Mark Burnett’s Expedition Africa is History’s “biggest investment” ever

In June, the History Channel will debut Expedition Africa: Stanley & Livingstone, a Mark Burnett-produced series it first announced about a year ago and that follows four people who follow Henry Morton Stanley’s route to find David Livingstone.

At the network’s upfront presentation, A&E’s CEO Abbe Raven said the series represents “the biggest investment we’ve [ever] made,” according to the New York Daily News’ account. The network wants to make it into a franchise, retracing other famous historical routes for future seasons, but Raven said that first, “It has to reach millions of people, and we believe it will.”

Burnett said, “We’ve done a lot of good work as a company. This show really returns us to our original roots, of what we are really about, which is storytelling, where adventure in the raw strips away the veneer.” The AP reports that “Burnett is already pushing for a series that follows the 13th century journeys of Marco Polo.”

The cast members include former war correspondent Kevin Sites; explorer, TV host, and motivational speaker Benedict Allen; National Geographic Channel correspondent Mireya Mayor; and “geophysicist, adventurer and expedition leader” Pasquale Scaturro.

Mark Burnett series scheduled on History channel [New York Daily News]
Mark Burnett series scheduled on History channel [AP]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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