Release Date, Recap, Host, Renewed


‘Shark Week’, one of the longest-running summer events on TV, has spanned almost three decades since its first premiere in 1988. Of course, accompanying ‘Shark Week’ for the last six years has been the talk show, ‘Shark After Dark’, airing on the late-night slot of Discovery and featuring celebrity appearances, sneak peeks into upcoming programming, and breakdowns of previously aired documentaries. Spanning six seasons after its premiere on August 4, 2013, ‘Shark After Dark’ now returns for its seventh installment. Here’s everything we know about the latest season.

Shark After Dark Cast: Who is in it?

Season 7 of ‘Shark After Dark’ is hosted by the winner of the competition, ‘New York’s Funniest’, Julian McCullough. Julian’s acting credits include his appearances on ‘Love You’, ‘Mean It with Whitney Cummings’, ‘Chelsea Lately’, and ‘Guy Code’. Accompanying him and making a comeback is America’s beloved cartilaginous sidekick, Bob the Shark. As per Discovery, “Bob spent his two years away, getting five rows of teeth whitened, a fin lift and gill augmentation.” The duo leads the audience on a hilarious ride of “all-things shark” across the episodes.

Previous seasons of ‘Shark After Dark’ were hosted by Josh Wolf (from 2013 to 2014) and Eli Roth (from 2015 to 2017).

Shark After Dark Plot: What is it about?

Ever since Steven Spielberg’sJaws‘ hit the screens in the 1970s, movies about sharks have made a name for themselves in the world of entertainment. These huge, cartilaginous predators that roam the depths of oceans have never failed to fascinate us — not to mention leaving us a bit wary of venturing too near to the waters. Diving deep into the cultural frenzy is Discovery’s ‘Shark Week’. The annual summer event is dedicated completely to the celebration of these amazing creatures. Of course, it comes accompanied by its obvious after-show, ‘Shark After Dark’. As evident from its name, it airs on the late-night slot on the network.

The format followed by ‘Shark After Dark’ embraces those of other talk shows. However, the only difference is its subject matter. Airing for five nights, each episode features shark experts, shark fans, and celebrities who are in awe with these aquatic entities.

Just like its predecessors, season 7 also showcases McCullough holding discussions with multiple shark aficionados, celebrities, and researchers, who reveal fascinating facts about these animals. Some of the celebs making special appearances across the seasons include Charlize Theron, Kevin Hart, Chelsea Handler, Mark Cuban, and Tony Hale, to name a few. The show recounts the “fintastic” moments that have been highlighted across ‘Shark Week’. Additionally, it also lends sneak peeks into future, upcoming titles for the following day. It airs every night after the day’s shows have ended and serve as a look-back into the events gone by.

2019’s ‘Shark Week’ features “bigger sharks and even bigger bites!” Its line-up includes more than 20 hours of never-heard-before, extraordinary shark tales. Viewers get to know some amazing facts about the mysterious worlds of these fascinating creatures. And hence, the after-show has a lot of scope to discuss multiple shark-related topics. So get ready for the ultimate “Shark Trip” with your favorite stars! Even Scott Lewers, Discovery Channel’s EVP Multi-Platform Programming/Digital Media, has expressed his excitement to return the aftershow to a live format. According to him, this forum offers fans a better chance for interacting with the pop-culture franchise.

Shark After Dark Season 7 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Shark After Dark’ season 6 premiered on Discovery on July 22, 2018. It concluded with its fifth and final episode on July 26, 2018. ‘Shark After Dark’ Season 7 returns to its original live format on the channel on July 28, 2019, at 11 PM ET/PT. Just like its predecessors, it comprises five episodes, each with a runtime of around 40 minutes.

Now, as far as a renewal is concerned, Discovery has not come up with an official announcement yet. But it is really not difficult to predict that another season is certainly on its way next year. The ‘Shark Week’ franchise is huge and it is not going off the grid anytime soon. And the same is the case with its accompanying talk show. Next, what about a release date? This is also fairly simple to predict. Since the event is always aired during the summer of each year, as per our best guess, we can expect ‘Shark After Dark’ season 8 to premiere sometime in July or August 2020. We shall update this section with more concrete news as and when we learn more about the exact ‘Shark After Dark’ season 8 release dates.

Shark After Dark Trailer:

Discovery has not released a full-fledged trailer for ‘Shark After Dark’ season 7. However, if you wish to check out the latest clips related to the show, you can always head to their official site. Additionally, if you have not watched the series yet, head over to Discovery to catch up on all the previous seasons.

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