Tag: Discovery Channel

Creepy video of an icy finger of death

By Phil Plait | March 4, 2012 7:14 am

This is amazing and weird and wonderful and terrifying: a time lapse video of of water freezing as it flows down to the ocean floor.

This is a clip from the Discovery Channel show Frozen Planet, and if that’s the sort of thing they’ll have on the program, it’s definitely worth a watch.

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Bad Universe to air on Discovery UK August 15, 16, and 17

By Phil Plait | August 12, 2011 4:00 am

I’ve just learned that all three episodes of my TV show, "Phil Plait’s Bad Universe", will air in the UK on DiscoveryUK from August 15th through the 17th. The air times vary, so check the link to find out when it’s playing.

Sky TV has clips online to give you a taste of the three episodes: Asteroid Apocalypse , Alien Attack, and Death Stars. If you sense a theme, well, read the title of the show again.

Hope you like ‘em!

And by the way, the DVD set is available on the Discovery Channel store and at other online venues like Amazon.


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A night of geekery and Discovery!

By Phil Plait | October 6, 2010 10:14 am

If you were curious about what I’m doing tonight, here’s my schedule (all times Eastern):

marian_me7:00 p.m.: I’ll be watching the live stream performance from my friend Marian Call, who is singing at the Think Geek HQ in Washington DC! This is such a high density of nerdery it may collapse to form a black hole. I have links to various marianesque chanteusery in an earlier post about her.

9:00 p.m.: The premiere of season 8 of MythBusters on The Discovery Channel! Woohoo! The previews look great.

10:00 p.m.: Hmmm, I know there’s something going on at this time… oh, right. The premiere of Episode 2 of Bad Universe, "Alien Attack!" also on Discovery Channel! I showed a teaser yesterday, and here’s another one. In this, I went spelunking in an underground cave in New Mexico to look for extremophiles:

Did you catch the "O Brother Where Art Thou" reference? I have lots of stories about that cave, which I’ll be live-tweeting tonight during the premier!

So tune in and watch as I try to figure out if I, for one, am in imminent danger of having to welcome our new insect overlords. And don’t forget: there’s still a little bit of time left (if it’s before noon Mountain time, that is) to win free swag from this episode!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Bad Universe, TV/Movies

New Bad Universe clip online!

By Phil Plait | September 23, 2010 7:00 am

Are we under the threat of alien attack? Is Hollywood right? Could monsters from another world already be on their way here to steal our water and enslave or eat us?*

Find out in the thrilling second episode of "Phil Plait’s Bad Universe", airing on the Discovery Channel on Wednesday, October 6 at 10:00 p.m. EDT, right after MythBusters!

Here’s a sneak peak:

Yup, that’s me in the F-16, and I won’t say whether I tossed my cookies or not, so you’ll just have to watch the show to see.

Next week I’ll have another Twitter giveaway contest and I’ll have some stuff from the show in the pack, too. Stay tuned. Mwuhahahahaha!


* We better keep broadcasting episodes of "Single Female Lawyer" just in case.

Ha ha! Mine is an evil laugh!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Bad Universe

Mark your calendars: Bad Universe premieres August 29!

By Phil Plait | August 18, 2010 12:00 pm

I am very, very happy to announce that the pilot for my TV show, "Phil Plait’s Bad Universe" now has an official slot in the Discovery Channel lineup: Sunday, August 29th at 10:00 p.m. (ET)!

Woohoo!

As a reminder, and because it cracks me up, here’s the trailer for the show:

Check your local listings for times, but it repeats that night at 01:00, too.

I can’t say too much about the show other than what I have already, but I plan on doing some things next week as it gets closer to air… like a giveaway contest (you’ll love that, and you’ll want to win, trust me) and a live tweeting of the show. There may be other things too, but I’m still working on it.

Stay Tuned… and I do mean that literally this time!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Bad Universe, Cool stuff, TV/Movies
MORE ABOUT: Discovery Channel

Bad Universe coming to a Discovery Channel near you

By Phil Plait | July 27, 2010 7:00 am

[I know I already posted this, but the video of the trailer had to be taken down, fixed, and put back up, so I'm reposting to give everyone a chance to actually watch it. Everything works now. Yay! Also, it's up on reddit (actually twice) and Fark, too.]

Finally, at last, after many months, I can now officially reveal the Sooper Sekrit Project that has kept me so busy over all this time. I think you’re gonna like this… so why not just jump right in to the teaser trailer posted online by a small TV network you may have heard of called THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL!

