Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between CBS’ Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institute, is preparing a new series on the origin of our home planet, due next month.
Covering everything from the arrival of oceans and freezing global ice sheets to volcanic eruptions and mass extinctions to the role of humans in the planet’s future, The Life of Earth delves deep into the planet’s history and ongoing challenges to sustain life.
The first of the two-part series, titled “From Space,” explores the birth and early life of Earth, as seen from orbit, using clues from over 300 satellites and space stations surveying Earth’s landmarks to work backwards and piece together what the planet’s early days might have looked like.
The second part, “The Age of Humans,” explores the rise of the human race and civilizations, along with changing weather patterns and climates.
The Life of Earth is produced by Talesmith for Smithsonian Networks and Zee TV. Martin Williams serves as executive producer. Charles Poe and David Royle are executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.
“Truly we live in a remarkable time when we as humans have technology, we have the ability to plan ahead, we know our geologic past,” said Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, in the series. “We can put all that together and actually conceive of a desirable future and build a global plan to get to that future. That’s the challenge for humanity in the 21st century.”
The Life of Earth will have its back-to-back two-hour premiere Nov. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.