Science Fair

Nat Geo nabs science fair doc, adds science/space based specials and names genre-friendly Genius subject

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Apr 18, 2018

With series like Cosmos and One Strange Rock, Nat Geo has been recently making a name for itself in the world of educational TV. Now, with a slew of announced acquisitions and greenlit original productions -- not to mention the renewal of Genius for a third season focused on Frankenstein author Mary Shelley -- the channel will be adding even more science to its line-up.

According to Deadline, there will be two acquisitions and three programs (two specials and one docuseries) alongside two live events, all which should pique your scientific interests. The new programs will be In Their Own Words, a docuseries from Tom Jennings in which historical stories are told through a series of lost or forgotten audio and video recordings; Mission to the Sun, a documentary about NASA’s upcoming solar mission they’re embarking upon in July 2018; and Apollo 50th Anniversary, a documentary told without narration and only the recordings of news broadcasts at the time, as well as those involved at Mission Control or onboard the space capsules.

These intense looks at historical and upcoming scientific events will be bolstered by actual event programming by the channel, going micro and macro when appreciating life on Earth. The first, Brain Games Live, will be a real-time two-hour event of brain teasers and thought experiments aimed at revealing the brain’s inner workings. The second, Yellowstone Live, is a four-day live event exploring the national park and all its wildlife. The camera crews go camping so you don’t have to.

“A little over two years ago, we embarked on our biggest journey yet, an expanded joint venture with 21st Century Fox — allowing us to invest in bigger, bolder, more premium content than ever before,” said Gary Knell, CEO, National Geographic Partners. This focus (add expanded budget) applies to outside content as well, like acquired documentaries including directors Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster’s Science Fair -- following nine students as they prepare for 2017’s International Science and Engineering Fair -- and director Neil Gelinas’s Into the Okavango -- a look at the endangered and biodiverse river basin.

The programs, diversifying Nat Geo’s scope to space, the Earth, and the human mind, are truly pushing the company’s joint venture to its televisual limits. Are you excited?