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Discovery Channel's Alaska Week

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DISCOVERY CHANNEL PRESENTS ALASKA WEEK APRIL 20-26

Discovery Channel explores America’s rugged and spectacular last great frontier during ALASKA WEEK, premiering April 20-26 at 9PM ET/PT each night.  From a look at the region’s environmental concerns to programs that showcase the everyday working world of Alaska, immersive and powerful episodes capture the full, dangerous beauty of the Alaskan wilderness.  A groundbreaking premiere special, EXPEDITION ALASKA, kicks off the week on Sunday, April 20 at 9 PM (ET/PT), and follows a team of scientists and naturalists as they assess the impact of global warming on Alaska. 

In another ALASKA WEEK first, a dramatic and visceral new seven-part series, THE ALASKA EXPERIMENT, premieres Tuesday, April 22 at 10 PM (ET/PT) with subsequent episodes airing Tuesdays at 10 PM (ET/PT).  This series documents the epic struggle of man vs. nature, as four groups of ordinary people struggle to survive in the tremendous Alaskan wilderness for nearly three long months.  Living in shelters ranging from cabins to canvas tents, the teams of friends, families, and couples are outfitted with basic food stuffs and equipment, but to survive, they need to learn to hunt, fish, and cut their own firewood.  Will they be tough enough to take on the freezing, brutal environment?

The full list of ALASKA WEEK programs follows:  

EXPEDITION ALASKA
Sunday, April 20, 9 PM (ET/PT)

A team of naturalists, scientists and wilderness filmmakers explore the effects of global warming on the Alaskan wilderness, an environment that features some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and is experiencing change faster than anywhere on the planet.     

DIRTY JOBS: FLOATING FISH FACTORY
Monday, April 21, 9 PM (ET/PT)

Host Mike Rowe travels to Alaska for an epic adventure aboard a fish processing ship.  Braving freezing temperatures, treacherous seas, and learning the fine art of bleeding and gutting fish, Rowe gains a new appreciation for the men and women who get dirty on a daily basis to keep fresh fish on our dinner table.

DEADLIEST CATCH
Tuesday, April 22, 9 PM (ET/PT)

In this episode of the popular series’ fourth season, the crab fishing fleet is underway on the icy Bering Sea, but the crews face frustrating setbacks.  Mechanical breakdowns slow the Northwestern and the Wizard, while the Time Bandit hits the jackpot.  Plain old hard work starts to separate the greenhorns on the Wizard, and the entire crew of the Cornelia Marie is in danger.  

THE ALASKA EXPERIMENT:  INTO THE WILDS
Tuesday, April 22, 10 PM (ET/PT)

This episode kicks off a new seven-part series, premiering Tuesdays at 10PM.  In this episode, four groups of friends, families, and couples are introduced.  They’ve been dropped into the remote Alaskan wilderness and must now find their shelters.  Confronted with danger just minutes into their journey, the groups must overcome bears, glaciers, and their fears as the ultimate test of survival begins.     

 MYTHBUSTERS:  ALASKA SPECIAL
Wednesday, April 23, 9 PM (ET/PT)

Alaska is one of the most extreme places on Earth and for the MythBusters, it provides an ideal habitat to test Alaskan anecdotes.  Packing up their sleds, snowshoes and gold pans, the team gears up for some northern exposure, but will the myths withstand the freeze?

FUTURE WEAPONS: ALASKA SPECIAL
Thursday, April 24, 9 PM (ET/PT)

Venturing into the intense battlefield of Alaska, host Richard “Mack” Machowicz takes viewers on a wild ride as he tests one of the world's best sniper rifles for cold weather warfare, fires a 105mm canon from the newest Styker armored vehicle, and learns how to become virtually invisible from the enemy by using a smoke generator to hides heat and radar signatures. 

SURVIVING ALASKA
Friday, April 25, 9 PM (ET/PT)

People have been living in Alaska for longer than anywhere else in America, and vigilance in this part of the world is not just practical -- it's a matter of survival.  In this special, SURVIVORMAN host Les Stroud will put his survival skills to the test as he embarks on a quest to find out how the inhabitants of this frontier survive.  With the help and guidance of experts and Alaskan natives, Stroud experiences some of the most extreme weather scenarios that nature has to offer.  

