'One Strange Rock' Renewed for Season 2 on National Geographic (Exclusive)

The series from Darren Aronofsky will continue to explore what makes Earth such a unique place in the universe.
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National Geographic Channel and Darren Aronofsky are going to continue exploring One Strange Rock.

The channel has picked up a second season of the series, which explores what makes Earth a unique place (as far as we know) in the universe. The renewal will be announced Wednesday afternoon during NatGeo's time at the Television Critics Association's press tour.

Aronofsky executive produces One Strange Rock with his Protozoa Pictures partners, Ari Handel and Scott Franklin. They teamed up with producers Jane Root and Peter Lovering's Nutopia (NatGeo's The '80s and The '90s) for the series, which explores just how the planet is able to sustain life and the fragile, sometimes threatened systems that keep it thriving.

"The tremendous success of One Strange Rock is a testament to the power of innovative storytelling and an exceptional creative team," said Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks. "With the creative vision of Darren Aronofsky and the expertise of Jane Root and Nutopia, One Strange Rock stretches the traditional boundaries of science and natural history programming. It takes viewers on a breathtaking visual adventure that not only entertains, but also amazes and surprises."

Added Aronofsky, "With National Geographic and the wealth of talent and experience of Jane and Nutopia, we took on this ambitious project to give audiences a new perspective on our living planet. There was so much more we wanted to cover in the first season and couldn’t. I’m grateful we now have the opportunity to bring more of the beauty and wonder of our planet to the screen."

One Strange Rock debuted in March, with Will Smith hosting and taking viewers through some of the big questions the series aims to address. He was assisted by a group of eight astronauts who shared their perspective on what it's like to see our planet from space.

"There’s just so much more to tell, and to be able to continue the epic story of One Strange Rock is incredibly thrilling," said Root. "We set out to make science and the world relevant to viewers, and with the creative talents of Darren and his team, we did just that — in this epic and visually stunning journey."

National Geographic says 81 million people worldwide have watched at least part of One Strange Rock, making it the channel's fourth-most-watched series globally. Encores of the series air Sunday nights on Fox.

Season two of One Strange Rock is scheduled to begin filming in February; a premiere date hasn't been set.