“Puppy Bowl XVII” Takes the Gridiron to Deliver Double-Digit Year Over Year Ratings Gains





“Puppy Bowl XVII” Takes the Gridiron to Deliver Double-Digit Year Over Year Ratings Gains
Animal Planet spins the numbers for Sunday, February 7.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
PUPPY BOWL XVII TAKES THE GRIDIRON TO DELIVER DOUBLE-DIGIT YEAR OVER YEAR RATINGS GAINS

-Puppy Bowl XVII Streamed on discovery+ and Aired on Animal Planet Sunday, Feb. 7-

PUPPY BOWL XVII delivered double-digit year over year ratings gains for its premiere on Animal Planet among Adults 25-54 (1.11) in L+SD on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 2-5PM ET, up +14% from last year’s Puppy Bowl XVI (0.97) on Feb. 2, 2020*. This ties Puppy Bowl XIII in 2017 as the third highest rated Puppy Bowl ever. PUPPY BOWL XVII also averaged 2.1m viewers P2+, up +14% from last year’s game (1.9m). Additionally, the PUPPY BOWL XVII pre-game from 1-2PM ET was up +9% in ratings from last year re-game show (0.36 vs. 0.33) among Adults 25-54.

PUPPY BOWL XVII was the #1 most social non-sports related program across all of TV in daytime and primetime on Sunday. With 382.1k total interactions across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube, the program was up +69% and total social video views were up +917% from last year.**

Additional PUPPY BOWL XVII ratings wins included Women 25-54, up a whopping +20% vs. last year’s game (1.32 vs. 1.10), and Men 25-54 up +5% (0.88 vs. 0.84); other double-digit ratings gains for this year’s game vs. last year include Adults 18-49 (+18%) Women 18-49 (+21%), Men 18-49 up (+17%) and Kids 2-11 (+20%).

PUPPY BOWL XVII was the #1 cable telecast of the day among Total Viewers (P2+), Adults and Women 25-54, Adults and Women 18-49 and Kids 2-11 The game drove Animal Planet to #1 in its time period on cable among Adults, Men and Women across key demos, including 25-54, 18-49, 12-17, 2-11 and Total Viewers P2+. During the broadcast, #PuppyBowl also a top trending topic on Twitter.

PUPPY BOWL XVII was hosted by Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg with ESPN’s Monday Night Football play- by- play announcer Steve Levy and SportsCenter host Sage Steele providing puppy analysis throughout the game. Team Ruff defeated Team Fluff in a final score of 73-69 to win PUPPY BOWL XVII and take home the “Lombarky” trophy. Marshall, a Boston terrier pup player, was named both “Most Valuable Puppy” (MVP) of PUPPY BOWL XVII and the winner of the “Pupularity Playoff” bracket on PuppyBowl.com. And Chunky Monkey the Chow Chow, Irish Red and White Setter puppy player, was unofficially named MVN – Most Valuable Napper.

PUPPY BOWL XVII is available to stream on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service.

*Source: Nielsen Live+SD coverage ratings; excludes repeats

**Source: Talkwalker Social Content Ratings. Linear measurement for live/new total day programs. 2/7/21 and 2/2/20



All-New “Puppy Bowl Presents” Specials Stream on discovery+ and Premiere on Animal Planet





All-New “Puppy Bowl Presents” Specials Stream on discovery+ and Premiere on Animal Planet Leading Up to Puppy Bowl XVII
“The Dog Games,” “Best in Show” and “Puppy Bowl Nation” are all on tap for Saturday, February 6.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
ALL-NEW “PUPPY BOWL PRESENTS” SPECIALS STREAM ON DISCOVERY+ AND PREMIERE ON ANIMAL PLANET LEADING UP TO PUPPY BOWL XVII

Kym Whitley hosts Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Games exclusively for discovery+ on Feb. 6

Get ready to gear up for PUPPY BOWL XVII – streaming on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service, on Sunday Feb. 7 and airing on Animal Planet the same day at 2PM ET/ 11AM PT – with a slate of Puppy Bowl Presents specials leading up to the ultimate matchup between Team Ruff and Team Fluff. The all-new programming includes Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Games hosted by Kym Whitley which streams exclusively on discovery+ and Puppy Bowl XVII Presents: Best in Show, and Puppy Bowl XVII Presents: Puppy Bowl Nation which will stream on discovery+ and premiere on Animal Planet. Join the conversation about PUPPY BOWL using #PuppyBowl and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok for the latest updates. Audiences can follow discovery+ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

PUPPY BOWL’s Puppy Bowl Presents programming includes:

· Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Games – Streams Sunday, Feb. 6 exclusively on discovery+

Let the games begin! In a fast-paced hour hosted by Kym Whitley and filled with theatrics and skill, four pairs of dogs and amateur trainers face off against one another to show which dog (and trainer) is the greatest showman with the best tricks and talent. The pairs move through three different rounds of increasing competition while being judged by pro dog trainer, Travis Brorsen and style judge, Crystal Powell, and one pair is eliminated in each round. The two best teams move on to the final showstopper round to see who wins game and $5,000.00 to donate to the charity of their choice.

