The latest incarnation of National Geographic Channel’s long-running, critically acclaimed Explorer will begin trotting the globe on Monday, Nov. 14 at 10/9c, TVLine can report exclusively.
Returning in a “reimagined” format and hosted by Richard Bacon, Explorer will tape in front of a live studio audience in New York City and offer a mix of field pieces, roundtable discussions and in-depth interviews as it continues the decades-old docuseries’ legacy of innovative journalism.
“We are excited about the significant expansion in the scope and ambition of Explorer, which emulates National Geographic’s ongoing commitment to topical, entertaining and, most importantly, vital reporting,” original programming president Tim Pastore said in a statement. “This is a new chapter for the legendary series, and we are investing heavily in this brand to bring viewers important topics that will both inform and entertain.”
Among the pieces to be featured — from field correspondents including Bryan Christy (“Explorer: Warlords of Ivory”), Ryan Duffy (Vice), Francesca Fiorentini (Al Jazeera Media Network), Jena Friedman (Daily Show), Justin Hall (“Explorer: Battle for Virunga”), Billie Mintz (“Jesus Town, USA”), Tania Rashid (Current TV), Tim Samuels (BBC Television), Baratunde Thurston (Daily Show) and Bacon himself — Explorer will offer a taste of the edible insect market, visit subarctic Churchill, Canada aka “the polar bear capital of the world,” unwrap the tech behind the meals that feed troops in combat, and tune into a Kentucky-based radio show that enables people to air messages for incarcerated loved ones.
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