Paying for another streaming service seems like a budget breaker. But for those who prefer manatees to Mandalorians, Discovery Plus is a tempting addition.
The new platform offers an extensive catalog of favorites from the Discovery Channel as well as sister stations such as OWN, TLC and HGTV. In addition, there are over 50 original titles, which cover almost every conceivable non-fiction genre.
The price is competitive – $ 4.99 a month with ads, $ 6.99 without ads – but you can try for free for seven days. I took advantage of the offer last week and found many reasons to become a subscriber. Visit Discoveryplus.com to take your own journey.
For the most part, Discovery’s idea of celebrity is people who will draw crowds at home and garden shows. “Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure” is a notable exception. The 86-year-old lady clearly enjoys exploring the island’s habitat with the enthusiasm – and energy – of an elementary school student on her first trip to the science museum.
“Mysterious Planet” seems like an offshoot of “Planet Earth” at first, but for the narrator David Schwimmer it is more of an opportunity to unwind the kind of one-liners that used to go to Chandler on “Friends”.
Chip and Joanna Gaines’ curated network, Magnolia, will eventually take over the real estate currently known as the DIY network. In the meantime, you can get a preview of some of his programs, including First-Time Fixer, in which the Gaineses use a mix of sarcasm and support to help out inexperienced house fins.
There’s also “Family Dinner,” a series in which Andrew Zimmer makes good use of his Minnesota Nice training while breaking bread with strangers in their homes. When Magnolia launches later this year, Zimmer’s sidekick, Minneapolis pastry chef Zoë François, is expected to appear in a series called “Zoë Bakes”.
Fans of “The Amazing Race” will cheer for “Race Across the World” with five couples trying to get from London to Singapore without a cell phone, plane ticket or credit card. The competition is so hectic that there is little time left for sightseeing, but it’s fun to see participants realize that there are worse places than hostels.
In “Beyond Borders” the filmmakers Juan-Peter Schulze and Louis Cole try to circle the world in a single-engine Cessna from 1974. The landscape balances out the couple’s more worldly personalities.
JonBenét Ramsey was murdered more than 24 years ago, but television is still obsessed with the cold case. The Doc “JonBenét Ramsey: What Really Happened?” investigates the investigation through the eyes of retired Det. Lou Smit, who believed the parents were falsely verbally abused by Colorado police. In the end, you’ll wonder which superstar gets to play him in the movie. American Detective With Lt. Joe Kenda investigates a different investigation each week and relies heavily on D-list actors for dramatization.
Some of the “original tracks” are actually reworked, bolder versions of cable favorites. Not that there is anything wrong with that. The best of the trash can is “Amy Schumer Learns To Cook: Uncensored” which shows more of the comedian harassing her husband as a cook. It’s like “I Love Lucy” but with sexual innuendos and tasty treats.
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