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Nat Geo unveils slate of upcoming personality-driven titles

National Geographic has unveiled its slate of upcoming unscripted content ahead of Disney’s upfront presentation on Tuesday (May 17), with a focus on personality-driven titles that reflects the network’s previous ...
May 16, 2022

National Geographic has unveiled its slate of upcoming unscripted content ahead of Disney’s upfront presentation on Tuesday (May 17), with a focus on personality-driven titles that reflects the network’s previous success with such series as Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, Trafficked With Mariana van Zeller and Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

Leading off the new series is Dance the World with Derek Hough, produced by Walt Disney Television Alternative. On each episode, Hough, a professional dancer who appeared for years on Dancing with the Stars, will partner with a celebrity guest to explore the roots of the some of the most popular dance styles and trends from around the world. Grant Kahler is the series’ executive producer and showrunner, with Betsy Forhan executive producing for National Geographic.

RuPaul’s Drag Race prodco World of Wonder is behind Restaurants at the End of the World, in which chef and entrepreneur Kristen Kish travels to restaurants in remote locations to learn about the people, places, cultures and traditions behind their cuisine. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Jeremy Simmons are executive producers on the series for World of Wonder, with Ross Fremer, Brian Oakes and Christine O’Malley executive producing for Cinetic and Forhan executive producing for National Geographic.

Travel blogger Jeff Jenkins will be fronting a currently untitled project from Hit + Run that will see him spend one week at a time completing different adventures. Rob Shaftel and Jon Kroll are executive producers for the series, with Sean D. Johnson executive producing for National Geographic.

Farming Is Life, a new series from Nobody’s Hero and ITV America, will follow farming expert and influencer Indy Srinath as she meets aspiring farmers and works with aqua, rooftop, indoor, homestead, suburban and foraging farmers who are at breaking points. Jonty Nash, Christopher Potts, Sarah Howell and Bill Pruitt are executive producers, with Drew Jones serving as executive producer for National Geographic.

Life-long bird watcher Christian Cooper (pictured) leads the new series Extraordinary Birder from Lucky 8, in which he travels from Alaska to Puerto Rico to Manhattan to learn about assorted species of birds. George Kralovansky, Irfan Rahman, Kimberly Woodard, Jon Kroll and Doug Veith are executive producers, with Pam Caragol executive producing for National Geographic.

Last up on the Nat Geo slate is Science Fair: The Series from Muck Media. Inspired by the SXSW audience award–winning documentary of the same name, the series follows teens working their way towards the International Science and Engineering Fair. Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster, Jeffrey Plunkett and Meri Haitkin are executive producers, with Chris Kugelman executive producing for National Geographic.

The new series will premiere on one of National Geographic’s linear channels or on Disney+, and will all eventually make their way to the streaming platform.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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