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"Penguins: Waddle All The Way" special premieres Nov. 23 on Discovery Channel

Melissa Hayer Published: October 31, 2013
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Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch (“Glee”) narrates the Discovery Channel special “Penguins: Waddle All The Way,” debuting at 8 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 23.

Details, provided by Discovery Channel, are as follows:

Get ready to experience one of nature’s most adorable animals like never before in the U.S. premiere of the Discovery Channel/BBC co-production PENGUINS: WADDLE ALL THE WAY. From award-winning filmmaker John Downer (ELEPHANTS: SPY IN THE HERD, TIGER: SPY IN THE JUNGLE, POLAR BEARS: SPY ON THE ICE, WINGED PLANET) comes a two-hour special event dedicated to exploring the colorful secrets behind the elusive world of penguins. The special will be narrated by Emmy-award winning actress Jane Lynch, best known for her role as one-liner powerhouse coach Sue Sylvester on GLEE. “I’ve been a big fan of Discovery’s wildlife programming for years, and I am truly thrilled to be narrating PENGUINS: WADDLE ALL THE WAY. It’s hard to go wrong with a title like that. And seriously, is there anything cuter than a penguin?” said Jane Lynch in a statement.

For PENGUINS: WADDLE ALL THE WAY, filmmaker Downer developed a cutting-edge team of Spycams to offer viewers an unprecedented glimpse into the lives and challenges of three different penguin species: Emperor penguins in Antarctica, Rockhopper penguins on the Falkland Islands, and Humboldt penguins in the Atacama Desert of Peru. These feisty and charismatic birds struggle to raise their young against extraordinary odds. Using animatronic cameras cleverly disguised as life-size penguins, Downer’s team was able to infiltrate the protective colonies from an entirely new angle, recording the emotional and oftentimes amusing behaviors of the penguins. More than fifty remote controlled cameras camouflaged as super-realistic penguins, chicks and even eggs allowed the filmmakers an unparalleled opportunity to waddle up close and personal with these flightless birds both on land and at sea without ruffling any feathers. The Penguincams can swim, toboggan, waddle, jump and even lay fake eggs. In fact, they appear so life-like that some of the penguins try to befriend them. Wherever the penguins go, Penguincam follows.
Discovery Channel invites viewers to glimpse into the huddle for a fresh look at one of the world’s most beloved birds.

PENGUINS: WADDLE ALL THE WAY is produced by John Downer Productions for BBC and Discovery Channel. For John Downer Productions, John Downer is series producer with Phil Dalton as producer. For Discovery Channel, John Cavanagh is executive producer with Katy Jones Garrity as coordinating producer.

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