Prison Matchmaker Chelsea Holmes Turns Inmates Into Soulmates in “Prisoner of Love”





Prison Matchmaker Chelsea Holmes Turns Inmates Into Soulmates in “Prisoner of Love”
This arresting six-part true crime series debuts on Investigation Discovery Monday, January 24 with new episodes airing weekly at 9:00/8:00c.
[via press release from Investigation Discovery]
PRISON MATCHMAKER CHELSEA HOLMES TURNS INMATES INTO SOULMATES IN “PRISONER OF LOVE”

— Six-Part True Crime Series Begins Linear Airing on January 24 at 9PM ET —

— Season 1 is Available to Binge at discovery+ —
(New York, NY.) – Finding true love isn’t always easy, and now more than ever, struggling singles across the country are craving a romantic connection. But sometimes true love can’t be found at the local bars because ‘the one’ is serving time behind them. Enter prison matchmaker, Chelsea Holmes. Chelsea has been connecting with inmates for years through a pen pal program, and recently evolved it into a matchmaking business that connects hopeful singles with prisoners for the digital age. Chelsea isn’t simply a matchmaker – she’s a hopeless romantic herself, looking for love with someone on the inside. As Chelsea navigates her locked-up love affairs, her clients are trying to manage their own budding relationships with desperate desires for a life of love after a stint behind bars. This arresting six-part true crime series debuts on ID Monday, January 24 at 9pm ET with new episodes airing weekly on Mondays at 9pm ET.

“There’s a stigma most people have about those in prison, but most of them are trying to better their lives – not to mention, a lot of these guys are smoking hot,” said prison matchmaker, Chelsea Holmes. “We all make mistakes, and we all deserve a second chance at finding love. If this can work for me, it can work for anyone.”

Season one of Prisoner of Love documents five couples as they navigate the roller coaster ride of dating someone in the big house and the unique struggles it presents. Chelsea does all she can to give these singles the tools to make their relationships successful beyond prison walls, but are these convict connections built to last? Below are the couples taking the plunge for love in season one:

Chelsea and Manuel

Not only is Chelsea Holmes a prison matchmaker, she is also a client herself! After she found love with an inmate through a prison pen pal program, she wanted to help others find the same success in their relationships. Chelsea never let herself cross the line from pen pal to romance with an inmate – until she met Manuel. His rugged good looks and charming personality instantly attract her, and she falls hard.

Isa and Devin

College student Isa has always been a good girl. She’s studying education in New York, but focusing all of her energy on her studies left her love life with a failing grade. Now, she’s fallen for inmate Devin, and it’s throwing her whole life into disarray. Her conservative parents can’t find out, her friends don’t approve, and even she isn’t sure how bad-boy Devin fits into her long-term plans. But her heart is in it, even if her head is stuck between two worlds.

Brey and Arlette

Brey is best friends with Chelsea’s son, and now that he’s all grown up, he decides to give her art of matchmaking a try. Brey has always been a quiet creative, and hasn’t had much luck introducing himself to women at bars or meeting potential matches through the apps. Once Chelsea shows him some of the beautiful female inmates looking for love, Brey jumps in with both feet and lands on Arlette.

Dexter and Yolanda

When Dexter first learns that his son, Brey, is considering dating an inmate, he is in disbelief. Dexter is old school, and can’t understand why his son doesn’t look for a traditional relationship the old fashioned way. After sitting in on Brey’s first matchmaking session with Chelsea, this twice-divorced dad decides it might be time to break out of his comfort zone and try a new approach to dating, too.

Aluntra and Bryce

Though not one of Chelsea’s clients, Aluntra and her fiancé Bryce have been separated by prison walls for their entire almost four-year relationship. Now that Bryce’s release is weeks away, Aluntra is ready for the two of them to finally get a fresh start and begin their life together. They have big plans to get married, start a family, and find careers in a new city, but Bryce’s family and past threaten to hold them back. Aluntra has waited years to be with her beau, but will her patience run out?

