National Geographic maps slate

Cable network formulates 'Science,' 'Universe'

The National Geographic Channel has prepped a programming slate for 2009-10 that will include 21 series and a handful of original specials.

The cabler is booking one-on-one meetings with media-agency buyers and their clients in advance of the upfront market, with plans to offer overviews on 10 new shows, 11 returning series and several specials — by far the biggest original programming slate in its history.

Nonfiction series in production include “Fight Science,” which breaks down various pugilistic art forms through CGI, and “Known Universe,” which seeks to explain powerful forces of nature and the cosmos. Both come from Base Prods. Inhouse productions include “Border Wars,” which tracks the travails of U.S. Customs agents; “Rescue Ink,” a showcase for bikers who work to improve animal welfare; and “The Sean Riley Project,” which features “World’s Toughest Fixes” host Riley engaging in more oversized repair jobs.

Returning series include the channel’s flagship show, “Explorer,” as well as “Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan,” “Locked Up Abroad,” “Dogtown,” “Naked Science,” “Taboo” and “Man Made.”

Among the upcoming nonfiction specials are follow-ups to the channel’s successful CGI-animated “Life After People” project, “Aftermath: Population Overload” and “Life After Oil.” Also set to run are “And Man Created Dog,” a look at canine genetic manipulation through the ages, and “Climbing Redwood Giants,” which showcases really good tree climbers.

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