Barracudas And Sharks: Hunters Of The Ocean
Shark!: The World Of Sharks
World Of Sharks And Barracudas

SHARK WEEK-YEAR FOUR (Billed As "Shark Week: The Revenge"): 1991
Great Shark Hunt
Sea Lovers
Shark Shooters
The Revenge

SHARK WEEK-YEAR FIVE (Billed As "Shark Week: They're Back"): 1992
Great White Encounters
Great White! Parts One & Two
Hunters Of The Sea
Sharks Of Polynesia
The Man Who Loves Sharks

SHARK WEEK-YEAR SIX (Billed As "Shark Week: We Dare You To Watch"): 1993
African Shark Safari
Assignment Adventure
Sharks Of Pirate Island
Sharks On The Brink Of Extinction
Teeth Of Death

SHARK WEEK-YEAR SEVEN (Hosted By Peter Benchley): 1994

SHARK WEEK-YEAR EIGHT: 1995
In Search Of The Golden Hammerhead
Rendezvous AT Ningaloo
Sharks Of The Red Triangle

SHARK WEEK-YEAR NINE: 1996
Danger Beach
Tales Of The Tiger Shark
The Ultimate Guide: Sharks

SHARK WEEK-YEAR TEN: 1997
Shark Bites: A Decade Of Shark Week

SHARK WEEK-YEAR ELEVEN: 1998
Great White In Search Of The Giants
Hammerheads: Nomads Of The Sea
Prehistoric Sharks
Zambezi Shark

SHARK WEEK-YEAR TWELVE: 1999
Live From A Shark Cage

SHARK WEEK-YEAR THIRTEEN (Billed As "Shark Week Uncaged," Hosted By Nigel Marven): 2000
Sharks 3-D

SHARK WEEK-YEAR FOURTEEN (Hosted By Nigel Marven): 2001
Sunday, August 12th, 2001:
Air Jaws: Sharks Of South Africa

SHARK WEEK-YEAR FIFTEEN (Billed As "Celebrity Shark Week," hosted By Nigel Marven): 2002
Sunday, August 12th, 2002:
Air Jaws II: Even Higher

SHARK WEEK-YEAR SIXTEEN: 2003
Anatomy Of A Shark Bite
Sharks Under Glass

SHARK WEEK-YEAR SEVENTEEN (Hosted By The Cast Of American Chopper): 2004
Sunday, September 5th, 2004:
A Boy's Fight To Survive

Dive To Shark Volcano
Primal Scream
Tiger Shark Attack: Beyond Fear

SHARK WEEK-YEAR EIGHTEEN (Hosted By Adam Savage & Jamie Hyneman): 2005
American Shark
Mythbusters: Jaws Special
Sharkbite! Surviving Great Whites
Shark Hunter

SHARK WEEK-YEAR NINETEEN (Hosted By Mike Rowe): 2006
July 20th, 2006:
Dirty Jobs: Jobs That Bite

August 4th, 2006:
Dirty Jobs: Jobs That Bite...Harder

Perfect Shark
Shark Attack Survivors
Shark Rebellion

SHARK WEEK - YEAR TWENTY (Hosted By Les Stroud): 2007
Ocean Of Fear

SHARK WEEK - YEAR TWENTY-ONE  (Hosted By Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman & Mike Rowe): 2008
Sunday, July 20th, 2008:
Dark Of The Shark

SHARK WEEK - YEAR TWENTY-TWO (Hosted By Les Stroud): 2009
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009:
Blood In The Water

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009:
Great White Appetite

SHARK WEEK YEAR - TWENTY-THREE (Hosted By Craig Ferguson): 2010
Sunday, August 1st, 2010:
Into The Shark Bite
Ultimate Air Jaws

Monday, August 2nd, 2010:
Day Of The Shark 3
Shark Attack Survival Guide 

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010:
Sharkbite Beach

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010:
Sharkbites: Adventures

SHARK WEEK - YEAR TWENTY-FOUR (Hosted By Adam Samberg): 2011
Sunday, July 31st, 2011:
Great White Invasion
Jaws Comes Home

