Rob Lowe is set to narrate "The '90s: The Last Great Decade," a three night mini-series event on National Geographic Channel, according to an emailed media announcement from National Geographic Channel on April 23, 2014. "The '90s: The Last Great Decade" is scheduled to premiere in July, 2014.
Rob Lowe is an Emmy and SAG nominated actor who was critically acclaimed for his portrayal of President John F. Kennedy in last year's event "Killing Kennedy." Lowe received a Screen Actor's Guild nomination for the role in the network's most watched program ever. Lowe also served as narrator for 'The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us' last spring. Lowe will be the viewer’s guide through the program, the first definitive examination of the era of White House interns, grunge, overalls and Viagra.
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Rob Lowe, an incredibly versatile and talented actor,” said Heather Moran, EVP of programming and strategy for NGC. “Using his charismatic storytelling, memorable footage and original interviews, we hope to ignite conversation about what the ’90s tells us about ourselves today. Was it a transitional period between the exuberant ’80s and the war-torn ’00s, or a decade filled with long-armed innovation that still resonates today?”
Rob Lowe is one of Hollywood's busiest actors, with a resume that includes his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Outsiders and a number of popular dramas and comedies. Lowe starred as Sam Seaborn on the NBC drama “The West Wing” for four seasons, from 1999 to 2003. During that time, the show won a record four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Drama. His performance earned him an Emmy nomination, as well as two Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He was nominated three times for the Screen Actors Guild Award, winning twice.
From May 2010 to January 2013, Lowe starred in the cast of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” playing the role of Chris Traeger, an auditor who seeks to dig the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Ind., out of its financial abyss. His recent television work includes a multi-episode appearance as movie star Eddie Nero on Showtime’s “Californication;” his Golden Globe-nominated performance as Dr. Jack Startz on in HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” directed by Steven Soderburgh, starring opposite Michael Douglas and Matt Damon; and his SAG-nominated turn as President John F. Kennedy in National Geographic Channel’s acclaimed "Killing Kennedy."
“I’m excited to be back working with the team at National Geographic Channel, who continue to show their commitment to creating great, entertaining and thought-provoking television programming. No one has really examined the ’90s like this before, and I think viewers will be fascinated by the dramatic changes we’ve seen in even the small amount of time that’s passed since Y2K.”
The '90s will be visited through “inside out” storytelling and analysis, using 120 original interviews from unsung heroes to celebrities and big names in politics, tech, movies and music. They reveal a decade of highs and lows: Bill Clinton promised change as he swept into th office of President. “Friends,” the LA Riots, "The Real World" and Jerry Springer changed the TV landscape. Nirvana gave Generation X a voice while people danced the Macarena. The ’90s tells the story of the decade leading to change; before boom turned into bust; when the Web was wide open; and before global terror hit hard.
National Geographic Channel and Nutopia have partnered to bring this three-night television event. Nutopia is the critically acclaimed creator of mega-documentaries including “America The Story of Us” and “The ’80s,” The ’90s is a three night event which will premiere in July 2014 on National Geographic Channel in the U.S., followed globally in 440 million homes in 171 countries and in 45 languages, and on the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo.
Nutopia’s Jane Root and Peter Lovering are executive producers, and supervising producer is Fred Hepburn. For National Geographic Channels, Erik Nelson and Michael Cascio are executive producers; Alan Eyres is senior vice president, programming and development; Lynn Sadofsky is vice president, production and development; and Heather Moran is EVP of programming and strategy.