BBC America Plans 24-Hour Block of Nature Shows on Saturdays Starting in 4th Quarter

TCA 2019: Wonderstruck brand name will take over the network from Saturday 6 a.m. through Sunday 6.a.m

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BBC America will become Wonderstruck on Saturdays later this year and will air nature and natural history shows during that time.

Set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, Wonderstruck will be the exclusive U.S. television home to the “Planet Earth” collection and other series from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit. It will take over BBC America’s channel space on Saturdays beginning at 6 a.m. and running until 6 a.m. the next morning. This is similar to how Adult Swim takes over Cartoon Network at nights, but is considered a different network.

Wonderstruck will feature sneak peek at David Attenborough’s “Seven Worlds, One Planet,” which will debut in 2020.  “Blue Planet Now,” a follow up to the award-winning “Blue Planet II,” will also anchor the new micro-net.

Additionally, BBC America has ordered “Eden,” a six-part series, from “Planet Earth” producer Mark Brownlow.

“Eden” (w/t) will travel to six different and spectacular areas around the world, exploring the wildlife, untamed beauty, and fragility of these last, untouched and irreplaceable places on Earth. The series will spend a year in these extraordinary wildernesses, following the iconic animals that not only live there, but whose stories reveal the inner workings of each precious paradise. In each episode, we travel to a new part of the world to explore one of these hidden Edens – from tangled forest to bleached-bone desert, towering peaks to teeming reefs – each with a secret that unravels to explain its extraordinary riches.

“‘Eden’ offers the audience ultimate escapism into the most pristine and stunning habitats left on planet earth,” Brownlow said.  “Packed with wildlife spectacle, drama and new behaviors, we will reveal the surprising secrets to our Eden’s remarkable riches.”

“Eden” is the first series for BBA America from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit.