DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S SHARK WEEK RETURNS FOR 34TH YEAR MONDAY, JULY 25 WITH DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON AS FIRST MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Summer’s most-anticipated programming event, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, returns for its historic 34th year on MONDAY, July 25 at 10:14 AM IST. with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as its first Master of Ceremonies. Fans can expect adrenaline-inducing original hours that deliver never-seen footage of walking sharks, awe-inspiring breaches and more shocking predations captured on-camera by dedicated science and research field teams. Shark Week also features new and returning special guests including comedian Tracy Morgan, the stars of truTV’s “Impractical Jokers,” Sal Vulcano, James Murray, Brian Quinn, and the cast of “Jackass”.
“I’m honored to be your first-ever Shark Week Master of Ceremonies. Our Seven Bucks Productions has partnered with Discovery to bring you a very special (and bad ass) Shark Week. I filmed exclusively in my home state of Hawaii, these beautiful predators, Aumakua (Gods), are deeply revered and respected in our Polynesian culture,” said Dwayne Johnson via his official Instagram.
As the preeminent destination for shark programming, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week takes audiences to new locations this year – from the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas to Papua New Guinea. Working with dozens of the world’s most respected marine biologists and science institutions, the week’s program slate spotlights innovative shark technology to further research about these elusive creatures and their mating and migration patterns, while also sharing findings of a new, undescribed species. New to this year’s event, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will kick-off and close the first five nights with a special message that highlights what fans can expect to watch that evening and spark their interest to return the following night for more Shark Week fun. Each message will connect viewers to Johnson’s heritage and the importance of sharks for his culture and personal story.
During this year’s Shark Week, discovery+ will stream fan favorite shark-originals and new exclusives including:
Friday, July 16
“Dawn of the Monster Mako” exclusive premiere on discovery+
A 14-foot giant mako shark is spotted in the waters off the Azores. Veteran underwater cinematographer Joe Romeiro and his wife, marine biologist and filmmaker Lauren Romeiro, search the teeming depths around the ancient island archipelago to capture the beast on film.
“The Haunting of Shark Tower” exclusive premiere on discovery+
News of a harrowing shark encounter at North Carolina’s Frying Pan Tower has underwater cinematographer Andy Casagrande and Shark Expert Kori Garza on a dangerous quest to discover whether great white sharks are moving into the state’s waters.
Sunday, July 24
“Great White Intersection” (wt) exclusive premiere on discovery+
Following the tragic and fatal shark attack of Arthur Medici in September 2018, Great White Intersection takes an in-depth look at the resurgence of great white sharks off the beaches of Cape Cod as the local community struggles to come to terms with a new reality.
Monday, July 25
“Jackass Shark Week 2.0” worldpremiere at 9:00pm ET/PT on Discovery and discovery+
Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Jasper, Dark Shark, Zach Holmes and Poopies are back to finish what they started. After Knoxville sent the guys on a terrifying Shark Week mission last year, Knoxville is joining the boys as they head out to get their friend Poopies over his fear of sharks.
Wednesday, July 27
“Impractical Jokers Shark Week Spectacular” (wt)worldpremiere at 8:00pm ET/PT on Discovery and discovery+
The Impractical Jokers are the kings of hijinx and fearlessness in the face of public humiliation but see what happens when they set out to dispel the myth that sharks are man-eating beasts the only way they know how – with extreme, mortifying challenges and dares.
Discovery Channel’s Shark Week slate is as follows:
Monday, July 25
“Great White Battleground” worldpremiere at 8:00pm ET/PT on Discovery and discovery+
Michelle Jewel believes the great white sharks of South Africa perform their signature aerial attacks for reasons beyond just hunting prey. Now, she’s headed to the great white battleground on a cutting-edge mission to decipher the secret language of white shark breaching.
Tuesday, July 26
“Great White Serial Kill: Fatal Christmas” worldpremiere at 9:00pm on Discovery and discovery+
After a surfer dies off Morro Bay, California on Christmas Eve, shark attack investigators Ralph Collier and Brandon McMillan use forensic evidence and eyewitness accounts to ID the suspected killer: an 18-foot great white.
Wednesday, July 27
“Jaws vs Kraken” worldpremiere at 9:00pm ET/PT on Discovery and discovery+
Something shocking is happening in the abyss around Guadalupe Island. Photos of great whites with strange scars believed to be from giant squids have surfaced. Dr. Tristan Guttridge leads a mission to get a glimpse into the battles between the two beasts.
Friday, July 29
“Pigs vs Shark” (wt)worldpremiere at 10:00pm ET/PT on Discovery and discovery+
The famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas may be in peril. Some believe that the local tiger shark population have acquired a taste for pork and may be feasting on these famous oink-sters.
Saturday, July 30
“Tracy Morgan Presents: Sharks! with Tracy Morgan” (wt)worldpremiereat 8:00pm ET/PT on Discovery and discovery+
Tracy Morgan teams up with shark experts throughout the country to identify the craziest and most ferocious sharks in the ocean. From rare species to stealth predators, Tracy shows off his favorite sharks and their incredible capabilities and adaptations.
View Shark Week Key Art Photography: HERE