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Nat Geo WILD: In the Control Room During the Live Open

This video brings you inside the control room with producers and the live-broadcast director as the show went live earlier this evening at 9p eastern time.

Mother nature has been tossing wild weather curve balls all week which meant doing the entire show live tonight was too dangerous – but luckily we had terrific things to show you, shot earlier tonight and during the past 3 months.

Comments

  1. ghraydon wallick
    Thailand
    November 28, 2011, 1:02 am

    I’m with Greg B on this one. I patiently sat through the first hour of canned video while your overly dramatic host offered breathless commentary from the back of a boat at sea. I appreciate the danger and difficulty of what you were trying to do but why not go back to your dignified roots and offer some serious science and less tabloid sensationalism? I have loved and respected National Graphic for 50 years and hope to for 50 more.

  2. Matthew Zymet
    November 26, 2011, 4:53 pm

    Nobody was more disappointed than us that we weren’t able to go live during the show as much as had been planned. As host Mark Thompson said when the broadcast started, and later in the show, the currents were just too strong and the risk to the divers too great for them to go in the water. We had been battling bad weather all week during rehearsals, and though it cleared up just before the show, the strong currents were still a serious hazard.

    We have been preparing for this LIVE broadcast for the past three months, but with complicated live television productions, thing don’t always go as planned. Still, we were dedicated to presenting the results of three months of demonstrations testing common shark myths and preconceptions and moved forward with the broadcast as planned, substituting some live elements for pre-taped pieces.

    Good or bad, we appreciate you posting here with your feelings about the show.

    Best,

    Matt Z.
    Nat Geo WILD

  3. ROBERT
    FAIRBANKS ALASKA
    November 26, 2011, 12:42 pm

    I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN FLA,AND RECENTLY MOVED TO ALASKA 4 YRS. AGO,BUT WAS WONDERING WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A PART OF ALL THE SHARK EXPERIMENTS THAT YU AND UR CREW DOES? I WAS CERTIFIED FOR ADVANCED OPEN WATER SCUBA IN 1991,AND HAVE DONE QUITE A FEW DIVES ,INCLUDING NIGHT DIVES,TO WHICH ,TO ME ARE SOME OF THE SCARIEST DIVES IN FLA. WATERS YU CAN DO..ALTHOUGH THE COLORS OF THE FISH AND DIFFRENT KINDS OF CORALS, ARE SUPERIOR,THE RUSH YU GET WHEN YU GET BUMPED INTO AT 90FT OF WATER AN HAVE NO CLUE WHAT JUST HIT YU, IS AN ADRINALINE RUSH,AND REALLY QUITE SPOOKY!!I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED WATCHING SHOWS ,LIKE SHARK MEN,OR THIS NEW 1 ,THE SHARK EXPERIMENT …THIS WOULD BE AN HONOR TO JOIN ANY OF YOU TO DO THE RESEARCH ON SHARKS, AND THEIR ABILITY TO ADAPT TO THE GROWING POPULATION OF PEOPLE ENTERING THE WATERS ALL OVER THE WORLD!!IF THERE IS ANY INFORMATION OR SOMEONE TO CONTACT IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL IN LIFE ,I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER MY EDUCATION ON THE THEORIES OF OUR OCEANS..THANK YOU ,, ROBERT

  4. Greg B
    Minneapolis
    November 26, 2011, 12:47 am

    This was a total bait and switch from how this was presented in ads. What a waste of 2 hours. And what an affected deep voice on the host. I love both Nat. Geo channels and have given the magazine as a gift to nieces and nephews over the last 4 decades but I feel totally Shanghaied on this one. Thank you for providing the ability to comment.