Discovery Announces 2017 Winter Programming Slate, Led by New Original Canadian Series HEAVY RESCUE: 401, Jan. 3

— December 19, 2016

– Discovery debuts new spinoff original Canadian series HEAVY RESCUE: 401 from producers of top-rated series HIGHWAY THRU HELL –
– Discovery premieres launching early in January include DAILY PLANET’s “Future Tech Week”, MAYDAY, and ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE –
– Also heating up screens this winter: Discovery Velocity offers nationwide free preview beginning Jan.10 –
– New and returning titles set to debut across Discovery’s full suite of networks this winter include: live coverage of BARRETT-JACKSON FROM SCOTTSDALE (Jan.17-22) on Discovery Velocity; original Canadian series COLLAR OF DUTY (Jan. 6) plus football’s fluffiest matchup PUPPY BOWL (Feb. 5) on Animal Planet; DEADLINE: CRIME WITH TAMRON HALL (Jan. 2) on Investigation Discovery; and HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS (Jan. 2) on Discovery Science –


Closure is not an option: HEAVY RESCUE: 401 premieres Jan. 3 at 10 p.m. ET exclusively on Discovery.

TORONTO (December 19, 2016) – The new year gets off to an extraordinary start as Discovery – Canada’s most-watched entertainment specialty channel –  today unveiled the network’s Winter 2017 schedule, headlined by the new original Canadian spinoff series HEAVY RESCUE: 401, airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 3. From the makers of Discovery’s top-rated series HIGHWAY THRU HELL and sponsored by Toyota, the series’ exclusive automotive sponsor, HEAVY RESCUE: 401 takes on the many twists and turns of the people who face incredible stakes in a fast-paced, relentless environment, keeping roads clear across Southern Ontario’s 400-series highways. Keeping pace with their B.C.-counterparts from HIGHWAY THRU HELL, the heavy rescue operators of Southern Ontario fight to clear wrecks and keep drivers moving on the busiest stretch of highway in North America. Discovery’s jam-packed January ventures deep into the wilderness, in other isolated places, and even in the sky with all-new seasons of ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE (Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 2), KILLING FIELDS (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 4), STREET OUTLAWS (Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 5), MAYDAY (Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 6), and DUAL SURVIVAL (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 8). Additionally, Discovery’s winter schedule features the previously announced “Future Tech Week” on DAILY PLANET (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT from Jan. 3-6). New episodes from current seasons of Discover’s hit series are also set to debut in January including GOLD RUSH (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), MOONSHINERS (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT),  and ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTER (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). February’s programming slate begins with a dose of the creative spirit in DAILY PLANET’s “Invent This Week” (7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT from Feb. 6-10), before hoisting the anchors on an all-new season of MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS (Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT beginning Feb. 12). Later in the month, the Bunce family drills through unforgiving mountainous terrain in search of more green gold in a new season of JADE FEVER (TBD). Then, from Oscar-winning Executive Producer James Cameron comes the documentary RETURN TO ATLANTIS (airdate TBD). The riveting special features an exploration team investigating several new theories about the location of Atlantis, the identities of its inhabitants, and the disaster that wiped them from the Earth more than three millennia ago. Rounding out the new February premieres on Discovery is a behind-the-scenes look at how everyday things are manufactured in an all-new season of perennial favourite, HOW IT’S MADE (airdate TBD). Discovery’s full suite of top entertainment brands also offer a slate of winter programming, including: Discovery Velocity Winter Highlights: Viewers get extended free parking in Discovery Velocity’s lot as Canada’s only home for factual turbo programming in its nationwide 32-day Free Preview from Jan. 10 – Feb. 9, available to subscribers of participating television service providers. Discovery Velocity buckles up for a return to Scottsdale, Arizona for BARRETT-JACKSON (Jan. 17-22) – the most anticipated event of the year from the world’s greatest collector car auction. Additional turbo programming features all-new premieres including THE GUILD GARAGE (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Feb. 1) and CAR FIX (Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 16). Returning series with premiere episodes include WHEELER DEALERS (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Feb. 6), ALL GIRLS GARAGE (Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT), and UNIQUE RIDES (Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT). Animal Planet Winter Highlights: Animal Planet rings in 2017 with its original Canadian series COLLAR OF DUTY, capturing the incredible true stories of service and therapy animals that are transforming people’s lives (Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 6). The Villalobos Rescue Centre and Tia Torres are back to help the most controversial dog breeds in the world in the season premiere of PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES, airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 13. Returning favourites TANKED (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT), DR. DEE ALASKA VET (Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT), and MY CAT FROM HELL (Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT) each debut with all-new episodes.  In February, the all-star, all-adorable cast returns on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 5) for Animal Planet’s original adoption extravaganza PUPPY BOWL at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. Investigation Discovery Winter Highlights: Investigation Discovery’s winter lineup uncovers chilling, nail-biting, true-crime content including all-new episodes of DEADLINE: CRIME WITH TAMRON HALL (Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), HOW (NOT) TO KILL YOUR HUSBAND (Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT ), NIGHTMARE NEXT DOOR (Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), and ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). Discovery Science Winter Highlights: In the New Year, Discovery Science reveals the latest findings and the inner workings of the universe in an all-new season of  HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 2), and features new episodes of  NASA’S UNEXPLAINED FILES (Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), and OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). Subscribers can access live streaming of the winter schedule through the Discovery GO app, and catch up on full seasons of Discovery series and those from its suite of networks on demand on the Discovery GO app and at Discovery GO features the largest Canadian specialty on demand library in Canada.

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