Discovery Channel has set the date for its live coverage of the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest.
The network plans to air Everest Jump Live on May 11 at 9 p.m., weather permitting. It will also be telecast globally.
High-altitude climber Joby Ogwyn will make the attempt. Discovery will air a live two-hour broadcast showing the California native as he battles conditions on the way to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain, then takes the plunge. His custom-made wingsuit will be equipped with cameras to capture the descent of more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds exceeding 150 miles per hour.
The event will be preceded by five nights of live programs from Everest covering Ogwyn’s training and preparation. They begin May 5.
‘Chimerica’ wins 5 Olivier stage awards
Irreverent musical The Book of Mormon and hit geopolitical drama Chimerica were the big winners Sunday at Britain’s Olivier stage awards, on a night when London’s small theaters flexed their substantial muscle.
The Book of Mormon – which stormed London just as it earlier wowed New York – won four prizes, including best new musical and best actor in a musical, for Gavin Creel.
Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica, a play about the entwined fates of China and the United States that opens with a search for the protester photographed standing in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square in 1989, won five trophies including best new play and best director, for Lyndsey Turner.
Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts took prizes for best revival, best actress, for Lesley Manville, and best supporting actor, for Jack Lowden.
The awards, Britain’s equivalent of Broadway’s Tonys, honor achievements in London theater, musicals, dance and opera.
‘Fosters wins top GLAAD drama honor
Jennifer Lopez was honored Saturday night at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community. In addition to being an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Lopez serves as executive producer of the ABC Family series The Fosters, which centers on a lesbian couple raising their children.
The Fosters also won the award for outstanding drama series.
Other winners at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ceremony included NBC’s Days of Our Lives for daily drama, Fuse’s Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce for reality program, Tegan and Sara for music artist and Young Avengers for comic book. Bridegroom and Call Me Kuchu tied for the outstanding documentary trophy.