National Geographic Global Television Networks president Courteney Monroe unveiled the latest lineup of science, adventure and exploration content throughout the 2019-20 upfront season.
Highlights of the network’s announcements include the return of popular series Brain Games, adding a Hollywood twist with celebrities participating,; new series Race To The Centre Of The Earth, pitting extreme adventurers on a journey to win USD$1 million; and Lost Cities With Albert Lin, showcasing up-and-coming National Geographic talent.
Following the success of the network’s landmark natural history series Hostile Planet, which has reached a total of 13.2 million US viewers to date in L+7, marking the highest-rated series premiere on the channel since One Strange Rock premiered last March, this upfront sees an new epic special — China’s Hidden Kingdoms, setting the bar even higher with new animal behavior narratives and breathtaking landscapes that will not only entertain but take viewers to places beyond their wildest imaginations.
“For the past three years, our focus has been on quality and distinctiveness above all else and on building the most creatively ambitious, most entertaining National Geographic television network in history. This year’s upfront slate continues that ambition with highly entertaining programming from the best creative talent in the business,” said Monroe. “Big, bold premium programming that lives up to the promise and expectations of the National Geographic brand, including the reboot of our highly rated family-friendly series Brain Games; the next season of our multiple-Emmy-winning anthology series Genius, profiling the life of the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Aretha Franklin; and two inside access series, featuring incredible new talent Mariana van Zeller and Albert Lin.”
National Geographic’s Oscar-winning Free Solo, which grossed USD$17.5 million at the box office, debuted on the network in March 2019 in the US and April 2019 in the Middle East and North Africa as the most-watched National Geographic Documentary Film, with more than 3 million US viewers in its linear debut.