· Puppy Bowl XVII Presents: Best in Show – Streams on discovery+ Sat. Feb. 6 and airs the same day on Animal Planet at 11PM ET/PT

Throughout sixteen years of ear tugs, fluffy faces and all paw-to-paw PUPPY BOWL action, there have been MVP’s, underdogs, fan favorites and lots of Ruff and Fluff along the way. From the high scores to the hometown heroes, Animal Planet has brought together the top dogs – the pups with the right stuff – for a special hour leading up to PUPPY BOWL XVII to reveal what for pup player’s post-championship lives are like. But, in true PUPPY BOWL fashion, there can be only one player who will take home the title of “Best In Show”. Past puppy players include Filbert, Aspen, Sierra/Mia, Pirate/MinGuk, Barry/Tucker, Lucky, Winston/Gronk, Wrinkles, Loren/Laddie, Mandy, Rory, Bumble, Tucker/Arya, Eli and Schroeder.

· Puppy Bowl XVII Presents: Puppy Bowl Nation – Streams on discovery+ Sat. Feb. 6 and airs on Animal Planet Sunday Feb.7 at 11 AM ET/PT

Each year, puppies from across the U.S. and from countries outside the U.S. come to compete on the PUPPY BOWL gridiron. And while they look like naturals on the field, their home turfs are a little different. Animal Planet takes audiences out on a road trip across the U.S. country to catch up with some of PUPPY BOWL’s ruffest and fluffiest competitors. They may have played during different years and for opposing teams, but when they come together, they make up Puppy Bowl Nation. Puppy players include Gina, Cafecito/Mooshu, Bubba, Ginger, Biscuit, Elton John, Bach, Barry/Tucker, Smudge, Bijoux/Ella, Rudy, Aspen, Pierre, Peanut, Filbert, Bumble, Flo and Tyler.

Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Games is produced for Animal Planet by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group is association with Half Yard with Craig Piligian, Melodie Calvert, Dirk Hoogstra, and Nicole Sorrenti serving as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman is executive producer with Sarah Russell as supervising producer. Puppy Bowl XVII Presents: Best in Show is produced for Animal Planet by Bright Spot Content, an All3Media America company. Colby Hartburg is executive producer and showrunner with Cindy Kain and Sandy Varo Jarrell also serving as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Pat Dempsey serves as Supervising Producer and Marissa Donovan is production coordinator. Puppy Bowl Presents: Puppy Bowl Nation is produced for Animal Planet by Bright Spot Content, an All3Media America company. Colby Hartburg is executive producer and showrunner with Cindy Kain and Sandy Varo Jarrell also serving as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Pat Dempsey serves as supervising producer and Marissa Donovan is production coordinator.

About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.

About Animal Planet

Animal Planet, one of Discovery, Inc.’s great global brands, is dedicated to creating high quality content with global appeal delivering on its mission to keep the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive by bringing people up close in every way. Available to 360 million homes in more than 205 countries and territories, Animal Planet combines content that explores the undeniable bonds forged between animals and humans, optimized across all screens around the world. In the U.S., Animal Planet audiences can enjoy their favorite programming anytime, anywhere through the Animal Planet Go app which features live and on-demand access. For more information, please visit www.animalplanet.com



MARTHA STEWART AND SNOOP DOGG GET IN ON THE PUPPY ACTION AS HOSTS OF PUPPY BOWL XVII





MARTHA STEWART AND SNOOP DOGG GET IN ON THE PUPPY ACTION AS HOSTS OF PUPPY BOWL XVII

-PUPPY BOWL XVII airs on Animal Planet and streams on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service on Feb. 7-
Looks who’s coming to the Puppy Bowl party – and not just attending but HOSTING the party! The O.G. dynamic duo, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg, are joining in on the other ‘big game’ this year, as hosts of PUPPY BOWL XVII, streaming on discovery+ Feb. 7 and airing on Animal Planet Sunday, February 7 at 2PM ET/11AM PT. Join in with Martha and Snoop as they host the ultimate tailgate party, root for the adoptable puppy players, and see who will end up top D.O. DOUBLE G in this epic Puppy Bowl matchup!

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg kick off PUPPY BOWL XVII in style, donned in their own Puppy Bowl gear including custom orange and blue team jerseys representing each of the puppy teams – Martha backing Team Ruff and Snoop rooting for Team Fluff – with a game-day set up that is sure to inspire all other Puppy Bowl tailgate parties with custom snacks, games, and of course a little bit of team smack talk! Joined by a posse of puppy players from Annenberg Pet Space, Paw Works and SPCA LA, Martha and Snoop will provide play by play updates throughout the game, cheer on their teams while giving each other a few challenges along the way…including breaking out their culinary skills to create a mouth-watering snack for the party (wings and cupcakes anyone?!) and a friendly Puppy Bowl-themed cocktail competition.

Audiences will also get a shout out from Martha’s own pups, French Bulldogs Crème Brûlée and Bête Noire, and Chow Chows Empress Qin and Emperor Han, in addition to Snoop’s French Bulldogs, Juelz Broadus and Choc, all of which are ready to cheer on the Puppy Bowl players. Get ready for a PUPPY BOWL XVII tailgate with a duo so fly, it’s next level!

PUPPY BOWL XVII is produced for Animal Planet by Bright Spot Content, an All3Media America company. Simon Morris is executive producer and showrunner with Cindy Kain and Sandy Varo Jarrell also serving as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Dawn Sinsel serves as senior executive producer and Pat Dempsey is supervising producer.

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About discovery+:
discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.

About Animal Planet:
Animal Planet, one of Discovery, Inc.’s great global brands, is dedicated to creating high quality content with global appeal delivering on its mission to keep the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive by bringing people up close in every way. Available to 360 million homes in more than 205 countries and territories, Animal Planet combines content that explores the undeniable bonds forged between animals and humans, optimized across all screens around the world. In the U.S., Animal Planet audiences can enjoy their favorite programming anytime, anywhere through the Animal Planet Go app which features live and on-demand access. For more information, please visit www.animalplanet.com.



“Crikey! It’s the Irwins” Returns with a New Season of Reopenings





“Crikey! It’s the Irwins” Returns with a New Season of Reopenings, Rescues, Newborn Wildlife and Exciting News About the Future Generation of the Irwin Family on Discovery+ Feb. 7
A sneak peek of the premiere episode will air on Animal Planet directly out of “Puppy Bowl XVII” on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 5 PM ET/PT.
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
“Crikey! It’s The Irwins” Returns With A New Season Of Reopenings, Rescues, Newborn Wildlife And Exciting News About The Future Generation Of The Irwin Family On Discovery+ Feb. 7

– Sneak Peek of Premiere Episode to Air on Animal Planet Directly Out of PUPPY BOWL XVII on Feb. 7-

Season three of the award-winning series, CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS, featuring Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, and Bindi’s husband Chandler Powell, premieres Sunday Feb. 7 on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. A sneak peek of the premiere episode will air on Animal Planet directly out of Puppy Bowl XVII on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 5 PM ET/PT.

CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS features the Irwin family as they continue Steve Irwin’s mission to bring people closer to animals and inspire them to become Wildlife Warriors to help protect and preserve our environment and its animals.

With this mission in mind, the Irwins continue to take up the mantle during the global pandemic as the new season opens with Terri delivering the much-anticipated news that Australia Zoo will finally reopen after being closed for 78 days due to COVID-19; Bindi and the team at the wildlife hospital find themselves in a desperate race to save a dozen corellas; and Robert witnesses the incredible birth of three tiger cubs.

Prior to the challenges of the pandemic, Australia faced devastating brushfires that wreaked havoc on the country’s landscape and wildlife population. The Irwins efforts to help as many animals as possible are the focus of a special episode. This season will also follow personal family milestones as newlyweds Bindi and Chandler prepare to welcome their own little Wildlife Warrior to the world, and Robert learns how to drive with the help of Terri and Bindi in his dad’s iconic old ute.

Other CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS stories this season include Terri and Robert secretly trying to guess the sex of Bindi’s baby, while Bindi and Chandler have their own surprise in store; Bindi and Terri assisting the zoo’s dedicated vet team as they treat a multitude of animals at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital; Robert continuing his father’s legacy as he faces off with Bosco, the most aggressive crocodile at Australia Zoo; Chandler stepping up during the croc show for Robert when an injury prevents him from participating; and Bindi and Chandler studying coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Additionally, four rescued Sumatran Elephants arrive to Australia Zoo from Indonesia, fulfilling a dream that began over 30 years ago when Steve and Terri decided to fight for the survival of this critically endangered species.

Keep up with the conversation on social media with #TheIrwins and follow discovery+ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more.

CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS is produced for discovery+ by Eureka where Paul Franklin, Chris Culvenor, Wes Dening, Rikkie Proost and Rod Parker serve as executive producers. For discovery+, Erin Wanner is executive producer with Sarah Russell as supervising producer.

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About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.



PUPPY BOWL RETURNS FOR AN EPIC SHOWDOWN BETWEEN TEAM RUFF & TEAM FLUFF ON SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 2021





PUPPY BOWL RETURNS FOR AN EPIC SHOWDOWN BETWEEN TEAM RUFF & TEAM FLUFF ON SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 2021 ON BOTH DISCOVERY+ AND ANIMAL PLANET

-PUPPY BOWL XVII Streams on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service-

– Kristen Bell, Valerie Bertinelli, & Duff Goldman & Boys World Get in on the Puppy Bowl XVII action by lending helping hands to adoptable pups-

– Dan Schachner Celebrates 10th Year as PUPPY BOWL Rufferee-

“We need puppies now more than ever!” said everyone. Have no fear because television’s cutest sports competition and the original call-to-adoption TV event, PUPPY BOWL, returns on Sunday, February 7 for the biggest, most exciting game to date, now as a 3-hour event that can be viewed on both discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service that features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon, and Animal Planet on Sunday, February 7 at 2PM ET/11AM PT. Join discovery+ and Animal Planet for this special three-hour event to experience all the fuzzy puppy faces from TEAM RUFF and TEAM FLUFF who go paw to paw to win the CHEWY “Lombarky” trophy in PUPPY BOWL’s all-new venue, a ‘stadium within a stadium’ that’s bigger and better than ever before. Be sure to be on the lookout for TEAM RUFF who is looking to reclaim their title after last year’s loss – they’re coming back with a vengeance! Gear up because it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year for the biggest game of the year – PUPPY BOWL XVII!

PUPPY BOWL celebrates adoptable pups in all their cuteness and showcases the incredible shelters and rescues, as well as their staffers, who dedicate their lives to helping animals find their loving homes. In years past, PUPPY BOWL is 16 for 16 with the adoption rate at 100% as all puppies and kittens featured in PUPPY BOWL to date have found their forever homes with loving families. And even though this past year has been different from year’s past, one thing is for certain – there will be a PUPPY BOWL – and discovery+ and Animal Planet continue this annual tradition to highlight these special puppy players and kittens so that they can finally find the place they are meant to call ‘home.’

This year, 22 shelters and rescues from nine Northeastern States are enlisted to bring 70 incredible adoptable puppy players out for PUPPY BOWL to sport their TEAM RUFF ‘Tail Mary Tangerine’ and TEAM FLUFF ‘Bark Blue’ bandana colors. What genetic traits are these pups bringing to the game? With the Wisdom Panel™ dog DNA test, we’ll find out what’s beyond those big puppy dog eyes and how each dog’s breed mix might give them an advantage on the field. We’ll see their skills playout in the brand-new GEICO Stadium, where these adoptable players have even more room to rumble and fumble! Fan-favorite elements, including slow motion replays, nose-to-nose action from the famous water bowl cam, and aerial shots of the field from the brand-new TEMPTATIONS™ Sky Box are all back this year, along with epic drone shots of puppy players across the arena that bring audiences as close as possible to all the game-play action. THE HOME DEPOT goal post nets serve as the backdrop to every touchdown and field goal as audiences have a front row seat view through lens of the cameras in the CHEWY end zone pylons.

Joining this year as PUPPY BOWL XVII announcers are ESPN’s Monday Night Football play- by- play announcer Steve Levy and SportsCenter host Sage Steele who will be providing puppy analysis throughout the game! The PUPPY BOWL XVII Pre-Game Show begins at 1PM ET/ 10AM PT where long-time PUPPY BOWL sports correspondents Rodt Weiler, James Hound and Sheena Inu, and field reports Brittany Spaniel and Herman Shepard pump up the crowd with pup insights on the furry matchups before the big game. Sponsored by [ yellow tail ]® wine, the Pre-Game Show will also offer ideas on how to create a PUPPY BOWL “tail”gate party for the perfect viewing experience. The game opens with a special performance of the National Anthem by singing-group and internet sensation, Boys World, before kicking off with the pups of the PEDIGREE® Starting Lineup, who are giving it their all to compete for the one and only BISSELL® MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) award by scoring the most touchdowns. Who will take home the title this year to join the greats of puppies past in the Puppy Bowl MVP Hall of Fame? Tune in to find out this and which lucky pup will also take home the coveted SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Underdog Award!

