[08/28/09 - 02:08 PM]
Six of the Planet's Biggest and Most Ferocious Creatures Brought Back to Life in Discovery's World Premiere Series Mega Beasts
The first two parts of the six-episode series air Sunday, September 13 starting at 9:00/8:00c.

[via press release from Discovery]

Six of the Planet's Biggest and Most Ferocious Creatures Brought Back To Life in Discovery's World Premiere Series MEGA BEASTS

Two-Episode Sneak-Peek of MEGA BEASTS on Sunday, September 13

(Silver Spring, Md.) - Each episode of Discovery Channel's all-new six-part series MEGA BEASTS is a detective story, bringing back to life some of the biggest and most ferocious dinosaurs ever to roam the earth. Through fossil clues and modern analogues (animals with similar traits used to suggest the mega beasts' behavior), scientists piece together what these mysterious creatures looked like, how they behaved, how they fought, what they ate...and what ate them. With the use of cutting-edge CGI, these enormous beasts are put in modern day scenarios to demonstrate what they would look and act like if they still roamed the planet today. MEGA BEASTS premieres Sunday, September 13 at 9PM E/P .

Featured in MEGA BEASTS are six monstrous creatures: "Spinosaurus," the largest known meat-eating dinosaur ever to live on the planet, with a long crocodilian skull and massive claws; "Megalania," a giant lizard with a poisonous bite and a mouth full of huge dagger-like teeth; "Terror Bird," a giant bird that used its mighty beak to bash in its victims' heads; "Acrocanthasaurus," a dinosaur whose powerful death grip and scissor-like bite could kill prey ten times its size; "Mosasaur," a fearsome marine monster with an extra row of teeth on the roof of its mouth and a jaw that slid to further decimate its prey; and "Bear Dog," a creature that combined the most lethal weapons of today's lion, wolf and grizzly bear.

A two-episode sneak-peek of MEGA BEASTS will premiere on September 13 (episode descriptions below). The remaining four episodes will air in Discovery Channel's upcoming "Dino December," along with additional all-new dinosaur specials.

Episode 1: Terror Bird

World Premiere: Sunday, September 13 at 9PM E/P

It's happened only once in the history of our planet. Four million years ago a mega bird dominated a continent, battling wolves and saber-toothed cats. This bipedal monster stood seven feet tall and weighed three hundred pounds. With eyesight as sharp as a hawk, this bird could spot its victim from a half-mile away. Running on two powerful legs, it could even over-take a horse. But the Terror Bird's deadliest weapon was its 18-inch hooked beak. With one sledgehammer blow the bird could bash in the skull of a victim. Researchers build a replica of its deadly head and neck muscles to demonstrate exactly how this bird killed its prey.

Episode 2: T-Rex of the Deep

World Premiere: Sunday, September 13 at 10PM E/P

Great White sharks may be the modern version of the ultimate predator, but this mega beast could eat one for lunch. The T-Rex is called king of the dinosaurs, but it never came close to ruling as much real estate as the Mosasaur. It battled giant sharks, 40-foot long plesiosaurs and other monsters of the deep and emerged triumphant. At a time when 85 percent of the earth was covered with water, these beasts were found in every corner of the globe. One reason for the Mosasaur's success was its incredible jaws. At six feet in length, they were as big as those of T-Rex. Researchers build a life-size, fully operational set of steel Mosasaur jaws to test exactly how this monster destroyed its victims.

MEGA BEASTS is produced for Discovery Channel by Creative Differences, where Erik Nelson, Phil Fairclough and Dave Harding are the executive producers and John Joseph is Supervising Producer. For Discovery Channel, Steve Schwartz is executive producer.

About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel (DSC) is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which reaches 98.1 million viewers in the US, can be seen in over 170 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com . For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com .

  [august 2009]  


[10/12/15 - 03:20 PM]
"American Horror Story: Hotel" Premiere Delivers 12.17 Million Viewers
FX further spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 7.

