John Walsh Investigation Series Set At ID; Discovery Greenlights ‘Undercover Billionaire’

John Walsh is set to topline a new series for Investigation Discovery. In Pursuit with John Walsh is described as a real-time investigation series that mobilizes ID’s audience to actively engage in the pursuit of justice.
Backed by decades of victim advocacy with a mission stemming from his own personal tragedy, In Pursuit utilizes Walsh’s experience in the field coupled with a call center able to help law enforcement find leads in real time, according to ID. Produced by…

John Walsh is set to topline a new series for Investigation Discovery. In Pursuit with John Walsh is described as a real-time investigation series that mobilizes ID's audience to actively engage in the pursuit of justice. Backed by decades of victim advocacy with a mission stemming from his own personal tragedy, In Pursuit utilizes Walsh's experience in the field coupled with a call center able to help law enforcement find leads in real time, according to ID. Produced by…

Steven Spielberg & Alex Gibney Team On ‘Why We Hate’ Docuseries For Discovery

Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney are teaming to executive produce Why We Hate (working title), a six-part television event series the probes the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. It’s slated for a 2019 premiere on Discovery Channel.
Drawing on research in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history, the series traces the evolutionary basis of hate and uses stories from both past and present to reveal the nature of the primal and universal…

Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney are teaming to executive produce Why We Hate (working title), a six-part television event series the probes the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. It’s slated for a 2019 premiere on Discovery Channel. Drawing on research in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history, the series traces the evolutionary basis of hate and uses stories from both past and present to reveal the nature of the primal and universal…

Discovery Sets Egyptian Archeological Docuseries ‘Valley Of The Kings’

Discovery has given the green light to Valley of the Kings, a docuseries which goes inside the first major excavation in Egypt in a generation.
Valley Of The Kings takes place at Egypt’s famed burial ground of the pharoahs in a search for the lost tomb of an ancient royal. Led by renowned archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, the crew of more than 100 Egyptian workers are digging in the largely untouched western portion of the valley, where leading archaeologists believe several…

Discovery has given the green light to Valley of the Kings, a docuseries which goes inside the first major excavation in Egypt in a generation. Valley Of The Kings takes place at Egypt’s famed burial ground of the pharoahs in a search for the lost tomb of an ancient royal. Led by renowned archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, the crew of more than 100 Egyptian workers are digging in the largely untouched western portion of the valley, where leading archaeologists believe several…

Discovery Orders Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney Docuseries ‘Why We Hate’

The Discovery Channel is about to tackle a tricky topic with filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney: hatred.

The network has ordered a six-part docuseries, with the working title “Why We Hate,” from the pair, which examines the origins and dangers of hate, Discovery announced Friday.

“Getting to the root of the human condition is something I find not only fascinating, but absolutely necessary in understanding who we are,” states Spielberg. “With the team in place, we delve into historical and modern-day stories of hate, traveling around the globe to uncover its mystery in others and in ourselves. If we understand why we act the way we do, we can change the way we act. That is what we are uniquely capable of as human beings.”

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The project hails from Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions in association with Escape Artists for Discovery Channel, and went into production earlier this year. Sam Pollard (“Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”) and Geeta Gandbhir (“Love the Sinner”) will co-direct the docuseries, which is slated to air on Discovery in 2019.

“When I think about the name of the network Discovery, it connotes a sense of curiosity about the world,” explains Gibney. “This is not a series that simply documents something that’s happening, it’s an inquiry –  an attempt to understand why we hate, through the science, and through a sense of common humanity. Hate is in our DNA. If we begin to understand this, that’s how we begin to get to a point of being able to hope that we can overcome hate.”

“Why We Hate” will draw on research in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history, to trace the evolutionary basis of hate and use stories from both the past and present to reveal the nature of this primal and universal emotion.

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The television event aims to reveal contemporary links to ancient behavior and use science as a basis for explaining the nature of hatred and the human mind.  At the heart of the show is this question: If we can figure out why we hate, where hate originates, and how it is amplified, can we find a way to prevent it?

“To say we are excited to work with Steven, Alex, Geeta, and Sam is an understatement,” says Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual. “Understanding the why behind our actions can help us change those actions. That leads to a hopeful future for us and generations to come.”

