Posts tagged as national geographic

NatGeo Orders a Late Night Talk Show Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The National Geographic Channel is doubling down on educational/comedic shows. Not long after announcing a docu-comedy series from Silicon Valley co-creators John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, the network announced that they've also picked up a weekly late night talk show based on astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's hit podcast StarTalk Radio. Tyson will host the show, which will combine "science and popular culture and feature interviews with celebrities, comedians and scientists." The format of the late night version of Star Talk is still being developed, but at TCA Tyson said that "he does intend to give Bill Nye a platform for a minute-long rant in each show, [...]

Talking to Mike Nelson About RiffTrax's National Geographic TV Special

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett might all be better recognized by their voices than their faces. Throughout the '90s, they were a part of a group that gathered some of the most renowned movie theater hecklers around: Mystery Science Theater 3000. In 2006, the trio took to the internet to bring us RiffTrax, the next wave in movie heckling. Together, they've riffed a pretty wide range of movies, ranging from Casablanca to 300, from Inception to Fast & Furious. Now they have set their sights on the animal kingdom. Earlier this week, Nelson, Murphy, and Corbett returned to TV for the first time since their MST3K days, [...]

NatGeo Orders Docu-Comedy 'History of the World' from 'Silicon Valley' Creators

The National Geographic Channel is giving comedy a try. Variety reports that the network has added a new show from Silicon Valley creators and former King of the Hill showrunners John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky called History of the World, which will "use sketch comedy, animation, puppetry, documentary and archival footage to explore weighty questions such as how the world came about, the evolution of man and the origins of spirituality, money, leisure time, sports, hygiene and entertainment." On the news, NatGeo exec Tim Pastore called the show "definitely outside of the box historically for National Geographic" then added: "Why not get a history lesson from the guys [...]

'MST3K' Gang Will Return to Television with a 'RiffTrax' Show on the National Geographic Channel

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang is making a return to television but probably not on the channel you're expecting. According to Zap2it, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett are turning their online audio track series RiffTrax into a TV show of the same name for National Geographic, with three episodes set to air April 1st. MST3K was canceled by Syfy in 1999, but RiffTrax has since gained an internet following for releasing ready-made MST3K-style audio tracks for fans to listen to while watching the movies. While there's no word specifically on what the crew will watch in the reboot, they're reportedly "expected to riff on some form [...]

David Rees on How to Make a "How-To" Show

Fans of the 2001-2009 comic strip Get Your War On will be happy to know that David Rees, the man behind the cult classic political send-up, is back with a new project. Only this time, Rees has his sights set on ice cubes, shoelaces, and holes.

Going Deep with David Rees, which premiered Monday on National Geographic channel, is a how-to show that puts tasks we take for granted – say, swatting a fly – under the microscope. It’s a testament to Rees’s abilities as a humorist that he’s so easily able to pivot from blunt critiques of post-9/11 U.S. politics to the dry, though entirely earnest wit he [...]