Joining the game for the 10th year in a row is America’s favorite “Rufferee,” Dan Schachner, who, after a decade, is ready to call the puppy penalties, ruffs & tumbles, and pawsome touchdowns for a game unlike any other. Award-winning animal advocate and television correspondent Jill Rappaport also returns to introduce the SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Pup Close and Personal segments that shine a light on some of these adorable athletes and other adoptable puppies across the country, in addition to the special Senior Spotlight stories which showcase that age is just a number with senior dogs who are ultimately puppies at heart.

This year’s Pup Close and Personal highlights include a special profile of actress and animal advocate Kristen Bell who has teamed up with Annenberg PetSpace in Los Angeles to spend time with Java, a Labrador mix puppy looking for a fur-ever home to snuggle in; Biscuit, a very special Maltese mix pup from Paw Works in LA, who gets a special day out with one lucky kid baker from Food Network’s ‘Kid Baking Championship,’ where we’ll also hear from hosts Valerie Bertinelli & Duff Goldman; Fozzie, a Foster Dogs Inc. Norwegian Elkhound who experiences his first ever grooming from Harlem Doggie Day Spa; and Foofur, a Shepherd mix puppy who is cared for by a very special foster under the PAWS Chicago foster program. Other in-depth profiles include Marshall, a deaf Boston Terrier mix rescue pup who’s training with Green Dogs Unleashed to be a therapy dog, where at a local hospital, he will provide a group of COVID ER nurses with a much-needed mental break in the midst of the pandemic; Jett, a double front amputee Labrador mix from Pets With Disabilities in Maryland, who is prepping for the big game with regular jaunts along the countryside with his fellow special needs cat and dog companions; and Stitch, a Hound mix, who at Wilburton Inn-New England dog friendly resort in Vermont, enjoys a special day out at the Inn on a mission to meet an adopter, before getting scrappy on the field.

Audiences will also see four incredible Senior Spotlight profiles that include Scoobert, an 8-year-old Chihuahua Boxer mix from mix from Young at Heart Sanctuary in Chicago who even though is a senior pooch with medical needs, has a special zest for life; veterinarian Dr. Kwane Stewart, aka @thestreetvet, who treats homeless dogs off the streets of Los Angeles at no cost; Mona, a 10-year-old Toy Poodle mix who undergoes reiki healing sessions at Den Retreat in Los Angeles for a more peaceful state of mind; and Blossom, an American Staffordshire Terrier, who has become the poster pup for the ‘Pitbulls in flower crowns’ series by rescue advocate and photographer Sophie Gamand. PUPPY BOWL XVII will also feature five special needs players who are looking forward to finding their loving home including Jett, and four hearing impaired pups including Marshall, a Boston Terrier; Fletcher, an American Bull Dog; Theodore, a Pyr Border Collie; and Rumor, a Heeler mix.

Additionally, for the first time ever on the sidelines, our TEAM RUFF and TEAM FLUFF players will be cheered on by none other than adoptable puppy cheerleaders who will root and howl for their favorite players. These cheerleading pups will turn up the volume with cuteness overload by shaking their pom poms as the PUPPY BOWL XVII players make their way down the field! Midway through the game, get ready to turn up the beat and put on your dancing shoes for the ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ KITTY HALF-TIME SHOW. Audiences will experience the neon dance party they’ve been waiting for all year and rave to the purr-fect beats dropped by senior rescue cat DJ Grand Master Scratch. As an after-party treat, viewers will even be able to see a special adoption update on where these dancing felines found their loving new homes with their loving new forever dance partners.

As a bonus treat for this year’s PUPPY BOWL XVII, audiences will also see exciting new ‘Adoptable Pup’ segments, hosted by Dan Schachner and sponsored by CHEWY. Sprinkled throughout the program, 11 shelters from around the country will feature one of their special pups (and a few kittens during KITTY HALF-TIME!) that are all up for adoption during the game!

PUPPY BOWL digital audiences can point their paws to PuppyBowl.com to vote for their favorite pup in the ‘Pupularity Playoffs’ bracket style tournament featuring photos by Instagram sensation @TheDogist. Audiences can also check out an exciting live puppy playtime scrimmage on Animal Planet’s TikTok in the lead up to PUPPY BOWL XVII. Fans may also be able to see their own animal featured in a photo gallery on PuppyBowl.com when they post a pic of their fur-baby watching PUPPY BOWL XVII and tag #PuppyBowl. For more fun social content, head to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok for original videos, GIFs, Instagram Stickers, a Puppy Bowl AR Filter, and more. Audiences can also follow discovery+ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Fans can also access even more furry fun and exclusive content by downloading discovery+. Leading up to PUPPY BOWL, discovery+ and Animal Planet GO users will find exclusive in-app original programming, including the PUPPY BOWL midform series “Pupclose & Personal”, where NFL stars Chris Godwin, Ronnie Stanley, and Ryan Kerrigan reveal their personal pup adoption stories to share why they’re so passionate about canine causes. Pus, we’ll also see Dan the Ref take us down memory lane, highlighting the very best and firsts of Puppy Bowl’s 17-year history. Additionally, fans are also invited to Tweet along with game day commentator Meep The Bird and vote in real time, for the winner of the Most Valuable Puppy award. Results will be revealed during the epic program.