Prisoner of Love is produced for discovery+ by Jupiter Entertainment. Executive producers include Patrick Reardon, Harrison Land and Meredith Fisher for Jupiter Entertainment, and Chris Deaux for Two Fifteen West. Lorna Thomas is executive producer for discovery+.



discovery+ Strikes Licensing Deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution





discovery+ Strikes Licensing Deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution, Expanding Platform’s Expansive Nonfiction Content Library
The titles include “The Biggest Loser,” “Flipping Out,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Top Chef Canada,” “The Real Housewives of Cheshire,” “The Real Housewives of Johannesburg,” “The Real Housewives of Melbourne,” “WAGS Atlanta,” “WAGS LA,” “WAGS Miami” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
DISCOVERY+ STRIKES LICENSING DEAL WITH NBCUNIVERSAL GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION, EXPANDING PLATFORM’S EXPANSIVE NONFICTION CONTENT LIBRARY

Episodes of The Biggest Loser, Flipping Out, American Ninja Warrior, Top Chef Canada, The Real Housewives of Cheshire, The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, The Real Housewives of Melbourne, WAGS Atlanta, WAGS LA, WAGS Miami and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will be available to stream on discovery+ in the U.S.

(LOS ANGELES) – Today, discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service from Discovery, Inc., announced a licensing deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution, which will provide the platform with a suite of iconic series, premiering in the U.S. throughout the month of January.

The hit, fan-favorite NBCUniversal titles coming to discovery+ are “The Biggest Loser,” “Flipping Out,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Top Chef Canada,” “The Real Housewives of Cheshire,” “The Real Housewives of Johannesburg,” “The Real Housewives of Melbourne,” “WAGS Atlanta,” “WAGS LA,” “WAGS Miami” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” These series join the robust lineup of discovery+ Originals, as well as premieres from TV’s most popular real-life brands (TLC, ID, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network).

“As we continue to expand the discovery+ catalog with premium programming, these titles from NBCUniversal give our subscribers even more to love, truly offering something for everyone,” said Lisa Holme, Group SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy for Discovery. “discovery+ is the go-to destination for unscripted content for viewers across all genres, and this partnership furthers our mission to provide the best in entertainment.”

Programming premiere dates in the US are:

· “The Biggest Loser (Reboot)” – Season 1 (Friday, January 7)

· “Flipping Out” – Seasons 7-11 (Wednesday, January 12)

· “American Ninja Warrior” – Season 12 (Wednesday, January 12)

· “Top Chef Canada” – Seasons 6-7 (Wednesday, January 12)

· “The Real Housewives of Cheshire” – Seasons 1-10 (Saturday, January 15)

· “The Real Housewives of Johannesburg” – Seasons 1-2 (Wednesday, January 19)

· “The Real Housewives of Melbourne” – Seasons 1-2 (Wednesday, January 19)

· “WAGS Atlanta” – Season 1 (Saturday, January 22)

· “WAGS LA” – Seasons 1-3 (Saturday, January 22)

· “WAGS Miami” – Seasons 1-2 (Saturday, January 22)

· “The Biggest Loser” – Season 17 (Tuesday, January 25)

· “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” – Seasons 1-4 (Tuesday, January 25)

About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. 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 NBCUniversal Global Distribution

NBCUniversal Global Distribution is responsible for the licensing and distribution of NBCUniversal product to all forms of television and new media platforms in the U.S., Canada and in over 200 territories internationally. NBCUniversal’s content portfolio includes a vast and diverse library of more than 5,300 feature films and 120,000 television episodes, including current and classic titles, non-scripted programming, kids, sports, news, long-form and short-form programming from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Television, UCP, NBCUniversal International Studios, Sky Studios, NBC Late Night properties, DreamWorks Animation, Telemundo, and more, as well as locally produced content from around the world. Global Distribution is a division of Comcast NBCUniversal.



Hip-Hop Icon and Actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges Continues His Culinary Education





Hip-Hop Icon and Actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges Continues His Culinary Education in Brand-New Episodes of “Luda Can’t Cook” on discovery+
In each of the one-hour episodes, premiering Tuesday, February 15 on discovery+, Ludacris immerses himself in a specific type of cuisine guided by an expert.
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
HIP-HOP ICON AND ACTOR CHRIS “LUDACRIS” BRIDGES CONTINUES HIS CULINARY EDUCATION IN BRAND-NEW EPISODES OF “LUDA CAN’T COOK,” EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY WILL PACKER AND BRIDGES

Ludacris Gets Schooled in Haitian, Korean and Cuban Cuisine in Upcoming Episodes, Premiering Tuesday, February 15th on discovery+

NEW YORK – January 11, 2022 – Legendary rapper, actor and restaurateur Chris “Ludacris” Bridges continues his mission to master flavors and cooking techniques from around the world, one cuisine at a time, in the three-episode return of discovery+ series Luda Can’t Cook, executive produced by record-breaking producer Will Packer and Bridges. While Ludacris has always been passionate about food, he isn’t known for his kitchen skills – but he is determined to change that. In each of the one-hour episodes, premiering Tuesday, February 15th on discovery+, Ludacris immerses himself in a specific type of cuisine guided by an expert, including learning the fundamentals of Haitian cuisine from Haitian-born Chef Alain Lemaire and throwing a block party for guests including Chef Gregory Gourdet, exploring his love of Korean food with Chef Seung Hee Lee and cooking a three-course meal for Chef Edward Lee and comedian Lil Duval, and visiting Little Havana for a master class in Cuban food with James Beard Award-nominated Chef Michael Beltran and creating a menu for Chef Lorena Garcia – plus a visit from legendary hip-hop producer Timbaland.

“After the success of Luda Can’t Cook the first time around, we knew we had to bring Ludacris back for more – he is up for any challenge and combining his passion for food and learning unexpected new skills is so entertaining to watch,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. “He is determined to master cuisines from around the globe – and we are thrilled to join him for the ride.”

“I put 100% into everything I do, including learning how to cook, and exploring different cuisines from across the globe with world-renowned chefs has been incredible,” said Ludacris. “I’m excited for viewers to experience Haitian, Korean and Cuban food with me – and see how I put my own style into each dish.”

To kick off his culinary journey, Ludacris visits Little Haiti in Miami, Florida with food on his mind. Fascinated by the resilience of the Haitian community, he meets with Haitian-born Chef Alain Lemaire to learn the basic foundations of the cuisine. Luda learns about traditional Haitian flavors and gets hands-on with chicken before learning to make some of the region’s essential marinades and dishes. Luda’s lesson culminates in a Haitian-style block party, where he compiles a three-course tasting menu for the chefs who trained him, as well as accomplished chef and Haitian food expert Chef Gregory Gourdet. In the next episode, Ludacris explores Korean food – because even though he orders Korean takeout once a week, he doesn’t know the first thing about making it. He teams up with Chef Seung Hee Lee in Atlanta to learn about everything this unique cuisine has to offer, from kimchi and mandu to Korean BBQ. Once his Korean cuisine crash course is through, he is put to the test by cooking a three-course meal for celebrity chef Edward Lee and comedian Lil Duval. Finally, Ludacris travels to the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami to master Cuban cuisine with James Beard-Award nominated Chef Michael Beltran. He learns about the holy trinity that is the foundation of most Cuban meals, while remembering the old lesson that patience is a virtue. After Luda’s friend Timbaland drops by, low and slow cooking leads to a pressure cooker when best-selling author and restaurateur Chef Lorena Garcia critiques Luda’s three course menu and tastes the results.

The career of the multitalented Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can best be described as remarkable. As a recording artist, he has sold more than 24 million albums worldwide. With an unrivaled match of lyrical acumen, wit, and imagery, Ludacris has solidified himself as one of music’s premier entertainers. His versatility and artistic complexity also enabled him to make a seamless transition to acting, including the starring role of “Tej” in the box office phenomenon Fast & Furious franchise. A consummate businessman, Ludacris is also enjoying success outside of entertainment. He is a restaurateur and owns Chicken-n-Beer in Atlanta and his philanthropic endeavors include the educational platform Kid Nation and The Ludacris Foundation, which focuses on helping youth in his hometown Atlanta.

Viewers can follow #LudaCantCook for exclusive sneak peeks of Ludacris’ journeys into the kitchen. Fans wanting more can visit DiscoveryPlus.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Luda Can’t Cook is produced for discovery+ by executive producers Will Packer, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Kelly Smith from Will Packer Media, and Matt Kelly and Mike Sorensen from Anomaly Entertainment.

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Led by Hollywood producer Will Packer, Will Packer Media is a first-of-its-kind production and branded content company focused on the New American Mainstream audience. In partnership with Discovery, Inc. and Universal Pictures, the company produces episodic scripted and unscripted series across television and digital platforms, compelling content for brand clients, and short-form digital content for millennial audiences. Will Packer’s films have earned more than $1 billion, with ten opening at number one at the box office.

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. 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.



READY, SET, PUP! ADOPTABLE PUPS GO FOR THE TOUCHDOWN IN PUPPY BOWL XVIII MATCHUP





READY, SET, PUP! ADOPTABLE PUPS GO FOR THE TOUCHDOWN IN PUPPY BOWL XVIII MATCHUP ON SUNDAY, FEB. 13, 2022 ON DISCOVERY+ AND ANIMAL PLANET

-Sesame Street’s Elmo and his Rescue Dog, Tango Join in on All the Puppy Bowl Action-

– Houston Texans’ Kirby the Service Pup and Justin Reid Join in the Game in one of this Year’s Pup Close Stories-

Everyone’s favorite other game is back in action for the ultimate woof-a-thon. The original call-to-adoption television event and cutest sports competition, PUPPY BOWL, returns for its 18th year, highlighting more shelters, more incredible stories, and the most puppies ever featured in PUPPY BOWL history. Get ready to cheer on the adoptable puppy players of TEAM RUFF and TEAM FLUFF as they give it their all to catch air-speed and take home this year’s CHEWY “Lombarky” trophy. Catch all the action in the GEICO ‘stadium within a stadium’ that takes this game to the next level. Between ear pulls, tail tugs, sloppy kisses, incredible interceptions, puppy penalties and hard-won touchdowns, this is the game you don’t want to miss! Tune in to PUPPY BOWL XVIII, the 3-hour spectacular event that can be streamed on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service, and Animal Planet on Sunday, February 13 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT.

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 fur-ever loving homes. This year an astounding 67 shelters and rescues from 33 states bring 118 incredible adoptable puppy players out to sport their TEAM RUFF ‘Tail Mary Tangerine’ and TEAM FLUFF ‘Bark Blue’ bandana colors. Each pup player is coming to strut their paws and show off their uniqueness, and with the help of the Wisdom Panel™ dog DNA test, we’ll find out what’s beyond those bandanas and luscious fur, and how each dog’s breed mix might give them a leg-up on the field. And on top of these hidden traits which may be revealed, these players will give it their all to chase, fetch, guard, heel, and sprint to the CHEWY end zone pylons for the ultimate touchdowns and score game catching field goals on THE HOME DEPOT goal posts.

Thanks to our returning and notoriously entertaining slo-mo cam, fans will get to see these canines’ devotion to the game as they put their tricks to the test to score a touchdown and a possible chase of the tail. While showing off their tricks and shakes, audiences will get the pawesome views from the water bowl cam which will catch our furry friends in a PEDIGREE® timeout to re-energize their quirky selves and quench their thirst. For the ultimate top-notch aerial view, the TEMPTATIONS™ Kitty Sky Box will also be featured throughout the game so fans can feel as if they’re in the center of all the puppy madness.

The PUPPY BOWL XVIII Pre-Game Show begins exclusively on discovery+ and Animal Planet at 1PM ET/ 10AM PT where fan-favorite PUPPY BOWL sportscasters Rodt Weiler, Sheena Inu, James Hound, and field reports Mini Pinscher and Greta Dane provide the inside scoop on this year’s Puppy Bowl Draft ahead of the big game. The pre-game show spotlights exclusive interviews with coaches and players, a look at the adorable pups warming up and running their favorite routes during CHEWY’s ‘Play of the Day.’ In addition, audiences will get a first-look tease at the purr-fect halftime show through the ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ Kitty Halftime Report. We’ll also get puppy DNA analysis from Wisdom Panel™ dog DNA test Players Report and catch up with several special puppy players past and present including Chunky Monkey, who won the hearts of many during Puppy Bowl XVII and Marshall, who was declared victorious as the winner of the Puppy Bowl XVII ‘Pupularity Playoff”. Those who tune-in will meet Biscuit, the Washington Capitals service pup who is training with America’s VetDogs and see a special look at the BISSELL Pet FoundationTM and their rescue efforts of transporting cats and dogs out of the Hurricane Ida danger zone to safety at Animal Welfare League in Alexandria, VA.

To kick off the game, special guests Elmo & Tango are traveling all the way from Sesame Street to gather the PEDIGREE® Starting Lineup players in the center of the field for the PUPPY BOWL XVIII coin toss to who from Team Fluff or Team Ruff will be the first to wag their tails! In addition, Elmo & Tango will be featured throughout the game as they cheer on one unforgettable pup, Wasabi, a Chihuahua/Cocker Spaniel mix from The Sato Project, from the sidelines throughout the game. As the game progresses, we will see which pup has what it takes for the one and only BISSELL Pet FoundationTM MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) award by scoring the most touchdowns. This pup will join a league of past MVP champions, and through TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE®, audiences will catch up with a previous Puppy Bowl MVP now in his loving, forever home and living his best life “on Tropic Time”. Be sure to tune in to find out which lucky pup will also take home the coveted SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Underdog Award!

