Planet Green is taking its programming in new directions in the New Year by introducing a new genre to the network: enviro-crime drama. Operation Wild is the channel’s first program in the genre, which follows the team behind the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission as they rescue boaters in trouble, wrangle alligators and track down poachers. The 6×30-minute series, which is a coproduction between Greif Company and Planet Green, will follow the team on land, in the air and on the water as they strive to keep a precious ecosystem safe.
Another new series to the channel examines large scale environmentally-friendly construction projects, showing how far technology is taking us into a sustainable future. Ultimate Power Builders, a 4×60-minute series which is a coproduction between Saint Thomas Productions and Planet Green, will look at projects such as the building of a carbon neutral city in the Middle East, a skyscraper in China which produces its own power and water and an energy plant that uses the power of the atom.
‘We are broadening Planet Green’s schedule to encompass a wider range of stories about passionate people engaged in forward thinking activity,’ said Planet Green SVP production and development Jeff Hasler. ‘In 2010, we will introduce our viewers to our new definition of entertainment with fresh faces and storylines that will help people start thinking of ‘the’ environment as ‘my’ environment.’
The channel will also be bringing back a third season of Wa$ted in April and a third season of Greensburg in May.
Operation Wild debuts January 8, and Ultimate Power Builders starts next month, on December 4.