Angry Planet on OLN
A New Season of Extreme Forces of Nature Starts March 7
Another exciting season of OLN’s hit series Angry Planet begins Sunday, March 7 at 10:30 PM ET (7:30 PM PT). A year’s worth of new wild weather and extreme natural phenomena are presented in this third season of the series. Host of the show, intrepid adventurer George Kourounis chases after giant hail inside supercell thunderstorms, flies into the eye of a huge hurricane over Cuba, explores deep caves in Kenya and Mexico, and goes deep into the Catatumbo swamps of Venezuela to investigate near-perpetual lightening storms.
While many Canadians wish to evade the barrage of winter weather pummelling the nation this season, daring stormchaser George Kourounis eagerly heads into the heart of these storms – and other natural phenomena – in another thrilling season of OLN’s hit series Angry Planet. Beginning Wed., March 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT, season two of the series follows Kourounis as he delves deep into the wet caves of northern Vancouver Island, sustains the ferocious forces of Hurricane Dean in Jamaica, dives with Galapagos sharks in Hawaii and chases storms across Australia – of course! Throughout the 13-part series, get a behind-the-scenes look at the adventures and misadventures of Kourounis as he explores the continuing disintegration of the environment and some of the world’s most natural – and unnatural – weather phenomena.
Highway to Hail – March 7
Kourounis and his storm chase team head straight into the “bears’ cage”, looking to get beat up by the biggest, baddest hailstones that Texas and Oklahoma can throw at them. They find it – and their storm chasing vehicles don’t look too pretty after coming through these massive storms.
Elephant Cave – March 14
Possibly the home of the deadly Marburg Ebola virus, Kitum Cave is high on Mount Elgon straddling the Kenya-Uganda border. The deep, waterfall-shrouded cave has been carved out over millennia by elephants in search of salt. When host Kourounis gets bitten by one of the thousands of bats living in the cave…well, you’ll have to see the show to find out what happens.
Arctic Winter – March 21
Kourounis links up with experienced polar adventurers to explore the frigid Canadian arctic in the depths of winter. Camping under the Northern Lights in -45 degreee temperatures, the team first uses skis to cross the fractured sea ice of Frobisher Bay, then dog teams to head north through the spectacular Auyuittuq Mountains.
Hurricane Triple Threat – March 28
Early September of 2008 saw radical imagery on the hurricane maps of the Atlantic – four named tropical storms, swirling in a train across the ocean. “Angry Planet” was there as three of them made landfall as hurricanes in the US, filming Gustav in Louisiana, Hanna in North Carolina, then flying with the USAF Hurricane Hunters into Ike over Cuba, and meeting it again as it made a wild destructive landfall in Galveston, Texas.
Crystal Cave – April 4
In 2000, a remarkable find was made in Chihuahua, Mexico, of a spectacular cave filled with giant crystals, some over 12 meters long. But it is a intensely difficult spot to explore – with temperatures over 50 degrees C and humidity approaching 100%. Kourounis leads an Explorers Club Flag Expedition into the cave, wearing special refrigerated suits and respirators to battle the extreme environment.
Defying Gravity – April 11
We break the bounds of earth, looking up in the sky and high into space, and examining the difficulties of exploring this most challenging environment. Kourounis experiences extremes of aviation and space training–aboard a Czech-built Albatross fighter jet, on a tiny hang glider, inside the Zero-G plane, simulating zero gravity by diving from 30,000 feet in giant parabolas, and in stomach-churning spinning centrifuges producing 6 G’s of force.
Eco-Disasters – April 18
No-one creates eco-disasters on quite the scale of the former Soviet Union. In Uzbekistan, the Aral Sea, once one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, has seen its waters diverted, so that it has shrunk to 1/6 its previous size. In Crimea, a mountain has been carved into a James Bond-ish submarine base. In northern Ukraine, the Chernobyl nuclear site has been reduced to a radioactive wasteland.
Venezuela Lightning – April 25
Methane gas rising from the huge Catatumbo swamps of Venezuela mixing with cold air from the Andes creates an almost perpetual lightning storm over South America’s largest lake. Kourounis explores this unique phenomenon, takes an 84 km ride in a dugout canoe to visit the world’s highest waterfall, swims with piranhas and pulls a 5 meter long Anaconda from the jungle.
Antarctica – May 2
Kourounis returns to the “Fin Del Mundo” at the southern tip of Argentina, this time to sail on a Russian icebreaker to Antarctica. After braving the stormy Drake Passage, he explores volcanic Deception Island, camps out in the Antarctic snow, and paddles a kayak through icebergs calved off the melting glaciers.
Polynesian Volcanoes – May 9
Filming the volcanoes, mud pools and geysers in the geothermic wonderland of New Zealand’s north island, Kourounis learns that a new island is being created by an undersea volcano 1000 miles north in Tonga. Determined to be among the first to see this “newest land on earth”, he heads for the remote island by plane and boat. After various nautical mishaps, Kourounis ends up, bedraggled and clad in nothing but underwear and a lifejacket, honored to be one of the very first to explore this brand new, still steaming island.
Costa Rica – May 16
Costa Rica is a tiny country jammed with diversity and adventure. Kourounis explores the volcanoes of Costa Rica with an international team of scientists, rafts down white water rivers in full flood, rappels down raging waterfalls, and handles some of deadliest snakes this tropical country has to offer.
Under Pressure – May 23
After exploring the undersea world on a submarine in Grand Cayman Island, Kourounis becomes one of the first civilians to be taken to deep pressure inside the Canadian Armed Forces’ experimental diving unit, then heads west to dive with undersea explorers Chris Harvey-Clark and Phil Nuyyton and to investigate the newly discovered “Black Smoker” deep sea vents.
The Empty Quarter – May 30
One of the last areas on earth to be explored, the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Desert is a vast windswept area of trackless sand dunes. Carved out of a tiny corner of this desert, Dubai is a glitzy, ultra-modern playground – one of the world’s most extreme and audacious cities. Kourounis heads out from Abu Dhabi on a 4-wd safari to see both sides of this corner of Arabia.
ANGRY PLANET is produced and directed by Peter Rowe. Executive Producer for Outdoor Life Network is Patrice Baillargeon.
Following their Sunday night broadcasts on OLN, each episode will be repeated on Mondays at 2:30 AM and Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 PM, and will later be re-aired on CITY-TV across Canada.
The show can also been seen on The Weather Channel (Australia), The Travel Channel (Europe, Russia, South Africa), Halogen TV (USA), Canal Evasion (Quebec) and other outlets around the world.
For further information, DVD screeners or downloadable photos, please contact:
Peter Rowe – Producer - 905 891 9498 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Veronica Logue – OLN Publicist - 416 764 3195 / Veronica.Logue@rci.rogers.com