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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The Weinstein Company movie is being made available as an unedited version on Netflix today featuring a news montage of statements by Mitt Romney, Joe Biden, Hilary Clinton and others; Seal Team Six encores on Nat Geo on Friday at 8 PM ET. Read More »
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 now been shifted to Thursday at 7 PM at DC’s Newseum. Directed by John Stockwell, Seal Team 6 is scheduled to air November 4, two days before the Presidential election. Produced by Nicolas Chartier and distributed by The Weinstein Co, the film chronicles the operation that led to the killing of the al-Qaeda leader and represents NatGEO’s first broadcast of a feature inspired by real-life events. The movie will be available on Netflix the day after its debut on NatGeo. Meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow’s feature about the hunt for bin Laden opens in theaters a month later, on Dec. 19.
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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 were propaganda,” said National Geographic Channel President Howard T. Owens who said he had insisted upon removal of the scene from Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden. It’s scheduled to air November 4, two days before the election. Cutting the Romney scene wasn’t the only change. The Times said the movie has been edited to highlight President Obama’s role. Director John Stockwell said Obama was always in the movie but his screen time had shrunk. Longtime Obama supporter Harvey Weinstein bought rights to the movie earlier this year at Cannes. Weinstein, Stockwell and others told the Times that changes were not politically motivated but were intended to make it more realistic. The additional Obama footage came from material collected by Meghan O’Hara, a producer who worked with Michael Moore on Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko.
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John Stockwell’s Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden will make its world premiere on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, November 4 two days before the Presidential election. Produced by Oscar winner Nicolas Chartier (The Hurt Locker) and distributed by The Weinstein Co, the film chronicles the operation that led to the killing of the al-Qaeda leader and represents NGC’s first broadcast of a feature inspired by real-life events. The movie will be available on Netflix the day after its debut on NatGeo. Meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow’s feature about the hunt for bin Laden opens in theaters a month later, on Dec. 19.
The Weinstein Co. acquired Seal Team Six (then Code Name Geronimo) in May for $2 million in the first major deal at the Cannes Film Festival. NatGeo brass have been in discussions with Harvey Weinstein and his team for the past couple of months about bringing the film to the network. Seal Team Six underlines NatGeo’s new emphasis on narrative historical programming. The network is making a big entry into the arena with the upcoming Killing Lincoln, a two-hour historical thriller from Scott Free Prods., which is narrated by Tom Hanks.
Seal Team Six stars Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriquez, Xzibit, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas and Kenneth Miller, with Robert Knepper and William Fichtner. It was written by Kendall Lampkin. The events portrayed in the film were vetted by a team of … Read More »