Shark Week

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Shark Week
Shark week Discovery Building.JPG
A decoration shark, called "Chompie," on the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, in the lead-up to Shark Week of 2010.
PremieredJuly 17, 1988 (1988-07-17)
ChannelDiscovery Channel
ParentDiscovery Communications
FormatShark-based programming
RuntimeAirs annually for an entire week beginning in either July or August
LanguageEnglish
Official websiteOfficial website
 
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Shark Week
Shark week Discovery Building.JPG
A decoration shark, called "Chompie," on the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, in the lead-up to Shark Week of 2010.
PremieredJuly 17, 1988 (1988-07-17)
ChannelDiscovery Channel
ParentDiscovery Communications
FormatShark-based programming
RuntimeAirs annually for an entire week beginning in either July or August
LanguageEnglish
Official websiteOfficial website

Shark Week is an annual, week-long programming block on Discovery Channel which features shark-based programming, real and fictional. In recent years fictitious programming, called "docufiction," were produced, such as Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine, Monster Hammerhead, Lair of the Mega Shark, and Megaladon: The New Evidence to try to improve their ratings.[citation needed] This strategy worked for the program Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, as it became one of the most watched programs in Shark Week history, primarily for the controversy and backlash it generated.[1] It originally premiered on July 17, 1988. Held annually, normally in July or August, Shark Week was originally developed to raise awareness and respect for sharks. Since then it has evolved into more entertainment-oriented programming. It is the longest-running cable television programming event in history.[2]

Now broadcast in over 72 countries, Shark Week is promoted heavily via social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Episodes of recent years are also available for purchase on services like Google Play Movies and TV, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes.

Broadcasting[edit]

Hosts[edit]

The following are all of the hosts for Shark Week:

DVD & Blu-Ray releases[edit]

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DVD NameRelease
Date
No. of
discs
No. of
episodes
Additional Information
Anatomy of a Shark Bite200511Bonus Shark Week episode.
Bull Shark: World's Deadliest Shark200611Single episode
Jaws of the Pacific200611Single episode
Shark Week: American Shark200611Single episode
Diary of a Shark Man200711Single episode
Great White Shark: Uncaged200711Single episode
Shark Week: 20th Anniversary Collection2007414Various Shark Week episodes.
Discovery Channel: Shark DVD Set2007UnknownUnknownVarious Shark Week episodes
Shark Week: Ocean of Fear200826The complete 2007 season, the 20th season. Included Ocean of Fear.
Shark Week: The Great Bites Collection200929The complete 2008 season, plus three bonus episodes.
Shark Week: Jaws of Steel Collection201028The complete 2009 season, the 22nd season, plus two bonus episodes.[15] It features the two-hour documentary titled Blood in the Water, which was the season premiere of the 22nd season.
Great White Appetite201111Single episode
Shark Week: Restless Fury201118The complete 2010 season.
Shark Week: 25th Anniversary Collection201214Four popular episodes of recent seasons are packaged on this set.
Shark Week 2013: Fins Of Fury201326The complete 2011 season
Shark Week: Predator Of The Deep20141UnknownThe complete 2012 season
Day of the Shark 2Unknown11Single episode
Shark After DarkUnknown11Single episode; not to be confused with Shark After Dark LIVE
MythBusters: Jaws SpecialUnknown1UnknownMythBusters Shark Week special; includes unaired mini-myths.
Sharkbite SummerUnknown11Single episode
Shark Week: FavoritesUnknownUnknownUnknownVarious Shark Week episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Switek, Brian. "It Came From Basic Cable – Phenomena: Laelaps". Phenomena.nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  2. ^ Fetters, Ashley (August 13, 2012). "The Evolution of Shark Week, Pop-Culture Leviathan". The Atlantic. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bartless Manufacturer “swims with sharks” in Upcoming 3D Television Event, 3dglassesonline.com, August 11, 2000.
  4. ^ a b c "Return of "Chompie" In Silver Spring Building Marks 25th Anniversary of Shark Week". 31 July 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Shark Week 2008: Discovery Channel: Shark Behavior and Conservation". Dsc.discovery.com. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  6. ^ Vino Crianza. "Les Stroud’s Blog ~ Survivorman » Les Stroud hosts “Surviving Sharks” for Shark Week 2008". Les Stroud. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  7. ^ a b "SHARK WEEK: TV Shows: Discovery Channel". Dsc.discovery.com. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  8. ^ Source: Nielsen Media Research; cume; M-Su 8-11P; LSD P2+; 6-minute qualifier
  9. ^ "Discovery Channel's 23rd Annual 'Shark Week' Is Most-Watched Ever; Seen by 30.8 Million People". Tvbythenumbers.com. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  10. ^ "25th Anniversary of 'Shark Week Week' to Premiere Sunday August 12 on Discovery". TV By the Numbers. June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Discovery Channel's post on Vine". Vine.co. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  12. ^ "'Shark Week' Returns to Discovery Channel August 4 With the Most Hours of Shark Programming Ever". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  13. ^ Rich Juzwiak, "Shark Week Opens with Fake Megalodon Documentary", Gawker, August 5, 2013.
  14. ^ Shark Week Ad on YouTube
  15. ^ "Shark Week: Jaws of Steel Collection". 
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