And of course, Dan Schachner, PUPPY BOWL’s official and favorite Ruff-eree is returning for his 11th year of calling the puppy penalties, ruffs stumbles & tumbles, and awesome touchdowns for a game unlike any other. Dan is ready for the ultimate puppy showdown and fans will hear all these calls and more from returning commentators Steve Levy and Taylor Rooks as they give us the play-by-play coverage of the rambunctious pups of Team Fluff and Team Ruff as they frolic, jump, dive, and occasionally snooze their way to victory. In addition to seeing these puppy players on the field, audiences will also see the return of the SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Pup Close and Personal segments that shine a light on adorable star athletes including one special Senior Spotlight story which showcases that age is just a number and senior dogs are ultimately puppies at heart.

This year’s Pup Close and Personal features various segments including:
A special profile on Orange Twins Rescue, started by Ariana Grande and her choreographers and creative directors’, twins Scott & Brian, who accompany a pair of bonded Siberian Husky/ Chihuahua mix puppy sisters, Bimini & Tayce to Farm Animal Refuge in San Diego where they meet baby goats and cows
Kirby, a very special Labrador retriever who is the Houston Texans’ service pup in-training in partnership with America’s Vet Dogs, who visits NRG Stadium for a service practice session with Texans player Justin Reid
Hoku, a American Staffordshire Terrier/ Catahoula Leopard Mix; and Puppy Bowl’s first ever Hawaiian pup, from Maui Humane Society, who as a participant of the rescue’s ‘Buddies’ program, embarks on a special field trip to a hike in Maui’s National Parks where we learn about the legend of the ‘Poi’ dogs of ancient Polynesian culture
Birch, a Chihuahua / Toy Fox Terrier mix who is cared for by a special foster under Ninna’s Road to Rescue foster program and is coached for the big game by Puppy Bowl XVI alum, Darcy
Benny, a special needs Labradoodle, who is living his best life with a foster from Bosley’s Place where he spends his days practicing laps on the lush property with his fellow dog companions
A special look at The Dogist (Elias Weiss Friedman) who teams up with Pilots to the Rescue, to bring one incredible Dalmatian puppy, Pongo, on a flight from a Virginia shelter to New York City for PUPPY BOWL XVIII

In addition to these incredible Pup Close stories, PUPPY BOWL XVIII will also feature an unforgettable senior spotlight story featuring Mr. Lee Asher from the upcoming discovery+ series, My Pack Life, as he hosts Sharkey, a Greyhound Mix from Family Dogs New Life shelter at his own rural sanctuary, The Asher House, in Oregon where Sharkey will not have a day full of adventure but will have a chance of finding a forever home.

During the game, audiences will also meet nine fuzzball special needs players that are looking forward to finding their forever home; including Benny, a wheelchair bound Labradoodle featured in one of this year’s Pup Close stories; Forrest, a one-eyed Neapolitan Mastiff/Cane Corso Mix; Rocket, a deaf Chihuahua/Dachshund: Pongo, a deaf Dalmatian; Ridley, a deaf and vision impaired Border Collie; Bunny, a deaf American Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador Retriever Mix; Moby, a French Bulldog with a cleft palate; Bimini, a vision impaired Siberian Husky/Chihuahua Mix; and Irwin, a three-legged ​​American Pit Bull Terrier/Chihuahua Mix.

This year’s big game will feature the return of two special PUPPY BOWL moments– First, TEAM RUFF and TEAM FLUFF players will be cheered by adorable, adoptable puppy cheerleaders who will root and howl for their favorite players from the sidelines. This year, the new cheer squad will bring-it from their own special sideline setup to shake their pom poms, run a few cheer-formations, and amp up the volume with an overload of cuteness as PUPPY BOWL XVIII players make their way down the field. Next, audiences will again see Puppy Bowl’s ‘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 puppies (and 3 shelters with kittens during KITTY HALF-TIME) that are all up for adoption during the game!

In addition to these unforgettable moments, put your paws together midway through the game for the ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ KITTY HALF-TIME SHOW for these adoptable kittens at their practically purr-fect beach party. At this ocean-side getaway, audiences will experience the beach-tastic party with these felines having some fun in the sun and learning about their heartwarming adoption stories in their loving new fur-ever home.

Fans can also access even more furry fun and exclusive content by downloading discovery+. Leading up to PUPPY BOWL XVIII, discovery+ and Animal Planet GO users will find exclusive in-app original programming, including the PUPPY BOWL midform series “Pupclose & Personal” featuring Ariana Grande’s best friends and choreographers, Scott and Brian Nicholson, who founded Orange Twins Rescue, a non-profit organization that rehabilitates and rescue animals in need. Plus, 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.

For the first time in Puppy Bowl history, there will be 23 exclusive Puppy Bowl NFTs released leading up to and on the day of the game hosted by Chronicle, an NFT studio and marketplace. Each drop will feature unique and pawsitively adorable trading cards varying in price and rarity, and a portion of the proceeds from all the sales will benefit Orange Twins Rescue, an animal rescue organization founded by brothers Scott and Brian Nicholson, and Ariana Grande. For the latest on when the NFTs are releasing, follow along on Animal Planet’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

Additionally, fans can look forward to the following exclusive digital content: Elmo will be taking over Discovery’s Instagram Story to tell his own puppy adoption story; Kirby, the Houston Texans’ service pup in-training, will be hosting a Discovery Instagram Story takeover as he prepares to play in the Puppy Bowl; and the cutest pregame puppy scrimmage will stream live on Animal Planet TikTok the day of the game. Fans can also show off their puppy fandom by using the special custom GIF sticker pack available by searching “Puppy Bowl” in the GIF section on social platforms or by visiting the Puppy Bowl GIPHY page.

Official PUPPY BOWL XVIII sponsors include ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™, BISSELL Pet FoundationTM, CHEWY, GEICO, THE HOME DEPOT, the PEDIGREE® brand, SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC., TEMPTATIONS™, TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE®, and Wisdom Panel™ pet DNA test.

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

PUPPY BOWL XVIII is produced for discovery+ and Animal Planet by Bright Spot Content, an All3Media America company. Simon Morris is executive producer and showrunner with Suzanne Rauscher and Sandy Varo Jarrell also serving as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Erin Wanner is executive producer, Pat Dempsey is supervising producer, and Marissa Donovan is production coordinator.

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About discovery+
discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. 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. For more information, please visit www.animalplanet.com.



discovery+ and ID Highlights – Weeks of January 17 and January 24





discovery+ and ID Highlights – Weeks of January 17 and January 24
Said offerings include the return of “American Detective” on Wednesday beginning January 26.
[via press release from Investigation Discovery]
discovery+ TRUE CRIME HIGHLIGHTS

Weeks of January 17 and January 24 2022

**All Air Dates Subject to Change

discovery+, the newly launched global streaming service, brings together all of Discovery’s brands and non-fiction content in one place to offer fans unlimited access to the largest collection of real-life entertainment in the world. Featuring a wide range of exclusive series across popular genres, discovery+ offers passion verticals for genre fans, from Animals to Paranormal, Food and Home. In the True Crime category alone, discovery+ contains an unprecedented 5,500 hours of the best mystery and suspense, boasting the largest library of true crime of any streaming service.

discovery+ TRUE CRIME PREMIERES

AMERICAN DETECTIVE

Two New Episodes Begin Streaming Wednesday, January 26, With Episodes Dropping Weekly on Wednesdays

This true-crime series hosted by Lt. Joe Kenda, one of America’s toughest detectives, features incredibly disturbing and mind-blowing cases from across the country. Lt. Kenda expertly guides us through the complex twists and turns of these bizarre crimes.

· Prodigal Son Premieres Wednesday, January 26

A hardworking father of five lies dead on his kitchen floor with a bullet to the back of the head. To get to the bottom of the mystery, Det. James Colley must untangle a web of twisted relationships and bizarre fantasies.

· The Creek Premieres Wednesday, January 26

A home health care aide’s body floats in a rural Connecticut creek, and detective Garritt Kelly joins the investigation to bring justice to a community gripped by fear. But Kelly will need to employ burgeoning forensic technology to secure a conviction.

INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY PREMIERES

The programs below will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:

CRIMES GONE VIRAL

New Episodes Premiere Mondays at 10/9c

This series takes viewers inside the riveting stories behind shocking crimes that go viral. From business security cameras to home surveillance cameras, to doorbell, taxi cab, motorcycle, police and cell phone cameras – someone is almost always watching. Gripping footage of kidnappings, break-ins, wild car chases, violent road rage incidents and other crimes – rack up millions of views. But CRIMES GONE VIRAL goes beyond the jaw-dropping footage to tell the full story. These stories include; good Samaritans who intervene to stop crimes, brave victims who fight back against their attackers, clever prison escapes, a shark heist, a woman who dumps six newborn puppies in a dumpster, and more.

