Nat Geo, Ballard go “Alien Deep”

National Geographic Channel's Alien Deep with Bob Ballard, a five-part special taking viewers to the darkest reaches of the ocean, will premiere on September 16 and 17. (Pictured: Dr. Bob Ballard)
August 17, 2012

National Geographic Channel’s Alien Deep with Bob Ballard, a five-part special taking viewers to the darkest reaches of the ocean, will premiere on September 16 and 17.

The series, produced for National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) by National Geographic Television, is the second recent NGC special to star famed explorer and National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Robert Ballard (pictured), after Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard.

For Alien Deep, Ballard teams with a cast that includes Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and “Science Guy” Bill Nye, traveling the world with professional surfers, fishermen and boat pilots, and seeking answers to questions about the ocean’s role in the formation of continents, and in the origins of life itself.

In looking for these answers, Ballard visits volcanoes submerged more than 3,000 feet beneath the Hawaiian islands, shipwrecks on forgotten ancient Greek trade routes, and cracks in the ocean floor where magma pours into open water.

For NGT, the series producer is Gary Johnstone. For NGCI, the exec VP and head of international content is Hamish Mykura.

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