The Emmy-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously is set to return for a second season on a new network, National Geographic Channel. The cable net has partnered with The Years Project for a second installment to the climate change docu series, which will feature recently retired late-night host David Letterman and air exclusively on NGC in 2016 in 171 countries and 45 languages.
Like the first season of the series, which aired on Showtime and won an Emmy for documentary or nonfiction series, Season 2 will feature celebrity correspondents, some of them returning from last season, with Letterman as a new addition. The list includes executive producers Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron as well as Jack Black, Ty Burrell, Thomas Friedman, Joshua Jackson, David Letterman, Aasif Mandvi, Olivia Munn, Ian Somerhalder and Cecily Strong, all giving first-person accounts from locations where the effects of climate change are most prevalent. They will cover crucial issues like severe hurricanes, historic droughts and the rapidly increasing extinction rate of our planet’s wildlife.
“Years of Living Dangerously is bold, audacious and has a proven track record,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Channels. The network started pursuing the series about six months ago. (It is unclear why the show did not continue on Showtime) “This is the place it should always have been, it is so in keeping with the National Geographic brand and its long history of inspiring people to care about the planet and raising awareness about climate change.” Monroe added that YOLD is in line with Nat Geo’s newly-defined strategy of “producing original hours with bigger scale and scope” from A-list auspices.
Years of Living Dangerously is produced by Years of Living Dangerously, with Joel Bach, James Cameron, David Gelber, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the late Jerry Weintraub and Maria Wilhelm executive producing. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Char Serwa.
“Communicating more effectively about the need to create a clean energy future is my mission and I am honored to be given the opportunity once again to be a part of this very evocative series,” added returning contributor and executive producer Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Added Joel Bach from The Years Project, “We’re going to focus much more this season on solutions that individuals, communities, companies and even governments can use to address worldwide climate change.”