Alaska Reality Show Star Says BBC Put Her Life at Risk to Get Better Footage

A few years ago, Susan Aikens was running a small wilderness camp in a remote part of Alaska when she was discovered by BBC producers who were interested in turning her life into a reality series. Aikens agreed, and is now well known throughout the state as the star of “Life Below Zero,” which airs… Read more »

A few years ago, Susan Aikens was running a small wilderness camp in a remote part of Alaska when she was discovered by BBC producers who were interested in turning her life into a reality series. Aikens agreed, and is now well known throughout the state as the star of “Life Below Zero,” which airs... Read more »

Katie Couric’s ‘Gender Revolution’ to Stream for Free Starting on Valentine’s Day (Exclusive)

Don’t fret, cord-cutters, you too can watch Katie Couric’s “Gender Revolution” documentary — and for free — but you’re on the clock.

National Geographic will make the two-hour doc available to stream, beginning tomorrow, for one week, TheWrap has exclusively learned. “Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric” can soon be found on National Geographic’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook page, Apple TV app and TV Everywhere mobile apps.

Produced by Katie Couric Media with National Geographic Studios and World of Wonder Productions, the cable channel will also air a special encore of the documentary tonight at 9/8c. “Gender Revolution” debuted on Nat Geo last Monday.

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“Gender Revolution” explores the rapidly evolving complexities of gender — from the moment we are born through our twilight years. To better understand the complex social issue, Couric crisscrossed the U.S. to talk with scientists, psychologists, activists, authors and families to learn more about the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity.

Her interviews included a conversation with Gavin Grimm, the transgender Virginia teen whose lawsuit seeking equal bathroom access is headed to the Supreme Court on March 28. Yes, that’s who Laverne Cox shouted out last night at the Grammys.

“I’ve always hoped this documentary would be a spark to ignite conversations in every corner of the country around the evolving landscape of gender,” host and executive producer Couric told us. “National Geographic is helping to push that goal forward by making it so broadly available to audiences.”

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Don’t fret, cord-cutters, you too can watch Katie Couric’s “Gender Revolution” documentary — and for free — but you’re on the clock.

National Geographic will make the two-hour doc available to stream, beginning tomorrow, for one week, TheWrap has exclusively learned. “Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric” can soon be found on National Geographic’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook page, Apple TV app and TV Everywhere mobile apps.

Produced by Katie Couric Media with National Geographic Studios and World of Wonder Productions, the cable channel will also air a special encore of the documentary tonight at 9/8c. “Gender Revolution” debuted on Nat Geo last Monday.

“Gender Revolution” explores the rapidly evolving complexities of gender — from the moment we are born through our twilight years. To better understand the complex social issue, Couric crisscrossed the U.S. to talk with scientists, psychologists, activists, authors and families to learn more about the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity.

Her interviews included a conversation with Gavin Grimm, the transgender Virginia teen whose lawsuit seeking equal bathroom access is headed to the Supreme Court on March 28. Yes, that’s who Laverne Cox shouted out last night at the Grammys.

“I’ve always hoped this documentary would be a spark to ignite conversations in every corner of the country around the evolving landscape of gender,” host and executive producer Couric told us. “National Geographic is helping to push that goal forward by making it so broadly available to audiences.”

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Uptick in Super Bowl TV Show Ads Presents Opportunities for Programmers

Super Bowl ads have long been expensive. Now they’re about to get strange. On Friday, Netflix confirmed that it will promote the upcoming second season of “Stranger Things” with a Super Bowl teaser. The ad is one of an unusual number of spots for upcoming television series slated to air during the game. In addition… Read more »

Super Bowl ads have long been expensive. Now they’re about to get strange. On Friday, Netflix confirmed that it will promote the upcoming second season of “Stranger Things” with a Super Bowl teaser. The ad is one of an unusual number of spots for upcoming television series slated to air during the game. In addition... Read more »

TV News Roundup: ‘Community’ Co-Stars Jonathan Banks and Ken Jeong Reunite, NatGeo’s ‘Genius’ Casts T.R. Knight

In today’s TV News Roundup, “Community” co-stars Jonathan Banks and Ken Jeong to reunite on “Dr. Ken,” T.R. Knight is cast as J. Edgar Hoover for National Geographic’s scripted series “Genius,” and more. CASTING A reunion is in the works for “Better Call Saul” star Jonathan Banks and his “Community” co-star Ken Jeong. Banks will… Read more »

In today’s TV News Roundup, “Community” co-stars Jonathan Banks and Ken Jeong to reunite on “Dr. Ken,” T.R. Knight is cast as J. Edgar Hoover for National Geographic’s scripted series “Genius,” and more. CASTING A reunion is in the works for “Better Call Saul” star Jonathan Banks and his “Community” co-star Ken Jeong. Banks will... Read more »

‘Genius’ Teaser: Nat Geo Unveils Einstein Drama’s Super Bowl Spot With Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’

National Geographic has released a 45-second Super Bowl spot for its upcoming scripted series Genius from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The spot, which contains Lady Gaga’s hit song “Bad Romance” played by Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) on his violin, will premiere immediately following Lady Gaga’s halftime show during Sunday’s Super Bowl. The spot also reveals the series premiere date of April 25.
The song ­subtly teases Einstein’s little-known…

National Geographic has released a 45-second Super Bowl spot for its upcoming scripted series Genius from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The spot, which contains Lady Gaga’s hit song “Bad Romance” played by Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) on his violin, will premiere immediately following Lady Gaga’s halftime show during Sunday’s Super Bowl. The spot also reveals the series premiere date of April 25. The song ­subtly teases Einstein's little-known…

Trans Activists Hope Nat Geo’s ‘Gender Revolution’ Will Help Raise Support and Awareness

Trans activists Sabel Samone-Loreca and Michaela Mendelsohn both said they hope National Geographic’s upcoming documentary “Gender Revolution” will help bring awareness to issues facing transgender individuals.

“What I love about this project is that it makes us visible,” Samone-Loreca said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday. “That’s something we need more and more of.”

The documentary, hosted and executive produced by Katie Couric, aims to explore how the unique and diverse perspectives on traditional notions of gender are changing rapidly, and why labels are no longer so clear cut.

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“Yeah, there are trans folks out there, but there needs to be a lot more,” Samone-Loreca continued, pointing out that transgender people face higher rates of violence, poverty and death, especially trans people of color. “I think if we can make it through the next four years, we just might make it there.”

“I can’t really join into that movement until that movement joins in to help [the trans community],” she said. “This is Jan. 13, and we’ve had three trans women of color that have been killed so far. That’s just starting off the year … As an African American trans woman, there’s no support from the black community. We get very little support from the gay community as it is.”

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Couric, who once took harsh criticism for an awkward and invasive interview with transgender model Carmen Carrera and actress Laverne Cox, said that producing “Gender Revolution” helped even helped her to learn more about the issue.

“It made me want to learn more. I think we can’t be afraid to make mistakes on our way to learn more,” she said. “I was really excited to in this very superficial soundbite media culture … to really roll up my sleeves and dive into an issue that people are really confused about.”

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Trans activists Sabel Samone-Loreca and Michaela Mendelsohn both said they hope National Geographic’s upcoming documentary “Gender Revolution” will help bring awareness to issues facing transgender individuals.

“What I love about this project is that it makes us visible,” Samone-Loreca said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday. “That’s something we need more and more of.”

The documentary, hosted and executive produced by Katie Couric, aims to explore how the unique and diverse perspectives on traditional notions of gender are changing rapidly, and why labels are no longer so clear cut.

“Yeah, there are trans folks out there, but there needs to be a lot more,” Samone-Loreca continued, pointing out that transgender people face higher rates of violence, poverty and death, especially trans people of color. “I think if we can make it through the next four years, we just might make it there.”

“I can’t really join into that movement until that movement joins in to help [the trans community],” she said. “This is Jan. 13, and we’ve had three trans women of color that have been killed so far. That’s just starting off the year … As an African American trans woman, there’s no support from the black community. We get very little support from the gay community as it is.”

Couric, who once took harsh criticism for an awkward and invasive interview with transgender model Carmen Carrera and actress Laverne Cox, said that producing “Gender Revolution” helped even helped her to learn more about the issue.

“It made me want to learn more. I think we can’t be afraid to make mistakes on our way to learn more,” she said. “I was really excited to in this very superficial soundbite media culture … to really roll up my sleeves and dive into an issue that people are really confused about.”

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Nat Geo Renews ‘Mars’ for Season 2, Acquires AIDS Miniseries ‘How to Survive a Plague’

National Geographic has renewed “Mars” for a second season, the cable channel said on Friday. It has also acquired the miniseries “How to Survive a Plague.”

“‘Mars’ is emblematic of our new breed of premium programming — programming from superb creative talent, like Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia, that is unabashedly smart and highly entertaining,” Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks said today at the Television Critics Association press event. “With ‘Mars,’ we were able to truly harness the global power of the brand and amplify it across National Geographic’s media platforms and we are thrilled to be bringing it back for another season.”

The first season of “Mars” followed a 2033 crewed mission to the red planet. The series combines scripted drama and special effects with documentary sequences. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Michael Rosenberg, Justin Wikes, Jon Kamen, Dave O’Connor and Everardo Gout teamed up for production on the ambitious hybrid show.

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Additionally, Nat Geo unveiled its plans to adapt David France’s book “How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS” into a scripted miniseries. Scott Rudin and France will executive produce.

“How to Survive a Plague” is the true story of how a patient population seized power over its own care and treatment to push through drugs that turned HIV from a fatal infection to a manageable disease.

The miniseries will chart the founding of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), and the rise of an underground drug market in opposition to the prohibitively expensive (and sometimes toxic) AZT, per Nat Geo. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders and the nation at large, these activists took on the political and medical establishment by becoming their own researchers, lobbyists, drug smugglers and clinicians, which forced reform and saved the future of an imperiled population. 

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National Geographic has renewed “Mars” for a second season, the cable channel said on Friday. It has also acquired the miniseries “How to Survive a Plague.”

“‘Mars’ is emblematic of our new breed of premium programming — programming from superb creative talent, like Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia, that is unabashedly smart and highly entertaining,” Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks said today at the Television Critics Association press event. “With ‘Mars,’ we were able to truly harness the global power of the brand and amplify it across National Geographic’s media platforms and we are thrilled to be bringing it back for another season.”

The first season of “Mars” followed a 2033 crewed mission to the red planet. The series combines scripted drama and special effects with documentary sequences. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Michael Rosenberg, Justin Wikes, Jon Kamen, Dave O’Connor and Everardo Gout teamed up for production on the ambitious hybrid show.

Additionally, Nat Geo unveiled its plans to adapt David France’s book “How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS” into a scripted miniseries. Scott Rudin and France will executive produce.

“How to Survive a Plague” is the true story of how a patient population seized power over its own care and treatment to push through drugs that turned HIV from a fatal infection to a manageable disease.

The miniseries will chart the founding of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), and the rise of an underground drug market in opposition to the prohibitively expensive (and sometimes toxic) AZT, per Nat Geo. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders and the nation at large, these activists took on the political and medical establishment by becoming their own researchers, lobbyists, drug smugglers and clinicians, which forced reform and saved the future of an imperiled population. 

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