Fans of Discovery’s “Shark Week”: cancel your weekend plans.
Discovery’s first-ever “Shweekend” kicks off Saturday at 9 p.m., when the “Mythbusters” guys take on the movie “Jaws” for a second time. An hour later comes “Shark Alley: Legend of Dynamite,” and TheWrap has an exclusive clip.
In the video, which is posted above, great white shark Dynamite attempts to chase down Cape fur bull seals Rob and Slick. The predator is unsuccessful, so even the squeamish can watch — no one gets hurt and readers could even learn a thing or two.
Below is Discovery’s “Schweekend” schedule; this summer marked the highest-rated “Shark Week” in the event’s 28-year history.
“Mythbusters vs. Jaws” – Airing Saturday, Aug. 29 at 9 p.m.
In 2005, the MythBusters took a dive into shark-infested waters to test theories from the 1975 classic film “Jaws.” In the episode, the MythBusters revisited the epic final scene of “Jaws” and tested whether shooting a scuba tank with a bullet would actually make it explode. The myth was busted, but many viewers thought they got it wrong.
Now, 10 years later and to coincide with the 40th anniversary of “Jaws,” the MythBusters are back to test new ideas, theories and angles from the film. “MythBusters vs. Jaws” will not only retest the scuba tank explosion, but will also attempt to find out if the sounds of Orcas and the smell of dead sharks repel sharks.
“Shark Alley: Legend of Dynamite” – Airing Saturday, Aug. 29 at 10 p.m.
Imagine if you could live a day in the life of a Great White shark. Using the most advanced underwater surveillance system imaginable, “Shark Alley” will take viewers into the Great White waters that surround Dyer Island, South Africa. “Shark Alley” follows the adventure of a juvenile Great White as it learns what it takes to survive in the ruthless hunting grounds surrounding South Africa.
“Air Jaws: Walking With Great Whites” – Airing Sunday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m.
Now in its seventh installment, “Air Jaws” programming has pushed and expanded our understanding of Great White sharks and has become one of the iconic “Shark Week” programs. In “Air Jaws: Walking with Great Whites,” legendary natural history producer Jeff Kurr, world renowned shark photographer Chris Fallows and shark diver Dickie Chivell return to South Africa to embark on a quest to learn even more about Great Whites. Great White sharks live most of their lives on or near the sea floor where humans dare to venture.
In the special, Fallows descends to the bottom in W.A.S.P., a craft that will allow him to enter the mysterious underworld of the Great White. Joining Fallows on the quest is Chivell with his own underwater craft called H.O.R.N.E.T. Chivell’s goal is to capture the breach of a Great White shark from underwater and topside, and the result is one of the most spectacular scenes in “Shark Week” history.