Channel greenlights fourth season of 'Taboo'

The National Geographic Channel has commissioned a fourth season of “Taboo,” its series about customs and rituals throughout the world, and made one of its most aggressive commitments to miniseries and specials in its six-year history.

High on the list of minis is a four-part anatomy of mob influence on four cities: Philadelphia, Miami, Las Vegas and Montreal. The umbrella title is “Underworld History of …” inspired by a previous Nat. Geo special “Inside the Mafia.” Wall to Wall Prods. will produce the four hours.

Among the specials, Lisa Ling will host a one-hour spec of the “Explorer” series, about day-to-day life in North Korea, which runs March 5.

Three other specials cover the latest archaeological/theological findings dealing with the Dead Sea Scrolls, new DNA evidence shedding light on the Cain and Abel story, and an attempt to solve the issue of whether biblical kings like David and Solomon were real or mythical. All are Nat. Geo productions.

Another limited series is the three-episode inhouse production “National Parks,” featuring hourlong examinations of Yellowstone, Yosemite and Alaska’s Denali National Park/Preserve.

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