Discovery has announced the discovery+ January 2021 premieres. discovery+ is the new non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service launching on January 4, 2021.
At launch in the U.S., discovery+ will have the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries.
In the U.S., discovery+ will offer more than 55,000 episodes all in one place, with over 2,500 current and classic shows from Discovery’s iconic portfolio of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.
Viewers in the U.S. will also gain access to new series from iconic franchises and personalities such as Chip and Joanna Gaines; Will Packer and Kevin Hart; 90 Day Fiancé; Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis; Duff Goldman; Amy Schumer; Carla Hall; David Schwimmer; Sir David Attenborough; Ben Napier; Sebastian Maniscalco; Joe Kenda; Mike Rowe and many others.
As part of a new content partnership, discovery+ will bring together for the first time the top non-fiction content from A&E, The HISTORY Channel and Lifetime with the Discovery brand portfolio. More than 1,500 episodes of content from popular franchises from A&E networks on discovery+ will include The First 48, Bring It, Dance Moms, Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars, Ancient Aliens, Storage Wars, 60 Days In, Intervention and Ghost Hunters.
Additionally, the discovery+ January 2021 lineup will also include a collection of nature and environmental programming, headlined by exclusive streaming access to the BBC’s largest natural history offering, including The Mating Game, Planet Earth and Blue Planet, plus content from digital-first brand The Dodo.
discovery+ will also feature special content partnerships with the top environmental organizations in the world, including The Explorers Club, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), The Nature Conservancy (a U.S.-based global conservation organization), Oceana and World Wildlife Fund.
discovery+ January 2021 Premieres
GHOST ADVENTURES: CECIL HOTEL
TWO-HOUR SPECIAL: Begins Streaming Monday, January 4 on discovery+
Stationed along downtown Los Angeles’ Main Street stands the now infamous Cecil Hotel with a checkered past, beset by multiple suicides, murders, devil worshipping and serial killers like the “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez. Riddled with stories of paranormal activity, the historic building is the epitome of creepy – an inspiration for books, films and even a season of the “American Horror Story” series.
Now, for the first time ever, the Cecil Hotel is allowing cameras inside for an investigation of ghostly proportions in the two-hour special, Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel launching exclusively on discovery+. The Ghost Adventures team — Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Jay Wasley and Billy Tolley — begin their investigation retracing the steps of one of the most chilling mysteries of the 21st century: the recent unexplained death of a young girl named Elisa Lam, whose body was found in the hotel’s water tower without any explanation as to what may have happened.
Her peculiar demise remains unsolved and bizarre elevator surveillance video of Lam has fueled an abundance of theories, including that of supernatural forces. The team is convinced there’s more to this property, and it might be because of one of its most famous former inhabitants – killer Richard Ramirez. Could it be that Ramirez’s devil worshipping rituals opened up the Cecil Hotel to a demonic infestation that could have affected Lam?
As the crew explore Ramirez’s old room, they make startling connections with what may be his dark energy. They experience physical afflictions, including unexplained scratches, and secure some of the most frightening and compelling audio and visual evidence they’ve ever captured.
SHOCK DOCS – AMITYVILLE HORROR HOUSE
TWO-HOUR SPECIAL: Begins Streaming Monday, January 4 on discovery+
In 1977, “The Amityville Horror” book was published and caused a sensation. The subsequent 1979 film adaptation was a surprise box office hit. It was a film that changed everything. It terrified audiences and became a film and story that people continue to return to. Today, it is the quintessential American horror story based on TRUE events.
This is the story of the all-American family that moves into their dream house in the all-American town and experiences the most terrifying demonic haunting imaginable. Demon possession, demon attacks, a portal to hell. A situation so dire, even the church couldn’t help them. Through archival footage and recreations, the special, produced by 1895 Films, presents the harrowing true story of Robert Defeo, who murdered his entire family in the Amityville house, and the 28 terror-filled days the Lutz family lived in the house.
GHOST ADVENTURES: TOP 10
NEW SERIES: Begins Streaming Monday, January 4 on discovery+
Full series available at launch (Eight one-hour episodes)
Zak Bagans counts down fans’ favorite moments from more than a decade of shooting Ghost Adventures – over 200 episodes! It’s a fun yet terrifying walk down memory lane as Bagans revisits the scariest, funniest and most insane clips from episodes past; and presents some of the crew’s best paranormal evidence.
Episode 1 – “Top 10: Ghosts Caught on Camera”
Zak Bagans counts down the most memorable ghosts caught on camera, as voted on by the fans. From a shadow figure named Roy to a thermal apparition at Gettysburg, Bagans recounts incredible evidence that proves ghosts are all around us.
Episode 2 – “Top 10: Poltergeist Activity”
Zak Bagans counts down Ghost Adventures’ most compelling moments of poltergeist activity, as voted on by the fans. From a toy controlled by a demon to objects dangerously launching into the air, Bagans shows how spirits have a firm grip on our world.
