Nat Geo Wild has picked up four new series, including Animal Underworld, which will be hosted by musician, actor and author Henry Rollins. The show will feature people who own exotic animals, as well as people who eat them.
Rollins, an avid snake lover, previously hosted the one-hour special Snake Underworld on Wild, which showed viewers herpetology, doctors who treat snake bites, and Slayer’s Kerry King’s python collection.
Though it focuses on exotic species, Animal Underworld will also have Rollins visiting Road Kill Cafe in Arizona and meeting people who consume things like frog smoothies and tarantulas.
“It’s really an investigation into our relationship with animals,” senior VP Geoff Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s covering the full range from the off-beat and quirky to the potentially illicit. And our approach to [the latter] is to make sure that we’re obviously not encouraging that behavior.”
“At Wild, we’re really trying to celebrate the natural world and put the focus on the animals,” he added.
Nat Geo Wild has also acquired the series World’s Weirdest, which searches the globe for odd animals; Baby Animal Cam, which shows the development of baby animals with hidden cameras, and Babies Gone Wild, which features videos of baby animals on the Internet.