Each year, the Discovery Channel tries to outperform previous years’ presentations during Shark Week by offering new shows and replaying a few favorites. Shark Week 2010, dubbed “Happy Shark Week” this time around, offers six new programs for those bitten by shark-viewing mania. One show, the kick-off program, “Ultimate Air Jaws,” is a new twist on an old Great White theme. It is a return to the program that launched the first ever Shark Week in 1987 (“Air Jaws”) but with High Definition cameras, an homage to the South African Great Whites that acrobatically leap from the water to attack their seal prey.
According to the Shark Week 2010 episode guide, “Ultimate Air Jaws” was filmed with HD cameras that have enabled filmmaker Jeff Kerr to slow the footage down to the super slow motion of 2,000 frames per second, capturing the Great Whites in their full glory as they breach water and catch their prey. Shark expert Chris Fallows is on hand for the filming as well.
The premiere of “Ultimate Air Jaws” Sunday evening is followed by the premiere of “Into The Shark Bite,” where special mini-cameras get footage of the actual bite of sharks.
Craig Ferguson of CBS’ “Late, Late Show” will be Shark Week 2010’s host. He will also star in the final new presentation, “Shark Bites: Adventures In Shark Week,” which premieres on Wednesday. Craig Ferguson, an avowed fan of Shark Week, was invited by Discovery Channel to the Bahamas to swim with and feed a few sharks. As the episode guide notes: “The results are funny, scary, and ultimately very moving. Terrified of getting in the water and too proud not to, Ferguson makes the leap into an ocean full of hungry sharks.”
Three other new episodes fall in between Craig Ferguson’s shark swim and “Ultimate Air Jaws.” Two premiere Monday night — “Shark Attack Survival Guide,” a look at several shark attack scenarios and how a human can best survive such an occurrence, and “Day of the Shark 3,” a continuation of the series where shark attack survivors tell their harrowing tales. Tuesday night shows a solo premiere, “Shark Bite Beach,” a docudrama about a series of shark attacks along the California and Mexico coast during the summer of 2008.
What more could a selachophiliac want?
On a serious note, if one is into Shark Week with a vengeance, one can always check out the Discovery Channel’s website with its full “Shark Week 2010” layout and the Shark Week Facebook Community (yes, they have a Shark Week page).
Shark Week 2010 begins at 9:00 p.m. EST August 1.
Cue the John Williams predatory Great White music…