American cable network Smithsonian Channel has set a March air date for its four-part, 8K event series exploring the world’s first national park.
Produced by Grizzly Creek Films, Epic Yellowstone will aim to provide an unprecedented portrait of the Yellowstone National Park, a nearly 3,500-square mile wilderness park in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho that was established by the U.S. Congress in 1872.
Hosted by Bill Pullman and filmed over three years, the previously announced four-episode natural history event will detail never told before stories of the “extraordinary spectacle of wildlife and dramatic seasonal extremes” throughout Yellowstone.
Throughout the docuseries, episodes will showcase the park’s inhabitants – including bobcats, otters, wolves, grizzly bears, bison, elk, the American dipper, and sandhill cranes, among others – while sharing the intimate stories of survival through winter, spring, summer and fall.
Epic Yellowstone utilizes state-of-the art 8K cameras, FLIR thermal imagery, drone timelapse, Cineflex aerials and miniature nest cameras to reveal the world of Yellowstone’s predators and prey.
“Yellowstone is a magical landscape that has a special and emotional place in the American psyche,” said David Royle, EVP and chief programming officer at Smithsonian Networks, in a statement. “Our filmmakers’ commitment and the extraordinary developments in new technology have enabled us to capture this world in a way that’s never been seen before. It’s full of unexpected moments and wondrous details – and even behavior that has never been seen on camera before.”
Tom Winston is executive producer for Grizzly Creek Films. Tria Thalman and Royle are executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.
Epic Yellowstone premieres on March 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel and will also be made available on the channel’s 10-hour 4K on-demand model.
In the lead-up to the event series, Smithsonian Channel will also premiere an all-new episode of Tusker Television’s Aerial America series, focusing entirely on Yellowstone, on March 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.