The Smithsonian Channel Debuts ‘Epic Yellowstone’
The Smithsonian Channel will debut its much-awaited four-part series, ‘Epic Yellowstone’ on March 10, 2019, at 9 pm ET. The series was filmed over a period of three years with no captive or enclosed animals.
The series takes you into the extraordinary world of the nation’s oldest and first national park, established by Congress in 1872, for an up close and personal look at the predators, prey and seasonal extremes in Yellowstone National Park.
The series is narrated by Montana local and National Park supporter, actor Bill Pullman.
To create the show that includes more than 3,000 square miles of lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges, the team used 8K cameras, FLIR thermal imagery, drone timelapse, cineflex aerials and miniature nest cameras to put the viewer as close to the action as possible.
“This project has been a long time in the making, documenting the awe-inspiring lives and natural splendor of Yellowstone over the past three years,” said Pullman. “I’ve long been aware of the incredible beauty of Yellowstone, so I’m thrilled to partner with Smithsonian Channel to bring this groundbreaking endeavor to viewers at home.”
According to David Royle, EVP and Chief Programming Officer, Smithsonian Networks their filmmakers’ commitment and the extraordinary developments in new technology enabled them to capture Yellowstone in a way that’s never been seen before.
“Yellowstone is a magical landscape that has a special and emotional place in the American psyche, ” said Royle. “This show is full of unexpected moments and wondrous details – and even behavior that has never been seen on camera before.”
‘Epic Yellowstone’ will also be available on the Smithsonian channel’s 10-hour 4K On-Demand model and leading up to the series, the Smithsonian Channel will premiere an all-new episode of ‘Aeriel America which will focus entirely on Yellowstone. ‘Aerial America will debut on Sunday, March 3 at 9 PM ET/PT.
The first episode of ‘Epic Yellowstone’ is Fire and Ice which showcases the park’s animals that remain year-round and their stories of survival in winter – Yellowstone’s most spectacular season. Fire and Ice features a bobcat hunting for waterfowl along the banks of the Madison River which remains unfrozen due to the park’s geothermal springs. Episode 1 also follows a family of otters that makes a long journey to find isolated fishing holes that haven’t frozen over and a bison matriarch leading her herd on its annual migration to the warmth of Yellowstone’s geothermal core.
Future installments of ‘Epic Yellowstone include Return of the Predators, March 17; Life on the Wing, March 24; and Down the River Wild, March 31.
‘Epic Yellowstone’ is produced by Grizzly Creek Films for Smithsonian Channel.
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