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NBC Orders Unscripted ‘Surviving Earth’ Docuseries

Surviving Earth on NBC

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NBC has ordered the unscripted special-event docuseries Surviving Earth. There are eight hour-long episodes and the show’s premiere will be announced later. 

Surviving Earth “will take an incredible journey into prehistory to learn the lessons from past mass extinctions,” according to NBC. Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, “each episode transports the viewer back to meet the bizarre and amazing creatures and breathtaking landscapes of a vibrant lost world. Audiences will witness how life finds a way to survive on a planet where meteors fall, super volcanoes erupt, seas boil and the land moves.”

“This epic event series promises to be unlike anything we’ve seen before, with state-of-the-art technology recreating an immersive view of prehistoric Earth,” said Rod Aissa, executive VP, unscripted content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “With a project of this magnitude, we’re in excellent hands with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Loud Minds on board bringing it to life.”  

Surviving Earth is a co-production between the two studios. 

“This documentary series brings to life the rich history of our planet to shed light on its future,” said Toby Gorman, president, Universal Television Alternative Studio. “It’s a thrill to tap into the latest technology while diving into Earth’s prehistoric past alongside our partners at Loud Minds. We’re excited to bring this unparalleled project to NBC.” ■

Michael Malone
Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.