discovery+ True Crime Highlights – Weeks of January 18 and January 25





discovery+ True Crime Highlights – Weeks of January 18 and January 25
Investigation Discovery’s “Still a Mystery,” “The Clown and the Candyman,” “The Murder Tapes” and “American Monster” are among the latest to move originals to discovery+.
[via press release from Investigation Discovery]
discovery+ TRUE CRIME HIGHLIGHTS

Weeks of January 18 and January 25

All dates are subject to change

discovery+, the newly launched global streaming service, brings together all of Discovery’s brands and non-fiction content in one place to offer fans unlimited access to the largest collection of real-life entertainment in the world. Featuring a wide range of exclusive series across popular genres, discovery+ offers passion verticals for genre fans, from Animals to Paranormal, Food and Home. In the True Crime category alone, discovery+ contains an unprecedented 5,500 hours of the best mystery and suspense, boasting the largest library of true crime of any streaming service.

discovery+ TRUE CRIME PREMIERES

ONISION: IN REAL LIFE

Shocking Finale Begins Streaming on Monday, January 18

Greg Jackson, known to the world as “Onision,” discovered YouTube when the platform was still burgeoning in the digital world. And as the power of YouTube grew, the character “Onision” grew with it. Jackson amassed millions of subscribers across multiple channels, luring in viewers with his off-kilter, opinionated and dark humor. But while his channels were twisted, his real life might be more sinister. In this cutting-edge investigative series, discovery+ explores the mystery, controversy and alleged criminality surrounding Greg Jackson, bringing forward new research and revelations about the man that the YouTube community loves to hate.

· Unmonitored, Ungovernable, and Chaotic Begins Streaming on Monday, January 18 Exploring the depths of YouTube culture and the power of influence, Onision’s victims continue to speak out, prompting law enforcement to further their investigation. Facing a storm of controversy, those watching the story begin to ask, can Onision be held accountable for his actions? And what is YouTube’s role in this saga?

STILL A MYSTERY

13 Episode New Season Available to Stream Beginning Tuesday, January 19

Just because a case is closed doesn’t mean the truth has been revealed. Suicide or murder? Runaway or kidnapping? Accidental or premeditated? STILL A MYSTERY re-examines cases where unanswered questions remain. Through original interviews with law enforcement, family members and private investigators, news footage and social media, STILL A MYSTERY dissects the evidence and presents new theories in a quest to uncover the truth.

AMERICAN DETECTIVE WITH LT. JOE KENDA

New Episodes Available to Stream on Wednesdays

Lt. Joe Kenda, one of the toughest, most experienced homicide detectives in ID history, is back exclusively on discovery+ with an all-new series. Over the years, Kenda has heard about cases that defy logic and expose the depravity of human nature: investigations so confounding that the twists and turns feel more scripted in Hollywood than reality. In AMERICAN DETECTIVE, Kenda trades in his own case files to bring viewers astounding investigations from across the country, with each episode putting a different homicide detective at the forefront whose tireless efforts helped put a killer behind bars and bring justice for the victim. Kenda guides us through the nuances of each case and the dogged detective work featured in AMERICAN DETECTIVE, the riveting raconteur whose gruff voice and deadpan delivery keep us hanging on his every word.

· Tale of Two Knives Begins Streaming on Wednesday, January 20 The body of medical student Carmen Sanders is found pinned to her bedroom floor with a large kitchen knife. Suspicious immediately turn to her boyfriend, who placed a casual 911 call from the scene of the crime. But when her boyfriend’s alibi checks out, Detective Frank Dillard must employ his skills as an interrogator to unpack a series of dead ends and false leads, ultimately leading him to a serial killer.

· Goodbye Horses Begins Streaming on Wednesday, January 27 On Chincoteague Island off the coast of Virginia, young mother Tessa Van Hart is found murdered steps from a vacant summer home. Detective Danny Plott is brought on to solve the case. Plott traces Tessa’s last steps, and learns she was lured to her death by a mysterious phone call. He soon realizes that the killer has been hiding in plain sight in the insular year-round community of Chincoteague.

THE CLOWN AND THE CANDYMAN

Documentary Now Streaming

The 1970s saw a rise in serial killers unlike anything the United States had previously seen. Two of the killers operating during this time were John Wayne Gacy in Chicago and Dean Corll in Houston. Gacy and Corll were far more sinister than their outward facing personas, and their depraved actions resulted in the deaths of more than 60 young men and women and brought heartbreak to countless families, with some of their victims still unidentified to this day. The police believed the murders were the work of sole killers, but for the first time, the sordid secret revealing the network of pedophiles spanning the country is explored. This network included prominent members of American society with tentacles in some of our most trusted institutions. THE CLOWN AND THE CANDYMAN takes viewers down the rabbit hole to a murky world of predators in the ’70s.