Monday, August 1st, 2011:
Rogue Sharks
Summer Of The Shark

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011:
Killer Sharks

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011:
How Sharks Hunt

Thursday, August 4th, 2011:
Shark City

SHARK WEEK - YEAR TWENTY-FIVE (Hosted By Phillip DeFranco): 2012
Sunday, August 12th, 2012:
Air Jaw Apocalypse
Shark Week's Impossible Shot

Monday, August 13th, 2012:
Jawesome Shark Special
Sharkzilla

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012:
Adrift: 47 Days With Sharks
How Jaws Changed The World

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012:
Shark Fight

Thursday, August 16th, 2012:
Great White Highway
Shark Week's 25 Best Bites

Shark Week-Year Twenty-Six (Hosted By Josh Wolf): 2013
Sunday, August 4th, 2013:
Megalodon: Monster Shark Lives

Monday, August 5th, 2013:
Return Of Jaws
Voodoo Sharks

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013:
I Escaped Jaws
Spawn Of Jaws

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013:
Great White Serial Killer
Top Ten Sharkdown

Thursday, August 8th, 2013:
Alien Sharks
Sharkpocalypse

Friday, August 8th, 2013:
Great White Gauntlet

Shark Week-Year Twenty-Seven (Hosted By Josh Wolf): 2014
Sunday, August 10th, 2014:
Air Jaws: Fin Of Fury

Monday, August 11th, 2014:
Submarine: Shark Of Darkness

Monster Hammerhead

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014:
Jaws Strikes Back

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014:
Alien Sharks: Return To The Abyss

Zombie Sharks

Thursday, August 14th, 2014:
Spawn Of Jaws: The Birth

Friday, August 15th, 2014:
I Escaped Jaws II

Megalodon: The New Evidence

Sharkageddon

Saturday, August 16th, 2014:
Great White Matrix

Lair Of The Mega Shark

Sharksanity

SHARK WEEK - YEAR TWENTY-EIGHT (Hosted By Eli Roth): 2015
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015:
Return Of The Great White

Sunday, July 5th, 2015:
Island Of The Mega Shark
Monster Mako

Shark Trek
Shark Of Darkness: Wrath Of Submarine

SHARK WEEK - YEAR TWENTY-NINE (Hosted By Eli Roth): 2016

SHARK WEEK - YEAR THIRTY (Hosted By Eli Roth): 2017
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017:
Great White Shark Serial Killer Lives
Phelps Vs. Shark: Great Gold Vs. Great White

Thursday, July 27th, 2017:
Shark Exile
Shark Storm

SHARK WEEK - YEAR THIRTY-ONE (Hosted By Shaquille O'Neal): 2018
Sunday, July 22nd, 2018:
Ronda Rousey Unchained
Shaq Does Shark Week

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018:

Guy Fieri's Feeding Frenzy
Law Of Jaws

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018:
SharkCam Stakeout

Thursday, July 26th, 2018:

Tiger Shark Invasion

Friday, July 29th, 2018
Cash Cab Shark Week Episode

SHARK WEEK - YEAR THIRTY-TWO (Hosted By Rob Riggle): 2019
Sunday, July 28th, 2019:
Expedition Unknown: Megalodon
Shark Trip: Eat. Prey. Chum.

Monday, July 29th, 2019:
Legend Of Deep Blue
Sharks Of The Badland
The Sharks Of Headstone Hell

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019:
Air Jaws Strikes Back
Shipwrecked: Crash Landing

Laws Of Jaws: Dangerous Waters

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019:
Extinct Or Alive: The Lost Shark

Thursday, August 1st, 2019:
Return To Shark Island

Friday, August 2nd, 2019:
Isle Of Jaws: Blood Brothers

I Was Prey

SHARK WEEK - YEAR THIRTY-THREE (Hosted By Josh Gates): 2020
Sunday, August 9th, 2020:
Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach-Off
Josh Gates Tonight: Shark Week
Shark Lockdown
Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble On The Reef

Monday, August 10th, 2020:
Abandoned Waters
Jaws Awakens
Josh Gates Tonight: Totally Jaw-Some
McBeast Shark Challenge
Shaq Attack

