TV On The Horizon: National Geographic Channel has ordered three new unscripted series, The Raft, Remote Survival and The Watch, the network announced Tuesday. The three programs are scheduled to premiere in 2015.
“We’re working with trusted partners, taking risks and breaking new ground in showcasing diverse and fearless human stories,” said Tim Pastore, president, original programming and production, National Geographic Channel U.S.
The Watch, from National Geographic Studios, follows people in isolated job. Multimedia entertainment studio Electus has sold The Raft to National Geographic Channel in the U.S. and will be produced in association with Brian Catalina Entertainment. The Raft follows strangers stranded at seas in a life raft for six days.
Remote Survival features people with no survival skills placed in remote locations with an earpiece through which they receive guidance from a professional survival expert, from Eyeworks USA.
“The concept of being stranded at sea is filled with mystery and danger and water is a global landscape that hasn’t yet been truly explored,” said Corie Henson, EVP Unscripted TV of Electus. “The Raft is a social experiment that looks at what people will do when they are pushed to the limit.”
The Raft follows two separate, two man rafts as they fight the harshest of ocean conditions in an attempt to stay alive. All they have is their own ingenuity, miles of endless water, paralyzing fear, loneliness and isolation that comes from facing your own mortality. Can they last at sea until they hit land? Or will extreme conditions cause them to surrender? With this extreme physical and mental challenge, it’s not only their own survival they have to endure, but each other. If one wants to quit, the adventure is over for the both of them.
National Geographic Channel is currently airing another Electus show “Southern Justice” which explores the work of law enforcement agencies in Sullivan County, TN and Ashe County, NC, headed up by Sheriff Wayne Anderson and Sheriff James Williams, respectively.
These sheriffs share a philosophy best described as “Andy Griffith in the 21st century,” and are tasked with protecting these unique, close-knit communities, which often requires a mix of action and compassion. And if a peaceful solution proves impossible, both agencies are ready with SWAT teams to handle the most violent situations.
Brian Catalina Entertainment produces National Geographic Channel’s hit series “Ultimate Survival Alaska,” an epic survival race that challenges some of the nation’s toughest outdoorsmen as they race through the wild Alaskan back-country surviving off the land. Season Three of U.S.A. is set to air in the first quarter of 2015.