Official PUPPY BOWL XVII sponsors include ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™, BISSELL®, CHEWY, GEICO, THE HOME DEPOT, PEDIGREE®, SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC., TEMPTATIONS™, Wisdom Panel™ dog DNA test and [ yellow tail ]® wine.

For more information about the shelters, rescues and organizations that participated in PUPPY BOWL XVII, Animal Planet audiences can visit Puppybowl.com/Adopt.

PUPPY BOWL XVII is produced for Animal Planet by Bright Spot Content, an All3Media America company. Simon Morris is executive producer and showrunner with Cindy Kain and Sandy Varo Jarrell also serving as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Dawn Sinsel serves as senior executive producer and Pat Dempsey is supervising producer.



ANIMAL PLANET’S PIT BULLS & PAROLEES RETURNS FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON





ANIMAL PLANET’S PIT BULLS & PAROLEES RETURNS FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON BEGINNING WITH SPECIAL 200TH EPISODE ON JANUARY 2, 2021

– New season moves to 2-hour episodes every Saturday at 9PM ET/PT –

Tia Torres has dedicated her life to New Orleans-based Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest Pit Bull rescue center in the U.S. where she and her family work tirelessly to provide Pit Bulls another chance in life while also offering a fresh start to parolees. Now, after 30 plus years of experiencing the high and lows of animal rescue and breaking down stereotypes of both pit bulls and individuals who have been released from the prison system, Tia her family take a special look back at the extraordinary milestones they have accomplished with a special 200th episode and season premiere of PIT BULLS & PAROLEES. The 2-hour premiere airs Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT, with 2-hour episodes airing every Saturday following the premiere featuring even more

incredible rescue stories in this supersized season.

In the season premiere and special 200th episode, Tia’s children, grandchildren and parolees gather to recall their favorite stories across 200 episodes filled with heartbreak, joy and the memorable rescues that have shaped their lives. We’ll see the early days from season one, when Mariah was still competing in beauty pageants, and the very first dog Tia rescued on the series – a senior pit bull named Walter. Tia and her family also reminisce about the twins meeting Lizzy and M2, the adjustment to living in Louisiana, and of course the most memorable, surprising and heartwarming adoptions from over the years.

This season, we’ll see how Villalobos has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and how Tia and her family have found creative ways to find dogs forever homes – while also giving back to the New Orleans community, in spite of the shutdown. We’ll also witness Tia and Mariah temporarily close their beloved restaurant and boutique amidst the global shutdown, and although a challenging decision, the pair looks ahead to a new beginning to reinvent both businesses and keeps their utmost focus on their rescue efforts.

Throughout the season, audiences will also experience more incredible rescue stories than ever before. We’ll see Tia as she deals with one of her most difficult rescue situations ever, where over 50-hybrid wolf-dogs are left to fend for themselves on a Texas property. Tania and Mariah work with an adopter to find a new dog after he lost his long-time four-legged best friend, Ben, to cancer. Additionally, audiences will witness a fairy-tale ending where Huey, a Villalobos senior canine veteran, finally finds the forever home he deserves.

In addition to watching the show on Animal Planet, viewers can keep up with the latest news on social media by using the hashtag #PitBullsandParolees and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

PIT BULLS & PAROLEES is produced for Animal Planet by 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, and Rive Gauche Television. Rasha Drachkovitch, Billy Cooper, and Jen Bies Duffy are the executive producers for 44 Blue Productions. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer.



“Big Cat Tales” Returns to Animal Planet for An All-New Season on Friday Dec. 4





“Big Cat Tales” Returns to Animal Planet for An All-New Season on Friday Dec. 4
The series documents the present-day prides and families of the lions, leopards and cheetahs of the Maasais Mara National Reserve in Kenya, including the Marsh Pride.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
“BIG CAT TALES” RETURNS TO ANIMAL PLANET FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON ON FRIDAY DEC. 4

-Jonathan and Angela Scott and Jackson Ole Looseyia Return for BIG CAT TALES Season Two Filmed in Vivid 4K Resolution-

Jonathan and Angela Scott and Jackson Ole Looseyia return to Animal Planet for an all-new season of the award-winning natural history series BIG CAT TALES on Friday, Dec. 4 at 11PM ET/PT. BIG CAT TALES documents the present-day prides and families of the lions, leopards and cheetahs of the Maasais Mara National Reserve in Kenya, including the Marsh Pride. Animal Planet audiences will continue to be submerged into the world of these big cats for an up-close look as their stories evolve, bringing the mix of joy and sorrow that make these big cats so irresistible. BIG CAT TALES is produced for Animal Planet by Untitled Film Works and jointly directed by award-winning filmmakers Abraham Joffe ACS and Dom West.

