"North America" (TV show) on Discovery Channel is a breathtaking, seven-part series, narrated by Tom Selleck, from the network behind "Planet Earth," "Life," "Frozen Planet" and "Africa."

For many of us, North America is our home. We live in this extraordinary continent each and every day, but have we ever truly experienced first-hand the wide scope of incredible dangers challenging our diverse and tenacious continent? If you think you know North America, you can think again. In this unforgettable television event, Discovery Channel turns the lens toward its homeland and captures a land where life collides with hostile, untamed wilderness in the most diverse, deadly environment on Earth.

Traveling the continent for more than three years from the sub-zero Canadian tundra to the tropical rainforests of Panama, Discovery's first, independently-produced natural history landmark series, "North America," reveals that "survival of the fittest" is truly the law here amid threatening terrain and ferocious weather.

You will never look at your backyard the same way again as we discover a hidden world where life — ranging from the familiar to the exotic — battles deep freezes, deadly fires and explosive super storms. Discovery's determined production crew journeyed the span of North America including the frigid Yukon Territory, the lush forests of Belize, the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, the barren deserts of the American Southwest and more. They spent 2,830 days on location on 250 separate expeditions, and utilized eleven different types of cameras to shoot more than 850 hours of footage. State of the art equipment including ultra-high-speed cameras, night viewing devices, and a one-of-a-kind submarine camera allowed the crew to capture behaviors never seen before on television. Time-lapses shot in HDR transformed the continent's most severe weather events into truly mind-blowing imagery.

"North America's" first five episodes will reveal the intimate stories of animals struggling to survive in unforgiving weather and rugged terrain. Never-before-seen sequences range from the elusive desert jaguar in Mexico to daring grizzly bears diving in more than 20 feet of water to grab salmon in Alaska. The series "Making Of" episode chronicles "North America's" production team and the challenges they faced including battling the destructive Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters all while attempting to capture the most majestic animals in the continent. The final episode reveals what online voters chose as the number one, natural North American destination via Discovery's "My North America" Facebook page.

Get ready to experience an entire world in one continent. Rediscover North America as you have never seen it before. Welcome to the "home of the brave" — the land where hungry predators and quick-thinking prey battle daily in the land of unpredictable extremes.

"North America" is produced for Discovery Channel by Silverback Films with Keith Scholey serving as executive producer and Huw Cordey serving as series producer. For Discovery Channel, Christine Weber and Iain Riddick serve as executive producers with Kristin Wilcox as associate producer.

With help from Bon Jovi and Tom Selleck, 'North America' goes wild for Discovery


Network: Discovery Channel
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: May 19, 2013
Seasons: 1

Tom Selleck to Narrate 'North America' — The award-winning actor will lend his voice to the breathtaking natural history Discovery Channel series, premiering Sunday, May 19. Read more...
Discovery Channel Rediscovers 'North America' — Premiering Sunday, May 19, the seven-part documentary series, from the network behind "Planet Earth," "Life," "Frozen Planet" and "Africa," explores the home of the brave and the continent of extremes. Read more...

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