'Hacking the Planet' Gets Green Light Variety

"Hacking the Planet," a new series that attempts to change the course of nature, received a go-ahead from the Weather Channel, reports Variety. Weather Channel ordered six 30-minute episodes. The show will premiere Feb. 28 at 9 p.m. ET.

Former "Scientific American" editor-in-chief John Rennie will host "Hacking," which follows scientists as they try to prevent, weaken or redirect threatening weather events including hurricanes, tornadoes and volcanic eruptions.

In a statement, Michael Dingley, senior VP of content and development for Weather Channel, said, "It simply defies nature to think that humans could prevent rain for disrupting a sporting event or use lasers to draw lightning away from sensitive areas like nuclear power plants. If any of these experiments are successful, it's truly mind-boggling to think what that could mean for our future."