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MythBusters Launches Destructive Cannonball Into Neighborhood

Mythbusters

Science took a dangerous turn Tuesday when the Mythbusters team had an experiment go awry.

The Discovery Channel show was testing out a ballistics experiment when their cannon misfired and launched a cannonball into a California neighborhood just east of San Francisco, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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VIDEO: Jake Gyllenhaal Toughs It Out on Man vs. Wild

Bear Grylls and Jake Gyllenhaal

Will he be forced to drink his own urine?

Jake Gyllenhaal will guest-star on the season premiere of Man vs. Wild (Monday, July 11, 9/8c on Discovery) as he joins Bear Grylls on a two-day trek among ...
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Discovery Launches New Network Aimed at Men; OWN and TLC Unveil New Programming

Velocity

Discovery Communications will launch a new cable channel targeted at upscale males later this year, the company announced Thursday.

Exclusive: Science officially orders Season 2 of Ricky Gervais' An Idiot Abroad

Dubbed Velocity, the new network will feature programming about sports, cars, travel and adventure. It will replace Discovery's HD Theater and will be broadcast in more than 40 million homes when it launches in late 2011... read more

Ricky Gervais: An Idiot Abroad’s Karl Pilkington is "My Gift to The World"

Ricky Gervais

How did Ricky Gervais' next show, An Idiot Abroad, wind up on The Science Channel? Thank Karl Pilkington.

Fans of Gervais and Stephen Merchant's popular podcast (and subsequent HBO series) already know Pilkington is the pair's friend and longtime punching bag. In An Idiot Abroad — billed by the network as "the most elaborate practical joke-turned-social experiment in television history" — Gervais and Merchant send him to see the Seven Wonders of the world.

VIDEO: First look at Ricky Gervais' new series

Gervais explained why Pilkington has the makings of a Science Channel star. "Karl sees things very differently from the rest of us," he said via satellite Thursday during the Television Critics Association's winter previews. "He does investigate, he does do what science does and... read more

First Look: President Obama Tests the Mythbusters Team

President Barack Obama, Jamie Hyneman

President Barack Obama is heading to Mythbusters.

In the Dec. 8 episode (airing at 9/8c on the Discovery Channel), the president asks co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage to explain how Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet by using mirrors and the reflection of the sun.

Check out a sneak peek of the Commander-in-Chief's episode below: 

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President Obama to Appear on Mythbusters

President Barack Obama, Jamie Hyneman

President Barack Obama announced Monday that he would appear on an upcoming episode of Mythbusters.

At the White House Science Fair, the commander in chief introduced Mythbusters co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, with whom he'll challenge... read more

Deadliest Catch Stars Rejoin Series

Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand

Just weeks after announcing their exit, Deadliest Catch stars Capts. Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand and Capt. Sig Hansen are back aboard the hit Discovery Channel series, a network rep confirms.

The Hillstrands announced their exit on Sept. 28th, saying they were unable to... read more

Police Kill Hostage-Taker at Discovery Headquarters

Outside Discovery Communications

Police fatally shot an armed man who had taken hostages at Discovery Communications headquarters, ending a nerve-rattling standoff that held much of Silver Spring, Md., paralyzed Wednesday afternoon.

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger told reporters that a device went off and released smoke during the confrontation, but that three hostages were safe. He said the man had two backpacks and two boxes and that police were trying to determine early Tuesday evening if they contained explosive devices.

The building, which houses 1,900 Discovery employees, was ... read more

Matt's Picks for the Week of June 21

Deadliest Catch

HISTORY DETECTIVES (Monday at 9/8c, PBS)
The popular summer series goes into space for its eighth-season opener. One segment investigates whether art from Andy Warhol and five other major modern artists was smuggled onto the Moon in 1969 aboard the Apollo 12 lunar module, on an unauthorized ceramic mini-canvas... read more

What Will Air on Oprah's OWN Network?

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey has announced the flagship lineup for her Oprah Winfrey Network, which she'll launch on January 1, 2011. It's a mix of shows that capitalizes on Winfrey's strengths, including programs about spirituality, health, celebrities, children and families, and hard-hitting investigative documentaries. Winfrey herself presented the lineup to advertisers on Thursday. Let's take a look at the 15 titles in the starting lineup:

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