Planet Green puts energy into "Wasted"

Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:08pm EST

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Discovery Communications' eco-friendly network Planet Green, set to launch in the second quarter, has started shooting a series in which households compete for cash by making their homes "green."

"Wasted" features Annabelle Gurwitch (TBS' "Dinner and a Movie") and handyman Holter Graham helping households of people -- from families to friends to fraternities -- become more eco-friendly. The pair audit a household's waste, energy, water and transportation consumption using such tools as an eco-calculator built especially for the series with input from the Global Footprint Network.

After revealing the household's "eco-horrors" and long-term effects on the environment, Gurwitch and Graham put them on a "green regime" to clean up their act. Each household is given three weeks to reduce their consumption, after which they are awarded cash based on the savings they have made by improving energy efficiency and reducing waste.

For the past two years, Gurwitch has been discussing environmental issues on the NPR program "Day to Day" and in a column for the Nation. She is writing, directing and narrating the webisode series "My Big Fat Environmental Crises" for the Daily Green.

The Planet Green channel, formerly known as Discovery Home Channel, is set to launch in more than 50 million homes.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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