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DUCK QUACKS DON’T ECHO (W.T.)
Pop Science Series Puts These and Many More Odd, Unusual and Fun Hypotheses to the Test with Interactive, Original and Sometimes Wacky Experiments
(WASHINGTON, DC – October 3, 2013) Expanding its pop science offerings that build upon the success of its highest-rated series Brain Games, National Geographic Channel (NGC) today announced the greenlight of Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (wt). The new series will be produced by JimCo Productions and based on a format created by Sky Vision.
With production beginning this fall, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo puts an entertaining spin in assessing the validity of weird, unusual and over-the-top hypotheses through a series of interactive, original scientific tests. We’ll have three co-hosts who will challenge each other by presenting their best theories — ranging from “Can shrimp run longer than the average human?” to “Is it impossible for a blindfolded person to walk, swim or drive in a straight line?” — and then put them to the test with real, in-studio and field experiments.
“Duck Quacks Don’t Echo unearths and tests the most obscure and the most absurd theories,” said Heather Moran, executive vice president, programming & strategy, NGC. “We’re making science entertaining and interactive by revealing the facts behind these ideas and engaging viewers actively in these experiments — and hopefully they’ll learn a thing or two along the way.”
Duck Quacks Don’t Echo continues to build upon franchises that complement hit series Brain Games, which sizes up the human brain using an intricate string of mind-boggling experiments, optical illusions, brainteasers and hard science; and The Numbers Game, which looks at how science and statistics may hold the keys to a longer, wealthier, calmer life. Both series are in a second season of production.
Duck Quacks Don’t Echo will be produced for National Geographic Channel by JimCo Productions; Jim Biederman and Marla Ratner are executive producers. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Michael J. Miller; vice president of production & development is Lynn Sadofsky; senior vice president of production & development is Alan Eyres; executive in charge of production is Heather Moran; and president is Howard T. Owens.
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