David Letterman’s First Post-‘Late Show’ Gig Will Be Nat Geo Climate-Change Doc

Ty Burrell, Jack Black, Joshua Jackson, Aasif Mandvi, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ian Somerhalder will also be featured

National Geographic Channel (NGC) is bringing back documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously,” a collaborative effort with The Years Project that dives deep into climate change.

The new season of the critically acclaimed series will air exclusively on NGC next year in 171 countries and 45 languages, and will  once again feature some of Hollywood’s biggest influencers who are passionate about environmental issues, as well as reveal emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change from across the planet.

This time around, correspondents will include Jack Black, Ty Burrell, James Cameron, Thomas Friedman, Joshua Jackson, David Letterman, Aasif Mandvi, Olivia Munn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ian Somerhalder and Cecily Strong, among others to be announced soon. Each will offer a first-person account from locations close to home, where the effects of climate change are most prevalent. They will cover issues like severe hurricanes, historic droughts and the rapidly increasing extinction rate of our planet’s wildlife.

“‘Years of Living Dangerously’ is bold, audacious and has a proven track record. By combining the access and reputation of National Geographic with Hollywood’s brightest minds and journalism’s heaviest hitters, we plan to create even greater impact with the new season and awaken all of us to the reality of our global situation,” said Courteney Monroe, chief executive officer, National Geographic Channels. “National Geographic has an unrivaled 127-year history of inspiring people to care about the planet, and this series will carry on that legacy and be supported by the incredible global reach of the National Geographic brand that is unmatched in television today.”

“With the unparalleled global reach and inside access of National Geographic, we are going to raise the bar even higher this season and shed light on the catastrophic changes taking place on our planet through the lenses and investigative reporting of top Hollywood influencers,” added Joel Bach from The Years Project. “We’re also going to focus much more this season on solutions that individuals, communities, companies and even governments can use to address worldwide climate change.”

“Communicating more effectively about the need to create a clean energy future is my mission and I am honored to be given the opportunity once again to be a part of this very evocative series,” added returning contributor and executive producer Schwarzenegger. “It is absolutely unacceptable that seven million people die every year from pollution. The time for action is now. This season, I hope to make an even more powerful statement that will inspire people to lead and demand change to make our world a better place for future generations.”

The first run from “Years of Living Dangerously,” also executive produced by Cameron and Jerry Weintraub as well as Joel Bach, David Gelber and Daniel Abbasi, won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. That season aired on Showtime.

“Years of Living Dangerously” is produced for National Geographic Channel by Years of Living Dangerously LLC. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Char Serwa and president of original programming and production is Tim Pastore. For The Years Project, executive producers also include Maria Wilhelm. Co-executive producer is Jon Meyerson, and senior producer is Sydney Trattner.