NAT GEO MUNDO UNVEILS EXCITING 2017-2018 UPFRONT SLATE
New and Returning Series, Stunning Wildlife Specials and an Expanded Lineup of Original Programming to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
(NEW YORK – APRIL 19, 2017) Entering its sixth year, Nat Geo Mundo unveils an exciting slate of programming, including new and returning series, stunning wildlife specials and an expanded lineup of Spanish-language originals to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. The announcement was made in advance of National Geographic’s upfront presentation in the Apple Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
“We’ve experienced continued growth and success since our launch in early 2011,” said National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe. “Each year, Nat Geo Mundo builds on its commitment to Latino audiences, offering premium content that is bold, distinctive and relevant to the U.S. Hispanic market. And this year will be no different.”
The new upfront slate features an increased emphasis on National Hispanic Heritage Month. Throughout September and October, the network will air Spanish-language original series and specials. Mexican personality Alex Syntek returns for an all-new round of Brain Games-style fun with episodes of AsombrosaMente. National Geographic Explorers Fabio Amador and Andres Ruzo team up with top Mexican archaeologists to explore ancestral sites in Mexico in Secrets of the Underworld and the feature documentary Those on the Other Side examines the cultural divide between San Diego and Tijuana.
Nat Geo Mundo will also simulcast some of National Geographic’s highest-profile series, including the recently announced scripted war drama The Long Road Home, starring Kate Bosworth, Jason Ritter and Jeremy Sisto. The network will also broadcast season two of the popular sci-fi series MARS in addition to One Strange Rock, the mind-bending thrilling journey from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.
Building on the legacy of National Geographic’s iconic brand, Nat Geo Mundo features some of the biggest, baddest and most ferocious natural history specials: discover rare shark-feeding events, search for elusive predators, and witness mighty factions of lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas battle it out for power. One thing is for sure: There. Will. Be. Blood.
Nat Geo Mundo 2017-2018 Upfront Slate Includes:
(Please note: All are working titles and subject to change.)
Hispanic Heritage Month Original Programming:
Secrets of the Underworld
3×60, September 2017
Join NG Explorers Fabio Amador and Andres Ruzo and a team of top archaeologists to explore ancestral sites in Mexico in a whole new way. Using cutting-edge technology and firsthand experience, they unravel the mysteries of the Mayan underworld.
2×30, September 2017
In a fun, Brain Games entertaining way, see how people perceive money, food and attraction and what makes us so different from other cultures. With lively re-creations and interactive experiments, Mexican celebrated artist and host Alex Syntek introduces audiences to the latest cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology discoveries.
Flying Home, Scarlet Macaw
1×60, September 2017
A project more than 20 years in the making, Flying Home, Scarlet Macaw explores the reintroduction of the scarlet macaw parrot in Palenque, Mexico, an area from which the species disappeared 85 years ago. Through beautiful cinematography, expert interviews and historical re-enactments, this film brings to the life the inspirational story of how these birds were reintroduced into their natural environment.
Those on the Other Side
1×60, September 2017
A wall of iron and concrete symbolizing the gap between the north and the south separates San Diego and Tijuana. These twin cities constitute the busiest crossing point in the world. Those on the Other Side plunges into the extraordinary world of border residents, living with many paradoxes that the wall creates.
Naachtun Forgotten Mayan City
1×60, October 2017
Naachtun is the last city of the Mayan golden age. We know little about it, and archaeologists have only begun excavations a few years ago. Using ambitious resources — including 4K HD cameras, drones and cutting-edge graphics — researchers are trying to understand how the site could have survived for almost 200 years after the collapse of the Mayan civilization elsewhere and are hoping to shed new light on the history of this people.
Las Escaramuzas, Queens of the Mexican Rodeo
1×60, October 2017
In Mexico, women are becoming rodeo stars in a discipline that’s always been reserved for men: charreria. In teams of eight riders, all side-saddled on specially designed seats, these women display incredible precision, finesse and elegance in several-minutes-long synchronized shows. This discipline is called the escaramuza, a unique competition recognized by the International Charreria Federation in the 1960s. This documentary film will take us into the daily lives of the two best teams.
New and Returning Series:
8×60, October 2017
In this new Nat Geo Mundo exclusive series, Corporal Vadillo of the Barcelona Urban Guard travels to the most troublesome cities in the world to patrol with local policemen. Sharing his peculiar style and deep knowledge of police and criminal techniques, Vadillo reveals valuable tips for avoiding conflict.
4×60, December 2017
At Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru, officers from customs, immigration and law enforcement agencies make sure national security is the top priority by cracking down on criminals attempting to smuggle illegal goods out of the country and helping passengers in trouble.
Science of Stupid
20×30, January 2018
With the help of science experts, Poncho explains exactly how and why adventure turns to misadventure in hundreds of videos found on the internet. Mexican crossover actor and hunk Alfonso “Poncho” Herrera, returns in the third season of this fun and successful series.
National Geographic Syncs:
One Strange Rock
10×60, Feb 2018
National Geographic Channel and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky join forces on an epic, cinematic event series, One Strange Rock, a mind-bending, thrilling journey that explores the fragility and wonder of planet Earth, one of the strangest, most unique places in the entire universe. This 10-part series boasts 100 weeks of filming around the world and from outer space, using innovative micro- and macro-photography technology to bring cameras where they’ve never been before.
The Long Road Home
8×60, Targeted Fall 2018
The Long Road Home relives a heroic fight for survival during the Iraq War, when the 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was ferociously ambushed on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City, Baghdad — a day that came to be known in military annals as “Black Sunday.” The event series cuts between the action on the ground in Iraq and that of the homefront back in Texas, where wives and families await news for 48 hellish hours, expecting the worst.
MARS Season 2
6×60, Targeted April 2018
Of all the planets in our solar system, none has captured our collective imagination like Mars. Last season, viewers followed the first human mission to Mars, set in 2033, as the crew struggled to safely land on and create an initial settlement. In season two, we return to Mars years later once the astronauts have established a full-fledged colony.
Nat Geo WILD Syncs:
Weeklong Event Begins Sunday, July 23, at 8/7c
Nat Geo WILD’s fifth annual SharkFest has the most sharks per square inch on television, making this jaws-a-thon a must-see for the entire family. Discover rare shark-feeding events in the premiere of Shark Swarm, see where sharks go at night in Tiger Shark Terror and witness which species prey on sharks in Shark v. Predator. It will be a week of insights from shark experts and incredible footage of shark behavior to get a comprehensive look at the species in all their glory.
Savage Kingdom II: Uprising
New Global Miniseries Event Premieres Fall 2017
Return to the remote wilderness of Africa, where mighty factions of lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas battle it out for power. Follow gripping drama as embattled kings and scheming princes vie for the savage throne. The drama continues as sons plot to overthrow fathers, clans seek revenge on their enemies and new arrivals enter the Savage Kingdom to stake their claim.
Big Cat Week
Eighth Annual Weeklong Event Premieres Winter 2017
The weeklong event hopes to raise awareness for the plight of our planet’s big cats and is in association with National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. In this year’s buzzworthy Big Cat Week lineup, National Geographic photographers Steve Winter and Bertie Gregory track down and capture incredible footage of Brazil’s top predator in Jaguar vs. Croc; renowned wildlife filmmaker Bob Poole reveals the intimate story of a Cheetah mother and her cubs in Cheetah Diaries; three prides of lions battle over territory, food and power in the dramatic three-part special Lion Kingdom; and we reveal the secrets of a legendary tigress that famously reigned over her territory in western region of India in the new special Machli.