“Why We Hate” is executive produced by Spielberg, Gibney, Frank Marshall, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Yael Melamede, Erica Sashin and Steve Tisch. Jon Bardin and David McKillop will executive produce for Discovery.

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Variety first reported the news.

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The Discovery Channel is about to tackle a tricky topic with filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney: hatred.

The network has ordered a six-part docuseries, with the working title “Why We Hate,” from the pair, which examines the origins and dangers of hate, Discovery announced Friday.

“Getting to the root of the human condition is something I find not only fascinating, but absolutely necessary in understanding who we are,” states Spielberg. “With the team in place, we delve into historical and modern-day stories of hate, traveling around the globe to uncover its mystery in others and in ourselves. If we understand why we act the way we do, we can change the way we act. That is what we are uniquely capable of as human beings.”

The project hails from Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions in association with Escape Artists for Discovery Channel, and went into production earlier this year. Sam Pollard (“Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”) and Geeta Gandbhir (“Love the Sinner”) will co-direct the docuseries, which is slated to air on Discovery in 2019.

“When I think about the name of the network Discovery, it connotes a sense of curiosity about the world,” explains Gibney. “This is not a series that simply documents something that’s happening, it’s an inquiry –  an attempt to understand why we hate, through the science, and through a sense of common humanity. Hate is in our DNA. If we begin to understand this, that’s how we begin to get to a point of being able to hope that we can overcome hate.”

“Why We Hate” will draw on research in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history, to trace the evolutionary basis of hate and use stories from both the past and present to reveal the nature of this primal and universal emotion.

The television event aims to reveal contemporary links to ancient behavior and use science as a basis for explaining the nature of hatred and the human mind.  At the heart of the show is this question: If we can figure out why we hate, where hate originates, and how it is amplified, can we find a way to prevent it?

“To say we are excited to work with Steven, Alex, Geeta, and Sam is an understatement,” says Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual. “Understanding the why behind our actions can help us change those actions. That leads to a hopeful future for us and generations to come.”

“Why We Hate” is executive produced by Spielberg, Gibney, Frank Marshall, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Yael Melamede, Erica Sashin and Steve Tisch. Jon Bardin and David McKillop will executive produce for Discovery.

Variety first reported the news.

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Discovery & Science Channels Set Stephen Hawking Encore Programs

The legacy and genius of Stephen Hawking will be celebrated with special encore presentations of his programs including Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking and Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design, on Discovery Channel and Science Channel.
The episodes will air over the next several days and evenings this week. See below for a complete schedule.
Hawking, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1963, died at his home in Cambridge, England, early this morning…

The legacy and genius of Stephen Hawking will be celebrated with special encore presentations of his programs including Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking and Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design, on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. The episodes will air over the next several days and evenings this week. See below for a complete schedule. Hawking, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1963, died at his home in Cambridge, England, early this morning…

RIP Stephen Hawking: Discovery, Science Channel Set Tributes (Exclusive)

Legendary physicist and pop culture icon Stephen Hawking died early this morning, and TV networks are already planning tributes in his honor.

TheWrap has learned exclusively that Discovery Channel and Science Channel will be airing their Hawking-centric programs over the next several days, including primetime presentations of the Emmy-nominated “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” and “Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design.”

The networks will also be offering Hawking-related programs on their respective multiplatform apps, Discovery Go and Science Go, which are free to viewers who subscribe to the channels.

“One of the most brilliant minds of our lifetime, Stephen Hawking epitomized the missions of Discovery and Science Channel,” said Nancy Daniels, Discovery and Factual’s chief brand officer. “He was also no stranger to the networks, having participated in numerous projects for us, including ‘Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking,’ which was nominated for two Emmys. Having accomplished so much, we are pleased to join in celebrating his remarkable life.”

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Competitor National Geographic Channel will also mark Hawking’s passing by making his appearance on “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson,” one of his final interviews, available for free on NatGeo.com, YouTube, Facebook, as well as Hulu. The episode aired last week as part of the season finale. It will run online commercial free.

See the full list of Discovery and Science’s planned Hawking-related programming below.

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Discovery Channel
“Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 9-11am and Saturday, March 17, 8-11pm): The Emmy nominated mini-series presented the wonders of the universe, revealing the splendor and majesty of the cosmos as never seen before.

“Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design” (Thursday, March 15, 6-9am): Hawking addresses three more of the most contentious issues that surround scientific understanding. Did God create the universe? What is the meaning of life? And what he regards as the key to the cosmos: the Theory of Everything. Is science incompatible with religion?

