Nat Geo Taps Alec Baldwin To Host Weekly Programming Block, Sets Summer Lineup

By | Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 6:30am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin will be the on-air host of National Geographic Channel‘s Friday primetime programming block Night Of Exploration, which features programming that celebrates the spirit of exploration and groundbreaking discoveries. His duties begin June 14 with … Read More »

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Nat Geo Orders ‘Divine Intervention’ Reality Series That Fixes Struggling Churches

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 4:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: National Geographic Channel has ordered Divine Intervention, a six-episode unscripted series from T Group Prods. (Storage Hunters, Mystery Diners). Described as “Kitchen Nightmares for churches”, it features a trio of “Church Hoppers” who use Read More »

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National Geographic Channel Launches New Brand Campaign

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 7:08am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

National Geographic Channel, which is coming off posting a record-setting first quarter and its highest-rated new series premiere with Brain Games, is rolling out a large-scale consumer brand campaign, … Read More »

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Original ‘Kon-Tiki’ Gets Modern Day Airdate

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 1:06pm PDT

Kon-Tiki, the 1951 Thor Heyerdahl-directed documentary that inspired the Weinstein Company feature nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this year, is getting its own day in the sun. It will air on the Sundance Channel on … Read More »

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‘Brain Games’ Sets Nat Geo Channel Record, E!’s ‘Ryan Lochte’ Off To Soft Start

By | Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 3:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

National Geographic Channel’s new series Brain Games drew 1.5 million viewers for its debut last night, setting a record as the highest-rated series launch in the channel’s history. Brain Games, which premiered with two back-to-back half-hour episodes, … Read More »

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National Geographic Channel’s EVP Programming Michael Cascio To Depart

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 11:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: National Geographic Channel‘s top programming executive Michael Cascio is leaving his post at the end of the month to segue into producing projects for Nat Geo. Cascio has been at the channel … Read More »

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Nat Geo Teams Up Again With Ridley Scott And Bill O’Reilly For ‘Killing Jesus’

Hoping to piggyback on the success of National Geographic Channel‘s take on Bill O’Reilly’s best-seller Killing Lincoln, the network is again partnering with Ridley Scott and O’Reilly on Killing Jesus: A History, O’Reilly’s recently announced book that he co-authored with Martin Dugard. The book will be published by Henry Holt and Company on September 24. Today’s announcement comes as the network is in pre-production on O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy: The End Of Camelot expected to air worldwide on Nat Geo Channels later this year. “I am thrilled to once again be partnering with National Geographic Channels and Scott Free Productions on my next book,” said O’Reilly. “Jesus is the most famous person that has ever lived — and is worshipped today by more than 2.2 billion people”. Killing Jesus tells the story of Jesus of Nazareth as a beloved and controversial young revolutionary brutally killed by Roman soldiers and recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and the changes that his life brought upon the world for the centuries to follow. “O’Reilly has proven with Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy that the public is fascinated with the tragic tales of these renowned historical figures, and this is one of the most dramatic stories ever told. We are privileged to once again work with National Geographic Channel to bring Bill’s vision to the screen,” said Scott. Production is set to begin this fall. Click over to read today’s release.

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National Geographic Channel Reteams With Bill O’Reilly And Ridley Scott For ‘Killing Kennedy’ Film About JFK’s Assassination
Nat Geo’s ‘Killing Lincoln’ Hits Record Highs; 3.4M Watch Drama Read More »

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National Geographic Channel To Unveil Slate Of New Series At Upfront

By | Sunday March 24, 2013 @ 9:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Coming off its highest rated February in history, the National Geographic Channel is unveiling a slate of four new and seven returning series at its upfront presentation. The new series include Die Trying, featuring men and women pushing the limits of endurance; Building Wild, an extreme do-it-yourself-type home building series; Showdown of the Unbeatables, a battle of cutting-edge inventions; and The Legend Of Mick Dodge, described as “Forrest Gump meets the Jungle Man,” about a man who lives on his terms and his band of quirky friends. “We want to keep the momentum, coming off pour best year (2012) and month (February) with a mix of contemporary entertainment styles,” said NGC Chief Executive Officer David Lyle.

Additionally, Nat Geo brass are so high on two of its upcoming series, Brain Games (premiering in April), an interactive series exploring mind’s skills hosted by Jason Silva; and Ultimate Survival Alaska (premiering in May), an extreme adventure series testing a team of explorers, that the network is granting both second-season renewals before their freshman ones had debuted.  Lyle stressed that Brain Games‘ take on science is “smart rather than intellectual while NGC president Howard T. Owens noted Survival Alaska‘s breakout potential. Also receiving series renewals are hits Doomsday Preppers, NGC’s highest-rated series, Wicked Tuna and Diggers. And while the slate presented to advertisers is dominated by unscripted fare, Nat Geo also is committed to growing its scripted area following the success of its first scripted offering, the Scott Free-produced factual drama special Killing Lincoln. “The DNA of the channel is to take creative risks and make bold moves and not be afraid to be different,” said Owens. NGC is getting some attention with the gritty docu series Inside Combat Rescue and has also coming up acquired feature documentary Chasing Ice and two-hour special American Blackout. Paired with Doomsday Preppers, the real-life Revolution imagines the first two weeks immediately following a catastrophic blackout and “will be filmed as a full-throttle disaster movie,” Owens said. Sibling Nat Geo Wild’s slate includes a new Cesar Millan series and two specials featuring the dog whisperer. Here are descriptions of NGC and Nat Geo Wild’s newly picked up series. Read More »

