Arnold Schwarzenegger (pictured, left) will help TV scientist Bill Nye (right) deal with a case of “climate change grief” in an upcoming episode of National Geographic Channel series ‘Explorer.’
The actor and former California governor will cameo as Nye’s “climate change therapist” in the November 1 episode entitled “Explorer: Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown.”
In the episode, Nye realizes he is feeling down due to melting ice caps and sea-level rise and deals with it by exploring the clinical stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – as well as shared emotions people exhibit in relation to the effects of climate change.
Aside from Schwarzenegger, Nye meets with people who believe climate change is a hoax, environmental activists, carbon tax advocates, scientists and engineers, and those who feel powerless when considering the enormity of the issue. “Ultimately, Nye looks to emerge from his grief with a plan of action, enthusiasm and hope for the future,” the network said in a statement.
The U.S. cable network recently re-launched the iconic doc strand as part of a strategy to shift its programming focus back to science and natural history.
‘Explorer’ executive producer Robert Palumbo told realscreen in a recent interview that the 12-episode season will emphasize marquee talent – in front of and behind the camera – as well as unorthodox approaches in order to lure viewers.
“Our approach is really to take the bedrock of what National Geographic is about as a starting point but to try and be as creative as possible,” he said.
The episode will air shortly before Nye’s book on climate change, Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, hits stores on November 10. The popular scientist is also the subject of a Kickstarter-funded documentary.
In addition, National Geographic will focus on climate change through interactive content, live events and in the November issue of the magazine.
“Explorer: Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown” airs on November 1 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST. It was produced by National Geographic Studios and Castle Pictures.