'Indestructibles' highlights new series fare
Two series have been given premiere dates for launch on National Geographic Channel this summer, while sister cabler Nat Geo Wild has scheduled a trio of freshman programs.Nat Geo’s first premiere, in July, will be “The Indestructibles,” which will use scientific analysis as well as reenactments to tell stories of people who survive near-death experiences against impossible odds, such as a parachute failure. “Indestructibles” has a 10-episode order. In August, “Jurassic CSI” launches its six-episode season, debunking myths and revealing new truths about dinosaurs. Nat Geo Wild gets an earlier jump on its summer series launches with the June 11 premiere of “Shane Untamed,” a five-episode skein featuring wildlife explorer Shane Reynolds’ global adventures from Alaska to Madagascar. That’s followed in July by “Deadly 60,” in which adventurer Steve Backshall strives to find 60 of the Earth’s deadliest creatures over the course of 26 episodes. In August, Nat Geo Wild premieres another death-defying series in “Killer Shots,” for which filmmaker Andy Casagrande gets up close and personal with great white sharks, lions, polar bears and more. Nat Geo Wild is touting the launch of its first “Big Bite Week,” a series of specials devoted to nature’s greatest hunters that will feature high-speed chases, split-second ambushes and strategic attacks. Nat Geo has five specials of note coming in the summer, including two-parter “Amish” (June 10), which focuses on five teenagers who leave their tightknit community for the first time for a trip to the U.K., “Inside Cocaine Subs II” (June 26), about the Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to combat the big money drug trade, and two-hour “Egyptian Job,” about a grand pyramid robbery from ancient times. Among Nat Geo returning skeins are “Locked Up Abroad” (season bow June 8, 10 episodes), whose storylines will include one from “Goodfellas” gangster Henry Hill, followed in July by “Monster Fish” (seven eps) and prison skein “Hard Time” (eight eps).