National Geographic Channel will look to build on its “smartainment” lineup with several new shows, along with a move into the food/cooking genre with two new series, the network announced Wednesday during its upfront presentation in New York.
Nat Geo, which set a viewership record in 2013 on the strength of original series such as Brain Games and its original movie Killing Kennedy, will expand its "smartainment" science/entertainment-based programming with several new series. Crowd Control, which features several innovative and fun science experiments that can manipulate the behavior of people, and You Can’t Lick Your Elbow -- featuring former-NFL star and now CBS studio analyst Tony Gonzalez and focusing on body tricks like holding your breath for four minutes -- will join returning series Brain Games and None Of The Above on the Nat Geo lineup, said network officials.
Other new shows include Meat Heads, which chronicles the travels of chef Eric Greenspan who travels the country to find meaty recipes; Cabin Fever, which follows a family of builders who create log cabin dwellings; The Primitives, which follows families that live off the land; and Remote Survival, in which individuals are dropped in the middle of nowhere with only a two-way headset to guide them through the wilderness.
The network will also offer special event programming, including American Genius, which highlights rivalries between the country’s most brilliant minds; Driving America, which chronicles America’s love affair with cars; Eat, which looks at the history of and future of food in America; and The Great American Sleep Project, in which the network partners with the National Institutes of Health to showcase the importance of sleep.
The network will also look to continue its success in the original movie genre with the airing on Killing Jesus, based on Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling novel.