The National Geographic Channel plans to return to Yellowstone National Park on June 23 through 26 for another live broadcast.
“In the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, for the first time, live, we will be fitting cameras to America’s heaviest land mammal,” according to a post on Business Wire. “‘Bison Cam’ will offer a unique perspective on the life of this awesome, iconic animal. We’ll also employ a unique, ‘Burrow Cam’ to bring live footage of prairie dogs in their underground homes. Elsewhere in this magnificent wilderness, the latest state-of-the-art technology will reveal lives of Yellowstone’s wildlife in intimate detail. We’ll be following beavers inside their lodges, bald eagles and their young in their nest, and many other animals as they emerge from their brutal winter.”
According to Deadline.com’s website, producer Al Berman will be coming back to the nation’s first national park with his crew after the inaugural broadcast from Yellowstone took place in August 2018. Deadline said the announcement was made at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California.
Last year, 25 camera-toting reporters broadcast from 35 places, including: the Lamar Valley, home to a large portion of the park’s Northern Range bison herd; Tom Miner Basin, where grizzly bears are frequent visitors; and circling overhead in a helicopter in search of one of the park’s famous wolf packs.
“We are demonstrating how you can take natural history programming and, with bold, innovative, ambitious storytelling from the most creative minds in the business, inject this genre with renewed vigor,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president of National Geographic Channels global unscripted entertainment, in Variety.
The four-night live broadcast in 2018 reportedly attracted 13 million viewers.
This year’s broadcast is claiming it “will showcase even more of the extraordinary wildlife and stunning vistas the greater Yellowstone ecosystem has to offer,” according to Deadline. “June is one of Yellowstone’s most dynamic times of year — as it emerges from brutal months of winter, flowers are blooming, rivers are rushing with meltwater and Yellowstone is bustling with new life. Encounter cougar cubs venturing out of their underground dens, black bear cubs learning how to hunt and bison protecting their young calves from wolves, as Yellowstone awakens.”
Last year Berman’s crew invented the program from scratch using about 200 people, including some of the music composers and technical people.