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020:
Great White Serial Killer Extinction
Josh Gates: Some-Fin Special
Land Of The Lost Sharks

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020:
Adam Devine's Shark Lair
Great White Double Trouble
Josh Gates: The Gill Of It All
Monster Under The Bridge

Thursday, August 13th, 2020:
Air Jaws 2020
Josh Gates: Having Fin Yet?
Mako Nation
Sharkadelic Summer

Friday, August 14th, 2020:
Alien Sharks: First Contact
I Was Prey: Week 2
Lair Of The Great White
Tiger Shark King

Saturday, August 15th, 2020:
Sharks Gone Wild 3
Sharks Of Ghost Island
Terrors From The Deep
Wicked Sharks

SHARK WEEK - YEAR THIRTY-FOUR: 2021
Sunday, July 11th, 2021:
Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach Off: Countdown To Shark Week
Crikey! It's Shark Week
Jackass Shark Week Special 
Shark Academy (Discovery+)
Sharkbait With David Dobrik (Discovery+)
Shark Rumble (Discovery+)
Tiffany Haddish Does Shark Week

Monday, July 12th, 2021:
Air Jaws: Going For Gold
Expedition Unknown: Shark Trek
Jaws Awakens: Phred Vs. Slash
Stranger Sharks (Discovery+)

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021:
Brad Paisley's Shark Country
Fin (Discovery+)
Great White Comeback
Mothersharker (Discovery)
Spawn Of El Diablo

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021:
Mechashark
Return To Lair Of The Great White
The Real Sharknado
Tiger Queen (Discovery+)

Thursday, July 15th, 2021:
Dr. Pimple Popper Pops Shark Week
Mega Jaws Of Bird Island
Raging Bulls (Discovery+)
Sharkadelic Summer 2

Friday, July 16th, 2021:
Extinct Or Alive: Jaws Of Alaska (Discovery+)
I Was Prey: Terrors From The Deep 2
Monster Sharks Of Andros Island
Mystery Of The Black Demon Shark
Ninja Shark 2: Mutant Rising

Saturday, July 17th, 2021:
I Was Prey: Shark Week 2021
Return To Shark Vortex
Rogue Tiger Shark: The Hunt For Lagertha (Discovey+)
Shark Week Best In Show

Sunday, July 18th, 2021:
The Great Hammerhead Stakeout (Discovery+)











Review: 'Sharks Of Ghost Island'

15 August, 2020

There are a few different types of "Shark Week" specials and one of them can best be described as "kinda interesting shark stuff but we're afraid not interesting enough so we're going to hype the hell out of the danger." The one-hour special "Sharks Of Ghost Island" fits firmly into that category, since it includes both an actual shark-related task (find a number of shark species near an island) with a bunch of random facts & comments designed to make it seem much more dangerous a task to "Shark Week" viewers.

The "Ghost Island" part of the show's title comes from the nickname of The Great Isaac Cay, a Bahaman island located 40 miles east of Miami, Florida on the western edge of the Bermuda Triangle. The intro to the show mentions that it has long been the scene of sightings of large sharks. And besides being in the Bermuda Triangle, it's been abandoned since 1969, after two lighthouse caretakers mysteriously disappeared without a trace. But the mystery part is pretty quickly pushed aside and is really only mentioned to explain why a team of scientists are there. Since there haven't people near the island for decades, the waters surrounding it have become a popular area for creatures of all sizes. And there is a theory that the island has become a popular area for large sharks. But to prove that theory, scientists must discover at least ten species of sharks swimming in the waters near "Ghost Island."

Why ten species? We don't know. If scientists only discover evidence of nine, does that mean the migration theory is incorrect? We don't know. But the "we must find ten species of sharks" sets up a very weird metric for success and leads to a baffling tracking board on the deck of the scientist's ship. The number on the board begins at 0 and is updated baseball game score-style as more sharks are discovered. It just seems a bit contrived and awkward, although the actual looking for sharks footage is often fun to watch.

Like nearly all Shark Week programs, "Sharks Of Ghost Island" tends to treat all species of sharks as potentially dangerous to humans. Even though that clearly isn't always the case. But the real downside of the special is that it doesn't delve more into the mysteries of the island itself, which is rumored to have actual ghosts haunting it.

