Discovery Channel’s Shark Week starts -schedule

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week starts -schedule

Discovery Channel promo for Shark Week 2014.
Discovery Channel promo for Shark Week 2014.

WASHINGTON, August 9, 2014 – If you watch the most popular cable channels regularly, you probably already know that Discovery Channel’s ever-popular, long-running Shark Week fest is about to happen once again.

Starting Sunday, August 10 at 8 and running through next Saturday, August 16, fans of the toothsome predators will get their fill—at least for 2014—of monster footage and lore by tuning in.

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In fact, for those who can’t wait, Discovery is airing something of a prequel at this very moment. They’re hosting a rockin’ shark-mania party they’re dubbing “FinFest” which is being broadcast live from Hermosa Beach, California starting at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). That’s 1:30 in the p.m. for you East Coasters. The party promises plenty of live music with a man-made 60 ft. shark centerpiece.

Shark Week 2014 boast’s a total of 13 new to newish shows topped off most evenings by live shark-talk shows dubbed “Shark After Dark.” That’ll give those current network talk-show kings a run for their money this week for sure.

Giving Jimmy Kimmel a run for his money will be “Shark After Dark” host Josh Wolf, who’ll feature jokes, clips and celebrity guests and shark experts. The show will also let viewers chime in via social media.

For your convenience, TV Den lists this week’s Sunday through Tuesday schedule below for Eastern Daylight Time viewers. For a more detailed run down on the schedule as well as loads of pix and clips, visit Discovery’s Shark Week schedule page here.

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Get back to us this Wednesday, August 13, for our take on the rest of Shark Week. 

SUNDAY, August 10:

8 p.m.: In Air Jaws: Fins of Fury. Until Discovery invented Shark Week, the only fins of fury we ever saw were those of a Siamese Fighting Fish someone had torqued off. In this case, Natural History producer Jeff Kurr and company return to Shark Week with new cameras and other shark geek electronics to “track down the missing “mega-shark” named Colossus,” according to Discovery. Let’s see if the gang can find it as those commercials pile up near the end of the hour.

9 p.m. Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine further explores the legend of “Submarine,” a ginormous great white shark off South African coast. Does it really exist? Find out (or not) right here. One of two titles for this show. We wonder if any of the writers for this show ever read a Joseph Conrad novel. The show’s title might give us a clue.

11:00 p.m.: Shark After Dark Live. The kick-off edition of Shark Week’s late-night interactive talk show. Host Josh Wolf interacts with viewers on “all things shark-related.” Guests and experts, tweets, questions, etc.

12:00 midnight: After Shark After Dark Live. More of the above if you still can’t get enough.

MONDAY, August 11:

8:00 p.m. Great White Serial Killer. Oh-oh. You can hear that double-bass motif sawing away in the background. Is California’s Surf Beach haunted by a serial killer Great White? Endangered West Coast teens will want to know. This version of the show promises social network interactivity. This could be the start of an entirely new genre of California teen beach musicals. Or not.

9:00 p.m.: Jaws Strikes Back. Marine biologist Greg Skomal and his teammates head off to the remote Pacific island of Guadalupe to film the hunting activities of the biggest Great Whites anywhere. (That we know of.) Hopefully Greg won’t become the main dinner course for his subjects.

10:00 p.m.: Monster Hammerhead. Say, hammerheads are spooky enough. But this show “explores a legendary hammerhead shark that has been patrolling Florida’s shores for the past 60 years. Now, a team of scientists and anglers look to explore the mystery and find out if the legend could be real.” You never know, but if you can endure enough commercial breaks and breathless questions beginning with “Could,” you “could” find out the answer tonight. In the meantime, there’s always that swell, toothsome footage.

11 p.m. -1 a.m.: Shark After Dark Stuff (See Sunday schedule above).

TUESDAY, August 12:

8:00 p.m.: Monster Hammerhead. A reprise of Monday’s 10 p.m. entry with added social networking promised.

9:00 p.m.: Alien Sharks: A Return to the Abyss. Discovery says: “Shark researchers investigate the ocean’s darkest depths in search of shark species that have never been seen before on camera and get a glimpse of the elusive ghost shark.” Should this be subtitled: “Escape from Roswell”? Probably not, as we’d then have to explain how land sharks get back to the ocean.

10:00 p.m. Lair of the Mega Shark. Remember that old Brit horror flick, “Lair of the White Worm”? Well, this show has nothing to do with it. In this Discovery production, experts Jeff Kerr and Andy Casagrande travel to New Zealand to see if they can find a “20 foot Great White that resembles the legend of a giant great white shark Maoris call the ‘lord of the sharks.’ Looks like we’ll have to tune in to see if they can.

11 p.m. -1 a.m.: Shark After Dark Stuff (See Sunday schedule above).


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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17