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If the Mayans were right, and the world ends December 21, 2012, are you prepared? National Geographic Channel invites viewers to meet the people that are, when Doomsday Preppers returns for a second season on Tuesday, December 4.

Doomsday Preppers focuses on the lives of otherwise ordinary people who are preparing for the end of the world, and experts who analyze the thoroughness of their preps. These men and women stand united in their unshakable certainty that the world will soon face tougher times, when grocery stores will be empty, urine might be converted to drinking water and electricity will be only a memory.

In season two, viewers will meet a variety of individuals who are committed to thinking through every contingency plan, including a diabetic mother stockpiling insulin to survive the devastation of an F-5 tornado she fears is coming, a 14-year-old preparing for a global economic collapse, a millionaire getting ready for a massive earthquake and a “Brady Bunch” prepping family who anticipate a terrorist smallpox epidemic. Continue reading »

Superstorm New York: What Really Happened, a one-hour special, premieres in Canada on Saturday, November 24 at 9pm ET on National Geographic Channel, and will air globally this month in 171 countries.

The documentary brings viewers inside the eye of the storm to understand how 145 kilometre per hour winds extended from its centre, and driving rains and fatal storm surges left thousands displaced and millions without power. Find out how this “frankenstorm” developed and dig further into the unpredictability of nature’s fury in the 21st century. Continue reading »

National Geographic Channel President Howard T. Owens announced today that actor, producer, writer and director Tom Hanks is joining the two-hour television event Killing Lincoln from executive producers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions.

Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner known for his roles in Saving Private Ryan, Forest Gump, Apollo 13, The Green Mile, and The Da Vinci Code, among many others, will serve as the on-camera host, historical commentator and narrator.

Hanks joins director Adrian Moat (Gettysburg), Emmy Award-winning writer/Executive Producer Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers) and producer Mark Herzog’s Herzog & Co. (Gettysburg) on the film, which is based on Bill O’Reilly’s New York Times best-selling book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever written with co-author Martin Dugard. Continue reading »

National Geographic Channel’s bold new schedule brings viewers into the heart of the exciting investigations that have positioned it as the #1 digital specialty channel in Canada (A25-54 and V2+)*.

The new line-up is packed with addictive programming exclusive to National Geographic Channel subscribers, including an inside look at the world of Canadian border services officers, an in-depth examination of the complex issue of bluefin tuna fishing, and intimate portrayals of fascinating North American subcultures. Continue reading »

Earlier this year, the visionary filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron descended 6.8 miles to the spot known as the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench, an area deeper than Mt. Everest is tall.

Cameron is the only individual ever to complete the dive in a solo vehicle and the first person since 1960 to reach the very bottom of the world in a manned submersible.

James Cameron: Voyage to the Bottom of the Earth, airing exclusively on National Geographic Channel, features Cameron’s most personal interview to date on the remarkable journey. Culled from more than two hours of his firsthand accounts of the project, it details everything from more than seven years of development to the actual moment he touched the bottom of the Earth. The project is also his first expedition as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.

CGI animation illustrates the colossal scale of the trip to reach the bottom, which took over two hours. Slowly diving past the lowest level a nuclear submarine can reach, beyond the last traces of sunlight at 3,300 feet, continuing to the depth of Titanic’s final resting place at about 12,500 feet and diving deeper than the height of Mt. Everest at 29,035 feet until finally reaching his ultimate goal — the ocean floor. 

The historic dive was a huge triumph that succeeded not only in filming the ocean’s deepest point for scientists and lovers of the ocean everywhere but also highlighting the need for oceanic research. 

Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories is the first documentary detailing the recent cruise ship tragedy in Italy with a minute-by-minute account.

Told primarily through the eyes of those who experienced it, this one-hour special weaves together in-depth stories from passengers, staff, and Coast Guard rescuers using stunning home video and CGI to reconstruct the sinking of the Costa Concordia.

Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories outlines the chaos of that fateful day.

Hear the full story firsthand as passengers and crew describe the scramble to get on to the last remaining lifeboats, the Coast Guard’s search for survivors – and the outrage over the captain abandoning the ship.

National Geographic Channel delivers a slew of new and returning series to the fall lineup; from shocking tales of survival abroad and the extreme science behind miraculous death-defying feats, to quirky experiments and redneck rocket men!

Currently Canada’s #1 digital channel (A18-49 & A25-54), with over 5 million household subscribers nationwide, National Geographic Channel’s powerful programming launching throughout September and October, will surprise and enthrall viewers with an envelope-pushing lineup of series that think and tell stories outside the ‘yellow box’.

Frontier Force is a brand-new series that leaves viewers feeling the adrenaline of riding shotgun with the Montana police force.  Auto theft, drug overdoses and even trespassing grizzly bears are all in a day’s work when it comes to the calls Montana police respond to in the rugged land known as America’s Final Frontier.

A woman is severely injured in remote mountainous terrain, where first responders must take hours, not minutes, to reach her.

