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Erin Strecker
May 30, 2013 AT 04:22 PM EDT

Alec Baldwin will be the on-air host for National Geographic’s weekly “Night of Exploration” programming block, the network announced today.

Baldwin will anchor programs that celebrate the “spirit of exploration,” kicking off with Crossing the Ice, a two-hour special that follows two Australian adventurers as they attempt to become the first to tackle the journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back, completely unassisted. Other upcoming episodes include Mystery Bear of the Arctic and Secrets of the Lost Gold.

“Alec has the perfect combination of energy and gravitas that we think our Night of Exploration viewers will love,” said David Lyle, CEO of the National Geographic Channels in a press release. “Each week, he will introduce the compelling stories of people around the globe whose drive to climb higher, dive lower or dig deeper never cease to amaze.”

The Night of Exploration programming block kicked off in January, but Baldwin will join as host starting June 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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