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Showtime Orders Climate Change Documentary With Celebrities, ’60 Minutes’ Veterans and Chris Hayes

Pay cable network Showtime has ordered a multi-episode documentary series about climate change called “Years Of Living Dangerously” for 2013, and to say it has star power would be something of an understatement. Showtime will air six to eight one-hour editions of the documentary, which features  a slew of heavy hitters from the world of journalism and entertainment.

On the journalism side, the series will be produced by “60 Minutes” veterans Joel Bach and David Gelber. Also joining them will be reports from MSNBC host Chris Hayes and New York Times columnists Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof and Mark Bittman.

On the celebrity front the series has filmmaker James Cameron, producer Jerry Weintraub and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as executive producers. Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Edward Norton and Alec Baldwin will all appear as first-person narrators, with more names to come.

“We’ll make it exciting,” said Cameron in a statement. “We’ll make it investigative. We’ll bring people the truth.  And people are always hungry for the truth.”

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CNN’s Jason Carroll ‘In Depth’ with James Cameron

He’s been to the deep before, now James Cameron is heading back, attempting to make a deep dive into the most remote place on earth — the Mariana Trench.

The Academy Award winning director of “Titanic” — which returns to theaters as the 100th anniversary of the sinking nears — is heading to the South Pacific.

Why?

CNN’s Jason Carroll, who traveled along with Cameron for a CNN special airing tonight, tells TVNewser, Cameron “plans to collect organisms from the extreme environment, which could advance science and redefine how we view life.”

Cameron has been test-diving the high-tech, one-man submersible “Deepsea Challenger” designed to take him to the deepest known point on the planet. “During my interview with Cameron onboard his expedition ship in the South Pacific, he told me he his willing to face the risks involved because of how much can be learned,” Carroll says.

Carroll has interviewed Cameron twice before: during the making of “Avatar” and again during the Gulf Oil spill. “Cameron asked me if I got sea sick. I told him ‘no,’ says Carroll. “That’s when he told me about his plans for Challenger Deep and if I wanted to go. Two years later, the call came in and off I went.”

“Extreme Dive: 7 Miles Underwater” airs tonight on CNN at 10:30pmET

FOX Keeps James Cameron, Avatar in the Family

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The Fox networks and stations had a hold on film director James Cameron this morning as his new film — his first in 12 years — hit theaters at Midnight. Twentieth Century Fox is the studio behind the $380 million film Avatar so it’s no surprise the director saved his opening day interviews for the FOX news networks

CamFBN_12.18.jpgAfter appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Cameron made the rounds on several Fox O&O stations. The director is also talking with Neil Cavuto for tonight’s “Cavuto” on Fox Business Network.

The “Today” show’s Gene Shalit reviewed Avatar this morning in his Critic’s Corner calling it “the year’s best-looking, fastest 161 minutes.” And Cameron was on Monday’s show. ABC’s Nick Watt reported on the story for “Good Morning America” after attending an advanced screening in London.

It’s an interesting decision of News Corp. to keep the Oscar-winning director within the Fox family on the day of the release.

Fox & Friends averages about 1 million Total Viewers (300k A25-54 viewers) from 6am-9amET. By comparison, the “Today” show averages about 6 million each day. Even if Cameron were to hit all three morning shows — unlikely since one program would want an exclusive — he’d be seen by about 13 million viewers (the combined average of “Today,” “GMA,” and “The Early Show.”)

Cameron hasn’t gone unnoticed — not by a long shot. He was also profiled by CBS’s “60 Minutes” a few weeks ago, he was on “Charlie Rose” last night and has appeared on the syndicated entertainment shows for weeks as well as the daytime talk show “Bonnie Hunt,” which is not a 20th Television production.



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