On the heels of BBC America’s Emmy-nominated event “Planet Earth II,” the network will be showcasing the gorgeous landscapes and natural wonders of North America. Titled “Wild West,” the special event will explore the gorgeous landscape through a three-part natural history program premiering Saturday, August 19. Part One of the series will be called “Desert Heartlands,” and viewers can travel from the cold deserts of Nevada to the giant cactus-studded lands of Arizona, all the way through the scorching Mojave Desert in California.
Following coyotes, hummingbirds, blue whales, and mustangs, the series will focus on all of the natural beauty our country has to offer. The network described the series-event stating, “The documentary explores this fascinating area of the continent, revealing how three radically different worlds were formed, the forces that shape them today and how life has found brave and enterprising ways to survive. Discover the gritty, tough deserts, the cool grand mountains and the dynamic and changeable coasts.”
“Wild West” won’t just focus on animals and their ecosystems however, viewers will also explore the humans that have survived in this harsh environment over the years. Beginning with the examination of Native American cave art, the documentary moves through the ghost towns of past pioneers and on to today – where the land is used for both business and pleasure.
Part Two of the series will be called “The High Country,” and it will premiere on August 26. Filled with grizzly bears and giant trees, High Country is also home to frigid winters and scorching summers. The network describes High Country adding, “From the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada, in this land of extreme seasons, survival demands endurance. It’s all about taking what you need to stay alive by whatever means, from parasitic plants to thieving black bears, and tenacious pikas to battling bison.”
The series will end with “Restless Shores” on September 2. This will focus on landscapes like the San Andreas Fault, reaching all the way north to the Pacific coast. Viewers will find elephant seals battling it out for mates, grey whales interacting with humans, and gulf grunion fish during mating season.
Produced by BBC Studios, Executive Produced by Emmy -winner, Michael Gunton (Planet Earth II, Life), with Patrick Morris (Galapagos, Wild Africa) serving as Series Producer, Wild West will shine a light on the landscapes, wildlife and people of this vibrant world in new and compelling ways.
BBC America’s landmark natural history programming was recently recognized by the Television Academy with a record-setting ten Emmy nominations for Planet Earth II. Catch an encore of the beloved series with an extended look at Planet Earth II August 19th beginning at 1/2c, an extended look at the original Planet Earth on August 26th at 10:30a/11:30c and Wild Alaska September 2nd at 6/7c.