It is only through the long history and experience of the Scotts and Mr. Ole Looseyia that the intimate lives of these big cats can be revealed in such spectacular and intimate detail. Jonathan Scott has spent over 40 years in the Mara and has an unrivalled knowledge of its big cats; Angela Scott is a world-class wildlife photographer and has a very special bond with lions, particularly the famous Marsh Pride; Jackson is a proud Maasai and has spent his entire life alongside these magnificent animals.

In the Dec. 4 season premiere, “Kingdom of Predators,” a dispersed Marsh Pride faces weakened protection from the six male warrior lions, while Kabibi and Cloudy Eye desperately hunt to sustain their hungry new cubs. Also, Amani, the cheetah, works hard to raise three new cubs. Other episodes of BIG CAT TALES this season will include:

· Dec. 11 – “Stripes vs. Spots” – Jonathan discovers the secretive den site of Dada the lioness’ newborn cubs. Olare, the leopard, displays a rarely seen mating ritual. And the Marsh Pride lionesses face off with an elephant who isn’t happy with their presence.

· Dec. 18 – “Peril on the Horizon” – Clashing elephants force the Marsh pride to take cover. Fig the leopard continues to give vital lessons to her young cub Maradadi. And the Marsh pride females are threatened by nomadic male intruders. Amani the cheetah also battles a hyena over food.

Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using #BigCatTales and following Animal Planet on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates.

BIG CAT TALES is produced for Animal Planet by Untitled Film Works led by their award-winning filmmakers Abraham Joffe ACS and Dom West with Jonathan Scott as co-producer. For Animal Planet, Dawn Sinsel is senior executive producer with Valerie Moss as associate producer.



Animal Planet Premieres Three-Part Television Event “Walking with Elephants” on Dec. 15





Animal Planet Premieres Three-Part Television Event “Walking with Elephants” on Dec. 15
The special follows Levison Wood, a passionate explorer and conservationist, as he is led by these magnificent animals on their annual epic migration across Botswana; a journey fraught with risks and dangers as elephants are coming under more threats than ever before.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
ANIMAL PLANET PREMIERES THREE-PART TELEVISION EVENT “WALKING WITH ELEPHANTS” ON DEC. 15

Each year, thousands of elephants make an incredible journey to the Okavango Delta in Botswana to feed on its lush vegetation, in one of the biggest natural events on the entire planet. WALKING WITH ELEPHANTS follows Levison Wood, a passionate explorer and conservationist, as he is led by these magnificent animals on their annual epic migration across Botswana; a journey fraught with risks and dangers as elephants are coming under more threats than ever before. WALKING WITH ELEPHANTS premieres as a three-hour television event Tuesday, Dec. 15 beginning at 8 PM ET/PT.

WALKING WITH ELEPHANTS gives a deeper understanding of the majestic elephants of Botswana, as Wood follows the migration route from the salt pans of the Kalahari Desert where the journey begins to the nutrient rich lands of the Okavango Delta. Wood and local safari guide Kane Motswana, a San bushman who grew up in the wilds, gives the Animal Planet audience unmatched access to the dangers these resilient animals must overcome – poachers, predatory wildlife and dehydration – to arrive at their destination. But this up-close and first ever on the ground look at this elephant migration doesn’t come without risks; Wood has his own terrifying close calls with wildlife that includes lions, hippos, crocodiles and even the elephants themselves.

Wood, known for his earlier work on “Walking the Nile” and “Walking the Americas”, travels more than 650 miles by foot, as he follows the elephants on their epic migratory route to gain all-new insight into this still mysterious journey – one that the elephants have done for thousands of years, which no person has done on foot. Until now.

Audiences can join the conversation on social media by using #WalkingwithElephants and following Animal Planet on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates.

Published earlier this month, Wood’s book, The Last Giants: The Rise and Fall of the African Elephant (Grove Atlantic in the U.S.) dives deep into his study of African elephants. Weaving natural science, history, and firsthand accounts, Wood traces the journey of the elephant throughout time and across some of Africa’s most glorious landscapes. African elephants face very troubling realities; droughts and poaching have decimated the population. However, Botswana remains a haven, home to the world’s largest elephant population. In The Last Giants, Wood documents his journey from WALKING WITH ELEPHANTS as he does all he can to raise awareness and the need to protect African elephants.

