Discovery Channel’s next landmark natural history series, Life from the makers of Planet Earth, will have its two-hour premiere across seven Discovery U.S. networks. Life, which is narrated by Oprah Winfrey, will debut simultaneously on TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, Planet Green and Discovery Health Channel from 8-10PM ET on Sunday, March 21, 2010. The remainder of the series will air on consecutive Sundays from 8-10 PM ET through April 18 only on Discovery Channel.
“Planet Earth’ captivated the world unlike any other natural history series before or since…until now,” said Clark Bunting, president and general manager, Discovery Channel and president, Science Channel. “LIFE embodies Discovery’s 25-year mission to satisfy viewers’ curiosity about the world and its inhabitants. We want to give as many viewers as possible the opportunity to experience ‘Life’ in its premiere telecast; we are confident they will be astounded.”
Life is narrated by global media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. More than four years in the making, the 11-part series LIFE is the definitive exploration of the adaptability and diversity of life on earth, revealing the most spectacular, bizarre and fascinating behaviors that living things have devised to thrive.
Challenges of Life is the premiere episode of Life. The premiere provides an overview and sets the stage for the ambitious series. A special Making Of episode caps the series and tells the incredible stories of the dozens of men and women who spent days, weeks and months patiently waiting for a perfect shot. Other episodes showcase Birds, deep sea marine invertebrates (Creatures of the Deep), Fish, hunting mammals (Hunters and Hunted), Insects, Mammals, Plants, Primates and Reptiles & Amphibian
Discovery launched six HD simulcasts for its networks over the past three years, which will allow HD subscribers to watch the premiere of Life in high definition on the following channels: Discovery Channel HD; TLC HD; Animal Planet HD; Science Channel HD; Investigation Discovery HD; and Planet Green HD.
“Our investment in HD allows us to drive extraordinary value for our distributors and give millions more viewers access to this groundbreaking television event as it was meant to be experienced, in true high-definition,” added David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery Communications.
Life will premiere across the seven Discovery U.S. Networks on March 21, 2010. Thereafter, Life will air in two-episode installments each Sunday on Discovery Channel and Discovery Channel HD from 8-10PM ET, culminating with The Making of LIFE at 10PM ET on April 18, 2010.
Discovery Channel’s epic series Planet Earth rewrote TV history in 2007 when it became cable’s highest-rated natural history program of all time. Planet Earth garnered more than 65 million viewers. PLANET EARTH earned four Emmys, a George Foster Peabody, and a Television Academy Honors Award.
LIFE is a BBC and Discovery Channel co-production. Mike Gunton is the executive producer for the BBC. Susan Winslow is the executive producer for Discovery Channel. Discovery Channel and the BBC also created the award-winning natural history series Planet Earth and Blue Planet.
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