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Weather Channel greenlights ‘Planet’

New series looks at scientists who can affect storms

The Weather Channel continues to grow its original unscripted programming slate, greenlighting new series “Hacking the Planet.”

“Hacking” follows scientists who work to prevent, weaken or redirect threatening weather conditions including tornadoes, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions. Former “Scientific American” editor-in-chief John Rennie will host.

Cabler has ordered six half-hour episodes from Castle Pictures. “Hacking” will debut Feb. 28 at 9 p.m.

“It simply defies nature to think that humans could prevent rain for disrupting a sporting event or use lasers to draw lightning away from sensitive areas like nuclear power plants,” said Michael Dingley, senior VP of content and development. “If any of these experiments are successful, it’s truly mind-boggling to think what that could mean for our future.”

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