National Geographic has greenlit three linear unscripted series with an adventure theme, including a spinoff of the Life Below Zero franchise (pictured).
The new series were unveiled by Courteney Monroe, president of National Geographic Content during Nat Geo’s TCA session on Wednesday (August 18). All three series will also have a second window streaming on Disney+.
Life Below Zero: First Alaskans, is Nat Geo’s first non-fiction series with a cast of Native Alaskans at its core, including representation on the production team and crew. It tells the stories of Alaskan Natives focused on their rights to preserve their ways of life, which are under threat.
The series will begin production this September, and expands the partnership on the Life Below Zero franchise between Nat Geo and BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm. Travis Shakespeare and Joseph Litzinger are executive producers for BBC Studios, with Kevin Tao Mohs executive producing for National Geographic. Alan Eyres is SVP of production and development.
Nat Geo also announced The 7 Toughest Days on Earth, starring explorer Dwayne Fields as he braves the toughest environments on the planet. Fields, the first Black British citizen to conquer the magnetic north pole, will be dropped into some of the world’s most extreme places where he’ll try to last seven days along with his small crew, eventually leading them to an extraction point. The series is set to begin production in winter of 2021.
The 7 Toughest Days on Earth is produced by Nutopia, with Jane Root and Sam Bagnall executive producing for Nutopia. For National Geographic, Chris Kugelman is executive producer, Bengt Anderson is vice president of production, and Eyres is SVP of production and development.
Rounding out the new titles is the culinary-themed Appetite for Adventure, featuring award-winning BBQ pitmaster and U.S. Navy veteran Big Moe Cason. The show follows Cason as he travels the globe in search of the world’s “mythical” dishes, all cooked over an open flame.
Appetite for Adventure begins production in October, and is produced by Hit + Run. Rob Shaftel is executive producer for Hit + Run. For National Geographic, Lauren Thompson is executive producer, Matt Renner is vice president of production, and Eyres is SVP, production and development. Big Moe Cason is represented by The Burke Management Firm.
“These new series are exciting additions to our stable of popular, returnable, scalable series led by charismatic personalities,” said Monroe in a release. “The talent at the center of each of these series have unique voices and perspectives that will undoubtedly inspire the explorer in all of us.”