in January 2010, Planet Green, Discovery Communications’ effort to reach eco-viewers, launched a full block of primetime programming.
You — CP readers — are presumably the target audience. So do any of you watch it? If so, do you have comments or recommendations? If not, below is a list of shows and you can click on the links to watch some videos.
It doesn’t appear ratings are terribly good, since this February, just one year after this launch, the media reported, “Discovery Communications is looking at rebranding Planet Green, its channel focused on environmental issues and green lifestyle, CEO David Zaslav said.”
Here are the shows [which ones are still on the air is a tad confusing]:
THE FABULOUS BEEKMAN BOYS
THE FABULOUS BEEKMAN BOYS is not to be missed. Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge are total city-slicker New Yorkers, but they have moved upstate to try and revive a farm and create a new organic lifestyle brand, ‘Beekman 1802′. For them, that turns out to mean wrangling pigs and wrapping 14,000 bars of organic goat milk soap””not a typical day in their previous New York life. This funny and irreverent Planet Green series focuses on organic living, connecting to the earth, raising animals humanely, and just living a simple, sustainable lifestyle.
Are you attached to your stuff? Could you give up all your possessions for a cash payout? What if you didn’t get the chance to choose, only returned home to find everything you own missing? If you’re a hoarder, you might mind this more than you think. With pack rats, sometimes extreme measures are needed to clean house. Family and friends nominate hoarders to have their lives swept clean in GUTTED. While the junk-lover is out, their home is cleared of all possessions – only bare walls remain — and when they return, they find only host Mark Durden-Smith.
New Zealand has one of the longest stretches of coastline in the world; beaches and boating shape its national identity. COASTWATCH follows the men and women who patrol and protect New Zealand’s precious waterways – the Ministry of Fisheries and the Maritime Police – produced by Cream TV, the makers of high-rating Border Patrol.
In the rainforest of northern British Columbia, a group of extreme loggers risk their lives to provide the world with our precious wood supply. Logging has a fatality rate higher than any other on-land job. Working against the clock, this rowdy group battles perilous terrain, weather and even bears, while maintaining an eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable mission. With characters like The Beast, The Wild One, The Joker and The Greenhorn, HELI-LOGGERS is sure to educate and entertain while keeping you on the edge of your seat every moment of the show.
Imagine a world where people can save fuel by taking the delivery driver out of the equation and download pizza off the internet! How about reducing landfill mass by making edible packing peanuts? Meet gastronomists Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche: renowned chefs, successful restaurateurs, patent-owning mad scientists and celebrated futurists! These two technology-obsessed chefs are looking for solutions to some of world’s most pressing environmental issues from a completely unexpected place — the kitchen — one concoction at a time. FUTURE FOOD is a co-production of Gala Films and Planet Green.
From Morgan Spurlock, the Academy Award nominated writer-director and star of the hit film “Supersize Me,” 30 DAYS dares to ask the question, “Do we really know what it’s like to see the world through our neighbors’ eyes?” Each hour-long episode explores some of America’s most pressing social issues by following the lives of ordinary people who agree to live outside their comfort zones for 30 days.
LIVING WITH ED
LIVING WITH ED features a look at an atypical Hollywood power struggle, chronicling the daily eco-friendly adventures of actor Ed Begley Jr., and his wife Rachelle. Rachelle is not wasteful, but she is merely a consumer, so imagine living with a spouse who times your showers, weighs your trash and double-checks your recycling! Each episode follows Ed and Rachelle as they navigate life in Los Angeles, with Ed always trying to leave the smallest possible carbon footprint.
What do you get when you take one world-renowned chef, throw in 24 ex-cons with no culinary experience and give them just three weeks to open a high-end restaurant from scratch? CONVICTION KITCHEN follows Marc Thuet, executive chef, and his wife and business partner Biana Zorich as they put their reputations on the line with a high-stakes challenge that will push them — and their culinary prot©g©s — to the limit. The training is ruthless, the hours are long, but the reward for this motley crew of outcasts will be the second chance of a lifetime
Florida is home to one of the country’s last great natural reserves for wildlife and national parks: the Florida Everglades. OPERATION WILD follows the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FFWC) team as they attempt to track down poachers, organize dangerous animal relocation and provide security for wildlife found within their borders. The FFWC has one directive: to protect this national treasure for generations to come.
BLOOD, SWEAT AND TAKEAWAYS
A group of six young fast food junkies spends a month finding out the truth about how their favorite foods are produced. In a unique version of shock therapy, these junkies live and work alongside poorly paid laborers responsible for making their favorite dishes, carrying out the grimmest tasks amid appalling conditions. BLOOD, SWEAT AND TAKEAWAYS reveals the not-so-glamorous side of food production for the masses and shows how the food we eat can affect others.
Think that in order to go green, the changes to your lifestyle must be extreme? Think again! This eye-opening half-hour reality series makes shrinking your ecological footprint appealing and virtually effortless. What’s an ecological footprint? It’s a way of describing the scope of the damage that each household does to the planet, and energetic environmentalist Annabelle Gurwitch (from TBS’s “Dinner and a Movie”) and her charming conservationist co-host Holter Graham are out to shrink the ecological shoe size of every man, woman, and child in America.
On May 4, 2007, a deadly tornado struck Greensburg, Kansas, ripping the town to shreds. Ninety-five percent of the town was destroyed, eleven lives were tragically lost, and survivors were left without homes, businesses, schools and basic city services. Greensburg was gone, and it seemed that all was lost for its residents. From the rubble, however, came a resilient and courageous call from the people of Greensburg to not only rebuild their community, but also to send a bold message to the rest of the nation. Greensburg committed to building smarter and better, determined to make their town a model for the future of cities of all sizes throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world. They decided to rebuild Greensburg as a model green community.
[Now off the air it seems.]
Two engineers are on a mission to Fix the World. Every episode of PLANET MECHANICS takes Dick Strawbridge and Jem Stansfield on a new adventure as they seek new ways to engineer solutions to heal the planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Follow Dick and Jem throughout the season as they come up with creative solutions for seemingly hard-to-fix problems.
THE ALASKA EXPERIMENT
THE ALASKA EXPERIMENT follows ten individuals””not exactly experienced outdoorsmen or expert adventurers””as they try to survive in Alaska during the fall and winter. They have to do more than just sit tight and survive: they are faced with hiking to a new location through difficult Alaskan terrain every few days.
There is also:
Dean Of Invention follows Kamen and correspondent Joanne Colan as they explore the emerging technologies being developed to tackle the most daunting global challenges of today. In each episode, Kamen and Colan encounter the world’s latest cutting-edge creations by embedding themselves with leading scientists, doctors and inventors. From space-age robotics to artificial intelligence to biological breakthroughs, Dean Of Invention reveals the visionary scientific advancements that have the ability to reinvent the future.
Note: Kamen isn’t really a green inventor per se, as evidenced by his invention of electrified walking (aka the Segway) and the shows he is doing, like “FUTURE FLIGHT.”