August 8, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - After a quarter-century of dorsal fins and drinking games, Shark Week remains a strange and celebrated event. The annual Discovery Channel lineup, which attacks again Sunday, snared more than 26 million viewers last summer. The tradition began in 1988, when Discovery aired a week's worth of shark-oriented programming in hopes of drawing viewers in a slow summer week. It worked: According to Brooke Runnette, the network's executive producer for special projects, the series' 1988 premiere doubled Discovery's prime-time average, launching a 24-year streak of increasingly high yearly ratings.
August 16, 2012 |
A South Jersey man on Wednesday pulled a seven-foot thresher shark from the waters just off the shore of Ocean City. Just in time for Shark Week. The man, known as "Shark Tony," landed the 7-foot long beast after hooking it from a kayak and backpaddling to the beach near the 59th Street Pier. Mark Miedama, who worked as a member of the Ocean City beach patrol this summer, was sitting on the sand with friends about 7:30 p.m. waiting for Shark Tony to return to shore. Miedama noticed him struggling with a big catch.
August 8, 2008
WHAT'S happened to the monsters of the world's oceans? I was watching "Shark Week" recently, and they said sharks are attracted to bright colors, so someone went in the water with a clown suit on, complete with a green, red and white wig. Then they said sharks are attracted to blood, so the same dude went in with a big fish bleeding on the end of a spear. Nobody was bitten. What's going on? Sharks are acting like sissies. They're losing their reputations. I bet "Shark Week" gets canceled next year in favor of more dangerous animal documentaries . . . like "Canary Week.
August 17, 2012 |
Discovery is celebrating the 25th year of Shark Week so, of course, you get your fill of the usual briny savagery, with such specials as Shark Fight , Sharkzilla , and Air Jaws Apocalypse . Sound like movies on Syfy, don't they? But in the middle of the carnage, the channel has slotted in Great White Highway , a fascinating study of how little we actually know about these behemoths. Narrated by Ted Danson, the documentary, scheduled for Thursday at 9 p.m., begins in the Farallon Islands, some rocky and barren outcroppings 30 miles off San Francisco.
August 2, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Actress Amy Poehler ( Parks and Recreation ); actress Fran Drescher discusses her skin care line. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Oprah talks to guests who have overcome incredible obstacles. How I Met Your Mother (8 p.m., CBS3) - A freaked-out Lily (Alyson Hannigan) wants to get a gun after Marshall (Jason Segel) is mugged, a prospect so frightening that it motivates her hubby to come up with an increasingly complicated variation on the incident to calm her fears and keep her from following through.
September 5, 2013 |
IT'S COME to this: Penn State has issued a T-shirt commemorating its 23-17 season-opening win over Syracuse. We all know the Nits are doing whatever they can to boost a program that was hit hard by the Jerry Sandusky scandal. But selling a T-shirt (for $17.95, by the way) for beating a team that went 8-5 last season is a bit much. Even if it did take place at an NFL stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Nits have won 23 of the last 26 meetings with the Orange. And, at one point, won 16 in a row (from 1971 to 1986)
July 28, 2006 |
Dive into the world of sharks at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden during Shark Week, an eight-day event designed to "dispel the rumor that all sharks are man-eaters," says communications manager Bill Larson. The event begins this weekend with Breakfast With the Sharks, where guests will sink their teeth into a buffet, then watch as the deep-sea creatures are fed from a catwalk suspended above the 550,000-gallon Shark Realm tank. The exhibition is home to 26 different finned fishes. Breakfast With the Sharks offers families "the amazing opportunity to have the aquarium to themselves," Larson says, and he hopes presentations by the Shark Research Institute will eliminate misunderstandings popularized by the movie Jaws.
August 2, 2010 |
No news is good news The Stephen Strasburg news of the day is that nothing happened to Stephen Strasburg on Sunday. Media scrutiny of the Washington Nationals' flamethrower is so intense that a pain-free sideline session breeds news flashes. Strasburg played catch on Sunday morning for the first time since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 29 and reported no pain. He'll play catch again in Arizona on Monday, joining millions of American youngsters in the harmless pastime.