Get excited, people. The critically acclaimed BBC documentary series Frozen Planet is slated to begin airing stateside on March 18th, but here's the really good news: the controversial final episode addressing climate change? It will be airing in the U.S., after all.
Back in November, word began circulating that "On Thin Ice" — the series' seventh and final episode, which examines the threats posed to the planet by global warming — would be scrapped from U.S. broadcasts by Discovery Channel.
Sources from the BBC, which collaborated with Discovery Channel for over four years to create the documentary series, claimed that the program was dropped to help the show sell better with audiences unfamiliar with David Attenborough. (The legendary broadcaster and naturalist is featured throughout the episode addressing the camera directly, in contrast with the out-of-shot narration style typical of the rest of the series.)
Not surprisingly, that explanation fell flat among those familiar with the strong political opposition that climate change faces here in the States. And as of yesterday, no new news had emerged to suggest that the series would air in its entirety when it began airing in March.