Discovery has scheduled a monthlong lineup of Earth Day programming as part of an effort to bring “attention to our beautiful world” and “all of the wildlife that call it home.”
The programming — will air across Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the subscription streaming service discovery+ — includes several new shows, including Endangered, a series executive produced and narrated by Ellen DeGeneres, and a marathon of the Emmy-nominated series Serengeti.
Endangered, debuting April 22 on discovery+, follows the effort of dedicated wildlife conservationists across the globe as they work to compile the latest version of The Red List — the most comprehensive record of the state of the world’s wildlife that has ever been created. Endangered marks BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s first non-BBC commission.
Other new programming includes Expedition Deep Ocean, debuting April 1 on discovery+, which follows the record-breaking mission of explorer and entrepreneur Victor Vescovo and his Five Deeps Expedition team, made up of scientists and explorers, as they set off on the first descent to the bottom of all five of the world’s oceans. The team descends up to a record depth of 10,928 meters, discover more than 40 new species and scan areas of the oceans that are “less well known than the surface of Mars.” The show is produced by Atlantic Productions.
First to the Top of the World, launching April 8 on discovery+, tells the true story of how, in 1968, four “average Joes” from Minnesota teamed up with a French Canadian bon vivant to make the 500-mile journey across the polar ice cap via snowmobile to become the first men ever to complete the overland trek to the North Pole. In addition, with the help of journalist Charles Kuralt, the unlikely heroes of the Plaisted Polar Expedition peeled back the curtain on a cover-up more than 50 years in the making — and discovered that explorer Robert Peary’s 1909 claim of being the first man to reach the North Pole was in all likelihood a fabrication. It’s produced by Jupiter Entertainment.
The Swim, premiering April 15 on discovery+, follows long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte as he embarks on a historic 5,000-mile long swim across the Pacific Ocean to gain awareness on the state of ocean health from pollution. The show follows Lecomte — who became the first man to swim across the Atlantic in 1998 — as he journeys six months from Japan to San Francisco. It’s produced in association with Seeker and Nomadica.
Chasing Ocean Giants, launching April 29 on discovery+, features Patrick Dykstra, Wall Street lawyer turned BAFTA Award-winning ocean cinematographer and modern-day sea explorer, who goes underwater to seek new and unrecorded ocean phenomena to get a closer look at blue whales, Orcas and more. Giants is produced by Underdog Films and Plimsoll Productions.
Meanwhile, on Earth Day (April 22), Discovery Channel will air a marathon of Serengeti, narrated by Lupita Nyong’o. The show hails from Simon Fuller and John Downer.
Also on Earth Day, Discovery will air a special two-hour preview of the series A Perfect Planet, while hails from David Attenborough and the team behind the original Planet Earth and The Hunt. A Perfect Planet explains how the living planet operates, showing how the forces of nature — weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes — drive, shape and support Earth’s diversity of life. In doing so, it reveals how animals are perfectly adapted to whatever the environment throws at them.
In addition, Animal Planet will re-air the North America series, narrated by Tom Selleck, on Earth Day.
“For us at Discovery, we look to celebrate our planet and the incredible people, places and wildlife who call it home each and every day,” says Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer, Discovery & Factual. “Earth Day is a welcomed reminder of the important work that has to be done in order to preserve and protect our planet, but also to celebrate the beauty of our natural world. We are thrilled to invite viewers to join us all month long in celebration of our planet and the incredible slate of programming that highlights the beauty that surrounds us.”