National Geographic Channel Brings Back Explorer, Partners with GE and Gets Funny

Science and comedy highlight Nat Geo's offerings

Guests were greeted Wednesday by a puppy named Marley, who's up for adoption, as they entered the National Geographic Channel's upfront event at swanky Má Pêche beneath the famed Momofuku Milk Bar in New York.

The network used the venue's massive floor-to-ceiling canvas walls to project high-quality video previews of its 2015-16 slate of programming. Nat Geo CEO Courteney Monroe kicked off the event—which focused on content, not ratings—for the channel available in 428 million homes worldwide.

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