National Geographic Channel is looking to steal a bit of thunder from Discovery with the launch of its new fall series called "Great Migrations".
The seven-part series, shot in high-definition over the course of three years, follows the arduous journeys that millions of animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species.
Of course, the last thing you want to do with incredible visuals is combine them with a distracting vocal commentary — something Discovery Channel's "LIFE" series learned the hard way with Oprah Winfrey. Almost immediately after the series premiered in March, viewers bemoaned Winfrey's delivery, with some calling it "atrocious" and "condescending".
For the new series, National Geographic has brought on Alec Baldwin to deliver the vocals. I've never heard him narrate anything other than some "Thomas The Tank Engine
" specials, but I'm hopeful that he's a famous voice who can deliver. I mean, c'mon, it's Alec Baldwin — what could possibly go wrong? (Note: I said the same thing about Oprah.)
" 'Great Migrations' is more than stunning imagery; it presents incredible stories about survival, family and life, and I can’t think of a better voice to take viewers along on these journeys than Alec Baldwin,” said National Geographic Channel Executive Producer Char Serwa. “His skill at conveying the drama, range of emotions and compelling information all in one will only add to the viewer experience.”
We'll see. Check out a trailer for "Great Migrations" below.