CONCURRENT discovery+ AND ID PREMIERES

ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN

New Episode Stream on discovery+ on Sundays and Premiere on ID Sundays at 10/9c

ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN takes viewers on an exciting journey inside the most fascinating crime and mystery investigations. First person accounts, along with insight from experts are featured as each case reaches its dramatic conclusion.

· Gone in Less Than 3 Minutes Begins Streaming on Sunday, January 24, Premiere on ID at 10/9c A teenage lifeguard vanishes from a quiet community swimming hole less than three minutes after her mother dropped her off for work.

· A Storm of Rage Season Finale Begins Streaming on Sunday, January 31, Premiere on ID at 10/9c A beautiful young mother vanishes just hours before the deadliest hurricane in Texas history. The investigation forces her loved ones to weather a storm and then survive a tempest.

NEW EPISODES AND FULL SEASON CATCH-UPS

THE MURDER TAPES

Two New Episodes Plus a Full Season Catch-Up Available to Stream on January 13

Homicide investigations unfold through dramatic real footage in this groundbreaking series. Each episode of THE MURDER TAPES provides an up-close perspective of the case, incorporating body cam footage from the initial crime scene, surveillance video, and interrogation room recordings.

A TIME TO KILL

Season Catch-Up Available on January 15

The key to solving the toughest homicides lies somewhere in the final hours of a victim’s life. In A TIME TO KILL, determined investigators must piece together events during this critical window to reconstruct the timeline, unlock the motive, and ultimately close in on the killer.

AMERICAN MONSTER

Three New Episodes Plus a Full Season Catch-Up Available to Stream on January 17

If you looked into the eyes of a killer, would you know? In AMERICAN MONSTER, viewers find out. For the first time, we get closer than ever to some of America’s most shocking and surprising crimes. Filled with never-before-seen footage of these devils in disguise, from home movie shots of them playing with their kids to musical performances at high school, from the church cook-out to the wedding video, we interweave twisting, turning stories of astonishing crimes.



Discovery Documents the Cutting-Edge Science Behind Creating a Vaccine to Conquer COVID-19





Discovery Documents the Cutting-Edge Science Behind Creating a Vaccine to Conquer COVID-19
“The Vaccine: Conquering Covid” premiering Sunday, February 21 at 8 PM PT/ET on Discovery and streaming on discovery+.
[via press release from Discovery Channel]
DISCOVERY DOCUMENTS THE CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE BEHIND CREATING A VACCINE TO CONQUER COVID-19

THE VACCINE: CONQUERING COVID Premieres Sunday, February 21 at 8 pm ET/PT on Discovery and Streaming on discovery+

(NEW YORK) – What does it take to create a vaccine in record time to once and for all eradicate a global pandemic? What measures are in place to ensure its safety? And how did the world’s leading doctors and healthcare experts develop it? Today, Discovery announced a timely special, THE VACCINE: CONQUERING COVID premiering Sunday, February 21 at 8 PM PT/ET on Discovery and streaming on discovery+.

In addition to watching THE VACCINE: CONQUERING COVID on Discovery, viewers can stream the special on discovery+. Follow the conversation on social media with #ConqueringCOVID, and follow Discovery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates. You can also follow discovery+ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The special will also air on Monday, February 22, at 9 PM ET/PT on the Science Channel.

“With everything the world has been through over the last year, the public craves an understanding of what is happening and what is yet to come,” said Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual. “We are proud to present this deep-dive into the COVID-19 crisis to Discovery audiences, detailing the work of thousands of men and women around the world who are proving there is hope is on the horizon.”

Set against the backdrop of a rising global death count and a pandemic that has left the world on edge, the special goes behind the scenes of the race for a vaccine and features interviews with the world’s leading doctors involved including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; and Dr. John Mascola of the National Institutes of Health, as well as interviews with scientists from leading pharmaceutical companies including Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer.

The special also details the heroic efforts of early trial volunteers, including Jen Haller, a Seattle resident who became the first person in the United States to receive the Moderna vaccine. Viewers will hear firsthand accounts from those at the forefront of the pandemic as well as from leaders such Colorado Governor Jared Polis who details the strategy behind successfully rolling out and distributing the vaccines to the masses and the hurdles leaders are facing along the way.

After claiming the lives of more than 1.3 million people globally and sickening nearly 53 million, one solution has become the only clear path to conquering this complicated, complex virus and giving the world hope again – finding the vaccine.

In what would become one of the most extraordinary scientific accomplishments in a generation, the early development of the COVID-19 vaccines has not only given the world reason to hope an end to the pandemic is near, but that life will soon return back to normal. The race for a vaccine has also revolutionized the process in creating a vaccine – following a timeline that many considered impossible.

With new challenges at every turn – including early hurdles with clinical trials and the enormous financial risks – the race to develop a successful vaccine does not have a guaranteed winner. All the while, the traditional rules are being re-written along the way.

THE VACCINE: CONQUERING COVID is produced Glass Entertainment Group for Discovery. Nancy Glass, Eric Neuhaus, Peter Reiss and Jon Hirsch are Executive Producers for Glass; Caroline Perez and Lindsey Foster Blumberg are Executive Producers for Science Channel and Discovery.

About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.

About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Science Channel

Science Channel, a multi-media business unit of Discovery, Inc. is the home of all things science around the clock, including series such as MYTHBUSTERS, OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE, WHAT ON EARTH?, HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS, UNEARTHED, and MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED. Science Channel’s programming also includes timely, expert-driven specials covering breaking science news and discoveries. Science Channel is the premiere TV, digital and social community for those with a passion for science, space, technology, archeology, and engineering, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Science Channel assets including: Science Channel television network, available in more than 63 million homes in the U.S; complimentary Video On Demand offering; SCI Go app allowing viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime; deep video, interactive storytelling and virtual reality at www.sciencechannel.com; and conversations on Science Channel’s popular social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat via @ScienceChannel.



“Crikey! It’s the Irwins” Returns with a New Season of Reopenings





“Crikey! It’s the Irwins” Returns with a New Season of Reopenings, Rescues, Newborn Wildlife and Exciting News About the Future Generation of the Irwin Family on Discovery+ Feb. 7
A sneak peek of the premiere episode will air on Animal Planet directly out of “Puppy Bowl XVII” on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 5 PM ET/PT.
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
“Crikey! It’s The Irwins” Returns With A New Season Of Reopenings, Rescues, Newborn Wildlife And Exciting News About The Future Generation Of The Irwin Family On Discovery+ Feb. 7

– Sneak Peek of Premiere Episode to Air on Animal Planet Directly Out of PUPPY BOWL XVII on Feb. 7-

Season three of the award-winning series, CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS, featuring Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, and Bindi’s husband Chandler Powell, premieres Sunday Feb. 7 on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. A sneak peek of the premiere episode will air on Animal Planet directly out of Puppy Bowl XVII on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 5 PM ET/PT.

CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS features the Irwin family as they continue Steve Irwin’s mission to bring people closer to animals and inspire them to become Wildlife Warriors to help protect and preserve our environment and its animals.

With this mission in mind, the Irwins continue to take up the mantle during the global pandemic as the new season opens with Terri delivering the much-anticipated news that Australia Zoo will finally reopen after being closed for 78 days due to COVID-19; Bindi and the team at the wildlife hospital find themselves in a desperate race to save a dozen corellas; and Robert witnesses the incredible birth of three tiger cubs.

Prior to the challenges of the pandemic, Australia faced devastating brushfires that wreaked havoc on the country’s landscape and wildlife population. The Irwins efforts to help as many animals as possible are the focus of a special episode. This season will also follow personal family milestones as newlyweds Bindi and Chandler prepare to welcome their own little Wildlife Warrior to the world, and Robert learns how to drive with the help of Terri and Bindi in his dad’s iconic old ute.

Other CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS stories this season include Terri and Robert secretly trying to guess the sex of Bindi’s baby, while Bindi and Chandler have their own surprise in store; Bindi and Terri assisting the zoo’s dedicated vet team as they treat a multitude of animals at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital; Robert continuing his father’s legacy as he faces off with Bosco, the most aggressive crocodile at Australia Zoo; Chandler stepping up during the croc show for Robert when an injury prevents him from participating; and Bindi and Chandler studying coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Additionally, four rescued Sumatran Elephants arrive to Australia Zoo from Indonesia, fulfilling a dream that began over 30 years ago when Steve and Terri decided to fight for the survival of this critically endangered species.

Keep up with the conversation on social media with #TheIrwins and follow discovery+ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more.

CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS is produced for discovery+ by Eureka where Paul Franklin, Chris Culvenor, Wes Dening, Rikkie Proost and Rod Parker serve as executive producers. For discovery+, Erin Wanner is executive producer with Sarah Russell as supervising producer.

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About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.



