Discovery Orders Impossible Wonders

Fresh in the wake of its Planet Earth debut, Discovery Channel commissioned another science and nature documentary series, Natural Wonders.

The new six-part series -- to be produced by Emmy Award-winning Impossible Pictures -- is slated to air during the first quarter of 2008.

“We are proud to partner once again with Impossible Pictures for this stunning, ambitious new series,” said Jane Root, president and general manager of Discovery Channel and The Science Channel. “With Impossible, Discovery Channel knows it’s working with producers at the top of their craft.”

The two companies last paired to produce Secrets of the Deep, which aired during the fourth quarter of 2006.

Natural Wonders will follow thrill-seekers and adventurers around the globe as they dive, surf, climb and fly over dramatic scenery, including the Grand Canyon, Angel Falls and the Sahara Desert. Each hour-long episode will feature a new destination and include anecdotes, special effects and reconstructions.

Discovery plans to announce other new programming April 5.