[01/13/18 - 11:32 AM]
National Geographic Sets Upcoming Premiere Dates
New series include "Chain of Command," "One Strange Rock" and "America Inside Out with Katie Couric."

[via press release from National Geographic Channel]


Chain of Command, Unprecedented Collaboration With the Pentagon, Hosted by Chris Evans, Jan. 15

Jane, A Film by Brett Morgen, Commercial-free Simulcast on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD, March 12

One Strange Rock, Hosted by Will Smith, From Executive Producers Darren Aronofsky and Jane Root, March 26

America Inside Out With Katie Couric, From Executive Producer and Host Katie Couric, April 11

Genius, From Executive Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, April 24

(Washington, DC/Pasadena, CA - Jan. 13, 2018) National Geographic has set the premiere dates for its 2018 winter/spring series and specials; they were announced today at the network's Winter TCA presentation in Pasadena, California. The slate, premiering globally on National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages, includes new series One Strange Rock and America Inside Out With Katie Couric, the network debut of critically acclaimed documentary feature Jane and the highly anticipated return of the series Genius.

The premiere dates for the new and returning series on National Geographic are as follows:

Chain of Command - Monday, Jan. 15, at 9/8c (Special two-hour premiere)

Jane - Monday, March 12, at 8/7c (Commercial-free simulcast presentation on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD)

One Strange Rock - Monday, March 26, at 9/8c (Special two-hour premiere)

America Inside Out With Katie Couric - Wednesday, April 11, at 10/9c

Genius - Tuesday, April 24, at 9/8c (Special two-hour premiere)

Show descriptions (listed in order of premiere date):


With incredible access inside the walls of the Pentagon and on the front lines of the U.S. military's mission to fight violent extremism around the world, National Geographic's new eight-part documentary series, Chain of Command, premiering on Monday, Jan. 15, at 9/8c, offers a new perspective on what has been dubbed the war of this generation. Filmed over 18 months and narrated by Chris Evans ("Captain America," "The Avengers"), the global event series paints an intimate portrait of how men and women in the U.S. military handle authority and responsibility as well as the sacrifices they make in their personal lives.


Hailed by Vogue as "one of the best documentaries of all time," the critically acclaimed feature documentary JANE will make its broadcast network debut commercial-free as a simulcast on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD on Monday, March 12, at 8/7c on National Geographic. The film, which premiered at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in October to a sold-out audience of over 15,000, is the winner of the National Board of Review's Best Documentary Feature award and the Critic's Choice Documentary Awards' Best Documentary prize. It's also a BAFTA nominee and one of the top 15 documentaries in contention for this year's Academy Awards nominations. Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, JANE is the story of the woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Brett Morgen ("Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck") and set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall - a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world's most admired conservationists. The film will be broadcast on both networks commercial free.


Premiering on Monday, March 26, at 9/8c, acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky ("mother!," "Black Swan," "Requiem for a Dream") and award-winning producer Jane Root ("America: the Story of Us," "The 80s: The Decade That Made Us") join forces on an epic, cinematic event series that will redefine natural history filmmaking. Hosted by Will Smith ("Ali," "Pursuit of Happyness," "Men in Black" franchise), One Strange Rock promises to be a mind-bending, thrilling journey that explores the fragility and wonder of planet Earth, one of the most peculiar, unique places in the entire universe. It's the extraordinary story of why life as we know it exists on Earth, brought into perspective by the only people to have left it behind: astronauts. This 10-part series from Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures brings cameras where they've never been before, having filmed in 45 countries, on six continents and from outer space on the ISS. One Strange Rock guides viewers through our vulnerable, tiny speck of a planet among the vast, harsh cosmic arena, revealing the magical twists of fate that have allowed life to emerge, survive and thrive only on Earth.


America Inside Out With Katie Couric, a six-part documentary series premiering Wednesday, April 11, at 10/9c, follows Couric as she travels the country to sit down with the people shaping the most pivotal, evolving, contentious and often confusing topics in American culture today. Inspired by her own personal journey of making National Geographic's critically acclaimed, groundbreaking documentary Gender Revolution (2017), Couric has expanded her commitment and each week will address some of the most divisive themes confronting our country today, including feminism, Muslims in America, political correctness, the impact of the white working class on the 2016 presidential election, controversial monuments and statues and the rapid growth of technology. Couric enlists cultural icons and regular folks to help her look past the noise, politics and individual discomfort to understand complicated truths.


Emmy´┐Ż-nominated global event series Genius will make its sophomore season debut on National Geographic on Tuesday, April 24, at 9/8c. As one of the 20th century's most influential and celebrated artists, Pablo Picasso imagined and interpreted the world in totally new and unorthodox ways, reinventing our perception of creativity in the process. Starring Antonio Banderas in the titular role, the second season explores how the Spanish-born artist's passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs and constantly shifting political and personal alliances. Genius is executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

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National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic's media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children's media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers ... and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

  [january 2018]  


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