Former Pro Football Players Turned Bakery Owners Brian Orakpo and Michael Griffin Pay It Forward





Former Pro Football Players Turned Bakery Owners Brian Orakpo and Michael Griffin Pay It Forward in “Cupcake Guys Training Camp”
The one-hour special, executive produced by Michael Strahan, airs Saturday, February 6 at 1pm ET/PT on Food Network and streams the same day on discovery+.
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
FORMER PRO FOOTBALL PLAYERS TURNED BAKERY OWNERS BRIAN ORAKPO AND MICHAEL GRIFFIN PAY IT FORWARD IN “CUPCAKE GUYS TRAINING CAMP”

One-Hour Special Premieres Saturday, February 6th on Food Network and discovery+

NEW YORK – January 15, 2021 – Linebacker Brian “Rak” Orakpo and safety Michael “Griff” Griffin played college football for the University of Texas and went pro with the Tennessee Titans, but now these retired players have an unexpected passion: cupcakes. With Griff as head baker, Rak as lead cupcake decorator and their lifelong friend “Little Bryan” Hynson handling the bakery business, they are known as “The Cupcake Guys” who went viral after a national commercial campaign and now own a booming shop in Austin, Texas. In Cupcake Guys Training Camp, executive produced by Michael Strahan and airing Saturday, February 6th at 1pm ET/PT on Food Network and streaming the same day on discovery+, they are ready to help aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their baking dreams. In the one-hour special, three talented bakers get 48 hours, a baking truck and, with coaching from Rak, Griff and Bryan, are tested on their baking and selling skills to determine who has what it takes to go pro. The last baker standing is awarded a seed money investment in their business. Cupcake Guys Training Camp is produced by SMAC Entertainment, Spoke Studios, ITV America and The Story Lab, Inc.

“The Cupcake Guys captivated us with their national commercial where the big guys donned pink aprons and decorated little cupcakes – and we’ve been wanting to get an inside look at their business ever since,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “These lifelong friends are funny and competitive and they bring all the talent, skill and dedication they had on the gridiron to the bakery every day.”

“I’ve known Rak and Griff a long time and love that they followed their passion from professional football to cupcakes,” said Strahan. “They, along with their best friend Bryan Hynson, are the perfect team to mentor new entrepreneurs and send them on the path to success – and they are hilarious.”

Fans can follow along with the baking challenges during training camp and weigh in on their favorites on social using #CupcakeGuys. For even more, viewers can head to FoodNetwork.com/CupcakeGuys.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. The new service will launch with a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. At launch in the U.S., discovery+ will have the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. discovery+ will offer more than 55,000 episodes all in one place, with over 2,500 current and classic shows from Discovery’s iconic portfolio of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. For more about discovery+, click here.

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.



A ROYAL MISSION TO SAVE THE PLANET: HEART-WARMING DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWS PRINCE WILLIAM





A ROYAL MISSION TO SAVE THE PLANET: HEART-WARMING DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWS PRINCE WILLIAM ON HIS JOURNEY TO SHOWCASE THE POWER OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND EVERYDAY HEROES SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT

Prince William: A Planet For Us All premieres January 14 on discovery+

For centuries, The Royal Family have been fervent champions of the planet and the environment. Looking to the future, Prince William sets out on a new mission to ensure our world is left a better place for future generations. Narrated by award-winning actor David Oyelowo, PRINCE WILLIAM: A PLANET FOR US ALL highlights The Duke of Cambridge as he champions action for the natural world and the pioneering work of local heroes.

PRINCE WILLIAM: A PLANET FOR US ALL premieres January 14 on discovery+. In addition to streaming PRINCE WILLIAM: A PLANET FOR US ALL on discovery+, viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #APlanetForUsAll and follow Discovery on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates.

“With a shared mission to give a voice to those who are working to protect our planet, Discovery is thrilled to highlight the amazing work undertaken by The Duke of Cambridge and champion the everyday heroes around the world doing the work to leave this planet better for the future,” said Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual.

Assured that young people and their determination to tackle climate change head on holds the key to a better future and improved relationship with our environment, Prince William believes we can radically change our course to better protect and restore our planet on which we all depend.

With exclusive access spanning across two years and throughout various communities within Africa, Asia, the United Kingdom and beyond, PRINCE WILLIAM: A PLANET FOR US ALL details The Duke’s journey from growing up with a deep connection with the outdoors, something he now shares with his own children, to realizing a lifelong passion for African conservation. The documentary highlights the importance of energizing and championing young people around the world as they become the next voice for our planet and our greatest hope for righting the ship of which we’ve ignored for too long.

Knowing the importance of experiencing the natural world in order to have the desire to protect it, this groundbreaking documentary is an intimate portrayal of the amazing, world-changing ways in which people are working together every day to become the solution the planet so desperately needs. Prince William is joined by conservation heroes big and small, from Sir David Attenborough to children in local communities fighting to protect nature right at home.

These include a group of children in Liverpool determined to showcase the importance of insects with their bug hotel, ‘Bugingham Palace,’ to two young schoolgirls in the Scottish Highlands who are working to protect their local ocean wildlife which is being damaged by trawlers dredging the seabed for scallops. Each story serves as a reminder that no amount of work is too small, whether it be for the most delicate moth or mightiest elephant.

