Summer TV has gone to the sharks. Long before Ian Ziering and Tara Reid were cutting sharks in half every year on SyFy, Discovery Channel was creating the genre with their popular Shark Week. Shark Week has become so popular that Discovery has created a new lead in event they are calling Gears, Fears, and Rears Week to get viewers pumped up for the arrival of the sharks on Sunday, August 10th. They are priming viewers for the big week with some of their most spine tingling shows.
The crown jewel of the week is the two hour finale to the 10th season of Deadliest Catch. The crab boats of the Bering Sea continue to produce compelling drama. This season’s highlights had to be Sig Hansen’s daughter Mandy coming aboard the Northwestern as a greenhorn, and Junior dealing with medical issues that could have forced him out of the wheelhouse. Pulling crab pots might be the deadliest job in the world, but the lives of the men off the boats has been even more interesting. Captain Elliott might be on the crab at sea, but on land he’s a complete emotional disaster. Tuesday is a Deadliest Catch fan’s dream with an hour pre-show at 8pm followed by the two hour season finale at 9pm.
Also on tap for Gears, Fears, and Rears Week are new episodes of Naked & Afraid, the show that’s redefining survivalist, and special episodes of Mythbusters, Street Outlaws, and Fast N’ Loud. All those scares and Shark Week isn’t even here yet. Discovery Channel is the place to be this summer for edge of your seat reality TV. Take a bite out of Gears, Fears, and Rears Week before the sharks start circling the following week.
Below is the complete lineup for Gears, Fears, and Rears Week on Discovery Channel.
Sunday, August 3
8 PM – NAKED & AFRAID – Melt Down in Bolivia – Two survivalists are dropped into the merciless jungles of Bolivia. Severely challenged by flash floods, heat exhaustion and a life-threatening appendicitis attack, will the Wiccan gods of survival be with them or against them?
9 PM – NAKED & AFRAID Reload – Naked and Afraid: Uncensored - Includes an exclusive preview of next episode’s cast – Pediatrician Lisa and survival instructor Tom battle cold and rain in an Argentinian cloud forest. Teamwork may be the toughest challenge as they struggle to overcome clashing attitudes on survival.
10 PM – NAKED & AFRAID – Playing With Fire - Ultra marathoner Corinne and commercial fisherman, Chris, who also served as a Marine, are dropped on a deserted Dominica beach. With relentless rain, they must battle starvation, dehydration and each other as they try to survive 21 days in the brutal tropical terrain together. Battered by the environment and wet and freezing nights, Will the survivalists make it on this deserted island?
Monday, August 4
8 PM – STREET OUTLAWS Reload - Featuring live updates – The Oklahoma City racers take on the fastest cars and drivers in the south at the annual Cash Days race. Meanwhile, Farmtruck & AZN go out fishing, but may have ended up on another racer’s line.
9-11 – PM STREET OUTLAWS Finale – Chiefs Challenge- In this two-hour season finale, Big Chief finally calls out his best friend Murder Nova, in hopes of taking the #1 spot from Daddy Dave. Drag racer Kayla Morton and former Texan Boosted GT take their shot at the list. Farmtruck’s dream for a new sleeper becomes AZN’s worst nightmare.
Tuesday, August 5
8 PM – THE BAIT, DEADLIEST CATCH Pre-Show – The Opie season has finally drawn to a close and the fleet has reached the finish line. But the Bering Sea has exacted a steep price on the men and the boats. In this episode of THE BAIT, the captains gather to discuss their grueling season and what is ahead for season 11 of DEADLIEST CATCH.
9-11 PM – DEADLIEST CATCH Finale – The finale to a season nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Reality Program. All will be answered in this two-hour, seven-boat epic episode. An arctic hurricane strikes the fleet; and another boat battles to keep the Cornelia Marie from running aground and sinking. Blood is shed on the Time Bandit under Captain Johnathan’s watch. The Hansens and crew must fix the Northwestern in the worst of conditions. Meanwhile, Captain Scott Campbell Jr. faces losing his boat and Elliott struggles to be reunited with his children. Zack puts his life on the line to keep the Cape Caution from exploding. And The Wizard sews up a near perfect season for Captain Keith.
Wednesday, August 6
8 PM – FAST N’ LOUD Reload – Caddy Rush Bucket/Bel-Air Beautiful Part 1 Special, featuring the Gas Monkey Crew – The crew takes on a ’68 Shelby Mustang that looks sweet but what’s it hiding? Richard flips his lid when Tom and Jordan buy two junker cars from two tourists. Richard and KC travel to a secret lair to make a deal on a Lotus Cortina and an ‘amphibi-car.’
9 PM – FAST N’ LOUD Reload – Caddy Rush Bucket/Bel-Air Beautiful Part 2 Special, featuring the Gas Monkey Crew – Engine issues plague the ’68 Shelby. Richard flips the rare ’66 Lotus Cortina and floating ‘amphibi-car’ for some fast cash. A classic Ford Falcon arrives at the garage — and selling it would be icing on the cake.
10 PM – FAST N’ LOUD Reload – Fast Moving F100 – Aaron’s not impressed by the ’72 Ford Pantera Richard picks up, but he and the Monkeys have fun bringing a Ford F100 truck back to life. Then, they head to Tennessee to try to buy back two pieces of Gas Monkey history: a ratrod and a panhead motorcycle.
Thursday, August 7
9 PM – MYTHBUSTERS – Laws of Attraction – With a special multiplatform experience – Watch with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman during commercial breaks in this special online show where viewers can ask questions in real time. There will be interactive games where fans can try their luck with winning signed MYTHBUSTERS memorabilia. To watch the show, go to discovery.com/mythbustersliveand viewers can send their comments and questions by using the hashtag #mythbusterslive.
10 PM – MYTHBUSTERS – Traffic Tricks – The MythBusters use sexy science to tackle five captivating clichés about the laws of attraction including if men really do prefer blondes, if pheromone sprays really work, if bigger boobs equal bigger tips, and does a man’s wealth really woo women?
Friday, August 8
8-10 PM – DEADLIEST CATCH Reload – Deadliest Catch: On Deck – An arctic hurricane strikes the fleet. The Cornelia Marie faces sinking. Blood is shed on the Time Bandit. The Northwestern needs repair in 30 foot seas. The Wizard has a near perfect season.
10-11P – DEADLIEST CATCH Special – A behind-the-scenes look at DEADLIEST CATCH and the guys who put their life on the line in one of the world’s most dangerous professions.
Saturday, August 9
9 PM – NAKED & AFRAID Reload – Playing With Fire – Ultra marathoner Corinne and commercial fisherman, Chris, who also served as a Marine, are dropped on a deserted Dominica beach. With relentless rain, they must battle starvation, dehydration and each other as they try to survive 21 days in the brutal tropical terrain together. Battered by the environment and wet and freezing nights, Will the survivalists make it on this deserted island?
10 PM – NAKED & AFRAID Pop-up Edition – Argentina – In the shadows of the Andes Mountains, Argentina’s Yungas Cloud Forest poses a constant threat to wilderness survival instructor Tom and pediatrician Lisa. At 5,000 feet in elevation, the Yungas takes its toll on Tom and Lisa as they try to survive constant rain and temperatures that plummet to freezing at night. Will their desperate attempts to make shelter and find food succeed, or will hypothermia catch up with them first?