EXCLUSIVE: Discovery has had a change of heart about its Naked And Afraid after-show, Discovery After Dark — but it’s not what you think. The cable network isn’t chickening out after announcing the after-show with surprisingly little fanfare last month — it’s changing the name and the host, to the much better Naked After Dark, and to Josh Wolf, respectively. Wolf, known to some for his panelist appearances on Chelsea Lately, is maybe best known to Discovery viewers as host of its wildly popular Shark Week after-show Shark After Dark.
Bob Oschack is back with Wolf, this time as Bob The Blur — he was Bob The Shark in Shark After Dark. And Taryn Southern will be the new show’s “social correspondent.” We regret to say absolutely no one will be naked during Naked After Dark — not even the Naked And Afraid competitors with whom Wolf will talk about that night’s episode, to get a more in-depth look at what what the heck they were thinking as they foraged for food, shelter, though not so much for clothing. Even Oschack will likely be wearing skin-toned bodywear — in much the same way Wolf did during Shark After Dark in a comedy bit he called Naked And Afraid In New York. The new talk show will also have a large social media aspect to it, allowing viewers to interact directly with Wolf and his Naked guests, when it premieres on Sunday, March 16 at 10:30 PM following the season debut of Naked and Afraid.
Shark After Dark was a big hit for Discovery, harpooning shark-related guests Mark Cuban, Dominic Monaghan and Tara Reid — Cuban being the host of Shark Tank, Monaghan as host of BBC America’s nature show Wild Things, and Reid as star of Syfy’s Sharknado! Shark Week’s first after-show netted more 18-to-34-year-old viewers on four of its five nights than Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and Colbert Report, TBS’ Conan, Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live and E!’s Chelsea Lately (which had included one night guest-hosted by Lindsay Lohan). Among slightly older crowds — 18-49 and 25-54 — Shark After Dark beat those late-night talkers the full five nights. But, of course, Shark After Dark rode the coattails of Shark Week which, when the dust settled in 2013, emerged as the franchise’s most watched in its 26-year history. An average of 2.12 million people watched Shark Week in primetime, Discovery says, and nearly 29 million unique viewers sampled the orgy of shark-dom. Sunday’s kickoff faux-documentary Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives survived the week as the most-watched program in the franchise’s history, with an average of nearly 5 million tuning in.
Naked After Dark is produced by Embassy Row, the company behind AMC’s The Talking Dead, Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, and, of course, Shark After Dark, which the company produced along with Craig Ferguson’s Green Mountain West. Executive producer for Embassy Row is Michael Davies. Executive producers for Green Mountain West are Ferguson and Rebecca Tucker. For Discovery Channel, Denise Contis and Craig Coffman executive produce with Sydney Clover as associate producer.
Watch Shark After Dark’s spoof, Naked and Afraid in New York here: