July 13, 2013 |
Discovery Channel producer Steve Rankin made headlines when he was bit by a deadly pit viper in early May. After being rushed to the hospital from the remote Costa Rican wilderness, and after several serious surgeries, he is lucky to still have his foot. Rankin was scouting locations for his new show, “Naked and Afraid,” which drew an impressive 4.1 million total viewers to its premiere in June. His injury mirrored those possible in the extreme survival series, which casts two survival experts (one man, one woman)
July 10, 2013 |
Google Maps is making it easier to use the app to bypass traffic jams on the fly and to find highly rated places. An update Wednesday for the Android version of Google Maps app adds a new discovery feature and the ability to reroute navigation directions whenever the app finds a quicker route. Google said users can now tap the app's search box to see a feature called "Explore," which they can then tap to expand. The feature will then show recommended places to shop, eat and visit.
July 1, 2013 |
Discovery Channel's popular annual celebration of all things shark is returning for its 26th year, and this year it's debuting more shark-related programming than ever. As Chief Brody of "Jaws" would say, "You're gonna need a bigger DVR. " This year's Shark Week will debut 11 new shark specials, up from eight last year. In addition, the first-ever late-night shark talk show, titled "Shark After Dark," will air every night during Shark Week. Sort of like "The Talking Dead," the new talk show will feature clips from Shark Week programming, surprise guests and shark experts.
June 21, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 23 - 29, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SPECIALS Skywire: Road to the Canyon Nik Wallenda, pictured, readies for his attempt to tight-rope walk over the Grand Canyon on Sunday. 9 p.m. Discovery MOVIES Pitch Perfect This 2012 comedy stars Anna Kendrick as an unlikely new member of a college singing group who proves to be the spark it needs in a competition.
June 21, 2013 |
A new distribution platform is emerging and no one knows what to make of it. The established players are wary of it and see it as more foe than friend. Others are afraid of losing their shirt by investing in it. Sound familiar? But this isn't the Internet. This was cable television in the early 1980s. Back then there were only a handful of networks and few were talking about 500 channels full of original content. "It was an unproven business, investors were not convinced that cable programming was a good investment," said John Hendricks, founder of Discovery Communications.
June 18, 2013 |
The family of a Colorado woman who was killed during filming of a reality TV pilot for Discovery Channel has sued the producers and Discovery Communications for negligence. Plaintiff Mel Bernstein and his daughter have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Colorado alleging that Discovery and Anthropic Productions failed to take adequate precautions to prevent the death of Terry Flanell, Bernstein's wife. Flanell died at a shooting range in Colorado Springs last June during filming of a pilot for a proposed show called "Brothers in Arms.
June 13, 2013 |
No single resource is more essential to modern life than oil, and no film offers a more incisive look at how the enormous wealth oil creates subverts the morality of individuals, corporations, even entire countries than Rachel Boynton's compelling documentary "Big Men. " Those who remember Boynton's excellent previous film, "Our Brand Is Crisis," an examination of political consultants working at the highest levels of Latin American elections, know...
June 2, 2013
Yes, viewing famous destinations can be more prosaic than their reputations might suggest ["They See More Than the Tree" by Christopher Reynolds, May 19]. I think my wife, Tina, summed up her experience as best as could be done, when after a morning driving about to see the sites of the Monterey Peninsula, we got to No. 16 on 17-Mile Drive, and she said, "It's alone. It's a cypress. It's a lone cypress. When's lunch?" I have gotten a laugh out of that for about 20 years. John Hamilton Scott Sherman Oaks We have traveled the world and over that time have developed favorites, and the Monterey Peninsula is close to the top. We arrived in Monterey on a holiday in the early '70s and could not find a place to stay, so I called the local chamber of commerce and they said Asilomar might have available rooms.