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Science Channel
“Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 3-5am and Friday, March 16, 4-7pm): The Emmy nominated mini-series presented the wonders of the universe, revealing the splendor and majesty of the cosmos as never seen before.

“Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 5am): This 60-minute special delves into the subjects of stem cells, both embryonic and adult, to explore what these wondrous and baffling mechanisms are capable of. Hawking leads the exploration of what exactly stem cells are and if they are the key to our future or a ticking time bomb waiting to detonate?

“Did God Create the Universe?” (Thursday, March 15, 9am): Hawking unfolds his personal, compelling vision of the biggest question of all: Is there a god who created and controls the universe in which we live? To answer this controversial and age-old question, Hawking takes us on a journey through humanity’s history of appraising our place in the Universe – from Vikings facing down eclipses to the laws of modern cosmology.

“Stephen Hawking’s Brave New World” (Thursday, March 15, 6-9am): In this major series, Hawking presents his unique vision of the future by calling a summit of the world’s most forward thinking contemporary scientists in order to identify the innovations that will have the most impact in years to come.

“Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design” (Friday, March 16, 7-11pm): Hawking addresses three more of the most contentious issues that surround scientific understanding. Did God create the universe? What is the meaning of life? And what he regards as the key to the cosmos: the Theory of Everything. Is science incompatible with religion?

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Legendary physicist and pop culture icon Stephen Hawking died early this morning, and TV networks are already planning tributes in his honor.

TheWrap has learned exclusively that Discovery Channel and Science Channel will be airing their Hawking-centric programs over the next several days, including primetime presentations of the Emmy-nominated “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” and “Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design.”

The networks will also be offering Hawking-related programs on their respective multiplatform apps, Discovery Go and Science Go, which are free to viewers who subscribe to the channels.

“One of the most brilliant minds of our lifetime, Stephen Hawking epitomized the missions of Discovery and Science Channel,” said Nancy Daniels, Discovery and Factual’s chief brand officer. “He was also no stranger to the networks, having participated in numerous projects for us, including ‘Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking,’ which was nominated for two Emmys. Having accomplished so much, we are pleased to join in celebrating his remarkable life.”

Competitor National Geographic Channel will also mark Hawking’s passing by making his appearance on “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson,” one of his final interviews, available for free on NatGeo.com, YouTube, Facebook, as well as Hulu. The episode aired last week as part of the season finale. It will run online commercial free.

See the full list of Discovery and Science’s planned Hawking-related programming below.

Discovery Channel
“Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 9-11am and Saturday, March 17, 8-11pm): The Emmy nominated mini-series presented the wonders of the universe, revealing the splendor and majesty of the cosmos as never seen before.

“Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design” (Thursday, March 15, 6-9am): Hawking addresses three more of the most contentious issues that surround scientific understanding. Did God create the universe? What is the meaning of life? And what he regards as the key to the cosmos: the Theory of Everything. Is science incompatible with religion?

Science Channel
“Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 3-5am and Friday, March 16, 4-7pm): The Emmy nominated mini-series presented the wonders of the universe, revealing the splendor and majesty of the cosmos as never seen before.

“Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 5am): This 60-minute special delves into the subjects of stem cells, both embryonic and adult, to explore what these wondrous and baffling mechanisms are capable of. Hawking leads the exploration of what exactly stem cells are and if they are the key to our future or a ticking time bomb waiting to detonate?

“Did God Create the Universe?” (Thursday, March 15, 9am): Hawking unfolds his personal, compelling vision of the biggest question of all: Is there a god who created and controls the universe in which we live? To answer this controversial and age-old question, Hawking takes us on a journey through humanity’s history of appraising our place in the Universe – from Vikings facing down eclipses to the laws of modern cosmology.

“Stephen Hawking’s Brave New World” (Thursday, March 15, 6-9am): In this major series, Hawking presents his unique vision of the future by calling a summit of the world’s most forward thinking contemporary scientists in order to identify the innovations that will have the most impact in years to come.

“Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design” (Friday, March 16, 7-11pm): Hawking addresses three more of the most contentious issues that surround scientific understanding. Did God create the universe? What is the meaning of life? And what he regards as the key to the cosmos: the Theory of Everything. Is science incompatible with religion?

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