Only in harnessing the energy of our younger generations can we hope to better protect our planet and the many species who call it home.

PRINCE WILLIAM: A PLANET FOR US ALL is a discovery+ original produced by Oxford Films in association with Talesmith; written and directed by Martin Williams; produced by Faye Hamilton; executive producer is Nicolas Kent. Howard Swartz is Senior Vice President for discovery+.

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About discovery+
discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.



“Long Island Medium: There in Spirit” to Premiere on discovery+ February 5 with Brand New Episodes





“Long Island Medium: There in Spirit” to Premiere on discovery+ February 5 with Brand New Episodes
This season features special celebrity readings from top stars including Rosario Dawson, Meghan Trainor, Carmen Electra, Garcelle Beauvais, Howie Dorough, TLC’s very own Whitney Thore and Darcey and Stacey Silva among others.
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
“LONG ISLAND MEDIUM: THERE IN SPIRIT” TO PREMIERE ON DISCOVERY+ FEBRUARY 5 WITH BRAND NEW EPISODES

— Special Celebrity Readings Include Rosario Dawson, Meghan Trainor, Carmen Electra, Garcelle Beauvais, Howie Dorough, Darcey & Stacey Silva, Whitney Thore and More —

(Los Angeles, CA) – Emotional and heartfelt moments abound in the brand-new season of LONG ISLAND MEDIUM: THERE IN SPIRIT, premiering on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service on February 5. These episodes not only feature Theresa connecting people with their departed loved ones, but they also give viewers a look inside how Theresa is navigating life like the rest of the world under such trying circumstances for all. This season also features special celebrity readings from top stars including Rosario Dawson, Meghan Trainor, Carmen Electra, Garcelle Beauvais, Howie Dorough, TLC’s very own Whitney Thore and Darcey and Stacey Silva among others.

Things may look a little different for everyone right now, but one thing that hasn’t changed is Theresa Caputo’s ability to connect with spirit while giving the gift of comfort and closure to many during an incredibly challenging time. With everyone staying home, she has been doing a combination of socially distant and virtual readings and is able to remain in contact with those who need her hopeful messages the most – particularly with so much unexpected loss due to the pandemic.

Theresa has also experienced a few adjustments of her own – her once empty nest is full again with her own family back home including all their dogs! As they adjust to a new normal, Theresa endeavors to read people who need her now more than ever. And, while she can’t give her usual trademark hugs, she does provide messages and inspiration that can help change their lives and bring them peace. Some of the most heartfelt readings delivered this season are to three sisters and their mother who lost their father to COVID-19, to a skeptic who is turned believer by her grandfather’s favorite plaid shirt and an international surprise reading over video chat.

Follow discovery+ on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Join the conversation using #longislandmedium and catch up on LONG ISLAND MEDIUM on the discovery+ streaming service. Follow TLC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube for the latest on all things LONG ISLAND MEDIUM: THERE IN SPIRIT.

LONG ISLAND MEDIUM: THERE IN SPIRIT is produced by Magilla Entertainment.

About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service. discovery+ will launch with a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. At launch in the United States, discovery+ will have the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com.



Ludacris Trades the Studio for the Kitchen in discovery+ Special “Luda Can’t Cook”





Legendary Rap Artist Ludacris Trades the Studio for the Kitchen in discovery+ Special “Luda Can’t Cook”
“I absolutely love food and have always appreciated the art of cooking, but I can’t lie – I have no idea what I’m doing in the kitchen,” said Ludacris. “I’m on a mission to change that and master one cuisine at a time – it’s going to be delicious.”
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
LEGENDARY RAP ARTIST LUDACRIS TRADES THE STUDIO FOR THE KITCHEN IN DISCOVERY+ SPECIAL “LUDA CAN’T COOK”

Star Gets Schooled in International Cuisine Beginning Thursday, February 25th Streaming Exclusively on discovery+

New York – January 12, 2021 – Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is a hip-hop icon, accomplished actor and successful restaurateur who is passionate about food – but he knows he “can’t cook a lick.” In the one-hour discovery+ special Luda Can’t Cook, from record breaking producer Will Packer, Ludacris gets schooled in the kitchen by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Meherwan Irani to up his culinary game with international flavors and techniques. Indian cuisine is one of Luda’s favorites and Chef Irani gives him a master class in the foundations, from layering spices to frying and braising and making curry. Then in a test of his newly acquired culinary skills, he cooks and serves a menu of Indian dishes Ludacris-style to a room of VIPS, including his mom Roberta. Luda Can’t Cook begins streaming on Thursday, February 25th, exclusively on discovery+. The series is produced for discovery+ by executive producers Packer and Kelly Smith from Will Packer Media and Matt Kelly and Mike Sorenson from Anomaly Entertainment.

