Nat Geo picks up where it left off with the series The ’90s, with a fascinating look back at the millenium and a decades that changed our lives with technology, terror and war, premiers July 12th and 13th at 9pm/8c
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2015/7/12 – Narrated by Rob Lowe The 2000s: A New Reality is a two-night documentary event that reflects on hanging chads, bailouts, marriage equality, al Qaeda, mobile applications and wardrobe malfunction. National Geographic Channel (NGC) examines the decade that started with the September 11th tragedies and ended with the election of the nation’s first African-American president.
Nat Geo has already presented The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us and The ’90s: The Last Great Decade. Using interviews with celebrities across entertainment, politicians that help shape the decade you see it evolve. The ’90s drew 1.10 million viewers making it the second highest-rated July telecast in the National Geographic Channel history.
There are interviews with Dick Cheney, Mary Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, Perez Hilton, Randy Jackson, Adam McKay, Michael Moore, Bill O’Reilly, Sharon Osbourne, Nancy Pelosi, General David Petraeus, Dan Rather, Geraldo Rivera, Cindy Sheehan, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Donald Trump. There are nearly 120 total interviews combined with unforgettable footage and a familiar soundtrack.
Changes include TSA screening at airports, smart phones and TMZ. Highlights of the 2000s… How the nation adjusted after the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. How a college student dismantled the music industry by making everyone’s music available to the world. How a sluggish economy led to easy credit and a catastrophic mortgage crisis. Incredible breakthroughs in personal technology gave way to the rise of a new breed of citizen journalists.
The 2000s: A New Reality: Ground Zero, premiering tonight, starts with the election and hanging chads, the fate of Cuban born 7-year-old child, Elian Gonzalez, TV shows Survivor and The Osbournes, films Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Sharks in water and the sharks in politics. With 9/11 a defining moment for America. Technology in iPods by Steve Jobs. Financial disaster with Enron fraud and corruption.
The 2000s: A New Reality: Boom and Bust Premieres Monday, July 13th at 9/8c. TV host Nate Berkus shares his personal experience during the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. The start of citizen journalists,. The nation is emotionally raw and war rages. Celebrity gossip takes over in the news. Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction makes YouTube take hold as people view it again and again. The first iPhone, social media and always being on. TV viewers accept the TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Climate change becomes a talking point. The bubble bursts with economic disaster. The first female and African American run for the highest office in the land. A pilot becomes a hero when he saves a plane full of people by crashing in the Hudson.
The 2000s: A New Reality is produced by Nutopia for National Geographic Channel. Executive producers for Nutopia are Jane Root, Peter Lovering and Fred Hepburn, and series producer is Shaun Trevisick. For National Geographic Channels, Erik Nelson and Michael Cascio are executive producers and Char Serwa is VP of production. Tim Pastore is NGC president of original programming and production.
Based in Washington, D.C, National Geographic Channels US is a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. NGC is currently available in more than 90 million U.S. homes and more than 432 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages.
Nutopia is a creator of mega-documentaries. Recent productions include CNN Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery, The ’80s, The ’90s, and the PBS/BBC six-part series How We Got to Now. Nutopia also develops shows about intimate personal stories, such as Britain’s Gay Footballers for BBC3 and House That Made Me for Channel 4.