[08/14/19 - 08:55 AM]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Investigates the Destructive Power and Life-Spawning Aftermath of Volcanoes in Two New Films
"Volcanoes: Dual Destruction" and "Islands of Fire" premiere on September 8 and 15, respectively.

[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]




NEW YORK - August 14, 2019 - Scattered across the globe lie nearly 1,500 known volcanoes - some active all year round, others that can erupt with surprising and often deadly force. Two recent incidents - Fuego in Guatemala and Kilauea in Hawaii - claimed hundreds of lives and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage when they unleashed their terror in the spring of 2018. Now, Smithsonian Channel looks back on these cataclysmic events in a new special, VOLCANOES: DUAL DESTRUCTION, featuring exclusive eyewitness reports and home footage taken on the ground while the tragedies were unfolding. ISLANDS OF FIRE, a new hour-long documentary, visits the volcanic islands along the mid-Atlantic ridge which, born from fire, have become lands of beauty, growth and new life. VOLCANOES: DUAL DESTRUCTION premieres Sunday, September 8 and ISLANDS OF FIRE premieres Sunday September 15, both at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

VOLCANOES: DUAL DESTRUCTION revisits the eruptions of two massive and very different volcanoes, Kilauea and Fuego. In Guatemala, hundreds were killed - with even more still missing to this day - as a pyroclastic flow of boiling gas, ash and rocks roared down the volcano's slopes onto communities lying below. In contrast, Hawaii's Kilauea was a slow-motion disaster, starting with small earthquakes and cracks in roads before bursting into residential neighborhoods with devastating force. Fountains of lava broke through the ground and soared hundreds of feet in the air, leading to massive molten rivers flowing across Hawaii's Big Island.

Featuring shocking home footage taken by eyewitnesses, VOLCANOES: DUAL DESTRUCTION captures the action of each eruption as it happened, with residents and local cameramen on hand, risking their own safety, to film the breathtaking moments of horror and devastation. The special consults with leading scientists around the world as they grapple to understand why these eruptions were so hard to predict and features the work of the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program, whose mission is to document all volcanic activity from the past 10,000 years in an effort to improve future prediction models.

ISLANDS OF FIRE explores the vast chain of volcanoes that make up the longest mountain range in the world - the mid-Atlantic Ridge. Running down the center of the Atlantic Ocean at over 6,000 miles long, the islands that make up this isolated chain were once as sterile as they were remote. Now, they teem with wildlife.

The hour-long film goes from the stunning landscapes of Iceland, abounding with Arctic foxes and colonies of puffins, south to Ascension Island, a rich tropical haven for sea turtles, seabirds and the Ascension frigatebird, a curious creature found nowhere else on the planet. ISLANDS OF FIRE continues on to the remote islands of Tristan de Cunha, Elephant Island and the Falklands, meeting fur seals, yellow-nosed albatrosses and the carnivorous Tristan thrush along the way - all exceptional and unique animals thriving on volcanic lands.

VOLCANOES: DUAL DESTRUCTION is produced by Emma Read and Mark Strickson of Emporium Productions for Smithsonian Networks. Charles Poe and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

ISLANDS OF FIRE is produced by Carl Hall of Warehouse 51 Productions Ltd. Joy Galane and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Smithsonian Channel(TM), offered by Smithsonian Networks(TM) which is owned and operated by Showtime Networks Inc., is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy(R) and Peabody awards for its programming, combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME(R) with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian Institution, to create programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network's offerings are series including Aerial America, America in Color, America's Hidden Stories, Apollo's Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Coronation, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom and Black Hole Hunters. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus(TM), a subscription video streaming service delivering over a thousand hours of the Channel's stunning and diverse library of documentaries and series in HD and 4K Ultra HD. Smithsonian Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America and the UK. To learn more, go to www.smithsonianchannel.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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[08/18/19 - 08:30 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Charts in Viewers, Demos
The Eye is the network to beat on a low key evening.

[08/17/19 - 08:28 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos; CBS Wins Total Viewers
Said networks share the honors on a repeat heavy evening.

[08/16/19 - 11:29 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 16
Updates include: CBS cancels "Instinct" after two seasons; Syfy pulls the plug on "Krypton," spin-off "Lobo"; and YouTube nixes both "Step Up: High Water" and "Wayne."

[08/16/19 - 12:00 PM]
HBO Comedy Series "Silicon Valley" Returns October 27 for Sixth and Final Season
The Emmy(R)-winning and Golden Globe-nominated series takes a comedic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.

[08/16/19 - 11:00 AM]
Limited Series "Mrs. Fletcher" Debuts October 27; Created by Executive Producer and Writer Tom Perrotta
The HBO series is a dual coming-of-age story chronicling the personal and sexual journeys of an empty-nest mother and her college freshman son, who both embrace their newfound freedom with mixed results.

[08/16/19 - 09:09 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Offers First Two Episodes of "On Becoming a God in Central Florida" for Free Early Sampling
The 10-episode series will officially premiere Sunday, August 25 at 10:00/9:00c.

[08/16/19 - 09:06 AM]
Priscilla Presley & John Eddie to Create "Agent King," An Animated Adult Action Comedy Featuring Elvis Presley as a Covert Government Agent, for Netflix
Mike Arnold will serve as showrunner on the project.

[08/16/19 - 09:00 AM]
Hot Dog! "Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures," A New Chapter of Disney Junior's Hit Series "Mickey and the Roadster Racers," Debuts Monday, Oct. 14
That same day, a new series of shorts, "Hot Diggity-Dog Tales" starring Mickey and "mouse's best friend" Pluto will also debut on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and DisneyNOW.

[08/16/19 - 08:04 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos; CBS Wins Total Viewers
NFL preseason on local stations once again effects the preliminary numbers.

[08/16/19 - 08:01 AM]
"Raising Dion," Starring Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young and Michael B. Jordan, Comes to Netflix on October 4
The series is the story of a widowed mother who must protect her son after he starts to manifest several mysterious, superhero-like abilities.

[08/16/19 - 07:19 AM]
"Peaky Blinders" - Season 5 to Launch Friday October 4th, at 12:01 AM PT on Netflix
An epic, gangster family series set in the lawless streets of Birmingham, UK and beyond, "Peaky Blinders" follows the evolution of leader Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) from backstreet crime lord to legitimate businessman and member of parliament.

[08/16/19 - 06:00 AM]
NFL Films' "A Lifetime of Sundays" to Debut on ESPN and ABC in Celebration of the NFL's 100th Season
The film also will be available through ESPN authenticated Video on Demand until September 15 when it moves to ESPN+ and will be available for streaming.

[08/16/19 - 05:33 AM]
AMC Commissions Three Part Drama "Quiz," Directed by Stephen Frears and Produced by Left Bank Pictures
The project stars Matthew Macfadyen, Michael Sheen, Sian Clifford, Mark Bonnar, Helen McCrory, Michael Jibson and Aisling Bea.

[08/15/19 - 11:36 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 15
Updates include: A&E to wrap "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" with two-hour special; NBCUniversal's streaming service adds two projects; and Ewan McGregor to star in Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+.

[08/15/19 - 04:38 PM]
Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami to Direct Aubrey Plaza in Feature Comedy "Hope" for Netflix
The comedic duo are following their female-driven comedy "The Breaker Upperers," which they also co-wrote and starred in, and premiered on Netflix in February.