[10/12/15 - 02:47 PM]
With 14-Day Multi-Platform Viewing, The Premiere Epsiode of "Limitless" Increases to More Than 17.6 Million Viewers
CBS further spins the numbers for Tuesday, September 22.

[10/12/15 - 01:48 PM]
Modern-Day Medicine Woman Knows No Boundaries When Caring for the Animals of the Last Frontier on Animal Planet's "Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet"
The eight-episode series premieres on Saturday, November 7 at 9:00/8:00c.

[10/12/15 - 01:17 PM]
Adrien Brody and Lorraine Bracco to Guest Star on New Showtime(R) Comedy Series "Dice"
Brody will guest star in one episode playing himself, while Bracco will guest star in two episodes as Toni, a Vegas overlord who owns series star Andrew Dice Clay's gambling debts.

[10/12/15 - 12:15 PM]
Velocity Says Goodbye to Iconic Automotive Series "Overhaulin'" with Star-Studded Final Episodes
Velocity is celebrating its undeniable legacy with four all-new episodes, two of which feature movie stars Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, and retired U.S. Navy SEAL and "Lone Survivor" co-author Marcus Luttrell.

[10/12/15 - 12:12 PM]
Esquire Network Celebrates Marty McFly's Trip to the Future with a Bingeworthy Marathon of the "Back to the Future" Trilogy on Oct 21, 2015!
Relive all the breathtaking action, groundbreaking comedy and sheer movie-making magic of one of the most brilliantly inventive, wildly entertaining motion picture triumphs in Hollywood history.

[10/12/15 - 11:32 AM]
CBS Launches MySupergirlIs.Com, Encouraging People to Put a Social Spotlight on the Supergirl in Their Own Lives
The site enables those with a strong and inspiring "supergirl" in their lives to celebrate her publicly with a customized #MYSUPERGIRL graphic featuring her name and photo to share on Facebook.

[10/12/15 - 11:15 AM]
Taye Diggs to Guest-Star in a Multi-Episode Arc on New Drama "Rosewood"
Diggs will portray Dr. Mike Boyce, a world-renowned infectious disease doctor based in Miami and the longtime best friend of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood (Morris Chestnut).

[10/12/15 - 11:05 AM]
With Live +7-Day Playback, CBS Widens Its Premiere Week Lead Over Its Nearest Competitor to 2.5 Million Viewers
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of September 21-27.

[10/12/15 - 11:00 AM]
Nigel Lythgoe and Gail Berman Get Their Game on with Pop as "Easiest Game Show Ever" Heads Into Production with 20 Episodes
The series puts a new twist on "True or False?" and gives contestants the opportunity to win up to $100,000 cash per episode.

[10/12/15 - 10:43 AM]
VH1 Hosts Roundtable Discussion Moderated by T.J. Holmes on the Reality of Being Openly Gay in the Hip Hop Community with "LHH: Out in Hip Hop" Premiering Monday, October 19 at 11PM
Moderated by ABC News' T.J. Holmes, the open dialogue will include a studio audience that has been touched by the Miles and Milan story line.

[10/12/15 - 10:31 AM]
Live + 3 Day Ratings: Standing as Tuesday's Biggest Gainer, ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." Emerges as the Top Scripted Show in Its Hour
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 6.

[10/12/15 - 10:18 AM]
Video: "Outcast" - Comic Con Exclusive Scene (Cinemax)
The series, based on the Robert Kirkman comic book of the same name, premieres in 2016.

[10/12/15 - 10:11 AM]
Top Women of Country to Perform at Country Music's Biggest Night(TM)
All eyes will be focused on Country Music on November 4 to see the leading ladies of the format, including Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maddie & Tae, and Kacey Musgraves, performing during the three-hour gala.

[10/12/15 - 10:00 AM]
MTV's Iconic Series "Real World" Begins Production Today in Hip Downtown Las Vegas
This season, cast members take over the penthouse suite at the dynamic Gold Spike in the revamped downtown section of Las Vegas.