Discovery Sets Docu-Dramas, Reality Series


Discovery Channel Monday announced several new projects, including two docu-dramas and an interactive show to determine the greatest American in history.

The network will bow in January Pompeii: The Last Day, a special-effects-laden, script-filled special that chronicles the final tension-filled hours surrounding the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

It will be followed in June by Super Volcano, which projects the effects of a volcano under Yellowstone National Park, according to Discovery executive vice president and general manager Jane Root.

Speaking at a press luncheon Monday, Root said that while the specials resemble typical dramatic films -- including professional actors -- the story lines are all based on scientific fact.

“They look like dramas and we use actors, but they’re steeped in fact,” she added.

In May, Discovery will bow Greatest American, an ambitious, four-part primetime series in which viewers can nominate candidates for the prestigious title via online voting, telephone voting and text messaging, Root said.

She added that the network will also bow several new reality shows, including World’s Deadliest Season, a 10-part reality series focusing on the often-treacherous life of crab fisherman, and To Catch a Thief, in which home owners watch professional robbers break into their abodes.

Root also said the network ordered new episodes of highly rated series Monster House, Monster Garage and American Chopper.