[evil laugh]

How ’bout that?

I’ve been working with the Discovery Channel on hosting a new TV science show called "Phil Plait’s Bad Universe". It’s a three-part program where I dissect issues in astronomy and science, putting claims to the test. There’s no air date yet, but I’m hoping it’ll be on your TV sets this fall.
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My Sooper Sekrit Project: REVEALED!

By Phil Plait | July 23, 2010 11:00 am

Yes, you read that right.

Finally, at last, after many months, I can now officially reveal the project that has kept me so busy over all this time. I think you’re gonna like this… so why not just jump right in to the teaser trailer posted online by a small TV network you may have heard of called THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL!

[evil laugh]

[UPDATE: D'oh! There was a problem with the video, and Discovery is in the process of fixing it. It should be back up soon.]

[UPDATE: We're back, baby!]

How ’bout that?

I’ve been working with the Discovery Channel on hosting a new TV science show called "Phil Plait’s Bad Universe". It’s a three-part program where I dissect issues in astronomy and science, putting claims to the test. There’s no air date yet, but I’m hoping it’ll be on your TV sets this fall.
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How The Universe Works: Extreme Stars

By Phil Plait | May 10, 2010 12:00 pm

howtheuniverseworksI just got a note that tonight’s (Monday May 10) episode of Discovery Channel’s "How the Universe Works" is about extreme stars, and once again the episode is infected with interviews of me. Although the interview I did for it was about a year ago, I do remember waving my hands a lot and talking about massive stars chewing through their fuel and exploding. Expect the usual bombast, and check your local listings.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, TV/Movies

I have gone Hollywood

By Phil Plait | January 22, 2010 7:30 am

[Kari, Grant, and Tory from The Mythbusters will be on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight, so it seems like a good time to post this.]

In case anyone was wondering if I would succumb to the bright lights of Hollywood, the answer is, of course: duh.

Last week I attended a wonderful party in Pasadena, thrown by the Discovery Channel for their 25th anniversary (my pictures from the party are on Flickr). My friend Katherine Nelson secured an invite for me; she does PR for the channel and we met at Comic Con in 2008 when I was tagging along with My Close Personal Friend Adam Savage™. Last week I happened to be in LA working on my sooper sekrit project, and that timing happily coincided with the party.

I’m not used to high-end parties, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I decided to go all out and wear a tie. Go me.

I got to the hotel, located somewhere down twisty passages in Pasadena all of which look alike, and started wending my way to the party itself. As I randomly walked, I wondered to myself what celebs might be here, and at that very moment happened to see Ed Begley, Jr.

OK then.

When I finally reached the actual party location, I was happy to see Katherine taking pictures of Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belecci from Mythbusters! I hadn’t seen Kari in a couple of years (I moderated a panel with three of them in Canada), but I saw Grant and Tory at Comic Con last year. It was nice to see them again. I hung out a bit with them, and, as always, found them to be fun and charming and pretty much what you see on TV. At least, they’re nice enough to a dork like me.

There were lots of Discovery Network celebs there (as well as a giraffe). I was completely unashamed to horn in on Stacey and Clinton from "What Not to Wear" and chat for a second. I was thrilled to get a chance to talk with Annabelle Gurwitch, who is on Planet Green now, but I know her from watching "Dinner and a Movie" on TBS a few years ago, and she was exactly as I had hoped: funny and sassy and totally approachable. Also? A doll. There, I said it.

I also dorked a bit when I got a chance to say hi to Kat von D from "L.A. Ink", since she wasn’t in the shop the day I got my tattoo. It was totally cool to show her my tattoo (patience; my show is supposed to air next month) and thank her for the experience. We swapped a couple of stories, and I found she was like everyone else I met at the party: approachable, open, and interesting.

In fact, if there was any disappointment with the party (besides not being allowed to actually eat the cakes made by the bakery from "Cake Boss" and realizing after I had gotten back to my hotel that the Meteorite Men were there and I missed them) it was of the snarky variety; that is, no one was a jerk. I mean, c’mon! This was a Hollywood party! No cocaine? No obnoxious divas?

Could it be that the portrayal of Hollywood in Hollywood films has been Hollywooded? Hmmm.

So all in all it was a fabulous event with a lot of people having lots of fun. It makes me wonder… could it be that because there is a science bent to the networks (not all the shows, but many) the party was more about the fun and less about the personalities? Hmmm again.

Maybe not. But still. Science is cool.

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