“I absolutely love food and have always appreciated the art of cooking, but I can’t lie – I have no idea what I’m doing in the kitchen,” said Ludacris. “I’m on a mission to change that and master one cuisine at a time – it’s going to be delicious.”

“The juxtaposition of a uniquely talented mega star like Luda against a backdrop that he has no real knowledge or skill set in makes for some highly entertaining shenanigans!” said Will Packer.

The career of the multitalented Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can best be described as remarkable. As a recording artist, he has sold more than 24 million albums worldwide. With an unrivaled match of lyrical acumen, wit, and imagery, Ludacris has solidified himself as one of music’s premier entertainers. His versatility and artistic complexity also enabled him to make a seamless transition to acting, including the starring role of “Tej” in the box office phenomenon Fast & Furious franchise. A consummate businessman, Ludacris is also enjoying success outside of entertainment. He is a restaurateur and owns Chicken-n-Beer in Atlanta and his philanthropic endeavors include the educational platform Kid Nation and The Ludacris Foundation, which focuses on helping youth in his hometown Atlanta.

Viewers can follow #LudaCantCook for exclusive sneak peeks of Ludacris’ journey into the kitchen. Fans wanting more can visit DiscoveryPlus.com and follow along on social for more about the show.

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. The new service will launch with a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. At launch in the U.S., discovery+ will have the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. discovery+ will offer more than 55,000 episodes all in one place, with over 2,500 current and classic shows from Discovery’s iconic portfolio of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. For more about discovery+, click here.

Led by Hollywood producer Will Packer, Will Packer Media is a first-of-its-kind production and branded content company focused on the New American Mainstream audience. In partnership with Discovery, Inc. and Universal Pictures, the company produces episodic scripted and unscripted series across television and digital platforms, compelling content for brand clients, and short-form digital content for millennial audiences. Will Packer’s films have earned more than $1 billion, with ten opening at number one at the box office.

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About Discovery:

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as discovery+, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.



Close Encounters Abound with Exclusive Access to Never-Before-Released Project Blue Book Files





Close Encounters Abound with Exclusive Access to Never-Before-Released Project Blue Book Files in New Series “UFO Witness”
In cooperation with former Project Blue Book investigator Jennie Zeidman, former federal agent and paranormal investigator Ben Hansen reopens case files of some of the most astounding UFO encounters in history, files that have been hidden from the public for decades.
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS ABOUND WITH EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED PROJECT BLUE BOOK FILES IN NEW SERIES “UFO WITNESS”

First Three Episodes Available on Thursday, January 14 Exclusively on the All-New discovery+ Streaming Service
NEW YORK (January 11, 2021) – We are definitely not alone! For more than 70 years, the U.S. government has been documenting sightings and cases of unidentified flying objects. In cooperation with former Project Blue Book investigator Jennie Zeidman, former federal agent and paranormal investigator Ben Hansen reopens case files of some of the most astounding UFO encounters in history, files that have been hidden from the public for decades. In the new series, UFO WITNESS, launching Thursday, January 14 exclusively on discovery+, these findings are finally seeing the light of day.

Zeidman was the last surviving member of the Air Force’s top-secret UFO investigation called Project Blue Book, which looked into sightings from 1952 through 1970. She has broken her silence, speaking publicly for the first time about her decades of research – motivated to share her expertise because she believes we’ve been visited by UFOs before – and fears Earth is under extraterrestrial surveillance. Sadly, Zeidman passed away in April 2020, but she has given discovery+ exclusive access to the files from the chief scientific consultant of Project Blue Book, Dr. Allen J. Hynek, to help continue his investigations.

With unprecedented access to more than 10,000 of Dr. Hynek’s case files, Hansen believes the answers to UFOs in America are hidden in the cases of the past. Also aiding Hansen on his quest is Mark O’Connell – an accomplished UFO investigator, Dr. Hynek biographer and member of J. Allen Hynek’s Center for UFO Studies. Together, they will uncover the secrets of the past to shed new light on today’s freshest UFO encounters.

UFO WITNESS is comprised of eight one-hour episodes. The first three will debut on discovery+ on January 14, with the remaining five episodes added weekly on Thursdays beginning January 21.

Season One Overview:

Episode 1: “Secrets of the State” – Begins Streaming Thursday, January 14

In 2017, the Pentagon leaked three videos showing wild military encounters with UFOs. All three had an object resembling a “tic tac.” But this is not the first reported UFO encounter regarding an object of this shape. In 1973, a National Guard helicopter nearly collided with an object as well, but the government worked to hide or destroy all evidence of the encounter. And with “tic tac” shaped cases still being reported today, Ben Hansen must dig deep into the records to figure out what these objects are and whether or not we’re dealing with technology from out of this world.

