Alec Baldwin to Host Nat Geo's Weekly 'Night of Exploration'
Alec Baldwin will host National Geographic Channel's weekly "Night of Exploration" beginning Friday, June 14, the network announced on Thursday.
The Emmy-award winning actor's first on-air hosting duty will be "Crossing the Ice," an adventure across Antarctica.
"Alec has the perfect combination of energy and gravitas that we think our Night of Exploration viewers will love," said David Lyle, CEO, National Geographic Channels. "Each week, he will introduce the compelling stories of people around the globe whose drive to climb higher, dive lower or dig deeper never cease to amaze."
This is not the first time Baldwin has appeared on National Geographic Channel. In 2010, he served as narrator for the miniseries, "Great Migrations."
Nat Geo's "Night of Exploration," airing Fridays at 8 p.m.ET/PT, is being rolled out along with five new series: "Battleground Afghanistan," "Eyewitness War," "Inside Secret America," "Inside the American Mob" and "The Castle." Returning series include: "Ultimate Survival Australia," "Life Below Zero," "Taboo USA," "Diggers" and "Doomsday Preppers."
Below is the network's description of each new series.
"Battleground Afghanistan" (Markus Vernon Davies)
Premieres Monday, July 1, at 9 PM ET/PT
Following the critically acclaimed series Inside Combat Rescue, NGC looks inside the latest chapter of the Afghan Conflict as seen by the American Marines in Afghanistan. Capt. Ben Middendorf and his men take the fight directly to the Taliban with a mission to locate, disrupt and destroy the enemy.
"Eyewitness War" (Karga Seven Pictures)
Premieres Monday, July 1, at 10 PM and 10:30 PM ET/PT
Follow the men and women of the Army, Navy, Drug Enforcement Administration, Coast Guard and other forces through the chaos of battle with real-life, first-person footage. It's their vision, their words, their war.
"Inside Secret America" (National Geographic Television)
Series Premieres Wednesday, July 10, at 10 PM ET/PT
Investigative journalists Mariana van Zeller and Darren Foster take you inside the nation's underground networks to the heart of America's most controversial issues, from guns to drugs to the paranormal.
"Inside the American Mob" (Left/Right)
Series Premieres Sunday, July 28, at 9 PM ET/PT
Take a look at the little-known but pivotal escapades, capers and cadavers that truly compose the history of the mob in America.
"The Castle" (Sharp Entertainment)
Series Premieres in August
With his 10 kids, American prepper Brent Bruns builds a castle deep in the South Carolina woods that will serve as a bunker in case an electromagnetic burst results in a massive power outage.
Below is the full schedule for "Night of Exploration."
"Crossing the Ice"
Premieres Friday, June 14, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
No one has ever walked without any assistance across the wasteland of Antarctica to the South Pole and back … until now. In a special documentary, NGC follows Australian explorers Justin "Jonesey" Jones and James "Cas" Castrission on their excruciating journey to set a world record. Not only do these daring adventurers have to battle freezing weather, serious injuries, hypothermia and gear failures, but along the way they learn that a Norwegian skier is also attempting to achieve the exact same goal. See how these men, delirious with starvation and pain, test their boundaries of endurance on a nail-biting journey from which no man has ever come out alive before.
"Mystery Bear of the Arctic"
Friday, June 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
High above the Arctic Circle, on a remote Canadian island, an American sports hunter shoots what he believes is a polar bear. He is mistaken. His Inuit guide has never seen an animal like this before. The killing unleashes an investigation by the Canadian authorities. But no one can tell exactly what he has shot. The hunter is under threat of prosecution for a crime he says he didn't commit. Scientists pore over the only evidence they have — the corpse of an animal they've never seen before. With each new discovery, the mystery deepens as they try to discover the exact species of this animal.
"Secrets of the Lost Gold"