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Showtime, currently in the midst of exploring "The Untold History of the United States" with Oliver Stone, will venture into the topic of climate change in the network's next nonfiction series, "Years of Living Dangerously." The project, which will run for six to eight hour-long episodes and will be broadcast in 2013, is a starry one being executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joel Bach and David Gelber of "60 Minutes" and climate expert Daniel Abbasi. Celebs who'll serve as on-the-ground narrators include Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Alec Baldwin, with journalist Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Mark Bittman and Chris Hayes reporting from the field.
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Climate change is particularly pressing topic in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and in the announcement Cameron says of the project that "We'll make it exciting. We'll make it investigative. We'll bring people the truth. And people are always hungry for the truth." Cameron's most recent film as a director, 2009's "Avatar," dealt with environmental themes, including how humanity had depleted Earth's resources and threatened those on the habitable moon of Pandora, on which mining for minerals has begun.