"Life on a Wire" (Discovery Channel TV show) follows Nik Wallenda and his incredible acrobatic family. Nik doesn't want to die. It just looks that way sometimes. He's seventh generation of the legendary acrobatic family The Flying Wallendas, and is on a mission to bring his famous family's skill, passion and showmanship to a new 21st Century audience.

"Life on a Wire" shows how, through the help of his entire family, Nik creates spectacular acts that cheat death through science, skill and discipline. The success of any of Nik's acts — and, indeed, his very life — is dependent upon meticulous preparations that include engineering and wind speed analysis, conducted with a crew that includes his chief engineer (his uncle Mike), and his safety coordinator (his father Terry).

Sparks fly frequently between father and son, as Terry is more of a traditionalist when it comes to rigging and safety. As Nik says, "He has his ideas and I have mine. Just because it's been done for generations doesn't mean something new won't make it easier or quicker or faster." Wife Erendira is the eighth generation of a circus family as well, and she and their three children travel the world with Nik.

Nik and his mother Delilah made headlines around the world as they successfully walked a high wire in Puerto Rico — a walk that infamously killed Nik's great grandfather Karl in 1978.

"Life on a Wire" is produced for Discovery Channel by RelativityREAL/The Jay and Tony Show. Executive producers are Jay Blumenfield, Tony Marsh and Tom Forman from RelativityREAL; David Simone and Winston Simone of DSW Entertainment; and French Horwitz from Discovery Channel.


Network: Discovery Channel
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: June 22, 2011
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
The Jay and Tony Show

'Life on a Wire' to Feature Death-Defying Stunts — The new Discovery Channel series features the newest generation of the legendary acrobatic family The Flying Wallendas, as they seek out a 21st century audience. Read more...

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