Discovery's 'Life' prepares to sweep the planet: After bicoastal premieres, it's a seven-channel simulcast
How long have we been tuning in weekday afternoons to hear Oprah Winfrey talk us through life? Long enough that it's hardly a surprise she's the voice of Discovery Channel's new 11-part series, "Life," which starts March 21 with a seven-channel simulcast.
Even before the series started hitting "must watch" lists, "Life" had its bicoastal premieres, in keeping with that sweeping-the-planet, simulcast vibe: At the Getty Museum in L.A. on Feb. 25, beauties Eliza Dushku and Annalynne McCord, with Matt Lanter, turned out with Discovery stars Bear Grylls of "Man vs. Wild" and Sig Hansen of "Deadliest Catch."
Over in New York on March 4, a lively appearance was made by Kate Gosselin, newly single, recently made over (and made over again!) and a subtle reminder that Discovery and TLC are more than kissing cousins. The mother of eight certainly seemed bubbly and invigorated on the red carpet with her new "Dancing With the Stars" partner, Tony Dovolani. (She's reportedly charming folks on the "DWTS" set too, Us Weekly reports.) Also at the Manhattan screening: Reshma Shetty of "Royal Pains" and Bethenny Frankel of "The Real Housewives of New York."
A jaunt through the forests of "Avatar's" Pandora has little on the natural (albeit less Day-Glo) drama captured in "Life," which takes over where "Planet Earth" left off and is described as "the ultimate portrait of animal behavior."
"It's not often in television that you have an opportunity to cover a subject as big as all life on Earth," producer Ted Oakes says. "In this series we're able to do that, and to show things to the audience that they've never seen before."
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photos: Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani, top, in New York on March 4; AnnaLynne McCord, left, at the Getty Center on Feb. 25. Credits: Courtesy of Discovery Channel, top; David Livingston / Getty Images, left.