A slate of new wildlife programs has been greenlit by the Smithsonian Channel, the joint television venture operated by Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institute.
Set to premiere through 2018, the slate’s four programs have been shot in 4K and spotlight a global selection of animals.
Anchoring the network’s slate will be America’s Badlands. The film will look to document one of the last remaining outposts of black-tailed prairie dogs in South Dakota, and the challenges they face through the region’s changing seasons. A coproduction between Smithsonian Networks and Terra Mater Factual Studios, the documentary is produced by Mike Birkhead Associates. It is set to premiere in December.
Meanwhile, the Vision Hawk Films-produced The Mountain Lion and Me (working title) follows a year in the life of American wildlife naturalist Casey Anderson (pictured), as he chronicles the movements of a female mountain lion that hunts in his backyard in southwest Montana. The doc is expected to premiere in February 2018.
In Fishing for Giants, angler Andy Coetzee embarks on an investigation of the world’s largest and most elusive fish species, in order to understand and ultimately catch them. The series is produced by Earth Touch and premieres in April 2018.
Lastly, the tentatively titled The Lizard’s Tale chronicles biologists and wildlife filmmakers Neil Losin and Nathan Dappen as they investigate the evolution of lizards. The documentary is produced by Day’s Edge Productions. A premiere date has yet to be set.
“We are making an ongoing commitment to wildlife and conservation programs, and have become a world leader in natural history production,” said David Royle, EVP programming and production at the Smithsonian Channel, in a statement. “We are proud to feature today’s most talented wildlife filmmakers.”