· Car Attacks Premieres Monday, January 24 at 10/9c

A woman responsible for a hit and run is so desperate to evade the police, she becomes dangerously reckless and out of control. And then, when a group of cyclists attack a man driving with his mother, things get downright terrifying.

MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND

New Episodes Premiere Tuesdays at 9/8c

MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND tells the complex and dramatic story of a murder in an entirely new way. Instead of a detective-led traditional whodunit story, each episode is told through the collective point-of-view of a Middle American town and its residents. Every story documents a town and people in the heart of the country, and the provocative crime that tore through it. What unravels over the course of the episode is that these townspeople are not only our storytellers, but they also hold the clues to the puzzle that has forever changed their lives and how they understand their home.

· Betrayal Begins With Trust Premieres Tuesday, January 18 at 9/8c

When childhood friends Phillip Brewer and Jody Fortuna go missing, their families and friends fear the worst. The small town of Gillette, Wyoming bands together with detectives to solve this mystery of jealousy and deception.

· Deadly Double Life Premieres Tuesday, January 25 at 9/8c

Secrets emerge in a quiet neighborhood when young mother Stacey Shoemaker is shot dead. The once tight-knit cul-de-sac in Wagoner, Oklahoma, is now full of suspicions, finger-pointing, and fear.

MURDER UNDER THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

New Episodes Premiere Tuesdays at 10/9c

Across the country, high school football unites small-town communities. But when a heinous murder shatters that Friday night dream world, the crime ripples beyond those immediately impacted, and the community will never be the same again.

· Killer in the Field Premieres Tuesday, January 18 at 10/9c

A beloved high school teacher’s mutilated body lies in a field near her home, leaving behind a baffling trail of evidence. One suspect tells a story that makes no sense, but the real killer’s motives are as confusing as they are terrifying.

· Game of Privileges Premieres Tuesday, January 25 at 10/9c

In a struggling Pennsylvania coal town, where high school football is king, the killing of a Mexican immigrant splits the community. When star players emerge as suspects, some locals engage in a cover up that is almost as shocking as the murder.

DEADLY AFFAIRS: BETRAYED BY LOVE

New Episodes Premiere Tuesdays at 11/10c

This enthralling series looks at love triangles gone bad, office romances gone awry and other passionate love affairs that ended in death.

· Handsome and Handy Premieres Tuesday, January 22 at 11/10c

When highschool sweethearts Kay and David Parsons meet their new neighbors, an unlikely romance turns into a deadly obsession. And, an affair with the handsome repairman shatters the Craven’s once-happy marriage.

· Sinful Nature Premieres Tuesday, January 22 at 11:30/10:30c

When a new pastor arrives at their church, Randy and Teresa Stone learn that a passionate affair can lead to murder. Also, a bizarre hunting accident reveals the true motive behind a close friendship.

CALLS FROM THE INSIDE

New Episodes Premiere Wednesdays at 9/8c

It’s an iconic line in any crime story: when a suspect is arrested, they get one call. In reality, once a person enters the criminal justice system, they have multiple opportunities to make calls as they await trial. The vast majority of those calls are recorded. An admission, a threat, a slip of the tongue, a bribe it’s all on tape and the suspect knows it. But this doesn’t always stop them from talking and talking. Calls From the Inside, uses jailhouse phone calls to frame the narrative of murder investigations steeped in mystery.

· Murder Strikes Twice Premieres Wednesday, January 19 at 9/8c

John Peek’s first wife died in an apparent burglary. Now years later, his second wife is killed. Police must determine if it’s just a terrible coincidence. Jail calls, hidden wire conversations, and years of detective work finally reveal the truth.

· Jealousy’s Killer Web Premieres Wednesday, January 26 at 9/8c

In 2017, Julii Johnson lay dead in front of her boyfriend’s home in Warren, Michigan. All evidence seems to point to the boyfriend. As detectives dig deeper, they uncover a complicated plot, and no one is talking except on the jail phone.

CHAOS IN COURT

New Episodes Premiere Wednesdays at 10/9c

This series brings the backstories of the crimes and legal proceedings to the forefront with insightful and of-the-moment analysis from a diverse blue-chip panel of experts, including judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and criminal psychologists.