There's the creepy "Grey Lady," who reportedly haunts the beaches of the island, searching for her son who was the only survivor of a horrific ship disaster. Or the ghost of a young boy who survived being thrown clear of another sinking ship, only to be torn apart by a group of large sharks. And there are those missing caretakers, which is a truly creepy real-life mystery.

Overall, there's nothing wrong with "Sharks Of Ghost Island." There's some interesting footage of sharks and you'll be curious to learn if the scientists do indeed discover ten species of sharks in the area. But the special ultimately feels like a bit of a time filler. Which is useful but maybe not all that entertaining.

"Sharks Of Ghost Island" premiered Saturday, August 15th, 2020 on Discovery.


Movies And Specials: 'Sharks Of Ghost Island'

15 August, 2020

Synopsis: Locals abandoned Ghost Island after multiple shipwrecks and shark attacks. Now, Dr. Craig O'Connell and his team of experts dive in to find out why the island at the edge of the Bermuda Triangle attracts so many sharks -- including the Great White. (Courtesy Discovery, 2020)

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It premiered Saturday, August 15th, 2020 on Discovery.

Review: 'Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble On The Reef'

09 August, 2020

Complaining that a Shark Week special was promoted in a misleading way is somewhat like being unhappy when drinking beer doesn't make you more attractive. Hype is hype and while there's nothing wrong with it, you shouldn't be surprised if you're misled a bit while you're being entertained.

Based on the promos for the Discovery Shark Week special Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble On The Reef, you might have thought you were going to see an hour-long battle of the brawn between one of the world's most-recognizable boxers and a massive killer shark. The advertising made for some fun viral moments but all of it has absolutely nothing to do with the content of the actual special. In fact, a more accurate title might have been "Mike Tyson Really Doesn't Like Being In Water." The special in the end is entertaining, albeit in a way that leaves you with the sinking feeling you're been misled.

The special begins with a bunch of hype from someone at the UFC and a boxing match-style introduction that promises a battle for all ages. Which makes it even more jarring when we hear from Mike Tyson. He admits that he doesn't much like water or amphibious creatures and while he won't quite admit to being scared by the prospect of meeting some sharks face-to-face, he's definitely extremely concerned. The plan is for shark experts to take the boxer through three tasks, each with increasing "danger." First, a dive in which Tyson comes face-to-face with some sharks while safely inside a protective shark cage. Then it's a dive to hang with some sharks without a cage, with the final task being surrounded by sharks and then stroking one on the nose until it's put to sleep, a procedure which is called "tonic immobility."

The upside of the special is that Tyson does seem legitimately unnerved by being around sharks. That makes for an entertaining hour of television, even if the closest Tyson gets to "battling" a shark is stroking one on the stout until its immobilized.

It's probably not helpful to wonder just how dangerous these tasks might be in real life. Cynics might suspect that Discovery is not going to take a chance on some shark taking a hunk out of Mike Tyson. And as it turns out, the Caribbean and lemon sharks Tyson interacts with aren't especially dangerous. In fact, these are the types of sharks that are often used in human/shark interaction events. This isn't to say that there was zero danger. But none of this was likely to end up in a "brawl to end all brawls."

Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble On The Reef is pretty much what you expect from a Shark Week celebrity special. It's entertaining, not especially scientifically accurate, and guaranteed to be the topic of conversation at the office tomorrow if any of us were still going to the office.

How you feel about the special also probably hinges on how you feel about Tyson and his past criminal history. In 1992, he was sentenced to six years in jail after being convicted of raping an 18-year-old woman (he served three). He has also admitted to physically abusing wife Robin Givens during their stormy marriage. In a joint interview with Tyson on 20/20 in September 1988, Givens told Barbara Walters that life with him was "torture, pure hell, worse than anything I could possibly imagine." By all accounts, Tyson has his anger under control now. But whether you're willing to give him a second chance will have a lot to say about whether or not you want to see him cavorting with sharks.

Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble On The Reef premieres on Sunday, August 9th, 2020 as part of the kick-off night of Discovery's Shark Week 2020.