- - Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Discovery’s ‘Frozen Planet’ zeros in on polar regions

Discovery Channel’s documentary series “Frozen Planet” will premiere March 18, and will include a program on climate change hosted by David Attenborough, the Associated Press reports.

On the last of the seven episodes, the famed British naturalist will investigate what rising temperatures might mean for the planet and life on it.

The network made the announcement Tuesday.

“Frozen Planet” is described as “the ultimate portrait of our Earth’s polar regions.” A co-production of Discovery Channel and the BBC, it was four years in the making and comes from the team behind “Planet Earth,” the acclaimed series that aired on Discovery in 2007.

The “Frozen Planet” team filmed in every nation inside the Arctic and Antarctic circles during 2,356 days in the field, 1 1/2 years at sea, more than six months on the sea ice and 134 hours beneath that ice, Discovery said.

Among the sights: the birth of an iceberg bigger than the largest building on Earth, a caterpillar with antifreeze in its veins and tiny baby polar bears, which at birth are 25 percent smaller than human babies.

“Frozen Planet” is narrated by Alec Baldwin.

Discovery and TLC networks chief Eileen O’Neill calls the series remarkable “because it’s so surprising. You see sequences that have never been captured on film before - a world you would expect to see in a ‘Narnia’ film, not on this planet.”

She adds, “You see an environment that’s changing, if not disappearing, in our generation.”

Rosie O'Donnell announces engagement on show

Rosie O'Donnell and her girlfriend, Michelle Rounds, are engaged, the Associated Press reports.

Ms. O’Donnell told the studio audience about the engagement Monday during a commercial break on “The Rosie Show,” her publicist and a spokesman for the Oprah Winfrey Network said. The Emmy Award-winning talk show host’s new program debuted in September. She tapes in Ms. Winfrey’s former Chicago studio.

Ms. Rounds 40, is a headhunter for an information technology company. Ms. O'Donnell is a mother of four and was married previously. She and former partner Kelli Carpenter publicly wed in San Francisco in 2004, two weeks after the mayor authorized granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The licenses later were voided by the California Supreme Court.

Ms. O'Donnell’s publicist said a wedding date hasn’t been set.

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