Science orders more “Wormhole,” visits Mars

The U.S. cable network is to air a fourth season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, starring the Oscar-winning actor (pictured), as well as the special Mars Landing 2012: The New Search for Life.
August 3, 2012

Science Channel has ordered a 10-episode fourth season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and a special about NASA’s 2012 mission to Mars.

Hosted by actor and narrator Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises) and produced by Revelations Entertainment, the fourth Wormhole season will premiere in summer 2013. The documentary series explores questions spanning space, science, consciousness and “the endless universe of the unknown.”

The show is executive produced by Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger for Revelations, and Bernadette McDaid and Debbie Myers for Science. The fourth season is part of the prodco’s multi-year agreement with the Discovery Communications-owned U.S. cable net, which also includes the development of a new project.

Meanwhile, the network will also air a special about NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab’s mission to Mars, Mars Landing 2012: The New Search for Life on August 6. Billed as the most complex mission to Mars to date, the mission transported the largest landing craft and research payload to date to the Red Planet in a search for traces of life.

A coproduction between Science and Discovery Canada, the special will feature interviews with the mission’s leaders, contributors and scientists, and follow the team as they attempt to land the Curiosity vessel on Mars. Science promises to give viewers “private access to mission personnel” and “a 360-look at the fusion of science, technology, and innovative minds necessary to bring this historic mission to life.”

Mars Landing 2012: The New Search for Life is executive produced by Kelly McKeown for Exploration Production Inc and Josh Berkley for Science.

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