‘Discovery Unwrapped’ Holiday Programming, Special Episodes & Premieres Airs December 8-15
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DISCOVERY UNWRAPPED: TREAT YO’ SELF TO A WEEK OF HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING, SPECIAL EPISODES AND PREMIERES ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL
— Discovery Unwrapped Runs From Sunday, December 8 to Sunday, December 15 —
(New York, NY) – From Sunday, December 8 to Sunday, December 15, Discovery Channel is getting into the holiday spirit and giving the gift that keeps on giving – eight nights of fan-favorite series, some with a holiday twist, premieres and specials during Discovery Unwrapped. The week-long programming event kicks off Sunday, December 8 with a two-hour special episode of Naked & Afraid at 8PM ET/PT followed by the series premiere of the highly anticipated new series Dude You’re Screwed at 10PM ET/PT. From survival of the fittest to meeting a thousand-dollar deadline, go on a wild ride with FAST N’ LOUD’S Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman as they try to secure a $25,000 autograph from legendary actor Burt Reynolds in the two-part special “Smokey and the Bandit.” Then, cozy up to the television and learn the meaning of Christmas from two very different groups of people on MOONSHINERS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL and A VERY AMISH CHRISTMAS. The Moonshiners get into the spirit of Christmas with family, friends, and of course, some moonshine but does Christmas time in Lancaster mean the Amish clan will call a truce and set aside their differences for the holiday? Tune-in to see these shows and more. Below is the Discovery Unwrapped programming line-up:
Sunday, December 8
8:00 PM – NAKED & AFRAID SPECIAL: In this special two-hour episode, two pairs of strangers, unaware of the others existence, are dropped miles apart in the unforgiving Panamanian rainforest to survive for 21 days under the harshest of conditions. Watch as each couple battles the elements, each other, and their own inner weaknesses to see who will triumph over the terrain or who will fail under the force of nature.
10:00 PM – DUDE YOU’RE SCREWED SERIES PREMIERE “Volcano Nightmare”: Unprepared and left to fend for yourself, what would you do if you were captured, blindfolded and taken to a remote location? Jake, our former Navy SEAL, is sacked on his home turf and dumped a top a volcano in the Central Highlands of Iceland, with little more than a viking shield and six-foot pink teddy bear for protection. Jake will be challenged with crossing deadly avalanche fields, boiling mud pits and sulfuric geysers, as he braves below-zero temperatures and gale-force winds. Jake could lose more than the game when he makes a near-fatal error in the land of fire and ice.
Monday, December 9
9:00 PM – FAST N’ LOUD NEW EPISODE “SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT” PART II: Richard and Aaron successfully reach Burt Reynolds a second time and secure his signature. But back at the Garage, they miss the deadline for getting their ’77 Trans Am on a transporter in time to reach New Orleans. The Solution: drive the car themselves. In a frantic race that mirrors a chase from “Smokey And The Bandit,” Richard and Aaron attempt to evade the Smokey’s and get their car – and a truckload of beer – to New Orleans by the deadline. With over $40K on the line if Richard fails, they’ve got a long way to go – and a short time to get there.
10:00 PM – Street Outlaws NEW EPISODE: Parachuting viewers into the world of illegal street racing in Oklahoma City, which boasts having “America’s fastest street cars,” these unruly racers endanger their lives, pour money into their cars and risk going to jail, all to move up their top ten list. In this episode, Big Chief strikes a deal with loudmouth racer Freakin’ Rican, allowing him to call out #10 Farmtruck in exchange for bootleg fireworks. There’s a shakeup in the middle of the list when #8 Derek gets called out by newcomer #9 Andrade and #6 Chuck gets called out by #7 Varley. Big Chief, Murder Nova, and Chuck spy on a Varley test hit but when the Gold Car veers off the road, things go terribly wrong.
Tuesday, December 10
8:00 PM – MOONSHINERS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: The Moonshiners get into the spirit of Christmas with family, friends, and of course, some moonshine. Tim celebrates holiday traditions with his firehouse family; Josh cuts the best Christmas tree for his daughter, Reese; Mark and Jeff share a holiday dinner and Tickle offers everyone some holiday tips.
9:00 PM – MOONSHINERS NEW EPISODE: Tickle bootlegs at night, while Wayne comes up with an ingenious drop-off plan for his own bootleggers. Equipment failure threatens the production of Tim Smith’s legal moonshine, and Josh and Bill finally begin their first run of strawberry brandy.
10:00 PM – A VERY AMISH CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: It’s Christmas in Lancaster and time for everyone to call a truce and set aside their differences for the holiday. Merlin introduces us to a new friend as he takes it upon himself to educate everyone about the true meaning of Christmas- by any means necessary; Levi uses the holiday to make some money off of the English; Wayne continues to protect his community while Esther reunites with John and Freeman.
Wednesday, December 11
9:00 PM – FAST N’ LOUD “SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT” PART 1: Richard is hired by wheeler-dealer friend Jay Riecke to build a “Smokey And The Bandit” ’77 Trans Am. He and Aaron have six days to build the car and get it to New Orleans in time for Jay to race in a rally. To sweeten the pot, Richard bets Jay he can get original Bandit Burt Reynolds’ autograph for an extra 25K. But getting Burt’s signature proves to be as challenging as meeting Jay’s deadline…a visit by Paul Williams (Little Enos in the original film) sweetens Richard’s deal: deliver a truck full of beer along with the car, Jay will pay him an additional 25k!
10:00 PM – FAST N’ LOUD “SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT” PART II: Richard and Aaron successfully reach Burt Reynolds a second time and secure his signature. But when back at the Garage, Richard and Aaron miss the deadline for getting their ’77 Trans Am on a transporter in time to reach New Orleans. Solution: drive the car themselves. In a frenetic race that mirrors a similar chase in “Smokey And The Bandit”, Richard and Aaron attempt to evade the Smokeys and get their car – and a truckload of beer – to New Orleans by deadline. With over $40K on the line if Richard fails, they’ve got a long way to go – and a short time to get there.
Thursday, December 12
9:00 PM – CALL OF THE WILDMAN: HOLLER DAY CHEER: The holiday season is just around the corner, but calls aren’t slowing down for Turtleman! Before Team Turtle can enjoy their annual holiday feast, they must ensure other families will be able to do the same. When a local turkey farm realizes a critter has been snatching up its prized birds, it’s up to Turtleman to capture the Grinch that could steal the holidays! It might be lights out for a Kentucky family who discovers bite marks on the wiring of their holiday light display. Only Turtleman can capture these critters that are chewing away the holiday spirit!
9:30 PM – CALL OF THE WILDMAN: TURTLEMAN TAKES MANHATTAN: Kentucky’s own “Turtleman” Ernie Brown, Jr. is a fish out of water this holiday when he explores Manhattan with his best friend Neal.
10:00 PM – TANKED HOLIDAY SPECIAL: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) when Wayde and Brett are challenged to build two tanks filled with holiday cheer. At Highwoods Properties in Atlanta, GA the guys are tasked at creating one of the largest cylinder tanks in ATM history! All is jolly until a surprise request by Highwoods for additional holiday theming is delivered. Wayde and Brett also meet with the Mayor of Henderson, NV who brings good tidings about a Snowglobe tank for their annual Winterfest celebration.
Friday, December 13
9:00 PM – GOLD RUSH NEW EPISODE: As season four continues, the three mining crews push forward and risk everything to search for the ultimate golden payday. Todd makes an incredible discovery while searching for new gold rich ground. Parker needs his best clean up ever in order to stop Todd from repossessing his dozer, and just as Fred gives up on the Glory Hole, it suddenly pays out big.
10:00 PM – ALASKA: LAST FRONTIER NEW EPISODE: Three generations of Kilchers proudly live off the land that Yule Kilcher homesteaded over 80-years ago after fleeing Switzerland in search of a free and simple life, which he found outside of Homer, Alaska. The Kilcher family resides on this homestead consisting of over 640-acres of Alaskan wilderness. As the (very) brief spring starts to thaw the winter snow over the homestead, the Kilchers have no time for celebration. The clan must take full advantage of the nice weather to immediately start restocking the food supply for themselves and their livestock, tackling all the necessary projects that ensure their survival in the cold winter weather.
Saturday, December 14
10:00 PM – NAKED & AFRAID “BARES ALL” SPECIAL: The latest Naked & Afraid “Bares All” will reveal the many unseen, wild moments of two pairs of strangers struggling to survive 21 days in the jungles of Panama. The controversy, the fights, the pain, and the tears: It’s what we didn’t see in the two hour Panama special. And we catch up to Manu, who left Panama with a life-threatening illness. This is the biggest “Bares All” yet.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
8:00 PM – TREEHOUSE MASTERS “SANTA’S WORKSHOP”: A family who celebrates the Christmas season 365 days a year calls on Pete and his crew to spruce up their yard with some holiday magic and a santa-themed treehouse.
10:00 PM – DUDE YOU’RE SCREWERED NEW EPISODE “Embrace the Suck”: Terry, our resident Green Beret, has his relaxing vacation obliterated when the guys ambush him and throw him from an airplane into the middle of the ocean. They’ve dropped him in the Gulf of Mexico to re-create a downed pilot survival scenario… and there’s no land as far as they eye can see. Terry’s training and experience will immediately be put to the ultimate test; he must survive a night at sea in freezing conditions. If he makes it through the night and finds land, will he be able to find drinkable water before dehydration sets in he loses the game? Terry’s biggest challenge will be in staying “mission focused.” Will he follow his military training to survive, or his warrior ethic to win?
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