Details for the 24th annual Shark Week — kicking off July 31 — are emerging. Today, Discovery announced that this year’s “Chief Shark Officer” Andy Samberg will host his own special with the working title Shark City. Per the network, ”Samberg travels to the Bahamas and takes the plunge — literally jumping into the shark-filled waters to introduce viewers to a specific group of sharks that live off the shores of Nassau. They each have their own distinct personalities, quirks and feeding patterns. Learn how they size each other up, what they like to eat and what scares THEM.” That’s all the info I have, but if this is something like Shark Week regular Stuart Cove introducing Samberg to individual Caribbean reef sharks and revealing what he’s come to know about them over the years he’s led his underwater adventures, that could be totally fun. If you’re going to swim with relatively non-threatening sharks like that, you’ve got to give us something different, and finding out that this shark responds more to women in bikinis and has therefore earned whatever nickname is acceptable. READ FULL STORY
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Today, Discovery announced that Saturday Night Live‘s Andy Samberg will host the cable channel’s 24th annual Shark Week this July. Samberg’s official title is Chief Shark Officer and comes with obligations to film on-air wraps for the week-long event and host a Shark Week special during which he may dive with the apex predators. He has to swim with sharks, right? I mean, we want to see the music video we assume he’ll shoot, too, but the host of Shark Week must get wet.
Samberg has big flippers to fill: Last year’s Shark Week, hosted by known enthusiast Craig Ferguson, was watched by almost 31 million people, making it Discovery’s highest rated to date. Ferguson swam with Caribbean reef sharks in the Bahamas during his special and his fear produced some great moments. READ FULL STORY
Karl Pilkington to be 'An Idiot Abroad' for another season. Cue Ricky Gervais' wonderfully maniacal laughter.
Anyone who watched the first season of Science’s (formerly the Science Channel) travel series An Idiot Abroad learned two things: Karl Pilkington hates just about everything, and he in no way wanted to do this again.
Thankfully, with his trusty pals Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant producing, there was no way that was even an option for him. The network confirms to EW that the show, which sends Pilkington — a man with very, er, unique musings on life — around the world, would be back for a second season.
During the first season of An Idiot Abroad, Pilkington didn’t quite marvel at the seven wonders of the world the way a regular television travel guide — or a regular person, for that matter — might. Though, to be fair, he wasn’t given any five-star accommodations, as per Gervais and Merchant’s evil/genius planning. Still, whether or not Pilkington liked it (he didn’t), the show went on to become the channel’s highest-rated series to date. READ FULL STORY
NBC page.) With Tracy gone to Africa, Liz thought the show was doing an even better job of featuring women. But all of their women-centric sketches ended with said women getting their periods. It was weird. Then, Lemon got her period and fired everyone. Maybe it’s time to rethink some things. READ FULL STORYHere in its fifth season, TGS seems to have lost its way. You probably don’t even remember this, but TGS (formerly known as The Girlie Show) started as a show for women, starring women. As such, our dear Elizabeth Lemon believes the show should be “elevating the way women are perceived in society.” But it turns out, TGS can’t help but do the opposite. When Jenna ended up on the cool, feminist blog Joan of Snark, Liz discovered the post “TGS Hates Women.” (Note to all humans, JoanOfSnark.com doesn’t really exist. I tried it, and it only redirects you to this
Yes, Chicago has gotten nailed by this latest winter storm, but in my eyes, the Windy City has one thing going for it: It’s got Jim Cantore. The Weather Channel has reporters bundled up all over the place, but Cantore is by far the most entertaining, as we were reminded again last night when he got surprised by thunder snow. Watch it below.
If you’ve been following this storm on The Weather Channel or your local news, describe the best moment you’ve witnessed. Also, confess the guilt you feel for being disappointed every time no one crossing the street behind a reporter falls. Karma — it’s why I’m working from home today. READ FULL STORY
I was in seventh grade when I heard that the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded over the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 28, 1986. It was in Mr. Kottner’s science class at Irving Junior High in Berwyn, Ill. (just outside Chicago). I remember some friends I had at other schools got out of class to gather and watch the launch together on TV, but for whatever reason we didn’t at my school. It was probably a good thing — even after knowing the tragic outcome of that launch, it was horrifying to watch those people disintegrate into a plume of smoke on television news (over and over) that night. READ FULL STORY
If you follow NASA on Twitter, you may be aware that online voting is now open for its Optimus Prime Spinoff Award Video Contest, which encouraged kids, grades 3 to 8, to create shorts about NASA technology that has been modified to go into products used on Earth. NASA considers Transformers’ Optimus Prime, who came to Earth from space, a great analogy for NASA technology transfer, which has resulted in “spinoffs” like, you know, “the heart defibrillator your grandparents might have [!], or the memory foam mattress you sleep on at night, or even the purified water you drink at your house.” Reading about the “spinoff” technology is genuinely fascinating, but watching kids ramble on about it, not so much. That is why we, if I can be so bold as to speak for my discriminating colleagues at Entertainment Weekly, would like to endorse “Captain Banana vs. The Evil Ghost Chili” in the 3rd-5th grade bracket. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY
Being a Star Wars fanatic — let’s face it, there’s no such thing as merely being a Star Wars “fan” — means familiarizing yourself with a lot of names of a bunch of odd-sounding planets. Some, like the ice planet Hoth, play a huge role in George Lucas’ intergalactic ring cycle, especially if you need to seek shelter inside the guts of a snowy beast. Ditto for A-list locales like Endor and Alderaan. But others, like Orvax and Lwhekk? That’s straight-up nerd terrain. You probably have to have a closetful of action figures and a Jedi’s familiarity with the Kessel Run to have the name Ord Mantell mean something. And once you get beyond all those funny names with vaguely Norwegian combinations of vowels, you’re left scratching your head as to where the hell all of these places fit into the Star Wars universe geographically. (Is Devaron a Core World or a Colony? And where is it in relation to the Tingel Arm in the Northeast Quadrant?) Fortunately, the good folks at Dark Horse and LucasFilms have a color map of all this stuff (it was published in 2009′s Star Wars: The Essential Atlas). It may not be new to some of the real die-hards reading this, but it was new to me. And I just spent the better part of a Friday afternoon staring at it, geeking out and having Aha! moments.