Animal Planet will debut River Monsters season 9 in April, but it will be the last season for Jeremy Wade’s show, which has been cancelled.
An interview with the producers of Ocean Warriors, a six-hour Animal Planet series that follows people who are trying to stop illegal fishing.
Hi, I’m 100 Miles from Nowhere, Animal Planet’s most-promising series in years, since Whale Wars, and I’ve been ruined by terrible narration and too many disorienting close-ups. Originally titles Matt on the Run, this new series follows three friends who take four-day, 100-mile run/hike/climbs in frequently dangerous places. They’re assisted by food and supply drops at the end… continue reading
The Animal Planet series Pit Bulls & Parolees, now in the middle of its sixth season, is about how Tia Torres and her staff of parolees save pit bulls. But the reality TV show literally saved her and her organization, the Villalobos Rescue Center. A 2007 profile in Los Angeles Magazine led to offers from producers. Though she considers herself… continue reading
After Mother Jones reported late last month that Animal Planet’s staged reality show Call of the Wildman resulted in “Drugs, Death, Neglect” for some of the animals. While the article included a statement from the network and an interview with a representative from the production company, I was surprised by the comments Animal Planet’s president… continue reading
Animal Planet’s series Call of the Wildman has been revealed to not only be staged, faking its animal rescues by planting animals and using them as props in a scripted series. It’s even caused death to one of the animals it is supposed to be about saving. The network’s press release for the show’s second… continue reading
The Animal Planet competition series Top Hooker concludes its first season a week from Sunday, and it’s been a surprisingly engaging series, especially since it’s about a sport not exactly known for producing a thrill every minute. Like another Pilgrim Studios-produced competition, Top Shot, it also appeals to people who aren’t enthusiasts of the sport…. continue reading
Two nonfiction programs, a documentary and a three-part series, focus on saving endangered animals in Africa: Animal Planet’s Battleground: Rhino Wars and PBS’ broadcast of the National Geographic special Battle for the Elephants. Tonight’s one-hour special is based on an article in National Geographic magazine, “Blood Ivory” by Bryan Christy, which looks at how religiosity… continue reading
Animal Planet will air a competition reality series called Top Hooker, and although the network has focused more on humans than animals in recent seasons, the show is sadly not about prostitutes. Instead, it’s a competition between people who catch fish, and it has a brilliant name. The good news is that it’s produced by… continue reading
Over Memorial Day weekend, Animal Planet aired Mermaids: The Body Found, a clever if obviously fake documentary about mermaids. There was even an accompanying marketing campaign with shocking video and fake evidence of a government cover-up. The Discovery Channel re-aired the documentary Sunday, and the presumably wider audience prompted everything from an increase in Google… continue reading
Animal Planet and its growing collection of people-centered reality series will soon give television yet another series about cupcakes. The 12 half-hour episodes of Sweet Avenger, which debuts this summer, follows vegan cupcake baker Danielle Konya. How is this related to animals? Danielle says in the network’s press release, “I want to show people that… continue reading
Animal Planet’s focus on people-centered reality TV continues with a show that’s currently being filmed in Arkansas and focuses on a taxidermy business that freeze-dries dead pets so their owners can keep them around forever. So, yes, it’s about dead animals. Xtreme Taxidermy and its owner Daniel Ross are currently being followed by camera crews… continue reading
Last Saturday, Animal Planet launched its You Watch, We Give campaign, which raised money for the nonprofit organization featured on its reality series Pit Bulls and Parolees based on the number of viewers who tuned in. Ratings doubled for that episode, and the network is giving $50,000 to Tia Torres’ Villalobos Rescue Center. Animal Planet… continue reading
The Cove is definitely the best documentary I’ve seen in years, although it’s perhaps better classified as a real-life thriller; it’s both entertaining and important. Tonight, after winning an Oscar last spring, it gets its biggest audience yet when it gets its basic cable debut at 9 p.m. ET in Animal Planet’s 98 million homes…. continue reading
Next year, Animal Planet will air Taking on Tyson, an unscripted series about pigeon racing that stars Mike Tyson, because he “has a deep passion for the birds.” And no, it is still not April 1 yet. In a press release, the network describes the series as going “inside the intensely competitive and bizarrely fascinating… continue reading