For nearly three decades, Discovery has been luring fans into their viewing pool by offering one full week dedicated almost entirely to shark-related programming. The 2016 installment of Shark Week kicks off Sunday, June 26, and trust us — you’re not going to want to miss a single minute.
This year’s programming lineup brings back several fan-favorite shows from previous years, revamped for your viewing pleasure, as well as some new shows to sink your teeth into. According to Entertainment Weekly, Discovery Channel has brought back “Air Jaws” (narrated by none other than “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey), a followup to 2015’s “Monster Mako” and, of course, “Shark After Dark.”
With so much spectacular shark-filled programming, it’s easy to lose track of what’s on when. Below is the programming lineup of Shark Week shows airing Sunday, June 26.
8-9 p.m. EDT
It’s time for a lesson in the birds and the bees. Shark Week will kick off with a show starring Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, a world-renowned shark expert. The University of Miami researcher will bring Discovery’s cameras along as he uncovers previously unanswered questions about the preferred mating grounds of sharks, how long a shark pregnancy lasts and where these majestic creatures go to give birth. He’ll do so by tracking 40 sharks as they traverse the shallow waters of the Bahamas — specifically an area called Tiger Beach.
“The Return of Monster Mako”
9-10 p.m. EDT
The monster mako first made waves on TV during Shark Week 2015 in an aptly titled show called, “Monster Mako.” This year, Keith Poe, Greg Stuntz, Matt Ajemain and their team are back on the water hoping to document the predatory habits of a 1,000-pound mako shark. According to Discovery their search won’t be easy and may even require them to dive deep into the ocean after dark to confront a mako shark head-on.
“Isle of Jaws”
10-11 p.m. EDT
Ever wondered what it was like to dive with great white sharks? Download the DiscoveryVR app before “Isle of Jaws” premieres and you just may be able to find out. The show follows shark cinematographer Andy Casagrande as he teams up with Dr. Jonathan Werry to figure out why it appears all the great white sharks have left Neptune Islands off Southern Australia.
“Shark After Dark”
11 p.m. EDT-12 a.m. EDT
Looking for someone to talk shark with after the shows are done? Tune in to “Shark After Dark” for fun, witty banter from host Eli Roth, who will be joined throughout the week by various special celebrity guests and experts. In addition to discussing the evening's programming, Roth and company will chat about current shark-related events and more.
Shark Week 2016 premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT on Discovery Channel.