[09/18/13 - 09:50 AM]
Discovery Channel Dives for Pearls in the Deep South in "Dixie Divers"
The one-hour special premieres Saturday, September 28 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.

[via press release from Discovery]


-One-hour Special Airs Saturday, September 28 at 10pm ET/PT-

(LOS ANGELES, CA) Benton County is one of the most remote areas in Tennessee, but it is home to the country's richest supply of coveted mother of pearl. Natural pearls are highly sought after rare gems, and they can reel in big money. Divers used to make thousands of dollars from these waters, but many of them moved on to other careers when the economy fell on hard times. Today, only 36 dedicated divers are left. This comical group remains fiercely competitive; their livelihood depends on how many pounds of shells they can extract from the water and sell to the shell shack. But they dream of striking it reach by finding a rare pearl inside one of the shells - a 'Big Bertha' - the jackpot of all pearls that could be worth more than $2000. The special, airing on Discovery Channel on Saturday, September 28 at 10pm ET/PT, will put viewers right in the middle of Benton County's modern pearl divers and their daily shenanigans.

The pearl divers work long days that require them to lug huge bags of mussels out of the water. Each diver has a boat tender who watches over the boat and sorts mussels while the diver searches for shells. Chuck, Jeremy and Bart all use their family or close friends to help them. Chuck and his son Colton constantly bicker as they work. Tempers flare as Colton runs late for work every day and takes advantage of his father's empty threats. Jeremy accepts his wife's advice and hires a friend's daughter as his boat tender, but this young fashion merchandising student has never been on a boat before. Bart decides to work with close friend Mike, affectionately nicknamed "Skull." Skull is Bart's best friend who insists on ordering him around and playing practical jokes. JD rounds out the group by working alone and refusing to sell mussel shells to the camps for such low prices. Instead, JD lets his mussels decay throughout the year, ensuring that he will find every possible pearl.

Working from Benton County, these divers risk their lives each and every day. It's a competitive, high-risk, high-reward business and these guys wouldn't dream of doing anything else. They work to ensure enough money to get them through the week and they dive with the hope that they will finally find the one large pearl that could change everything. On Saturday, September 28 at 10pm ET/PT, Discovery Channel invites viewers to step into the world of the divers who compete against the elements and each other in order to pry mussels from the bottom of Kentucky Lake.

DIXIE DIVERS is produced for Discovery Channel by Atlas Media Corporation. Executive Producer for Atlas Media Corporation is Bruce David Klein with David Bresenham and Lorri Leighton as co-Executive Producers. For Discovery Channel, Executive Producer is French Horwitz with Meghan Keener as Coordinating Producer.

About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel 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 is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 210 countries and territories, 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 #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than two billion cumulative subscribers in 223 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 162 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of 20 television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is the leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of digital textbooks, and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

  [september 2013]  

(series past and present)
(series in development)
(tv movies and mini-series)

[03/23/18 - 01:06 PM]
Oxygen Media's "Aaron Hernandez Uncovered" Becomes Highest Rated True Crime Program in Network History with 1.05 Million Total Viewers
Oxygen further spins the numbers for Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18.

[03/23/18 - 11:26 AM]
New Season, New Way to Watch "Wheeler Dealers" - See It First on MotorTrend.com and the Motor Trend App
Starting Wednesday, April 4 audiences can catch the premiere on MotorTend.com and the Motor Trend app one week before it debuts on Velocity Wednesday, April 11.

[03/23/18 - 10:40 AM]
Reggie Watts Is the "Taskmaster!" Comedy Central Game Show Series Premieres Friday, April 27 at 11:00 P.M. ET/PT with Two Back-to-Back Episodes
The series, whose format originated in the U.K., requires individuals to use ingenuity and creativity to complete unusual challenges.

[03/23/18 - 09:16 AM]
FremantleMedia North America Set to Bring World's Largest Population of Superheroes and Supervillains to Television in New "Astro City" Series
The live action drama series is being produced by FremantleMedia North America, with its pilot episode being written by Kurt Busiek and Rick Alexander.

[03/23/18 - 09:13 AM]
"Fahrenheit 451" Debuts Saturday, May 19 on HBO
The drama is based on Ray Bradbury's classic novel of the same name, depicting a future where the media is an opiate, history is rewritten and "firemen" burn books.

[03/23/18 - 09:04 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Unveils the Full Trailer for Season Two of "I'm Dying Up Here"
The series takes viewers behind the curtain of the comedy scene that birthed the careers of legends such as Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and David Letterman, showing there's truly no such thing as an easy laugh.

[03/23/18 - 08:19 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, NCAA Hold Off Push from ABC, NBC
The Peacock's "Chicago Fire" edges the Alphabet's "Station 19" in the firefighter drama showdown.

[03/23/18 - 06:32 AM]
HBO Launches "Silicon Valley: Inside the Hacker Hostel" Virtual Reality on HTC's Viveport, March 25
The captivating, interactive VR experience will provide one-on-one encounters with Richard (Thomas Middleditch), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), Big Head (Josh Brener) and Jian-Yang (Jimmy O. Yang).

[03/22/18 - 11:13 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, March 22
Updates include: Neil Flynn bound for "Abby's" at NBC; Lilla Crawford, Will Kindrachuk snag roles on Bobby Bowman's ABC pilot; and Kearran Giovanni tapped for NBC's "Suspicion."

[03/22/18 - 12:09 PM]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Reveals the Inside Story and Untold Events of a Deadly American Tragedy in "Waco: The Longest Siege"
The film provides an intimate portrait of a young Vernon Howell (later renamed David Koresh) and his Branch Davidian followers, who came from around the globe to join the Pied Piper-like figure.

[03/22/18 - 10:35 AM]
Video: "Pose" - Peek Teaser - FX
"Pose," FX's new original series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, premieres this summer.

[03/22/18 - 10:31 AM]
Video: Viceland Premeries Trailer for New Series "My House" About NYC Queer Ballroom Scene
"My House" is an insider's guide to New York City's hyper-competitive underground queer ballroom scene.

[03/22/18 - 10:05 AM]
CMT Elevates Morgan Selzer to Senior Vice President of Program Development
"Morgan is a seasoned and savvy development executive who crafts compelling stories across multiple formats and genres," said Keith Cox.

[03/22/18 - 10:00 AM]
All-New Two-Hour Special "Meghan Markle: An American Princess" to Air Friday, May 11, on FOX
The two-hour event will focus on Markle's life and potential legacy as the first American to marry into the British royal family since 1937.

[03/22/18 - 10:00 AM]
CBS Announces Season Finale Airdates for 2017-2018
"Scorpion" will now kick off said finales on Monday, April 16.