(Toronto, ON, June 27, 2016) – T+E, a Blue Ant Media specialty channel, is unveiling a brand new lineup of heart-pounding, adrenaline-filled series for Canadian viewers this summer. The new programming ranges from stories of extreme adversity, including Surviving Evil and Sin City ER to wilderness odysseys such as Walking the Himalayas and Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Adventures. On Sunday nights, viewers will be treated to series that bring adventure fishing to a whole new level, including Chasing Monsters, Fishing Impossible and The Big Catch.
“We’ve curated a schedule of the kind of edge-of-your-seat series that viewers have come to seek out on our channel, including a Sunday night marathon of underwater adventures perfect for summer,” said Jamie Schouela, EVP, Canadian Networks, Blue Ant Media.
Surviving Evil (Season 3, Canadian Premiere), premiering on Tuesday, July 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, features stories of victims who fought back against their attackers and survived, as told by host Charisma Carpenter, best known for her roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series Angel. Recounted in each survivor’s own words, the series is an empowering and inspiring look at true-crime stories in which the victim turns the table on their assailant in order to stay alive. The survivor of a near-fatal incident when she was 22 years old, Carpenter provides viewers with a first-person point of view.
Sin City ER (New Series, Canadian Premiere) premieres Tuesday, July 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and reveals the gritty real-life medical dramas that unfold beneath Las Vegas’ glitzy surface at one of the most dynamic hospital emergency rooms in the country. The six-episode series provides an insider’s look into these heroic tales of survival and how medical professionals save lives in high-stake situations.
Walking the Himilayas (New Series, Canadian Premiere) follows British explorer Levison Wood on an incredible trek along the entire length of the Himalayas. Premiering Wednesday, July 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, Levison treks 1,700 gruelling miles across the roof of the world beginning in Afghanistan by crossing the Line of Control between Pakistan and India, navigating the disputed territory of Kashmir and making his way through Nepal. As he travels through some of the most remote, beautiful and perilous places on earth, Levinson teams up with local guides and meets soldiers, monks and nomadic tribes as he tries to complete his challenge through punishing terrain and oxygen-sparse altitudes.
Chasing Monsters (New Series, Canadian Premiere) sets the scene for a Sunday evening of fishing adventures by taking T+E viewers on a mission to seek out colossal and dangerous, underwater creatures in the most remote corners of the planet. Premiering Sunday, July 10 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, the series explores the fascinating stories behind the world’s most elusive monster fish, living in the hidden depths of the planet’s oceans, lakes and rivers, with host and adventurer Cyril Chauquet. From dipping into the shark-infested waters of Florida to visiting the rugged Brazilian Amazon, Chauquet tests the ferociousness of the alligator, fights huge catfish with his bare hands and battles with giant Mexican sailfish.
Continuing the hunt for monsters of the deep is Fishing Impossible (New Series, Canadian Premiere), also premiering Sunday, July 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series features a British marine biologist unlike any other, known as The Blowfish, who has always been fascinated by the ugliest, the weirdest and the least understood denizens of the depths. In each episode The Blowfish is on a mission to track them down and to get at them he calls in help from his buddies: the maddest, baddest fishing experts that Britain has to offer. The result is ten of the most adrenaline-fuelled, immersive fishing trips the world has ever seen.
The Big Catch (New Series, Canadian Premiere), launching Sunday, July 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, is an adventure series that follows eight fishing enthusiasts, from different walks of life, who compete in a set of challenges in six remote locations including the mosquito-ridden jungle of the Amazon to the snow-capped mountains of British Columbia. Three challenges per location will test every aspect of the competitors’ skills and endurance and introduce them to a huge range of indigenous fishing tactics and survival skills.
Extreme Weather – The Survivors (New Series, Canadian Premiere) is fast-paced series premiering Sunday, July 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT that tells the dramatic real-life stories of people caught up in extreme and life-threatening weather events across the globe. Deadly typhoons, mountain white-outs, wildfires, flash floods, hurricanes and sea storms turn what were supposed to be an idyllic trips into terrifying nightmares. Weaving together incredible first person testimonies and astonishing amateur footage with fascinating storm science, this compelling series shows how, against all odds, these people survived their encounters with extreme weather.
Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Adventures (New Series, Canadian Premiere) will land on the channel Wednesday, August 3 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. In this two-part series Steve tells the deep geological story of Earth’s most ancient mountains, the Gran Sabana Tepui mountain range. The series explores mountains in this range that have never been climbed before because they are so isolated, monumental and challenging to ascend.
T+E, a Blue Ant Media speciality channel, is packed with adventure and suspense and is dedicated to telling heart-stopping stories that leave audiences on the edge of their seat. Join adrenaline-seeking personalities as they embrace new and often surprising situations. travelandescape.ca
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