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John McCain On NatGeo’s ‘Locked Up Abroad’: Video

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 3:32pm PDT

National Geographic Channel announced today that Locked Up Abroad will be returning for its ninth season on April 17 at 9 PM. The season opener features a profile of Ernie Brace, the longest-held American POW of … Read More »

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Nat Geo Teams With Joaquin Phoenix & Casey Affleck, Scott Free And ‘Undefeated’ Helmers For Special About Last Days Of Life

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EXCLUSIVE: National Geographic Channel has greenlighted a provocative documentary special from top auspices: Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck; Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, … Read More »

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Nat Geo Channel Orders Science-Themed Pilot From Nerdist Industries

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jonah RayEXCLUSIVE: National Geographic Channel has greenlighted a pilot for In The Name Of Science, a science-based show from Nerdist Industries, Chris Hardwick and Peter Levin’s production company for multi-platform genre and pop culture content, … Read More »

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‘Killing Lincoln’ Set For Feb. 17 On NatGeo

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 1:31pm PST

National Geographic Channel’s Killing Lincoln will premiere Sunday, February 17 at 8 PM PT/ET (repeating at 10 PM) during Presidents Day weekend. The docu-drama is based on Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever. Read More »

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‘Killing Lincoln’ Writer Says John Wilkes Booth “Could Be Poster Child For Tea Party”: TCA

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 11:52am PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

Erik Jendresen, the writer and executive producer of the forthcoming National Geographic Channel film Killing Lincoln, told critics during a TCA panel this morning that while Abraham Lincoln’s … Read More »

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National Geographic Channel Reteams With Bill O’Reilly And Ridley Scott For ‘Killing Kennedy’ Film About JFK’s Assassination

By | Thursday January 3, 2013 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Killing Kennedy Movie National GeographicEXCLUSIVE: Ahead of next month’s premiere of National Geographic‘s Killing Lincoln, the cable network has greenlighted Killing Kennedy, a new film from Killing Lincoln producer Scott Free about the assassination of John F Kennedy. Like Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy will be based on a book by Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly. Killing Kennedy: The End Of Camelot, O’Reilly’s latest New York Times bestseller with co-author Martin Dugard, is a follow-up to the duo’s hugely successful Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever, which has sold more than 1 million copies. The new two-hour factual drama will keep the narrative storytelling devices used by O’Reilly in the book, published in October, which recounts Kennedy’s assassination and its impact on America. “The common parallels between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy are astonishing, with both assassinations profoundly changing the nation during crucial moments in its history,” O’Reilly said. “While Kennedy’s assassination continues to garner many conspiracy theories, our story is based on facts — some that haven’t been publicly known. And with National Geographic Channel and Scott Free once again at the helm, I have the utmost trust and faith that they will bring the story of Kennedy and Camelot to life.” Casting on the two-hour film, which will combine historical insights and archives with dramatic storytelling in the signature style of the Scott brothers, is expected to begin shortly for a sprint start of production. “Collaborating with National Geographic on Bill O’Reilly’s follow-up was an easy decision,” said Scott Free principal Ridley Scott. “They share the same passion of storytelling, willing to take creative leaps and risks to keep viewers entertained to tell the provocative story of Kennedy’s last days, a pivotal and historic moment.” Read More »

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Nat Geo Channel To Air Sandy Docu ‘Superstorm 2012′ On Nov. 15

By | Monday November 12, 2012 @ 10:46am PST

The network behind Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden said its one-hour special Superstorm 2012 will air Thursday at 10 PM. That’s three days before the BBC said it would air its quick-turnaround documentary specialRead More »

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‘Seal Team Six’ Premiere Draws 2.7M Viewers On Nat Geo Channel

National Geographic Channel‘s broadcast of Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden drew an average of 2.7 million viewers last night, making it the network’s top show of 2012 and its sixth-highest-rated broadcast in its six-year history. The two-hour special presentation directed by John Stockwell scored a 1.4 in the adults 25-54 demo, more than four times Nat Geo’s Sunday average (the average viewership in the demo last night was 1.27 million). It is the highest-rated telecast on the network in the demo since the premiere of George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview in August 2011. Nat Geo’s highest-rated show in the demo was Inside 9/11: Zero Hour, which garnered a 2.88 rating when it aired in August 2005.

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‘Seal Team 6′ DC Screening Postponed Due To Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy’s assault on the East Coast today compelled National Geographic Channel to move tonight’s Washington DC premiere screening of Seal Team 6: The Raid on Osama bib Laden. The screening of the TV movie has … Read More »

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‘Seal Team Six’ Director Rips NYT Story Suggesting Muslim Backlash

By | Friday October 26, 2012 @ 3:49pm PDT

The director of the upcoming National Geographic TV movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden is criticizing the New York Times for suggesting in a story that his Seal Team Six risks causing additional backlash in the … Read More »

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‘Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ TV Movie Cut Romney Scene, Bolstered Obama: NYT

A scene in an upcoming TV movie that depicted Mitt Romney appearing to oppose the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden was cut from the film, according to a report in the New York Times. “We wouldn’t air this if it … Read More »

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