Police suspect that an Iraqi war vet needs psychiatric evaluation instead of jail time after a fight, and a man pulled over for drunken driving claims it’s his constitutional right to drive intoxicated. Frontier Force premieres tonight, Thursday, September 29 at 10 pm.

Premiering Monday, October 3 at 10 pm, The Indestructibles investigates 10 real-life disastrous incidents to explain how someone could survive the seemingly unsurvivable.  Deconstructing footage from each accident, hard and fast scientific principles behind these cases that defy the laws of probability are revealed.  

Viewers will witness harrowing accounts from eyewitnesses and victims to get a 360° look at what really happened, including a skydiver who falls from almost five kilometers up, a helicopter split in half high above city streets, an SUV that rolls over a pedestrian, a zoo keeper attacked by hungry lions and a tourist pulled off a cliff by violent Hawaiian waves. New episodes will air at 10 pm and 10:30 pm beginning October 3.

On Monday, October 17, meet the self-proclaimed Rocket City Rednecks.  They are five “backwoods” guys from the rocket city:  Huntsville, Alabama, home to NASA’s Marshall Flight Center and the birthplace of the U.S. space program.  They love to shoot stuff and drink beer, and one of them lives in a trailer, but with a family tree full of NASA rocket scientists (not to mention their own PhDs and advanced degrees), they aim a little higher — like using homemade moonshine to fuel a rocket. With their thick accents and distinctive vocabulary, the tight-knit group brings its own unique style of Southern charm to science and technology. Back-to-back episodes of Rocket City Rednecks begin Monday, October 17 at 9 pm.

The new series Mad Scientists taps into viewers’ curiosity to see if science experiments will succeed or go disastrously wrong. Premiering Tuesday, October 18 at 9 pm, travel across America with professional builder, master-of-all-trades and host John Bowler as he goes into gadget-filled garages and junk-strewn backyards to meet the amateur inventors, weekend scientists and eccentric engineers next door. They are the brainiacs with a penchant for outrageous “toys” — like a jet-powered minivan, a fire-breathing wheelchair, a water-powered rocket belt or a giant telephone pole seesaw. The series checks out their prized gizmos and challenges them to improve their greatest inventions. New episodes will air at 9 pm and 9:30 pm beginning October 18.

New seasons of Locked Up Abroad, Known Universe and Hard Time round out the stellar fall schedule.

Tonight, Thursday, September 29 at 9 pm, National Geographic Channel premieres its latest installment of Locked Up Abroad, taking viewers inside first-hand accounts of capture, imprisonment and pure terror far from home.

Known Universe returned for a third season Tuesday September 27 at 10 pm. The series explores fascinating mysteries of our universe; from killer asteroids and sun storms to massive volcanoes and life on other planets.

Hard Time takes viewers on a yearlong journey behind bars, following the lives of those who work and serve time in two of Georgia’s toughest maximum-security prisons. Season two premieres tonight, Thursday September 29 at 8 pm.

As the United States and the world prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of the day that changed America and the world, the National Geographic Channel presents GEORGE W. BUSH: THE 9/11 INTERVIEW. 

The premiere documentary, airing Thursday September 8 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT reveals exclusive, first-person insight into the man at the epicenter of U.S government’s decisions in the face of the deadliest terrorist attack launched on American soil.  

Taped over the course of a two-day interview, President George W. Bush opens up with candid details and personal experiences on the grueling hours and pressure-packed days following the attacks.  George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview also opens a new window into his personal account, with never-before-released archival footage and exclusive materials directly from the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

Until now, the former president has never discussed on camera what he was thinking and feeling, and what drove his real-time, life-or-death decisions in the first minutes, hours and days after the attacks.  In the most in-depth televised interview he has ever given on the subject, he provides intimate detail on what he grappled with as both commander in chief charged with protecting his fellow citizens, and as a family man concerned for his loved ones. 

Through the two-day interview, President George W. Bush tells his first-person story, starting with his morning jog before a school visit where he first learned the nation was under attack.  We hear what facts he weighed when Andrew Card first whispered in his ear; the impact of his situation in a classroom full of children and the press corps; his first efforts to communicate with the nation at large; the concerns of the Secret Service for his safety on Air Force One; the flow of information from the military, intelligence agencies and news outlets; and his historic trip to Ground Zero in New York in the aftermath of this unprecedented moment.

“From the air it looked like … a giant scar.  But when I actually got to the site, it was like walking into hell,”

President Bush said of his Sept. 14 visit to Ground Zero. President Bush also shared the personal concerns that many Americans had that day — for his parents, his children, his wife.  Hear in intimate detail as never before what the president was feeling, not only as the president but as a man worried for his family.  “One of my concerns, like the concerns of other husbands and wives, was, ‘Was my spouse okay?  Was Laura okay?’  And my second concern was ‘Were our girls okay?’”

