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Discovery Channel To Air Nik Wallenda Grand Canyon Stunt, NBC News To Produce

Discovery Channel has secured the live TV rights for daredevil Nik Wallenda‘s latest stunt: walking across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope. Wallenda announced the stunt on NBC’s “Today” this morning. It was probably not a coincidence, as NBC News’ Peacock Productions will produce live coverage of the tightrope walk for Discovery Channel.

According to Brian Stelter in the Times, ABC was the other bidder for Wallenda’s latest stunt, but Discovery simply offered the better deal. A source close to the program tells TVNewser that Discovery’s offer was “dramatically better” than ABC’s, which included the stipulation that Wallenda wear a safety harness. Discovery is not requiring that Wallenda wear a harness.

The market for live stunt programming continues to be strong. Discovery scored big with live coverage of Felix Baumgartner‘s space jump last October. ABC aired Wallenda’s last stunt in June 2012, when he walked across Niagara Falls. ABC News produced the coverage, which drew the best Friday night ratings in years for the network.

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‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Gets Premiere Date

Palin080710.jpgFox News Channel contributor Sarah Palin‘s other television project finally has an air date. Sarah Palin’s Alaska will premiere on TLC in a prime slot: Sunday, November 14 at 9 p.m, according to B&C’s Stephanie Robbins.

TLC President Eileen O’Neill made the announcement during the Discovery Communications presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

“The early selects are looking great,” O’Neill said. “It’s become clear it takes a special individual to thrive in Alaska.”

O’Neill also confirmed that an upcoming episode of “Kate Plus 8″ will feature the Palins, with Kate Gosselin and her family visiting Alaska.

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