or


[05/15/13 - 11:46 AM]
50 Years After the First American Ascent of Everest, National Geographic Channel Celebrates with Re-Airing of 1965 Classic TV Special "Americans on Everest"
The classic special, narrated by the legendary Orson Welles, on Friday, May 24 at 8:00/7:00c during the weekly Night of Exploration programming block.

[via press release from National Geographic Channel]

"ON EVEREST, THERE ARE NO TRUE VICTORS. THERE ARE ONLY SURVIVORS."

In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the First Successful American Ascent of Mount Everest, National Geographic Will Re-Air 1965 Classic TV Special

Special Night of Exploration Presentation of "Americans on Everest" Airs Friday, May 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT

(Washington, D.C. - May 15, 2013) Fifty years ago this month, a team of expert climbers became the first Americans to summit Mt. Everest, the world's tallest mountain, in an expedition sponsored in part by the National Geographic Society. Two years after this historic climb, National Geographic released its first-ever television special, Americans on Everest, which followed this group of brave climbers from base camp to the top of the world. To mark the anniversary this month, the National Geographic Channel will air this classic special, narrated by the legendary Orson Welles, on Friday, May 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT during the weekly Night of Exploration programming block.

The film takes viewers through the painstaking preparations and the highs and lows of one of mankind's most challenging feats. The American Mount Everest Expedition included 19 members ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-40s, who ironically were led by Swiss climber Norman Dyhrenfurth. Following two years of preparation, the team's journey began in February 1963 in Katmandu, Nepal, where they were joined by 37 sherpas and more than 900 porters who carried more than 27 tons of medical supplies, oxygen tanks, food and other equipment on the 16-day trek to Everest's base camp.

The plan of attack for the mountain called for two ascents: one that followed the previous expeditions up the Southeast Ridge, and the other up the then-untried West Ridge. After weeks of ascending, acclimating and resting, on May 1, 1963, Jim Whitaker and Sherpa Nawang Gombu reached the peak, planting both the American and National Geographic Society flags.

For the second campaign, the team coordinated two simultaneous assaults on the peak: one blazing the new trail up the West Ridge and the other following the southeast trail that Whitaker and Gombu had just completed, with both groups meeting at the summit and descending together. On May 22, Lute Jerstad and National Geographic magazine photographer Barry Bishop reached the apex, seeing the flags left behind by Whitaker and taking the first-ever moving pictures from the summit of Everest. On their descent from the summit they are joined, they are joined by their colleagues Willi Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein, who had completed the more challenging trek up the West Ridge. Forced to spend the night on the side of the mountain, all four successfully descended and returned to base camp with only a few toes missing.

###

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 38 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.





  [may 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[08/24/16 - 03:32 PM]
Lifetime Greenlights Britney Spears Biopic
Production begins this September in Vancouver for a 2017 premiere on Lifetime.

[08/24/16 - 02:31 PM]
"Live with Kelly" Kicks Off 2016-17 Season on September 5, 2016
As the exciting search for Kelly's new on-air partner continues, a diverse group of personalities will join her on the show.

[08/24/16 - 01:15 PM]
Renowned Abolitionist Harriet Tubman Leads the Way in Season Two of WGN America's Trailblazing Series, "Underground" from Sony Pictures Television
Aisha Hinds has been cast as a recurring guest star in the pioneering role of Harriet Tubman.

[08/24/16 - 12:23 PM]
NASCAR and Nickelodeon Wave Green Flag for Third Season of "Hammer Down"
Premiering Friday, September 23 at 9:30/8:30c on Nicktoons, the third season of "NASCAR Hammer Down" features eight, 15-minute episodes.

[08/24/16 - 12:15 PM]
Investigation Discovery to Showcase Criminal Trial of Jason McCrary in Sixth and Final Installment of Serialized Docu-Series "The Vanishing Women"
Look for the season finale of Monday, August 29 at 10:00/9:00c.

[08/24/16 - 11:20 AM]
National Geographic Channel Announces Commemorative Programming Event to Honor 15th Anniversary of Sept. 11
Look for the world premiere of a new compilation special, "9/11: The Longest War."

[08/24/16 - 11:19 AM]
"Catching Kelce Preview Special" Airs Following New Episode of "WAGS" This Sunday, August 28
"Catching Kelce" will then premiere on Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/24/16 - 10:39 AM]
Video: Discovery Releases First Teaser for "Taking Fire"
The five-part series will now premiere Tuesday, September 13 at 10:00/9:00c.

[08/24/16 - 10:03 AM]
Spike's "Lip Sync Battle" Goes Live for the First Time Ever
The highly-anticipated season 3 of "Lip Sync Battle" premieres on Wednesday, October 12 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/24/16 - 09:52 AM]
Music Superstar Ciara Completes Celebrity Judges Panel for the 96th Miss America Competition Live Broadcast
Ciara will join entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, actress Sara Foster, musician and actress Laura Marano, singer-songwriter Cole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes as celebrity judges.

[08/24/16 - 09:46 AM]
GSN's Horror-Themed Game "Hellevator" Returns for Its Second Season with a Special Four-Week Network Event Beginning Friday, October 7 at 9 PM
The series is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Lionsgate.

[08/24/16 - 09:30 AM]
Video: New Teaser and World Premiere Time Revealed for BBC America's "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency"
In addition, the network has announced a series of programming stunts, including an original "Star Trek" anniversary celebration, to premiere in the build up to the new series launch.

[08/24/16 - 09:19 AM]
Comedy Central Greenlights Series from James Davis
Davis, host of "Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis," Comedy Central's most watched Snapchat original series, grew up "hood-adjacent" and brings his unique, urban point-of-view to the new weekly series set to premiere in January 2017.

[08/24/16 - 09:16 AM]
Chart-Topping Breakout Artists Alessia Cara, Jidenna and Lukas Graham To Perform at the 2016 "MTV VMA Pre-Show" Live from the Red Carpet at MSG on Sunday, August 28 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT
Additionally, global hit-making producer, recording artist and social media mogul, DJ Khaled, will host the hour-long pre-show alongside MTV2's "Uncommon Sense" star, Charlamagne Tha God, and hip hop artist, Lizzo, from MTV's upcoming live music series, "Wonderland."

[08/24/16 - 09:13 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Got Talent," "Better Late Than Never" Top Charts
NBC leads the evening among total viewers and adults 18-49.