EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of the success of the three-night, six-hour event The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us, National Geographic Channel has greenlighted a sequel multi-part miniseries, The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? (working title), which will premiere in 2014 on National Geographic Channels globally. Like the original mini, The ’90s will showcase the people, the inventions and the decisions that shaped the last decade of the 20th century — arguably the last time the United States reigned on the global stage — a time of innocence and innovation in a pre-9/11 world. It will be told from the perspective of notable history makers, celebrities, sports stars, politicians and musicians and will satisfy the urge for nostalgia with classic ’90s music, scenes from iconic movies and TV shows, best of fashion and key sports moments. Returning as producer is Nutopia, which produced The ’80s as well as America The Story Of Us. “Similar to The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us, our goal is to create the defining biography of another generation as told through unexpected game changers, history makers, world leaders and entertainers of the ’90s,” said Alan Eyres, SVP and Development. “Nutopia proved to be an amazing creative partner and we want to recreate the success on the next groundbreaking, cinematic special event. And maybe I will grow out my Beverly Hills, 90210 sideburns again.”
The ’90s decade included a turn to counterculture and retro style, widespread proliferation of new media, a revolution in sports marketing, a record number of women elected to high office and a political transition from the Reaganomics of the 1980s to the Clinton dynasty that still reigns today. “Now that I’ve put my ’80s fingerless gloves away, I am excited to start production on a series that will bring new insight to the decade that spawned Harry Potter, The Spice Girls, women in power cabinet positions, the Hubble Telescope and MP3s,” said Nutopia’s Jane Root, who is executive producing with Peter Lovering. Supervising producer for Nutopia is Fred Hepburn.