An exclusive trailer for the next season of National Geographic Channel’s Life Below Zero, which shows Sue Aikens and others dealing with winter.
An interview with Brain Games host Jason Silva, who talks about the show’s appeal—and changes this season, including hour-long episodes and international locations.
Mygrations is an upcoming National Geographic Channel series the network just announced, and as you can see in this exclusive preview, it features 20 people following the journey taken by millions of migrating wildebeest every spring. They’ll trek from Serengeti plains to Kenya’s Maasai Mara.
In its announcement, the network calls this “an incredibly dangerous journey through a landscape dominated by apex predators, including lions, leopards, hyenas and crocodiles. Tens of thousands of wildebeests won’t make it—so how will humans fare?”
Here’s an exclusive preview of the new show.
Terlingua, Texas, is 200 miles from “a major anything,” one person says during the first episode of National Geographic’s Badlands, Texas. Like so many other remote locations, it is now, ironically enough, the subject of a reality TV series. I’ve only seen episode one of the show, which has received practically no promotion, but what… continue reading
Six Hollywood icons tell six stories of the scientists who are doing work that’s changing and saving lives. That’s National Geographic’s new series Breakthrough. It debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET with Peter Berg’s “Fighting Pandemics,” though you can watch the entire premiere below right now. It’s part of NatGeo’s cross-platform promotion of its ambitious new series. (The network has also given me 10 one-year… continue reading
As Halloween approaches this week, three networks are doing live stunts with varying degrees of grossness, horror, and actual value. They start tonight, with live brain surgery, and end Halloween eve, with an alleged exorcism of a house. The three specials come from three networks known and/or once known for their nonfiction programing—National Geographic Channel, A&E, and… continue reading
What do a 2012 viral video, ivory carvings, terrorism, and investigative journalism have in common? They all come together in Warlords of Ivory, the first episode of the relaunch of National Geographic’s Explorer. In the one-hour episode, which premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, National Geographic magazine chief correspondent and special investigations unit founder Bryan… continue reading
As a child of the 1980s, The National Geographic Explorer theme song by Elmer Bernstein (listen here) is burned into my mind. The show debuted in 1985, and I cannot clearly recall any of the specific shows, nor did I remember that it actually aired on Nickelodeon at first, but that was a channel I… continue reading
Life Below Zero‘s 11th episode last week ended with Sue Aiken flying off her snowmachine, literally. It turns to the left, flips, and she flies through the air and tumbles into snow. Thursday’s season finale of the National Geographic Channel reality series deals with the aftermath, though the episode jumps ahead in time quickly. I… continue reading
The Watch, a new National Geographic Channel series, is the weirdest thing I’ve seen all year, and that’s a compliment. It’s a surveillance documentary, an exploration of isolation and loneliness, and a paranormal reality series all in one. The four-episode series debuts next Thursday, April 9, at 10 p.m. ET, with no commercials for its first 22.5… continue reading
Ultimate Survival Alaska, which is now in its third season, sends four teams of three on a 13-leg race through Alaskan wilderness. It is dramatic and thrilling, and features moments of great danger. It has also been accused of staging moments and not authentic. Is Ultimate Survival Alaska fake? “Nothing is staged. Everything you see those people do… continue reading
Spending your life as a global pub-crawler and star of your own drinking reality shows is not as easy as it looks. Just ask Zane Lamprey; he’s been at it for almost a decade. Like a phoenix of alcohol, Zane keeps rising from the ashes again and again. His shows have worked, even if the networks… continue reading
Eric Greenspan is Hungry offers a quintessentially American story: two super-successful, Jewish, Berkeley-educated, city boys traipse around the backwoods of the Bible Belt, learning from the locals how to shoot, fish, and sometimes shoot fish, all in a quest for great meat. In the process, we all learn a lot about how exotic protein—hog, wild… continue reading
Nancy Barber is a friend and writer who knows food better than I do, having written about local Florida restaurants, among other topics. So, when National Geographic invited reporters on a sponsored trip to New Orleans to learn about its three food-focused reality series, I asked her to cover them for reality blurred. In the first of several pieces, she reports… continue reading
National Geographic Channel’s Life Before Zero returns tonight for its fourth season. It’s one of many reality shows set in Alaska, focusing on people who live far away from civilization as most of us know it. Although it focuses on multiple people, the show’s break-out star is Sue Aikens.
The star of National Geographic’s reality series Snake Salvation, Jamie Coots, was killed Saturday night after being bitten by a snake and refusing medical treatment. Cody Winn, another preacher, told WBIR that fellow Snake Salvation star Andrew Hamblin “said he looked at him and said ‘sweet Jesus’ and it was over. He didn’t die right… continue reading
“We’re creating a televised encyclopedia of the human brain.” That’s the ambitious goal of an incredibly addictive series returning tonight on National Geographic: Brain Games. The 20 new episodes follow a first season that became the network’s highest-rated new series ever. Its success has led the network to create a somewhat similar show, Duck Echoes… continue reading
Tonight, yet another Big Brother knock-off comes to television, but this series bests the CBS show because it has a cast with far more intelligence, social skills, and refined behavior than Robyn Kass and her team have ever found: baboons. Yes, Nat Geo Wild’s Big Baboon House–all three hours of which air tonight starting at… continue reading
National Geographic Channel announced a new series called Jersey Combat, and that sounds like it has a lot of potential: There are way too many reality shows now set in New Jersey, thanks to Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, so having them fight each other seems like a natural evolution. Sadly,… continue reading