[11/07/13 - 10:55 AM]
"Futurescape with James Woods" Reveals the Advances That Will Redefine Humanity This November on Science Channel
The six-episode series launches Tuesday, November 19 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.

[via press release from Science]


--World Premiere Series Hosted by Award-Winning Actor James Woods Debuts Tuesday, November 19 at 10 PM ET/PT on Science Channel--

--SILVER SPRING, MD - What if you could read minds using a Bluetooth device, or have your own personal superhuman Iron Man-style suit? How about curing cancer by inserting a "super chip" into the human body? What was once considered science fiction is more of a reality than you may think. A future that once existed solely in the human imagination is beginning to take shape. Science Channel and celebrated actor James Woods take an unprecedented look at the next breakthroughs in science and technology with the world premiere of the new six-part series FUTURESCAPE WITH JAMES WOODS which debuts Tuesday, November 19 at 10 PM ET/PT.

"Science has fueled my imagination since I was in grade school. I had the benefit of an early education centered around the magic of understanding the universe through this magical process of thinking. My involvement in the creation of FUTURESCAPE is the fulfillment of a life long dream." Says James Woods, host and executive producer of FUTURESCAPE.

"James' is smart, charming and brings a provocative edge to FUTURESCAPE. When we learned about his passion for science and his academic background at M.I.T., we had to develop a project around him," said Debbie Adler Myers, General Manager and EVP of Science Channel. We hope that viewers feel this series offers them some of the smartest entertainment on television. With its combination of riveting storytelling, fascinating science and visuals straight out of a science fiction movie; FUTURESCAPE is poised to become the next signature franchise for Science Channel."

FUTURESCAPE is a new, six-part series from Science Channel unveiling the latest in incredible and mind-blowing discoveries. Academy Award Nominee James Woods is your guide as each episode explores a different event horizon that will potentially alter life as we know it. From telepathy, to colonizing space, achieving eternal youth and the integration of robots in our world, no topic is taboo and is given a deeper exploration through this series.

FUTURESCAPE speaks to the pioneering scientists across the country who are uncovering radical breakthroughs that already have fundamentally changed the way we think about the world. The words "life" and "human" already have different meanings after decades of amazing advances. The ideas of deep space travel and telepathy are within our grasp. What were once powers at the hands of the gods -mind reading, creating life from scratch, travelling through space and time, and being immortal-have now fallen into the hands of man.

The technologies being developed in labs and universities have already planted the seeds of radical change to the human condition, but will we have the foresight to use those powers wisely? Or will we be the victims of technological arrogance? The future can be both incredible and incredibly frightening.

FUTURESCAPE WITH JAMES WOODS was produced and created by Science Channel and Karga 7 Productions. James Woods is the Host and Executive Producer of FUTURESCAPE. For Karga 7 Productions Executive Producers include Kelly McPherson, Sarah Wetherbee and Emre Sahin. The Co-Executive Producer is Chris Bray. Neil Laird and Bernadette McDaid are Executive Producers for SCIENCE supported by Katie Pyne as Associate Producer. McDaid is Vice President of Production for SCIENCE, and Deborah Alder Myers is General Manager and Executive Vice President for SCIENCE.

Episode Descriptions

November 19, 2013 at 10PM ET/PT
Cutting-edge experiments have transformed machines into creatures with consciousness, while elsewhere, scientists are enhancing the human body with synthetic parts that work better than the real thing. The result: a not-too-distant world where man and machine are not only equal, but indistinguishable.

Premieres November 26, 2013 at 10PM ET/PT
Imagine a world where your most intimate memory is public domain. By mapping neural pathways and decoding how thoughts are processed, scientists are reading minds with telepathy helmets and scanning hidden memories in ways that may put an end to privacy forever.

Premieres December 3, 2013 at 10PM ET/PT
Throughout history, the most powerful men in the world have built empires and held the lives of millions of people in their hands... but the one thing they couldn't conquer was aging and death. When that changes, the consequences are hard to imagine. Advances in medical technology are now moving us towards a world where old age is little more than a manageable chronic condition and getting sick is a thing of the past.

Premieres December 10, 2013 at 10PM ET/PT
Could God's long reign finally be in jeopardy? Mind-blowing advances are affording humans a power once reserved for only the Almighty-the ability to create life from scratch. But as we manipulate the building blocks of DNA to create a new species according to our whim, will we find God's shoes too big to fill?

Premiers December 17, 2013 at 10PM ET/PT
21st Century explorers have set sail on a new age of discovery that eclipses anything dreamed of by Christopher Columbus. Their "new worlds" are really just that-new worlds. Recent advances in propulsion technology, warp drive, and solar energy have allowed us to do what only science fiction writers dreamed possible until now.

Premieres December 24, 2013 at 10PM ET/PT
Science stands at the brink of unlocking our primal instincts. Advancements in genetic engineering and neuroscience may soon free humans from the physical limitations that have linked us to the rest of the animal world. Pain, fear, uncertainty and frailty may be things of the past-but is a world without fear something to embrace or be afraid of?


I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING (Special Episode Included in Marathon)

Imagine a world where your most intimate memory is public domain. By mapping neural pathways and decoding how thoughts are processed, scientists are reading minds with telepathy helmets and scanning hidden memories in ways that may put an end to privacy forever.

About Science Channel

Science Channel, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to ask the killer questions of "how" and "why not." The network is a playground for those with audacious intellects and features programming willing to go beyond imagination to explore the unknown. Guided by curiosity, Science Channel looks for innovation in mysterious new worlds as well as in its own backyard. Science Channel and the Science Channel HD simulcast reach more than nearly 80 million U.S. households. The network also features high-traffic online and social media destinations, including ScienceChannel.com, facebook.com/Science Channel and twitter.com/Science Channel.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 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 a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

  [november 2013]  


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