Episode 2: “Alien Crash Secrets” – Begins Streaming Thursday, January 14

Over the past year, numerous UFO sightings have taken place in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, home to an infamous UFO crash and supposed military cover-up. Ben Hansen heads to the tiny town to find out if the current sightings are linked to the 1965 incident.

Episode 3: “Alien High Tech” – Begins Streaming Thursday, January 14

A startling, new report claims a prominent astrophysicist worked on an aircraft reverse-engineered from the parts of downed UFOs. Ben Hansen aims to find out how the U.S. government got its hands on alien technology and where it might be hiding it.

Episode 4: “Close Encounters” – Begins Streaming Thursday, January 21

Ben Hansen heads down to Florida to investigate a woman’s claim that an extraterrestrial approached her in her backyard. He wonders if this highly credible sighting is connected to a similar 1955 incident known as the Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter.

Episode 5: “The Mothership Returns” ¬- Begins Streaming Thursday, January 28

In 1997, over 20,000 people witnessed bright lights hovering over Phoenix, Arizona. Despite the numerous claims, the U.S. government refused to acknowledge the event. Ben Hansen launches an investigation to find out how these mass UFO sightings are covered up.

Episode 6: “Claws in the Night” – Begins Streaming Thursday, February 4

While thousands of people witness UFOs every year, only a handful claim to have been abducted. Piles of evidence corroborate their stories, yet they are not taken seriously. Ben Hansen sets out to discover exactly why these claims are swept under the rug.

Episode 7: “Aliens Underground” – Begins Streaming Thursday, February 4

The small town of Dulce, New Mexico, may harbor one of America’s darkest secrets – an underground alien base. Ben Hansen travels to New Mexico to figure out if the rumors are true and uncovers multiple reports of UFO sightings, alien abductions and more.

Episode 8: “The Hybrid Secret” – Begins Streaming Thursday, February 11

Evidence of a possible extraterrestrial breeding program sends Ben Hansen to the Bay Area, San Francisco, California, in search of answers about alien-human hybrids. He suspects there may be a link to the Betty and Barney Hill case, one of the world’s most famous abduction stories.

Follow @DiscoveryPlus, @TravelChannel and #UFOWitness for exclusive content and the latest updates. You can follow discovery+ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter; and Ben Hansen @benhansen00

UFO WITNESS is produced by Anomaly Entertainment for discovery+. For Anomaly Entertainment, the executive producers are Michael Sorensen, Matthew Kelly and Andrew Nock. For discovery+, the executive producer is Cecile Bouchardeau Weiland.

About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. At launch in the United States, discovery+ will have the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com.



“Toddlers & Tiaras: Where Are They Now” Reveals the Sweeping Transformations





“Toddlers & Tiaras: Where Are They Now” Reveals the Sweeping Transformations of America’s Favorite Pint-Sized Pageant Queens
More than 10 years after the show first premiered, discover where some of America’s favorite former toddlers and their controversial, over-the-top parents have landed in the new three-part special.
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
“TODDLERS & TIARAS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW” REVEALS THE SWEEPING TRANSFORMATIONS OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE PINT-SIZED PAGEANT QUEENS

–Three-Part Special Premieres on discovery+ January 21-

New York, NY – January 7, 2021 – The beloved young pageant queens of TODDLERS AND TIARAS once captivated the nation with their high-stakes beauty performances and when you see what their lives are like today, you won’t believe your eyes! More than ten years after the show first premiered, discover where some of America’s favorite former toddlers and their controversial, over-the-top parents have landed in the new three-part special TODDLERS & TIARAS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW, premiering on discovery+ on January 21.

Join us behind the glitter curtain to see who can still perform old dance routines and squeeze into their sparkle-studded ensembles from yesteryear. WHERE ARE THEY NOW will countdown the most outrageous tactics pageant parents employed to help their daughters shine in front of the judges – everything from questionable costume choices to sugar packet energy pick-me-ups. Watch as momagers and their former pageant divas sit down today and relive some of the show’s most talked-about moments.

Below, get reacquainted with the former toddlers who will be featured on the show:

Eden Wood and mom Mickie – The face of child beauty pageants, Eden was one of the biggest winners in child pageant history, and mom Mickie turned her pageant fame into movie roles. Now she toggles between her mom’s dreams of stardom and pursuing her other passions, including gaming.

Alycesaundra and Giavanna Lyerly (“The Tiara Twins”) and mom Kelly – The Tiara Twins were infamous for their over-the-top gowns, custom tour bus, bodyguard and their outspoken mom. While the twins still love the glamour of pageant life, they’ve grown into new hobbies including knives and crossbows.

