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Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’ Begins This Sunday

If you’re a shark aficionado, Discovery Channel’s annual “Shark Week” programming block begins this coming Sunday, July 28th and runs through Sunday, August 4th.

For the first time, “Shark Week” will premiere its first scripted feature-length film, “Capsized: Blood In The Water,” a true story about sailors whose yacht capsized in October 1982 and were attacked by sharks. Josh Duhamel, Tyler Blackburn, Rebekah Graf, Beau Garrett and Josh Close star in the film.

If scripted shark-attack films don’t float your boat, there’s plenty of new programming about the science of sharks, according to Discovery Channel:

“This year, the pop culture phenomenon will take viewers to oceans around the world as nearly two dozen of the world’s most respected marine biologists and science institutions deliver all-new groundbreaking shark stories and take on the most daring shark experiments ever attempted in search of compelling insight into the mysterious world of sharks. In addition, shark scientists and experts find a new hunting ground off the coast of South Africa and witness the dramatic battles between predator and prey.”

Shark Week” 2019 will also take viewers on the ultimate “Shark Trip” as actor, comedian and retired Marine Rob Riggle packs his bags and dives back into the water for a shark-filled adventure with some of his celebrity friends including Anthony Anderson, Adam Devine, Joel McHale, and Damon Wayans Jr.

Here’s the program schedule:

Expedition Unknown: Megalodon – Airing Sunday, July 28 at 8PM ET/PT

Shark Trip: Eat. Prey. Chum. – Airing Sunday, July 28 at 9PM ET/PT

Sharks of the Badlands – Airing Monday, July 29 at 8PM ET/PT

Legend of Deep Blue – Airing Monday, July 29 at 9PM ET/PT

The Sharks of Headstone Hell – Airing Monday, July 29 at 10PM ET/PT

Sharkwrecked: Crash Landing – Airing Tuesday, July 30 at 8PM ET/PT

Laws of Jaws: Dangerous Waters – Airing Tuesday, July 30 at 9PM ET/PT

Air Jaws Strikes Back – Airing Tuesday, July 30 at 10PM ET/PT

Extinct or Alive: The Lost Shark – Airing Wednesday, July 31 at 8PM ET/PT

Capsized: Blood in the Water – Airing Wednesday, July 31 at 9PM ET/PT

Return to Shark Island – Airing Thursday, August 1 at 8PM ET/PT

Great White Kill Zone: Guadalupe – Airing Thursday, August 1 at 9PM ET/PT

Monster Mako: Perfect Predator – Airing Thursday, August 1 at 10PM ET/PT

Isle of Jaws: Blood Brothers – Airing Friday, August 2 at 8PM ET/PT

Andrew Mayne: Ghost Diver – Airing Friday, August 2 at 9PM ET/PT

I Was Prey: Shark Week – Airing Friday, August 2 at 10 PM ET/PT

Sharks Gone Wild 2 – Airing Saturday, August 3 at 8PM ET/PT

Shark Week Immersion – Airing Saturday, August 3 at 9PM ET/PT

Leading up to and during “Shark Week,” Discovery Channel will present “Shark News.” Fans who follow “Shark Week” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will receive daily video updates featuring the planet’s most incredible shark footage with commentary from top-tier shark experts.

If you’re a Discovery GO subscriber or follow the channel on Snapchat, here’s what you can look forward to:

“During SHARK WEEK, Discovery GO users will find exclusive in-app Original programming. The Daily Bite will offer a daily dive into the year’s most exciting developments in shark science and sightings with expert commentary from an ocean of SHARK WEEK experts. Audiences will also get access to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the feature-length film, ‘Capsized: Blood in the Water,’ featuring interviews from the cast, crew, and a real-life survivor. Rounding out the Discovery GO Originals offering, SHARK WEEK will go behind the scenes with YouTuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober to test the theory if sharks can really sense blood from great distances.

“SHARK WEEK on Snapchat returns and this year shark expert Luke Tipple dives into one of the sharkiest locations in the Bahamas and goes head long into testing some of the most popular shark related myths. New episodes premiere on Snapchat July 28, July 30, and August 1.”

Last year, “Shark Week” made a huge ratings splash for its 30th anniversary, reaching 34.9 million total viewers, according to Discovery Channel.

For descriptions of all the new shows, go to

(Image credit: Discovery Channel)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.