Nat Geo nets to air “War Generals,” Cesar Millan specials

National Geographic Channel will premiere the doc American War Generals in September, and sister net Nat Geo Wild will air the special Cesar Millan: Viva Las Vegas! next year. (Pictured: Colin Powell)
August 14, 2014

National Geographic Channel (NGC) and Nat Geo Wild have ordered specials about U.S. military leaders and dog trainer Cesar Millan, respectively.

American War Generals, which will air on NGC on September 14, features retrospective interviews with 11 active and retired army generals, including Colin Powell (pictured) and David Petraeus, focusing on the last half-century of American warfare, from Vietnam and the Cold War to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Following the U.S. premiere, the two-hour film will air globally via National Geographic Channel’s international outlets later in the year.

It was exec produced by documentary filmmaker Tresha Mabile and journalist Peter Bergen with Towers Productions (Inside 9/11). NGC’s Char Serwa and Towers’ Jonathan Towers are also exec producing.

Meanwhile, sister net Nat Geo Wild has greenlit a one-hour special based on dog trainer Cesar Millan’s live show.

The U.S. cable network will film Cesar Milan Live! at the Cesar 911 star’s August 15 show at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and adapt it into the program Cesar Millan: Viva Las Vegas! (working title).

The special will coincide with the premiere of the second season of Cessar 911 next year. It is being exec produced by Millan, David Leepson and Jane Y. Mun in association with ITV Studios America.

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