NBC digs up ‘Surviving Earth’ dinosaur documentaries – Deadline

The creator of the acclaimed BBC series on natural history Walking with dinosaurs A new eight-part docuseries has landed on NBC.

The broadcasting network has ordered Surviving the Earth that explores the bizarre and amazing creatures and breathtaking landscapes of a vibrant lost world.

The series is a co-production between Loud Minds, the British production company founded by Walking with dinosaurs creator Tim Haines and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

It marks another interesting step into the world of high-quality factual programming; US broadcasting networks generally eschew major docuseries or natural history shows, leaving the genre to Discovery Channel and PBS, or more recently streamers like Netflix and Apple.

However, it comes after NBC ordered 10-part documentary series from the BBC Studios Natural History Unit, the department behind Planet Earth and Blue planet. The untitled series, which will explore the landscapes, creatures and wilderness of North, Central and South America, was ordered in 2020 and will air in 2024.

surviving earth, will, meanwhile, use advanced digital technology to see how life not only survived catastrophic events, but thrived and will look at the lessons learned from previous mass extinctions.

Haines also produced the Dinosaurs in the wild immersive experience, which ran in the UK and Saudi Arabia.

“This epic series of events promises to be unlike anything we’ve seen before, with state-of-the-art technology that mimics an immersive view of prehistoric Earth,” said Rod Aissa, EVP, Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “With a project of this magnitude, we are in excellent hands with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Loud Minds on board to bring it to life.”

“At a time when there are so many concerns about our changing climate, if we want to know our future, we need to understand our past,” added Tim Haines, Creative Director, Loud Minds. “We are excited to bring this spectacular story to NBC that celebrates the power of life on our ever-changing Earth.”

“This documentary series brings the rich history of our planet to life to shed light on its future,” said Toby Gorman, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio. “It’s a thrill to take advantage of the latest technology as we delve into Earth’s prehistoric past with our partners at Loud Minds. We are excited to bring this unparalleled project to NBC.”

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