New shows from Discovery Channel, TLC

Posted at 11/22/12 6:06 PM

Jon Hein hosts "Fast Food Mania," which premieres tonight on TLC. Photo: Handout

MANILA, Philippines – These new cable programs from Discovery Channel and TLC may be a breath of fresh air after the usual soap operas and sitcoms.

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America’s Worst Tattoos

What it is about: On “America’s Worst Tattoos,” some unfortunate citizens across America show off their most terrible tattoos, share the embarrassing stories behind them, and the return to the chair for the tattoo transformation they have been waiting for. Master ink artists then work their magic to change their lives forever.

Schedule: “America’s Worst Tattoos” premiered on TLC last November 18. Its regular schedule is every Sunday at 11 p.m., with replays every Monday at 5 a.m.

You Have Been Warned

What it is about: Said to be the first ever user-generated science program, “You Have Been Warned” scours the Internet to track down the top 20 backyard boffins who take things into their own hands and turn everyday objects into astonishing science. A panel of the world’s best science experts then unpack and explain these stunts and experiments with the help of graphics.

Schedule: “You Have Been Warned” premiered on the Discovery Channel last November 16. Its regular schedule is every Friday at 10 p.m., with replays every Monday at 4 p.m., Wednesday at 9 p.m., Thursday at midnight and 2 p.m., Saturday at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Fast Food Mania

What it is about: Hosted by Jon Hein of “The Howard Stein Show” and “The Fast Food Show,” “Fast Food Manila” dives into the pop culture world of fast food and digs deep into its cuisine. The travel-packed series will not only look at awesome eats but also offer essential tips for navigating ever-winding drive-thrus and ordering secret menu items, as well as delve into never-before seen test kitchens of some of America’s favorite chains. It will also include answers to trivia questions such as “Who designed the signature red and white KFC bucket?”

Schedule: “Fast Food Mania” will premiere on TLC on November 22 at 10 p.m. Its regular schedule is Thursday at 10 p.m., with replays every Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 12 a.m. and 9 p.m.

How We Invented The World

What it is about: The newest documentary series of Discovery Channel, “How We Invented The World” examines four great inventions that define and continuously shape the modern world – mobile phones, cars, planes and skyscrapers – using state-of-the-art filming techniques and cinematic computer-generated imagery along with celebrity and expert interviews.

Schedule: “How We Invented The World” will premiere on Discovery Channel November 28 at 10 p.m. Its regular schedule is Wednesday at 10 p.m., with replays every Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 12 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at midnight and 6 p.m.