Discovery Channel in the US will return Curiosity to its schedules in October while sister network Science is preparing a fourth season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.
The first season of Curiosity, produced by UK prodco Darlow Smithson, explored the mysteries surrounding subjects such as the Titanic and the lost city of Atlantis, and the second will seek to solve more historical puzzles.
The new season begins in October and will include the previously announced episode where scientists deliberately crash a Boeing 727 in the Mexican desert.
Before that a series of programmes is planned for the week beginning Sunday August 12 to mark the 25th anniversary of Discovery’s Shark Week programming block.
Nine one-offs are planned from August 12 to 16 including Sharkzilla, about a 60ft beast that prowled the seas centuries ago.
In related news, Discovery-owned cablenet Science will air a special on Nasa’s latest Mars landing, and has greenlit a new series of Through The Wormhole.
Mars Landing 2012: The New Search for Life will air on Monday at 22.00, following the historic landing of the Mars Curiosity Mission earlier in the day. Science will be on the ground with mission leaders in California for the Exploration Productions show, which will also air on Discovery Canada.
Through the Wormhole will return to Science schedules for the fourth time in summer 2013 produced by Revelations Entertainment. The third season, which delves into the human mind, is currently airing on Wednesdays at 22.00 (ET/PT).
Meanwhile, another Discovery sister net, Military Channel, will revisit major moments in American history in a new series fronted by journalist Tom Brokaw.
The Brokaw Files will premiere on Tuesday, October 16 and run for six episodes. Historical events ranging from Ronald Reagan’s first interview as president to the D-Day landings will come under the spotlight with the veteran NBC news anchor interviewing those involved and providing a new perspective.
The series is produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions with Colleen Halpin, Benjamin Ringe, Max Culhane and Knute Walker executive producing.