National Geographic and Wild renew favorites, add more unscripted and specials

By Vanessa Frith,

The National Geographic Channel and sister channel National Geographic Wild have announced some of what will be in store for viewers in the coming year.

As upfronts get underway, Nat Geo has rolled out a slate of programming that includes both scripted and unscripted series as well as several returning spots. According to Broadcasting and Cable, last year the network moved from a schedule of one-off programs to a lineup of series, a decision which resulted in a 22 percent increase in ratings for ages 25-54.

This ratings boost has lead Nat Geo to renew unscripted programs including Alaska State Troopers, Wicked Tuna, Diggers, Doomsday Preppers, and Night of Exploration, reports Broadcasting and Cable.

Deadline reports that the network has such confidence in the upcoming premier seasons of Brain Games and Ultimate Survival Alaska, that the pair have been renewed before even hitting the air.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, entering the lineup for the first time are Building Wild, which focuses on building homes in the wilderness; Die Trying, where adventurers push the envelope in the name of science; Showdown of the Unbeatables, which pits new inventions head to head competition; and The Legend of Mick Dodge, a series which gives viewers a look into the life of a survivalist.

In terms of specials, The Hollywood Reporter states that Nat Geo will be premiering Killing Kennedy, a look into the build up to the Kennedy assassination, based on the book authored by Bill O’Reilly, the same man who brought the network last year’s Killing Lincoln. Broadcasting and Cable also list Miracle on the Hudson as an upcoming special focusing on US Airways Flight 1549.

According to Deadline, National Geographic Wild will be getting several new series as well, including Jobs that Bite! and a new show featuring Cesar Millan. Renewed series for Wild include Fish Tank Kings and The Incredible Dr. Pol.

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