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Discovery to air tightrope live show across 220 countries

MUMBAI: Discovery Channel is all set to air a special live show presenting the famed wire-walker Nik Wallenda as he attempts his most challenging tightrope walk over the Chicago Skyline untethered.

The special show will air live globally across 220 countries on 3 November at 5:30 am, with a special telecast at 9 pm exclusively on the channel.

The live event will be hosted by NBC News’ Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore. Wallenda is also planning to walk a portion of the tightrope walk wearing a blindfold.

Wallenda, 35, said, “I hope to inspire people around the world and show that the impossible is not so impossible if you set your mind to it. This has been a dream of mine and something that I’ve been practicing for a while. For both parts of the tightrope walk, I’m going to face challenges like I’ve never experienced before. I’ll not only need incredible physical strength to complete this walk, but laser-focused concentration.”

In June 2013, Wallenda became the first person to ever successfully traverse the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.

As per a statement, globally, 30.4 million viewers across 186 countries tuned in to witness the live event which generated nearly 40,000 tweets per minute, with #Skywire holding seven of the trending topics worldwide and generating one million mentions for the day. The special was also recognised as the most social show across all broadcast and cable networks in US.

Viewers across the globe, including Southeast Asia, will be able to witness the show via a live streaming multi-platform companion experience on DiscoveryChannelAsia.com. Several cameras will be attached to Wallenda to provide viewers multiple live raw angles of the walk as it happens.

For the first part of the tightrope crossing, he will walk further than two city blocks uphill rising to a 15-degree angle at 50 stories high above the Chicago River. He will then be blindfolded for the second part of the tightrope walk, which will span from Marina City’s west tower to the east tower. Numerous cameras will be positioned across the city and on helicopters, capturing every step as Wallenda attempts to cross one of the windiest sections of Chicago. He will be joined in Chicago by his wife and three children, his close friends and an engineering team led by his father Terry Troffer.

A seventh-generation member of famed ‘Flying Wallenda’s,’ he began performing with his family as a toddler and made his first professional tightrope walk at just 13 years old. He dedicates it to his family, particularly his great-grandfather, the legendary Karl Wallenda, who died after falling from a tightrope in Puerto Rico in 1978.

‘Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda’ is produced by Peacock Productions for Discovery with Gretchen Eisele, Colleen Halpin, Knute Walker, Benjamin Ringe and Betsy Wagner serving as executive producers. Other executive producers include Nik Wallenda, David Simone, Winston Simone and Shelley Ross.