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The mission of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey is a difficult one – to translate the universe’s most complex mysteries into hour-long blips. An all-new COSMOS behind-the-scenes video explains exactly how the show distills complicated scientific theories into an enjoyable viewing experience without dumbing down the facts. The science in COSMOS is presented to challenge the…

As host of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson upholds a legacy of learning began by Carl Sagan. A new behind-the-scenes video explores the passing of the COSMOS torch from Carl to Neil, two scientists that defined our generations’ quest for knowledge of the universe. Sagan, the renowned scientist who starred…

In a new behind-the-scenes look at COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, the show’s creators and visual effects team breaks down one of the series’ most impressive visual sequences: the Ship of the Imagination’s journey into a black hole. First postulated to exist by John Michell, an obscure 18th-century British scientist, black holes form when giant stars exhaust…

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey features all of the scientific wonder and captivating visuals of Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos. But one way that the two programs differ is their treatment of historical moments in science. While the original Cosmos used historical recreations to transport viewers back in time, the creators of the new series sought out…

Each week, KG and Ringy of Diggers uncover treasures and duds both big and small. But do you ever wish you could ask the Diggers dudes about their best bounties? Here, Ringy gives us a behind-the-scenes look at one of his favorite digs – the smallest artifact he’s ever uncovered. Tinier than a pea, Ringy’s tiniest find…

If you caught COSMOS last night on National Geographic Channel, you may be feeling a little small. In the context of the cosmos, we are but a speck of dust afloat  in staggering immensity. But we don’t think small. And while a mere four centuries ago, with no telescopes, our tiny world was unaware of…

Learning to keep up with Dr. Pol has always been a challenge for the crew, and one that has taken a few seasons to learn to do properly. He walks fast, drives fast, and he’s always on the move. And with his veterinary business as his absolute first priority, he doesn’t like to stop for…

“The best way I can honor him is to make him a man again.”  What does it mean to you to be playing John F. Kennedy? I have always been an admirer of the Kennedy family — and of JFK in particular. And I’ve always had a connection to him — maybe because I was…

“To me, he is not a monster. He is a man who did a monstrous thing.”   Every American, it seems, knows the name Lee Harvey Oswald, but very few know much about him as a man. What was it like to play a character like this? From the very first conversations I had with…

“She was just an innocent victim and a girl who loved a man, and the man did something terrible.”   Of the four main characters in Killing Kennedy, Marina is probably the least known. How did this affect your portrayal of her? It was always in the back of my mind that Marina is still…

“The story is so riveting and personal and intimate and relatable and devastating and ugly and idyllic, all at the same time.” What was it like to play such an iconic character? There was a bit of pressure going into playing Jackie Kennedy, as I’m sure there was with any of the roles in this…

Check out the Nat Geo cast and crew on the set of their promo shoot for Doomsday Castle. You may not realize how much goes into what becomes a 30 second commercial, and here’s a glimpse into just how involved it all really is. There’s more to those 30 seconds (that made the final promo)…

Remaking History

It’s history in the (re)making. Killing Kennedy, National Geographic Channel’s latest documentary project, kicked off filming earlier this summer, meaning there are plenty of behind the scenes footage and inside photos of the incredible talent coming our way! It’s the second docudrama of its kind for National Geographic and it’s boasting some fantastic talent for…

Everyday, millions of Americans go to work.  Most have traditional careers and strive for a life of normalcy and creature comforts.  However, there are some people that have professions that are on the fringe.  Dynamic jobs that many would find strange, and even, taboo.  Here are some of the odd jobs that we’ll be talking…

First Look: Killing Kennedy

Are you ready for the first glimpse into the cataclysmic and entangled journey centered around one of the most memorable moments of US history? An event that shook the nation decades ago continues to alter the state of the nation, and the course of history, is still just as powerful nearing it’s 50th anniversary. Rob…

By Katie Smithson, Writer/Producer Ever wonder what it’s like to shoot in the morgue of an abandoned military base on Long Island? Yeah, us too! So that’s why we put this little video together to share. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Locked Up Abroad promo shoot. It was a long cold day, but we…

Last Sunday marked the series premiere of Ultimate Survival Alaska, featuring some of the toughest, most extreme survivalists that Alaska has to offer. So we’re not surprised that they would turn a typically-tame cake-cutting into something a little more extreme. Check out how the cast of Ultimate Survival Alaska celebrated premiere night… chainsaw included. Don’t…

By: Michael Stankevich, Production Crew I am a bad driver. It’s taken me a long time to come to this realization. Hopefully I’m still alive when you are reading this entry for The Incredible Dr. Pol. One of the most pressing challenges of the production is to simply keep up with the man that is Dr.…

By: Jessica Van Garsse, Doomsday Preppers Field Producer Things I Miss About Alaska: I have been fortunate enough to travel to some of the world’s most beautiful places. And still, Alaska took my breath away and put me at a loss for words – the latter, truly a rarity. It was hard to put the camera down,…

Becoming Booth

Before the tragic event that took place on April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth was famous for one thing only — his acting. After the assassination of President Lincoln at Fords Theater, his name is still associated with the stage, but for obviously different reasons. However dark his actions undoubtedly were, there is much more complexity to the…

By Matt Currington Location Producer-Director Everyone who experienced Super-storm Sandy has their own story to tell. This is mine. Wednesday October 31, 11.30am, London. The cellphone rings with the voice of veteran Television Producer and author Bob Strange on the other end: “Matt, I’m in a meeting now, but I have a question: can you…

By: Andrew Strenio Sometimes when you meet an inmate behind bars, you know right off the bat that they have a story to tell.  Other times, you have to follow your instincts, roll the dice, and see where a subject leads you. For this episode, we had both. Priscilla Velasquez yelled out at us from…

Oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard is on a global quest to unravel one of the world’s biggest mysteries – where life on Earth began. Ballard suspects life may have gotten started where hot rock and water collide in one of the world’s most seemingly hostile environments – active volcanoes deep within the ocean. He tracks teams…

Dr. Robert Ballard is the Indiana Jones of the Alien Deep.  He’s on the hunt for the world’s oldest shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.  Using tactics and technology developed over a 50-year career, he is on a quest to uncover the lost history of the ancient world.  Who were these earliest of mariners…

Written by Rachel Scherr, Associate Producer of Freaks and Creeps My whole career I’ve loved working on host-driven animal shows.  So when I got the call asking if I’d have any interest to work on a host-driven show about the world’s weirdest animals, I was immediately intrigued.  They sent me Lucy’s blog and then I…