Press Releases — BBC Worldwide Productions

January 3, 2015

Season Three of National Geographic Channel’s Cult Hit Series Life Below Zero Returns in April to Wage Another Fierce Battle of Man (and Woman) vs. Winter

“WE DON’T SURVIVE HERE … WE LIVE HERE”

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – XX) — Imagine a place where a troubling breakup refers to an icy river and not a terrible boyfriend; a wolverine is a real predator, not just a mutant movie character; a corner office is the back part of your tent; and your commute requires dog power, not horsepower. What you’ve just imagined are the remote corners of America’s most sparsely populated state: Alaska. This April, National Geographic Channel’s cult hit series Life Below Zero returns for a third season following seven of television’s toughest and most resilient people and their daily struggle to survive.

Called “fascinating” and “quietly compelling” by TV America, and “television gold” by Channel Guide Magazine, Life Below Zero covers every obstacle — both expected and unexpected — as Mother Nature wreaks havoc on the Arctic. Each Alaskan’s extreme remote lifestyle gives viewers a whole new appreciation of the word “rural.”

“Nighttime is back. The northern lights are back. It’s just a quick slide now into the fun that we call winter,” says fan favorite Sue Aikens, who lives alone throughout winter at the Kavik River Camp, 300 miles from her nearest neighbor.

In the new season, the series’ familiar faces will face new challenges. As the now owner of her camp, Sue has struggled through a year of financial hardships, and facing another long winter in Kavik is starting to take its toll. Erik Salitan and his new wife, Martha, are returning home from a successful summer guiding season and are racing to gather the food and resources they need to maintain their subsistence lifestyle before winter. Chip and Agnes Hailstone have inherited new land and begin plans to expand their remote hunting, trapping and fishing grounds. Andy and Kate Bassich battle the harsh and changing landscape on the Yukon River as they continue to work toward sustaining an efficient life in the bush. And finally, Glenn Villeneuve pushes himself to the extremes to secure his most basic needs in order to maintain his primitive lifestyle.

In this unforgiving extremity of America, the cast are some of the toughest and most resilient people in the world, and their jaw-dropping lifestyle in unthinkable circumstances never ceases to give viewers chills … literally.

Life Below Zero is produced by Adjacent Productions for National Geographic Channel. Executive producers for Adjacent Productions are Travis Shakespeare and Jane Tranter. Co-executive producer is Joseph Litzinger. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Kevin Mohs and executive vice president of programming and strategy is Heather Moran. Courteney Monroe is CEO.

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About National Geographic Channel

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 48 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.

About Adjacent Productions
Adjacent Productions is a label that sits within BBC Worldwide Productions, one of the core businesses under BBC Worldwide North America, the U.S. division of BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The Adjacent Productions label serves to identify new programming created by the Los Angeles-based production company, while BBC Worldwide Productions identifies BBC reformats that the team develops and produces for the U.S. market. The first scripted series under the Adjacent Productions label is “Da Vinci’s Demons” (Starz), currently in production on its third season. The second season of “Breaking Pointe” (The CW), Life Below Zero (National Geographic Channel) and “Ladies of London” (Bravo) are the first three unscripted series to broadcast under Adjacent Productions. Other series from the production companies include “Top Gear” (HISTORY), “What Not to Wear” (TLC), the upcoming “Intruders” (BBC America) and the cultural phenomenon, “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC).