Planet Green set to go 24 hours


Discovery Communications announced that Planet Green will transition to a 24-hour program schedule, evolving from its current eight-hour wheel. The change will take place on March 29, 2010, the beginning of the 2nd Quarter.

To coincide with the creation of traditional day parts, Planet Green will launch its new primetime programming block, VERGE. The block will feature new and popular content portraying inspired, passionate characters and stories who are trying to making a difference — the renegades and visionaries who are on the verge of something new, something incredible and often something awe inspiring. Some succeed. Some don’t. The entertainment is watching them try.

The first week of the VERGE primetime block will feature the following premieres:
FUTURE FOOD – Series World Premiere
Tuesday, March 30 at 10 p.m. ET
Imagine a world where people can save fuel by taking the delivery driver out of the equation and download pizza off the internet! How about reducing landfill mass by making edible packing peanuts? Meet gastronomists Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche: renowned chefs, successful restaurateurs, patent-owning mad scientists and celebrated futurists! These two technology-obsessed chefs are looking for solutions to some of world’s most pressing environmental issues from a completely unexpected place — the kitchen — one concoction at a time. FUTURE FOOD is a co-production of Gala Films and Planet Green.

Hosted by: Annabelle Gurwitch – Premieres Wednesday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Returning for its third season, Planet Green’s money-focused series WA$TED! takes the average household full of eco-horrors and turns it into a clean eco haven, saving participants serious cash in the process. Host Annabelle Gurwitch works with each household to audit its waste, energy, water and transportation consumption, giving them a few weeks to clean up their act.

VERGE will also be the home to series including: Big Chef Takes on Little Chef, Blood, Sweat & Takeaways, Conviction Kitchen, The Fabulous Beekman boys, Operation wild, The Woman Who Stops Traffic and Planet Mechanics.