U.S. cable network H2 has commissioned a 10-hour series narrated by Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston (pictured), called Big History.
Premiering on November 2 at 10 p.m. EST, the series is produced by Flight 33 Productions.
Big History will kick off each episode with an iconic topic, including the Great Pyramids, the Titanic or the American Revolution, and then weave in insight and evidence from astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, history, anthropology and economics.
In all, the series will span 13.7 billion years, and in its two-hour finale, the puzzle pieces from the 16 half-hour episodes promise to reveal a unifying link.
Big History is also collaborating with the Big History Project, a free online course from Bill Gates and Professor David Christian, on a large-scale free online course of its own.
“We don’t want to just tell history stories, we want nothing less than to help change the way history is experienced and taught,” said Paul Cabana, senior VP of H2, “This is a massive undertaking and we’re proud to help the Big History Project bring this powerful and entertaining program to a larger audience.”
“I was asked to be the voice of 13.7 billion years of history,” said Cranston. “Sure, I’ve got the time – give or take a billion years. As I read the material I realized that this new series gives a surprising and unique look at our world. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
“Big History literally tells the story of the universe from the very beginning to the complex societies we have today,” added Gates. “It shows how everything is connected to everything else. It weaves together insights and evidence from so many disciplines into a single, understandable story.”
Flight 33′s executive producers are Doug Cohen and Louis Tarantino, while Cabana and Kristen Burns serve as executive producers for H2.