You know, I just realized that I posted this on my Facebook page, my USS Flier Project Facebook page, and my newsletter to the Flier Network, but not here. <facepalm>
Last time I updated about the Dive Detectives and their show on the discovery of Flier, YAP Films announced that the American rights had been sold to an unnamed channel to be shown at some future (unknown) date. That was way back in October.
I’m happy to say that all the details have been hammered out. The Dive Detectives has been purchased by the Smithsonian Channel, and will be shown Sundays at 8 pm beginning THIS Sunday. I’ll post links and schedules below.
I’ve seen the Flier episode at the special preview held during the Flier Memorial Weekend in Muskegon, and also managed to get my hands on a full presentation of Lost A-Bombs, and I have to say, by and large, I’m really impressed. The two divers, Mike and Warren Fletcher, were highly professional when I met them that weekend (so yes, I’m more than likely prejudiced in their favor) and more than happy to spend time answering multiple questions from the surviving families, and describing the resting place of Flier. I’m just disappointed that right now, in my life, I don’t have television AT ALL much less access to a channel like this. Though, I must admit, I’ve been enjoying the free full episodes Smithsonian streams. I’m not completely deprived. Depraved…that’s a matter of opinion. Deprived…not so much.
Smithsonian seems to sell a number of their series and episodes, both at an online store and on iTunes, so that’s where I’m going to be shopping when the full run is over.
Dive Detectives premieres on Sunday, April 3, at 8 pm with an episode about the iconic Lake Superior wreck Edmund Fitzgerald. The show about Flier will air on May 1, at 8 pm. I will post details about the purchase of that episode or the whole series once it’s available/I can find it.