National Geographic Channel has greenlit three survival series that will begin airing next year.
The series are part of the U.S. cable network’s strategy to broaden its scope with more action and adventure programming, since Tim Pastore became president of original programming and production earlier this year.
Due to premiere in the U.S. next spring, The Raft drops two pairs of strangers in a life raft in the middle of the ocean and leaves them stranded for six days. The show is produced by Brian Catalina Entertainment (Ultimate Survivor Alaska) and Electus.
The Eyeworks USA-produced Remote Survival, announced during this past March’s upfront, will debut in winter 2015 and is about people who must survive in a remote wilderness with the help of a survivalist who is watching and guiding them from a remote location using surveillance technology. The series will air globally.
Finally, The Watch is billed as a blend of anthropology and psychological thriller. It is about people such as lighthouse keepers, night watchmen and other loners who live and work and solitude by choice. The series is produced by National Geographic Studios and will begin airing globally next spring.
“At the end of the day, finding those people who are truly self-reliant and moving away from modern culture – who have shared beliefs in developing and executing skills to live a life that is more self-reliant and not dependent on modern technology – clearly I think this was a space we knew the brand should be moving into,” Pastore said in an interview with realscreen last month.
As previously reported, National Geographic Channel is working with Gurney Productions on the series Rafting Alaska, which will debut next summer.