U.S. net National Geographic Channel has tapped actor Alec Baldwin (pictured) to host a weekly ‘Night of Exploration’ programming block.
Each Friday, Baldwin will help NGC “celebrate the spirit of exploration,” starting on June 14 at 8 p.m. EST with Crossing the Ice, which follows two Australian adventurers as they attempt to become the first to tackle the perilous journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back, completely unassisted.
He will appear as host for ‘Night of Exploration’ in the U.S. and globally, in 171 countries and 38 languages.
“Alec has the perfect combination of energy and gravitas that we think our ‘Night of Exploration’ viewers will love,” said National Geographic Channels CEO David Lyle. “Each week he will introduce the compelling stories of people around the globe whose drive to climb higher, dive lower or dig deeper never cease to amaze.”
Baldwin previously worked with NGC in 2010, narrating the miniseries Great Migrations.
The news comes as the network unveiled details of five new series set to air this summer, including a follow up to Inside Combat Rescue from Markus Vernon Davies.
Premiering July 1, Battleground Afghanistan will look at the conflict as seen by American marines in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Eyewitness War, from Karga Seven Pictures, premieres the same night and promises to follow officers of the Army, Navy, Drug Enforcement Administration and Coast Guard through first-person footage.
Elsewhere, Inside: Secret America, from National Geographic Television, sees investigative journalists Mariana van Zeller and Darren Foster explore controversial issues in America, from guns to drugs to the paranormal. The show premieres on July 10.
In addition, Left/Right’s Inside the American Mob airs July 20, promising to explore “little-known but pivotal escapades, capers and cadavers that truly compose the history of the mob in America,” while Sharp Entertainment’s Doomsday Castle premieres in August and looks at an American “prepper” who builds a castle deep in the South Carolina woods that will serve as a bunker.
Returning titles include Ultimate Survival Alaska, Life Below Zero, Taboo USA, Diggers and Doomsday Preppers.
After Crossing the Ice, other ‘Night of Exploration’ specials will include Mystery Bear of the Arctic, airing June 14; and Secrets of the Lost Gold and The 400 Million Dollar Emerald, both of which air June 21.
These will be followed by Journey to the Edge of the Universe (June 28), Waking the Baby Mammoth (July 5), Mammoth: Back From the Dead (July 5) and Touching the Dragon (July 19).