On the heels of the most successful year and quarter in network history, SCIENCE takes a bold step toward the future by unveiling its 2012-2013 Upfront slate in New York today. The network, which broke ratings records in 2011, continued its momentum by posting its most-watched first quarter ever in 2012. One of cable's fastest-growing networks, SCIENCE will be in more than 80 million homes in 2013.
SCIENCE's 2012-2013 Upfront slate is a combination of audacious world premiere entertainment, returning hit franchises and special event programming. Highlighting the new arrivals is THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, hosted and executive produced by acclaimed actor James Woods. This world premiere series forecasts future game-changing advances in science and technology that will impact the world as we know it. The critically acclaimed THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH Morgan Freeman returns for a mind-blowing fourth season, investigating the most provocative and mysterious questions confronting mankind. The all new series HOW THE EARTH WORKS takes a magnifying glass to the violent, explosive and ever-changing planet that we call home. Finally, Ricky Gervais and his partner Karl Pilkington will return in an all-new project.
"SCIENCE is the home of smart, lean-forward entertainment that's unafraid to question everything," said Debbie Adler Myers, executive vice president and general manager of SCIENCE. "Today we are presenting a slate of programming that is diverse, provocative and completely engrossing. The new and returning titles on SCIENCE will continue to delight our core viewers while continuing to bring audiences to the network."
Other returning favorites include those addictive favorites, HOW IT'S MADE and HOW DO THEY DO IT? Backyard engineers are back and better than ever with SCI SPORTS specials PUNKIN CHUNKIN 2012 and LARGE DANGEROUS ROCKET SHIPS (LDRS). Finally, the cult sensation series ODDITIES will conclude its third successful season this summer, paving the way for the eagerly awaited spinoffs, ODDITIES: SAN FRANCISO and ODD FOLKS HOME later in 2012.
Full listing of programming below:
ODD FOLKS HOME (6x30)
Ever wonder about what the homes of clientele seen on ODDITIES must look like? Follow everyone's favorite Obscura regular, Edgar, as he explores the humble abodes of some of the store's most bizarre customers.
PUNKIN CHUNKIN 2012 (1x120)
Each year, 120 teams of backyard engineers converge in Bridgeville, Del., for the annual Punkin Chunkin World Championships. These competitors unleash their homebuilt air cannons, trebuchets, catapults, human-powered, centrifugal and torsion machines and take aim at the coveted title of world's farthest chunk.
HOW DO THEY DO IT? SEASON 6 (10x30)
Do you ever wonder how they brew beer, recycle airplanes or rescue submarines? Or how about how people work in 600-degree heat, find and defuse bombs, or make Swiss cheese? This series shows you how all of that is done and more.
HOW ITS MADE: SEASON 11
Have you ever wondered how things are made? From adhesive bandages to contact lenses, find out how many of the things we use every day become what they are.
SURVIVING ZOMBIES (1x60)
From the wild mountain town of Missoula, Mont., deep in an industrial complex of warehouses and garages, three buddies and sword-fighting aficionados are on a quest. They're dedicated to surviving a future world dominated by the living dead... zombies. "Zorro," Joey and Chris own and operate a blade-making business, Zombie Tools, crafting hard-core swords, machetes and throwing knives for ultimate flesh-slashing, living dead destruction. If you're prepared for the zombie apocalypse, you're prepared for anything.
HOUSE OF TORMENT (1x60)
HOUSE OF TORMENT is a frighteningly fun ride through the country's biggest, scariest and most innovative haunted house, located in the cool mecca of Austin, Texas. In this one-hour Halloween special, viewers will get an inside look at the ingenuity and creativity that drives the colorful cast of ghouls, not to mention carpenters, electricians, painters and artists who, every year, build a new and horrifying experience guaranteed to terrify thousands of visitors.
HORIZON: TRANSIT OF VENUS (1x60)
At 23:50 Greenwich Mean Time on June 5, 2012, a rare astronomical event called the Transit of Venus will take place in our solar system. It will not occur again in our lifetimes, or in the lifetimes of our children or even our grandchildren. It won't occur again for another 150 years. But this event is far more than just a historical curiosity. It has enabled us to answer some of the most profound questions we can ask about life on our planet and about the far reaches of outer space. Three expert female presenters bring a unique and fresh perspective to this incredible story.
HORIZON: NASA'S MISSION TO MARS (1x60)
NASA's Curiosity Rover is the biggest and most powerful ever launched. It is a mobile lab, packed with diverse scientific equipment, intended to answer the big question: Is Mars a suitable environment for life? HORIZON tells the story of this unique journey of scientific discovery, which could change the way we think about the iconic red planet. NASA's previous research has already revealed that this frozen desert world of towering volcanoes and polar ice caps bears more resemblance to Earth than we'd ever thought possible.
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING (6x60)
Every episode of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING will look at one idea or discovery that will critically alter life as we know it: Synthetic Biology, Predictive Analytics, Habitable Planets, Nano Technology. What's happening in these game-changing fields? What does it mean for us? SCIENCE and critically acclaimed actor James Woods take viewers on a journey to reveal these world-changing breakthroughs and their implications for the future. Woods will ask the big questions, ignite debate and reveal a stunning image of the future.
Are We Alone? Monthlong stunt (TBD)
SCIENCE, in partnership with SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), asks the question, are we alone in the universe? Through a collection of themed specials, we explore this question with some of the brightest minds in this field today. How likely is it that there is other life out there, and what are the implications if there is?