'Shark Week' to Return to Discovery Channel This Summer


Discovery Channel has just announced its 2012-2013 slate, and viewers will be happy to hear that "Shark Week", the network's popular week-long adventure series, will be returning for another run.  

Among other specials the network will be airing in the coming months is a special entitled "Amelia Earhart", which will delve deeper into the mystery of the missing pilot. Also on tap, "Osama: A History," to be produced by Mark Bowden. The special will take a closer look at the life of Osama Bin Laden.

Among the network's returning favorites will be "Gold Rush", with its gold miners heading to Alaska this season, and "Moonshiners" which will return with more scandalous illegal brewing. "Mythbusters" will return to reveal the truth about behind many legends and "Deadliest Catch" will bring another 10-part series full of fishing in the Bering Sea.

Discovery has also announced a new set of series including "Top Engineer," which searches for America’s brightest, boldest, out-of-the-box thinkers, and "Mark Burnett's Alaska," which showcases the fascinating history of Alaska.

“Last year was a record setting year for Discovery," Eileen O'Neill, president of Discovery Channel and TLC Networks said in a statement. "In 2012 we have already delivered double digit audience increases and we focusing on an Upfront programming slate that is revealing, provocative and fearless."