WALKING WITH ELEPHANTS is produced for Animal Planet by October Films where Managing Director Adam Bullmore serves as executive producer with Alexis Girardet as producer. For Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman is executive producer with Sarah Russell as supervising producer.



“North Woods Law” Returns to Animal Planet





“North Woods Law” Returns to Animal Planet for an All-New Season on Sunday, Oct. 11
Whether it’s the rugged landscapes or heart-stopping animal encounters, New Hampshire provides a never-ending series of unpredictable challenges for its conservation officers.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
“NORTH WOODS LAW” RETURNS TO ANIMAL PLANET FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON ON SUNDAY, OCT. 11

Whether it’s the rugged landscapes or heart-stopping animal encounters, New Hampshire provides a never-ending series of unpredictable challenges for its conservation officers. In an all-new season of NORTH WOODS LAW, Animal Planet follows the demanding pursuits of the Conservation Officers as they work relentlessly against the clock on search and rescue missions, tracking down fleeing criminals, preserving and protecting the state’s resources, and enforcing laws on both land and water. The all-new season premieres on Animal Planet Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9PM ET/PT.

In the NORTH WOODS LAW season premiere, a nurse discovers a severed finger near the summit of Mount Monadnock leading Conservation Officer Hannett, New Hampshire State Police and a K9 unit on a harrowing investigation; Officer Towne’s patrol is interrupted by a call from the principal at his son’s school requesting help with the baby snapping turtles hatching all over the playground; and Officer Masucci is caught off guard when a bear hunter makes a surprising confession.

Other stories on NORTH WOODS LAW this season include New Hampshire Fish and Game and the National Guard joining forces to rescue a climber who has fallen fifty feet from the Granite State’s largest cliff face; Lt. Boudreau and a team of biologists working to capture and relocate a moose after it has wandered into downtown Nashua; Officer McKee going on a wild goose chase when the passengers in a fatal accident claim the driver has fled the scene; and the wardens attempting to chase off a black bear that has decided a car is the optimal location for its winter den.

Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #NorthWoodsLaw, and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok for the latest updates.

NORTH WOODS LAW is produced for Animal Planet by Engel Entertainment where Steven M. Engel, David Ranzino and Justin Silva serve as executive producers. For Animal, Planet Patrick Keegan serves as supervising producer and Robyn Salzman as associate producer.



Animal Planet’s “Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet” Returns for an All-New Season





Animal Planet’s “Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet” Returns for an All-New Season Saturday, September 26
After 30 years in his field, Dr. Jeff still hasn’t seen it all – with the clinic’s continuous flow of mysterious pet ailments, severe injuries and accidents, every day brings a fresh and exciting challenge.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
ANIMAL PLANET’S “DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET” RETURNS FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Denver’s most passionate veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Young, returns for a new season of Animal Planet’s DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET, with new cases to solve and new clients to treat. After 30 years in his field, Dr. Jeff still hasn’t seen it all – with the clinic’s continuous flow of mysterious pet ailments, severe injuries and accidents, every day brings a fresh and exciting challenge. Dr. Jeff and his team carry on doing all they can to help every animal in need. The all-new season of DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET premieres Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9 PM ET/PT.

In the premiere episode, Dr. Jeff performs a procedure he’s never attempted – a complicated lung surgery on a beloved dog named Leyla. Dr. Amy treats Sookie, a husky who lost a fight with a porcupine, and paid the price with a snout-full of quills. Audiences also meet Callie and Steve, two abandoned turtles, as Dr. Baier works to turn their health around. And Dr. Jeff saves Ozzy, an 18-year-old dog whose family moved away, but left their senior pet behind.

Other stories this season include Dr. Jeff and the team providing free care to a group of loveable Fainting Goats destined to become therapy animals; becoming a dog’s last hope after he jumps from a moving car on the highway; and coming to the aid of pet owners in a remote jungle village in Panama with a free spay and neuter clinic. Later this season, Dr. Jeff looks back on his 30-year ride as a vet, and the challenging decision to set up a low-cost, high-volume veterinary practice, where no two days are the same, and a sudden emergency can push the team to its limits.

In addition to watching the show on Animal Planet, viewers can stream episodes of DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET on the Animal Planet GO app. Audiences can also join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #DrJeff and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

All past seasons of the show can be viewed in their entirety by audiences in the U.S. on the Animal Planet GO app.

DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET is produced for Animal Planet by Double Act where Alastair Cook is executive producer and Alex Revill is showrunner. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer.