Second Season of the Third Kind: Discovery’s CLOSE ENCOUNTERS Returns, February 6

— January 20, 2015

Popular original Canadian series returns for Season 2 with back-to-back episodes profiling the most fascinating unexplained UFO sightings in the world

TORONTO (January 20, 2015) – One million UFO sightings are reported each year, and while most can be debunked, 5% of these cases cannot be explained. Airing in back-to-back weekly timeslots on Fridays at 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET/8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. PT, beginning Feb. 6, Discovery’s popular Original Series CLOSE ENCOUNTERS returns for a mesmerizing second season, profiling the most intriguing and convincing of these stories. The 14-part Canadian production from Toronto’s Newroad Media once again examines two stories per episode, combining dramatic recreations, CGI, and dynamic expert interviews to illuminate the planet’s most mystifying UFO encounters.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS returns for a second season of mysterious and captivating UFO profiles, Feb. 6 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery

**Media Note** Photography for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS available online at BellMediaPR.ca.

Extending their journey into the unexplained, viewers can also delve further into the case files at discovery.ca – or even share their own stories on Twitter @EncountersTV (#CloseEncounters) and on Facebook here. Highlights from the premiere episodes of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS Season 2 include: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: “Lake Eerie” and “Phasers on Stun” Friday, February 6 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT The evening’s first story (“Lake Eerie”) takes place around Lake Erie, Michigan in 1988. Henry Baker is driving home with his pregnant wife Sheila Baker and children when Sheila spots strange lights hovering over the lake. The family pulls over to witness a massive, steel grey, blimp-shaped craft with lights on either end. The second story (“Phasers on Stun”) takes place in 1963 when sisters Yolié and Yolanda are on their remote ranch near Trancas, Argentina. Late at night, the young housekeeper, Dora rushes to them terrified by lights she has seen outside the house. The trio discover  a metallic disc-shaped craft with a dome on top hovering near the gate to the farm. The craft emits a solid beam of light that Yolié is drawn to. She reaches out to touch the light when suddenly… CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: “British Invasion” and “School Daze” Friday, February 6 at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT In 1993, teenager Laura Sinclair is walking the family dog when she sees a large cylindrical object hovering in the sky above her. She races home to tell her family who believe it might be a secret military craft. Her father jumps into his car with Laura and her boyfriend to catch up with the craft when it mysteriously disappears. Then, in Crestview, Florida in 1967 (“School Daze”) school children witness multiple UFO sightings over the course of three days. On the second day, students and school staff are astonished when a large metallic object disappears into a tree and then almost immediately reappears in front of them. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS is produced by New Road Productions in association with Discovery Canada. Executive Producers are Ann Marie Redmond and Marlo Miazga.The series producer is Sarah Zammit. Kathryn Oughtred is Production Executive, Discovery Networks. Edwina Follows is Director of Commissioning, Discovery Networks. Ken MacDonald is Vice-President, Programming, Discovery Networks.

About Discovery:
The world is just awesome! With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. As Canada’s #1 entertainment specialty channel, Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery is offered in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) simulcast – for viewers who want an even bigger and bolder experience. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.

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