National Geogrpahic Channel earned itself some great success with their three-night, six-hour miniseries event 'The 80's: The Decade that Made Us.' Now, capitalizing on that success, the channel has greenlit a miniseries sequel, currently titled 'The 90's: The Last Great Decade?'
The title seems a little spurious, considering we're only one decade removed from the 90's themselves, but I'm just a television writer, not producer! 'The 90's: The Last Great Decade?' will follow the same format as its predecessor and will debut on National Geographic Channel in 2014.
The miniseries will highlight and showcase the people, politics, inventions and occurrences that made history during the 1990s, in the same fashion that 'The 80's' did before. The miniseries will focus on the happiness of the USA in a pre-9/11 world, as well as focus on the dominance of America on the 80sglobal stage in a position that has been challenged in the years since. As stated in National Geographic Channel's release, "It will be told from the perspective of notable history makers, celebrities, sports stars, politicians and musicians and will satisfy the urge for nostalgia with classic ’90s music, scenes from iconic movies and TV shows, best of fashion and key sports moments."
Nutopia will produce 'The 90's: The Last Great Decade?' following its prequel and the successful special event 'America: The Story of Us.' Alan Eyres, SVP of Development at National Geographic Channel, spoke of Nutopia and 'The 90's: The Last Great Decade?' in a statement: "Similar to 'The 80's: The Decade That Made Us,' our goal is to create the defining biography of another generation as told through unexpected game changers, history makers, world leaders and entertainers of the ’90s. Nutopia proved to be an amazing creative partner and we want to recreate the success on the next groundbreaking, cinematic special event. And maybe I will grow out my 'Beverly Hills, 90210' sideburns again." Good for you, Alan--I never got rid of mine!
Other topics to be focused on in the miniseries include the increase of female elected officials in America during the 1990s, as well as the onset of New Media.