Actor Kal Penn is set to produce and host a show on America's National Geographic Channel about how maps, statistics and data provide information about the world.

Mapology, which will premiere next spring (15), will examine how "money, sex, food, sports, crime, weather and even animal migrations influence (people's) daily lives".

The Superman Returns star says, "National Geographic has a legacy of transporting people to amazing places and with Mapology, we're going to establish connections made through statistics and data, and reveal how the bigger picture affects the real world, throughout history, across societies and into our hearts and brains."