Wild Alaska Live
July 23, 26 & 30 at 8pm on ThinkTV16
What happens in the Alaskan wilderness in late July affects the animals’ survival and well-being for the remainder of the year. With some of largest areas of wilderness left on Earth, Alaska is the best place in the world to see the huge animals and top predators in all their glory. This three-night live presentation features these animals and also explores the challenges of preserving America’s last frontier, as scientists, filmmakers, photographers and other experts gather there to tell some of the planet’s extraordinary wildlife stories.
Over three nights, Wild Alaska Live will visit several locations, including points near Juneau and the Tongass National Forest, where the team will look for black bears and bald eagles; the vast Kenai Fjords National Park, in search of orcas and humpback whales; and the wilderness of Katmai National Park, where brown bears and elusive wolves live and hunt. Wild Alaska Live will also introduce viewers to local experts who explore the relationship between Alaska’s First Peoples and the animals among whom they co-exist.
“Wild Alaska Live is the blueprint for the incredible family trip you’ve always wanted to take,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “The beauty of America’s most remote state is awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping; it’s the true meaning of wilderness. Nature lovers, adventurers and families alike can follow the action live on TV, online and on their mobile devices throughout the week, to catch every exceptional moment. This immersive event is not to be missed.”
Wild Alaska Live will use state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from the air, by boat and on the rugged Alaskan terrain. The event will be anchored by an on-location team of hosts, including Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt, correspondents, scientists and wildlife experts who will provide insights and perspective during the broadcasts. In addition to the live portions of the programs, PBS and BBC crews will shoot video and b-roll footage in the weeks preceding the live broadcast, to enhance each live broadcast by telling the bigger stories of each unique species.
On PBS digital platforms and on social media, viewers can explore the Alaskan wilderness as events take place during the week, on-air and off. Inspired by stunning images, and through video and interactive games, audiences can dive deeper into the region’s environmental challenges and its conservation success stories. On Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, viewers will get behind-the-scenes looks at the show’s massive production each broadcast night. All three broadcast episodes will live-stream simultaneously on PBS.org and will be simulcast on the new PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream.