8:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Science Channel Adds Two Series on Superstructures and Extreme Machines (Exclusive)
Science Channel has greenlighted two engineering-focused series set to debut in January.
Building Giants will show how the world’s most remarkable superstructures are built, including an underwater sea wall designed to prevent Venice from flooding and the new retractable roof stadium in Atlanta.
Mega Machines takes a close look at the world's most extreme machines, including the Airfish 8, a futuristic flying ship that can skim over water at 120 miles per hour, and the Sikorsky S-92, the toughest and best-equipped search and rescue helicopter in the world.
Both shows will debut Thursday, Jan. 4. Building Giants will premiere at 9 p.m., with Mega Machines following at 10 p.m.
"There are so many mind-blowing buildings and machines that are being constructed all over world," said Kyle McCabe, executive producer at Science Channel."These two series shine a spotlight on the incredible science and technological innovation that enables the types of advancements that many of us take for granted."
Building Giants, an eight-part series, showcases how key technological innovations enable giant superstructures to be built. Footage filmed during construction along with CGI show the building process in detail. The premiere episode charts the creation of the new $1.4 billion, 71,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta that boasts an eight-petal retractable roof.
Other episodes include a look at a massive new cruise ship that can hold more than 7,000 passengers and crewmembers; a new flood barrier in Venice designed to prevent the ancient city from sinking into the ocean; an ambitious circular subway system that will run directly underneath the city center of Copenhagen; and the world's longest suspension bridge ever built in the Arctic Circle.
Meanwhile, the 10-part Mega Machines explains how iconic machines like roller coasters, bullet trains and cargo planes were built, how they work, how they fail and how they have evolved. Episodes will look at the Griffon 12000TD hovercraft that skims across water, concrete and even rocks at over 50 mph, making it the ultimate all-terrain passenger vehicle; the Airfish 8, a unique breed of passenger vehicle, which is longer and heavier than a bus and can skim over water at 120 miles per hour; the Sikorsky built S-92 Helicopter, an evolution of the legendary Blackhawk military chopper; and the Aprilia RSV4, an Italian creation that is the most advanced superbike in the world.
Both series are produced by Windfall Films for Science Channel. Carlo Massarella and Dan Kendall are executive producers of Building Giants for Windfall. Massarella and Rob Hartel are executive producers on Mega Machines. McCabe is executive producer for Science Channel.