 MAN VS. WILD:  ALASKAN MOUNTAIN RANGE
Saturday, April 26, 9 PM (ET/PT)

He has traveled the Arctic and climbed Everest; now adventurer Bear Grylls faces the icy peaks of the Chugach Mountains in Alaska, one of the toughest known environments on the planet.  Bear puts himself into the position of a stranded skier and uses his specialist survival skills to journey through glacier tunnels, forests, treacherous ice floes, and across extreme mountain slopes.

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THE ALASKA EXPERIMENT: EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS

What happens when four teams of urban professionals try to survive in the tremendous Alaskan wilderness for three long months? Will they be tough enough to take on the freezing, brutal environment?

Follow four groups of ordinary people as they give up the convenience and technology of modern life and attempt to survive the wilds of Alaska. THE ALASKA EXPERIMENT premieres on Discovery Channel Tuesday, April 22, 2008 from 10-11PM. This seven-part premiere series airs on consecutive Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT.

Living in shelters ranging from cabins to canvas tents, THE ALASKA EXPERIMENT teams pit themselves against the brutal Alaskan wilderness for nearly 90 days. Equipped with a minimum ration of dry food and simple tools, they adapt in ways they never imagined. Weekly medical testing allows them to measure the effect the brutal environment has upon them.

Two groups live in the remote Chitina River Valley where winter temperatures will reach minus 40 and below. The other two groups will attempt to survive at Icy Bay, located on the Gulf of Alaska. Here, brutal winter storms will bring winds of up to 100 knots and the rainfall can be as high as 200 inches per year. Predators are everywhere and the brown bear population is one of the largest in Alaska.

The groups are made up of friends, families and couples, each with varying degrees of physical fitness and outdoor experience. They will all come face to face with the realities of wilderness life as they hunt big game, attempt to catch salmon, and adapt to life with no power, running water or modern conveniences.

EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS:

Into the Wilds:

Four groups of ordinary people have been dropped into the remote wilderness of Alaska and must now find their shelters. Dennis and his two daughters encounter a bear just minutes into their journey, Greg and Bernice are pushed to their physical and mental limits as they attempt to climb a massive glacier, Jeff and Elizabeth kayak through a treacherous ice field and come face to face with a massive bear, and Tim, Allen and Jasmine find themselves hopelessly lost just a few hours into the adventure.

What Did We Get Ourselves Into?:

Greg, a concrete contractor from California who has never fired a gun before, sets out on a dangerous mountain goat hunt that will push him to his physical and mental limits. Dennis and his daughters race against the clock to take advantage of the salmon run and the stress takes its toll. Jeff and Elizabeth continue to innovate in their battle for food, and the Flower Lake threesome, Tim, Allen and Jasmine struggle to prepare for the sub-zero weather they’re about to face.

Starving in the Wilderness:

Carolyn heads out on a critical moose hunt. After a hunting lesson from Paul, the Flower Lake threesome’s diet takes an unexpected turn. Jeff and Elizabeth’s struggle for food forces them to innovate as the stress starts to take its toll.

Hunt or Be Hunted:

The struggle for food, water and warmth continues as winter roars into Alaska. Tim heads into the Wrangell Mountains to hunt mountain goats and Jeff and Elizabeth search for moose on Icy Bay. None of them have any hunting experience.

Alaska Bites Back:

Tim, Allan and Jasmine discover just how brutal Alaska can be when they attempt to hike from Flower Lake to Hawkins Glacier. They think the journey will take three days but that’s before the river crossings, ice shelves, blizzards, and dehydration. On Hawkins Glacier Greg and Bernice battle cabin fever and On Icy Bay Jeff and Elizabeth attempt to find the mouth of Icy Bay.

No Turning Back:

On Hawkins Glacier, Greg and Bernice don’t have enough food for Tim, Allan and Jasmine and the trio must decide whether or not to hike back to Flower Lake. And if they stay they must figure out what they are going to eat. On Icy Bay, Jeff and Elizabeth consider going home early and are forced to reflect on what they were trying to accomplish in Alaska.

Take the Long Way Home:

The volunteers depart their cabins for good and hike out to catch a bush plane back to civilization. Greg, Bernice, Tim, Allan, and Jasmine battle sub-zero temperatures and dehydration as they try to get off the glacier alive. At Icy Bay the Wise family hikes cross country, through the snow to get to their ride. Everyone experiences culture shock when they return to a world of electricity and running water.

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