Episode 3 – “Top 10: Hilarious Moments”
Zak Bagans counts down Ghost Adventures’ funniest moments, as voted on by the fans. From an impromptu sing-along on a trolley to Bagans wooing a spirit, these hilarious bits reveal moments of levity in even the most serious of paranormal investigations.
Episode 4 – “Top 10: Terrifying Possessions”
Zak Bagans counts down Ghost Adventures’ most terrifying possessions, as voted on by the fans. From the Zozo demon overtaking a woman to a spirit engulfing Billy Tolley with rage, Bagans explores the moments where dark entities have taken hold over the innocent.
Episode 5 – “Top 10: Spirit Communication Moments”
Zak Bagans counts down Ghost Adventures’ spookiest spirit communications, as voted on by the fans. From a spirit’s chilling confession of murder to a demonic scream unlike anything ever captured, Bagans presents evidence that the dead can still speak.
Episode 6 – “Top 10: Evil Attacks”
Zak Bagans counts down the crew’s most memorable evil attacks, as voted on by the fans. From chokings to scratches and even punches, Bagans recounts the most heinous paranormal assaults in Ghost Adventures’ history, proving that violence lives on after death.
Episode 7 – “Top 10: Scariest Rituals”
Zak Bagans counts down Ghost Adventures’ scariest rituals, as voted on by the fans. From a spirit board session that targets Jay Wasley’s family to the witch, Lady Snake, becoming consumed by darkness, Bagans shows viewers no ritual should ever be performed in jest.
Episode 8 – “Top 10: Paranormal Experiments”
Zak Bagans counts down the Ghost Adventure crew’s most incredible paranormal experiments, as voted on by the fans. From opening a spirit portal to creating a magnetic vortex, the guys’ ongoing experiments help them to capture more proof of the paranormal.
THE DEAD FILES
NEW SEASON: Begins Streaming Monday, January 4 on discovery+
Episodes 1-3 available at launch; Remaining episodes debut weekly beginning January 11 (13 one-hour episodes)
Former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and physical medium Amy Allan are back on the case. In each episode of The Dead Files, DiSchiavi and Allan first investigate each case separately. Utilizing his detective skills, DiSchiavi interviews witnesses and experts, and researches the history and facts behind each location.
Allan, a physical medium who sees and communicates with the dead, assesses the property to identify what underlying entities reside there. Keeping their findings hidden from each other, the team avoids all contact with one another – coming together only at the very end to reveal their shocking discoveries to the property owners, and each other.
Available to Stream on Monday, January 4:
Episode 1 – “The Hunted”
Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi travel to Springfield, Ohio, where a man claims a malicious spirit is threatening to destroy his home, his health and his marriage. He fears he, or his wife, will end up dead if the escalating paranormal activity is not stopped.
Episode 2 – “He Lurks”
Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan investigate a Fresno, California, home where apparitions run rampant and an evil presence lurks in the shadows. The owners are terrified one of them will end up seriously hurt in this hub for paranormal activity and misery.
Episode 3 – “Marked for Death”
Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan head to Glendale, Arizona, where vicious entities have turned a couple’s dream home into a nightmare. With the unexplained activity getting worse by the day, they are terrified their family will fall apart if they don’t get help soon.
Available to Stream on Monday, January 11:
Episode 4 – “The Bone Collector”
Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi head to Discovery Bay, California, where a woman claims a paranormal presence killed her father. With her whole family suffering from mysterious physical attacks, she is worried her son may fall victim next.
NEW SERIES: Begins Streaming Thursday, January 14 on discovery+
Episodes 1-3 available at launch; Remaining episodes debut weekly beginning January 21 (Eight one-hour episodes)
Former federal agent and paranormal investigator Ben Hansen is on a mission to uncover the truth behind the country’s most shocking and infamous UFO sightings. With unprecedented access to the archives of Dr. Alan J. Hynek, the chief scientific consultant of Project Bluebook – containing over 10,000 case files, Hansen believes the answers to UFOs in America are hidden in the cases of the past.
Aiding Hansen on his quest is Jennie Zeidman, the last surviving operative of Project Bluebook, and Mark O’Connell, an accomplished UFO investigator and former confidant of Dr. Hynek. Together, they will uncover the secrets of the past to shed new light on today’s freshest UFO encounters.
Ben Hansen points out a few key items in the diagram Jennie Zeidman drew of the Coyne Copter Case.
Available to Stream on Thursday, January 14:
Episode 1 – “Secrets of the State”
In 2017, three classified videos of Navy pilots encountering “tic tac” UFOs were leaked. But these were not the first sightings of the strange objects. Ben Hansen digs deep to find out why the government hid all evidence of these extraordinary encounters.
Episode 2 – “Alien Crash Secrets”
Over the past year, numerous UFO sightings have taken place in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, home to an infamous UFO crash and supposed military cover-up. Ben Hansen heads to the tiny town to find out if the current sightings are linked to the 1965 incident.
Episode 3 – “Alien High Tech”
A startling, new report claims a prominent astrophysicist worked on an aircraft reverse-engineered from the parts of downed UFOs. Ben Hansen aims to find out how the U.S. government got hold of alien technology and where it is hidden.