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Two Reasons to Love Discovery Channel

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  December 17, 2008 06:18 AM

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As holiday programming gets thin-thinner-thinnest, the Discovery Channel awaits you.

"Time Warp": Hosts Jeff Lieberman and Matt Kearney use high-speed photography to slow things waaaay down, to show us what’s really going on when, say, a dog uses its tongue to drink, or a guy gets punched in the face, or (see above clip) when a bubble artist does his thing. And you thought only Virginia Woolf could find eternity in a moment… Tonight at 8, the team deconstructs the action at Cirque du Soleil.

"Destroyed in Seconds": It’s why the Discovery Channel is, to use the History Channel’s phrase, a “modern marvel.” For an hour tomorrow (Thursday) night, at 9, you can watch a race car slam into a wall at 100 mph, homes ruined by 260 mph winds, a snowmobile falling 300 feet down a mountain, a van crashing into a police car at 70 mph, a massive explosion at a chemical plant, and a sinkhole swallowing up a huge apartment building. Good times, people.

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11 comments so far...
  1. Those are great shows, not to mention Cash Cab, Mythbusters is still great when then actually have shows, Deadliest Catch, and Survivorman even though this Friday is the season finale.

    Posted by Shawn December 17, 08 10:04 AM
  1. "Time Warp" -- awesome
    "Destroyed in Seconds" -- eh, not so much; not one of DC's best efforts, since most of the clips have already aired on cheesy (yes, I've seen 'em) OMG programming commonly found on the likes of Spike-TV and narrated by Stacey Keach whom I find preferable to the faux/forced intensity of Ron Pitts.

    Posted by RH December 17, 08 11:26 AM
  1. NatGeo and Discovery are two of my favorites.

    Posted by dan December 17, 08 11:31 AM
  1. A lot of the "Destroyed in Seconds" clips have gotten better treatment on "Shockwave" (History Channel?), which more thoroughly dissects what happened during the destructive event, and incorporates interviews from victims, witnesses, and emergency responders.

    Posted by tbd December 17, 08 12:26 PM
  1. not one mention of dirtiest jobs, greatest show ever!

    Posted by Buddy December 17, 08 12:27 PM
  1. "Time Warp" is based at MIT (actually, Jeff is), and shoots in various locations around Greater Boston and Massachusetts. For example, the skateboarding piece was (most likely) done at Orchard Gardens (a Boston Public School), the fireworks piece was done at Long Island (at the Boston Fire Academy), and the pole vault was filmed at UMass (Amherst, if I recall correctly.

    It's a fun show, and you can have some more fun trying to see where they filmed if they don't say outright.

    Posted by EH December 17, 08 12:56 PM
  1. I SECOND THAT MOTION ABOUT 'CASH CAB'..THEY SHOULD SYNDICATE IT OR MOVE IT TO A MORE WATCHED CHANNEL ...THAT BEN BAILEY GUY MAKES FOR A GREAT HACKNEY DRIVER HOST AND IT'S GOOD FORMAT FOR A INTERACTIVE TV GAME SHOW.

    Posted by Santa Greg December 17, 08 02:42 PM
  1. Discovery channel is awesome!

    Posted by oscarbozach December 17, 08 04:49 PM
  1. I would so love to be a MythBuster.

    Posted by J December 17, 08 08:51 PM
  1. My kids LOVE "Destroyed in Seconds". They could actually watch DCall day, Cash Cab, Mythbusters, A Haunting, Survivorman...

    Posted by toots December 18, 08 07:22 AM
  1. Extreme Trains on Discovery is better than any train video I have ever purchased and I have over 200. videos. The Discovery channel gets it right and add Destroyed in Seconds to the list.

    Posted by Happy Jack December 18, 08 08:03 AM
 

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