Ava Perez and dad David – Ava was barely old enough to know what pageants were back in the day, but her costume designing, routine choreographing, hair and makeup expert dad David was in love with the pageant life. While Ava has moved on to other interests these days, her dad has doubled-down on his costume designing.

Isabella “Bella” Barrett and mom Susanna – Bella was a sass-talking toddler with a fierce coach of a mom. Now, thanks to her jewelry line, Bella is a self-described self-made young millionaire and mom Susanna is the Momma-preneur.

Madison “Tootie” Berg and mom Stacy – Madison was known by her pageant alter ego, “Tootie,” and for treating her mother as her assistant. Now in college, Tootie is all grown up but her mom Stacy still waits on her hand and foot.

Danielle Kirby and mom Tedi – Danielle was a perfectionist who bursted with confidence when she was a child, but also a notoriously sore loser when the judges didn’t reward her. These days, she’s still competing in pageants, but is she still as obsessed with winning?

Liana Pirraglia and mom Mary – Liana was once the underdog of the pageant world. Now in college, Liana is pursuing life as a performer – will she be the star her thrift store-shopping mom always knew she’d be?

Elizabeth, Makayla and Savanna Sprinkle (“The Sprinkle Sisters”) and mom Dana – The triple threat sisters who took over the pageant world were known for their big hair and southern charm. Today, they are navigating marriages, college, and chicken pageants – but they are still as glam as ever!

Follow discovery+ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and follow TLC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube for the latest on all things TODDLERS AND TIARAS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW. Join the conversation using #toddlersandtiaras and catch up on TODDLERS AND TIARAS on the discovery+ streaming service, available now.

TODDLERS AND TIARAS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW is produced by Authentic Entertainment.

About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service. discovery+ will launch with a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. At launch in the United States, discovery+ will have the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com.



Discovery Owns More Top 10 Unscripted Series Among Men Than Any Cable Network in 2020





Discovery Owns More Top 10 Unscripted Series Among Men Than Any Cable Network in 2020
Discovery Channel spins the numbers for the year to date.
[via press release from Discovery Channel]
DISCOVERY OWNS MORE TOP 10 UNSCRIPTED SERIES AMONG MEN THAN ANY CABLE NETWORK IN 2020

“Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space” Smashes Ratings Records to Become Discovery’s #1 Non-Prime Time Telecast in the History of the Network-

In 2020, Discovery Channel owned more of the Top 10 unscripted series on cable among men (four) than any other cable network. Discovery also broke into cable’s Top 10 among key demos for the year, including Men 25-54 (#6), Men 18-49 (#6) and Total Viewers P2+ (#10). Additionally, Discovery’s Gold Rush continued to buck trends and reign as the #1 unscripted series among Men in ALL OF TELEVISION – outperforming all broadcast networks – on Friday nights. While Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space set ratings records among Person 25-54.

Discovery owned cable’s Top 10 unscripted series in 2020 among men with the Gold Rush franchise with Gold Rush (#3); Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail (#5); Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine (#6); and Gold Rush: White Water (#8) among Men 25-54. The franchise also broke into cable’s Top 10 among Men 18-49 with Gold Rush (#3); Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail (#6); Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine (#7); and Gold Rush: White Water (#8).

In May, Discovery audiences witnessed history as the live event, Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space, documented the successful NASA launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. The live coverage of the launch averaged a 2.44 rating among Person 25-54, with more than 4.7 million Total Viewers P2+, ranking as the #1 non-prime telecast in the history of Discovery Channel.

In July, Discovery’s annual Shark Week continued to reel in viewers as Shark Week 2020’s jaws-dropping lineup delivered incredible shark stories and celebrated the 20th anniversary of ‘Air Jaws’. Shark Week 2020 drove Discovery to be the #1 cable network in Prime Time for the week among both Persons 25-54 and Persons 18-49, no exclusions, as the network took audiences to oceans around the world revealing insights into the mysterious world of these magnificent creatures.

Other 2020 programming highlights included multiple Top 5 unscripted cable series among key demos, including on Tuesdays, Deadliest Catch (#3) and Deadliest Catch: Bloodline (#4) among Men 25-54; and Deadliest Catch: Bloodline (#2) Deadliest Catch (#4) and Moonshiners (#5) among Men 18-49. On Mondays, Fast N’ Loud (#4) and Street Outlaws: Fastest in America (#5) broke into the Top Five among Men 25-54.

Source: The Nielsen Company, L+3 program-based data, strict daypart excl. breakouts for net ranks; ranks based on 000s, percent change based on coverage ratings to 2 decimals (except P2+ which is 000s); program rankers excl. repeats, breakouts, specials & program-level specials (incl. reunions), sports & sports programming (incl. wrestling), and movies; 3+ TC for CY20, 2+ TC for 4Q20.