Coincidentally, the day before NGC’s two-day interview with President Bush, the announcement that the United States had killed Osama bin Laden was made by President Obama.  Bush gave his real-time reaction to those fresh events on camera:  “And President Obama called me [and] told me that Osama bin Laden had been killed.  And my response was, I congratulated him, and the special operators that conducted a very dangerous mission.… And so I was grateful.  I didn’t feel any great sense of happiness or jubilation.  I felt a sense of closure.  And I felt a sense of gratitude that justice had been done.”

The in-depth interview and candid observations by the former president illuminate his personal journey through one of the most unforgettable moments in modern American history.  “There were no politics, no agenda as he recalled what happened that day,” explains Peter Schnall, executive producer and director, who conducted the two-day interview.  “What you hear is the personal story of a man who also happened to be our president.  Listening to him describe how he grappled with a sense of anger and frustration coupled with his personal mandate to lead our country through this devastating attack was incredibly powerful.” 

“Eventually, September the 11th will be a day on the calendar; it’ll be like Pearl Harbor Day,” President Bush concludes.  “For those of us who lived through it, it’ll be a day that we’ll never forget.”

In Canada, the film kicks off 9/11 – Ten Years Later, a week of programming that includes the premieres of Inside 9/11: The War Continues (premiering Tuesday, September 6), a new chapter in NGC’s critically acclaimed, definitive four-part documentary on the attacks; CIA Confidential: 9/11 Mastermind (September 6), chronicling the CIA’s dramatic story of the quest to capture Khalid Sheik Mohammed; and 9/11 and the American Dream (Sunday September 11), offering the very personal stories of people from all over the world who came to the United States and were working in the towers when the planes struck. These survivors explore why they survived when so many others perished.

George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview is produced by Partisan Pictures for National Geographic Channels worldwide.  For Partisan Pictures, director/producer is Peter Schnall; producer/writer is Don Campbell; editor is Connie Rinehart; coordinating producer is Whitney Johnson; associate producer is Kyle Giddens.  For National Geographic Channels International, executive producer is Allan Butler.  Senior vice president of programming and production is Michael Cascio.

Beginning this week, National Geographic Channel, in partnership with Canada.com and Petsecure, kicked-off the ‘Cesar Millan LIVE Contest’, giving Dog Whisperer fans the opportunity to witness Cesar Millan’s talents first-hand at his upcoming live Canadian show.

Coinciding with the new sixth season of Dog Whisperer and Cesar Millan’s highly-anticipated inaugural Canadian tour, the ‘Cesar Millan LIVE Contest’ gives viewers the opportunity to win VIP tickets to his informative and hugely entertaining live show and one year of pet insurance, courtesy of Petsecure. 

Fans and dog lovers across Canada are encouraged to enter the ‘Cesar Millan LIVE Contest’ at www.canada.com/cesarmillan for the chance to win VIP tickets to this unique live event.

At each venue, Cesar reveals his secrets to happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions.

Grand prize winners will be chosen from nine cities and will win a pair of VIP tickets to the live tour venue in their city, as well as one year of pet insurance from Petsecure. In addition, 100 secondary prizes will be drawn, consisting of regular admission tickets to the live tour venues. 

“Dog Whisperer is a massive hit on National Geographic Channel and we wanted to give our viewers access to a live experience that provides insight and tips from the series first-hand, from Cesar Millan himself,” said Jennifer Mason, Senior Brand Manager, Factual Channels, Canwest Broadcasting. “This national contest gives us the opportunity to celebrate dog lovers across the country and encourage more Canadians to truly become the master of their own packs.” 

The ‘Cesar Millan LIVE Contest’ is being promoted on-air with a 30 second promo, currently airing on National Geographic Channel, as well as online with extensive promotion on www.natgeotv.com. In addition, contest support extends to Petsecure’s promotional platforms including their email database, website and Facebook page. The contest will also be promoted through the Canada.com network including newsletters, house ads and Facebook. For more information on the ‘Cesar Millan LIVE Contest”, please visit www.canada.com/cesarmillan. The contest closes on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. 

 

‘Cesar Millan LIVE’ Canadian Tour Dates & Grand Prize Venues: 

Victoria, BC – October 26 – Save On Foods Memorial Centre 

Vancouver, BC – October 27 – River Rock Casino Resort 

Vancouver, BC – October 28 – Boulevard Casino’s Red Robinson Show Theatre 

Hamilton, ON – October 30 – Copps Coliseum 

Toronto, ON – November 1 – Air Canada Centre 

London, ON – November 2 – John Labatt Centre 

Ottawa, ON – November 3 – Scotiabank Place 

Edmonton, AB – November 6 – Rexall Place 

Calgary, AB – November 7 – Pengrowth Saddledome 

 

Dog Whisperer, Season 6 airs Sundays at 5pm ET/ 2 pm PT, only on National Geographic Channel.

Back-to-back new episodes –Saturdays at 5 & 6 pm ET/ 3 & 4 pm PT beginning January 9

Dog Whisperer follows Cesar Millan, renowned dog behavior expert, as he goes directly into the homes of dog owners – without any prior information about the dog’s case – and documents the remarkable transformations that take place under Cesar’s calm, assertive guidance.