Showtime has posted online the first full episode of James Cameron’s astounding climate change documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously.”
Cameron’s newest project is a nine-part series that shows the human side of global warming. In addition to the “Avatar” director, “Years” is produced by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Weintraub — who together with former 60 Minutes producers, have won a combined total of 18 Emmys.
After watching the first episode, panel moderator and former EPA Administrator Carol Browner said, “I’ve seen a hundred shows on climate change and I’ve seen all the graphs and charts…. But really in my experience, this is the first time it is about people.”
“Everybody thinks that this is about melting glaciers and polar bears,” says Cameron in the trailer. “I think it’s a big mistake. This is 100-percent a people story.”
In order to narrate these powerful stories, the series engaged top-flight journalists Chris Hayes and Matt Friedman, as well as some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Matt Damon, Jessica Alba, Ian Somerholder, and Harrison Ford.
“This is not just going to be a landmark climate change series, it is going to be a landmark television series, like Ken Burns’ The Civil War. It is what everyone is going to be talking about from April to June,” said Chief Science Advisor, Joe Romm.
“As the latest international climate report makes clear, climate change is happening right here, right now — in America and around the world. It is the biggest story of our time, and it needs a big platform to tell it,” he added.
David Nevins, Showtime’s president of entertainment — the architect of hits like “Homeland” and “Masters of Sex” — explained that he will be airing “Years of Living Dangerously” on Sunday nights “because I want to signal to the audience: This show matters. This is a big show.”
Check out the first episode below.
Photo Credit: “Years of Living Dangerously” website