by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Film/TV
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This fall, the National Geographic Channel will launch their counter-punch to Discovery Channel’s LIFE with an epic miniseries called Great Migrations. As you can guess, the 7-part series takes viewers around the world to show off the arduous journeys millions of animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species.

Shot in high-definition, the project took three years to film.

In a move that will probably please many, NatGeo roped in Alec Baldwin to narrate the work. After the debacle that was Oprah’s narration on LIFE, Baldwin seems like a solid choice — even if I do keep picturing his character on 30 Rock behind the microphone.

“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.”

Here’s to hoping they’re right. Though honestly, Baldwin could narrate a show about basket weaving and I’d probably tune in. Check out the trailer below:

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Michael Raymer

    I’ll never understand this fascination with who narrates a documentary. When did this become such a big, honkin’ deal? There was nothing that special about Marlin Perkins voice and he narrated Wild Kingdom for about a hundred years. Which, I guess, is my point. How’s about getting someone, or some people to narrate that have first-hand knowledge of what’s going on, instead of some celebrity who has no clue.

    • JayP

      Michael….perhaps you have no clue that Alec DOES have a clue.

      • Michael Raymer

        Well, I guess you told me. It would have been even better if you had actually made a point.

  • Harry Minetree

    I hope Alec, a friend of mine, is aware that a couple of young American billionaires, with the help of an ex-Kenya Park Warden, are in the process of buying the entire White-earred Cob migration route on the Boma Plateau in the Southern Sudan. Their ostensible object is to establish a “Peace Park”, however sources with first-hand information say they will establish an elegant hunting reserve for hedge fund clients while exploiting the mineral wealth of more than a million pristine acres.

  • John

    Well done Alec it was very soothing. Thumbs up