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Discovery Communications continues its UFO exploration

The American-based mass media company Discovery Communications continues to flood the market with UFO-related programming on television.

The investigators of Uncovering Aliens. (Credit: Discovery)
The investigators of Uncovering Aliens. (Credit: Discovery)

On Sunday, December 15, Discovery’s Animal Planet premiered an episode of a new show titled Uncovering Aliens. In the episode, the show’s team of investigators go to Sedona, Arizona to explore claims of UFO sightings and a possible government cover-up.

In August 2013, Discovery picked up the show Unsealed: Alien Files and added it to the company’s Destination America channel with an aggressive schedule of forty new episodes.

Another show on Destination America titled Monsters and Mysteries in America also features stories of UFOs and extraterrestrial encounters. During the show’s first season, an episode featured the story of Bret Oldham who claims he has been plagued by alien abductions and horrific experiments since childhood. Now in its second season, an upcoming episode will feature the story of twin sisters Audrey and Debbie Hewins. Destination America’s website describes that these twins “were plagued by alien visitors since childhood. As adults, these abductions took a terrifying turn. The twins realized they were being used as the alien’s reproductive slaves.”

Discovery’s Science channel also features regular UFO-related programming. For the past two years, the channel has designated the month of March as an alien-themed month, exploring the question “Are we alone?

Based on the strong global interest in extraterrestrial topics, it is likely that the trend of alien-themed programming will continue for years to come. And with more than ten channels under the company’s control, Discovery has plenty of delivery platforms from which they can continue to saturate the market with UFO programming.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. I might be a little lost in some of the translation from your perspective to mine Jason, but….
    I can see obvious pros and cons here. Are you writing this being critical or otherwise?

  2. This is sensationalism and actually makes the whole et situation look stupid and funny.
    Looking at the picture of the so called experts makes me pause and think ‘dont think so’
    This smells like the natgeo show with james fox (who i feel bad for because he is a brilliant guy).
    And Bob Birns of Alien Hunters, you have to understand main stream media doesnt want real questions asked and after they edit any real quality out of the epsidodes to dumb down the audience that doesnt understand it results in crap.
    sorry for the rant

  3. hmmm. I’m always skeptical with that kind of show, TV makes nothing but surf the wave and only presents enormous facts, even if they are proved as hoax (well that’s how French TV does, i don’t know how it is in U.S.)

    Ps: Please forgive some mistakes, i’m still working on my English

  4. I was like DBH when I first saw the “experts” on the NatGeo show “Uncovering Aliens”. However, after watching the show with exactly the same attitude I was very surprised at how knowledgable the group is. On top of that, I actually heard and saw things I had never seen or heard before! It was intelligent, insightful, and left me with a very honest respect for them. DBH give “Uncovering Aliens” a chance, you may actually be surprised.

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