Shark Week 2022 live – Annual week-long Discovery Channel event starts TODAY – how to watch | The Sun

DISCOVERY Channel is launching its annual week-long shark program today.

This is Shark Week's 34th year, and the event will run from July 24 until July 31.

The longest-running cable television programming event in history originally premiered on July 17, 1988.

You can watch the special shark features on Discovery Channel and Discovery+.

Discovery Channel has announced on its website that this year, the Impractical Jokers will be featured in the event.

Read our shark week live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    This year's specials not clear

    At this time, it is still unclear what specials Discovery has in store.

    However, the program did reveal ahead of Shark Week that the Impractical Jokers will be involved in the event.

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    Last year's specials

    Last year's Shark Week included over 30 specials.

    The event also featured special appearances from multiple celebrities, including William Shatner, Tiffany Haddish, Brad Paisley, and the cast of Jackass.

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    The Impractical Jokers will be involved

    Discovery Channel has announced that the Impractical Jokers will be involved in this year's event.

    "This year, Shark Week is bringing the laughs AND the facts! The Impractical Jokers have spent a decade attempting to outdare and humiliate each other and now they're ready to use their antics for the greater good – SHARK EDUCATION!" Discovery states on its website.

    "For the first time these comedians are taking on Shark Week embarking on a hysterical adventure that could only come from the Impractical Jokers. Keep an eye out for more of your favorite adventurous celebs who are diving into Shark Week this year!"

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    How long Shark Week will run

    Shark Week is expected to start on Sunday, July 24, 2022, and last until July 31.

    The event will have content streaming on the Discovery Channel and Discovery+.

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    How to watch Shark Week

    Shark Week is exclusively available on the Discovery Channel and on-demand on Discovery Plus.

    However, you can access Discovery Channel on multiple live TV streaming services including Sling TV, Fubo TV, Philo TV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV Now with a paid subscription.

  • Jennifer Korn

    How Shark Week came about

    The idea for Shark Week originated at a bar when executives John Hendricks, Clark Bunting, and Steve Cheskin were discussing new program plans for Discovery Channel, according to Executive Producer Brooke Runnette who told The Atlantic.

    "And one of them said something like, 'You know what would be awesome? Shark Week!' And somebody in that nexus scribbled it down on a napkin. 

    “You know how that is. An idea in a bar comes from many fathers," Runnette said.

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    The beginning of Shark Week

    The first show was created and titled Caged in Fear and featured 10 episodes of sharks.

    Other shows were added to the week's special, including Sharks: Predators or Prey, The Shark Takes a Siesta, and Sharks of a Different Color.

    The show went without a host for over 10 years and then began featuring celebrities to present the series.

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    Longest-running cable television event

    Since 2010, it has been the longest-running cable television programming event in history and it is broadcast in over 72 countries.

    In 2018, Shark Week had 34.9million viewers and Discovery Channel took the number one network spot for prime time during the annual event.

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    How long Shark Week has been on

    Shark Week has been airing on Discovery Channel for over three decades.

    It originally premiered on July 17, 1988, and became an instant success for the network.

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