· Chances and Circumstances Premieres Wednesday, January 19 at 10/9c

A mother attacks the brother of a world-famous Olympian after a judge acquits him of murder, and a courthouse scuffle leads to a potentially deadly situation. Next, a Zoom hearing takes a scary turn, and four teens escape a juvenile detention facility.

· Acts of Violence Premieres Wednesday, January 19 at 10:30/9:30c

A notorious nanny who viciously murdered two children asks for forgiveness, and a bailiff risks his life to catch a fleeing defendant. Plus, a judge throws a fit and a book at a reluctant jury member, and a woman flashes a judge at a bond hearing.

· Contempt of Court Premieres Wednesday, January 26 at 10/9c

A Tiger King star facing allegations of animal abuse turns on former volunteers, and a judge restrains an out-of-control defendant. A cop-killer spews evil threats in court, and an unlikely group of jailhouse saviors rescues a guard.

· Raise Your Right Hand Premieres Wednesday, January 26 at 10:30/9:30c

Police arrest and tase a black attorney when he shows up to court in street clothes, and a judge’s affair with a key witness comes to light. A public defender fends off an attack in open court, and a heartbreaking childhood leads to a surprise adoption.

The programs below previously aired on discovery+ and will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:

PRISONER OF LOVE

Season Premieres on Mondays at 9/8c

Finding true love isn’t always easy, and now more than ever, struggling singles across the country are craving a romantic connection. But sometimes true love can’t be found at the local bars because ‘the one’ is serving time behind them. Enter prison matchmaker, Chelsea Holmes. Chelsea has been connecting with inmates for years through a pen pal program, and recently evolved it into a business matching hopeful singles with prisoners for the digital age. But Chelsea isn’t simply a matchmaker – she’s a hopeless romantic herself, looking for love with someone on the inside. As Chelsea navigates her locked-up love affairs, her clients are trying to manage their own budding relationships with desperate desires for a life of love after a stint behind bars.

· The Prison Matchmaker Premieres Monday, January 24 at 9/8c

After finding love with an inmate, Chelsea Holmes starts a new career as a prison matchmaker. Chelsea matches shy 21-year-old photographer Brey, and Bronx college student Isa falls hard for bad boy inmate Devin.

UNRAVELED: THE STALKER’S WEB

Two-Hour Special Premieres Thursday, January 20 at 9/8c

This special and accompanying podcast explores the multi-decade wrath of Jason Christopher Hughes, who is believed to have stalked and terrorized upwards of 50 victims across more than a dozen states. This podcast reveals dangerous and disturbing accounts from his accusers, exposing how this online predator unleashed vicious attacks that cost people their livelihoods, destroyed their marriages, and drove some to contemplate ending their lives to make it stop. Co-hosts Alexis Linkletter (The First Degree) and Billy Jensen (The Murder Squad) investigate his trail of destruction and talk to his accusers – both men and women – who endured his decades of abuse before they were able to work together to unmask this predator.

BROKEN HARTS

2-Hour Special Premieres on Saturday, January 29 at 9/8c

What happens when the “perfect” family turns out to be anything but? This riveting documentary explores the tragic lives and deaths of the Hart family, two women who adopted six children and seemingly led a life of travel, activism and community service. But after countless warning signs that the children could be in danger, their manufactured idyllic facade began to crumble, and lead to a tragic end no one saw coming. Find out what really happened to the Hart family in this two hour special, BROKEN HARTS.

COLD BLOODED ALASKA

New Episodes Premiere on Mondays at 9/8c

Within Alaska’s wild and brutal landscape lurk some of the most dangerous criminals in America. This true-crime series uncovers Alaska’s most disturbing murders and unpacks the extraordinary lengths law enforcement working in the Last Frontier must take to bring the killers to justice.

· The Hunter Premieres Monday, January 17 at 9/8c

In the summer of 2016, a serial killer hunts the streets of Anchorage. This meticulous killer doesn’t leave a trace so the FBI and Anchorage PD must use unconventional techniques if they want to bring this killer to justice.

RELENTLESS: MISSING IN MISSOURI

New Episode Premieres on Sundays at 10/9c

This six-part series follows filmmaker Christina Fontana’s search for a missing woman in Hannibal, Missouri. When she uncovers dark secrets of the town and the missing woman’s family, Fontana questions who she can trust and who might be hiding the truth.

· People Die Around Here Premieres Sunday, January 23 at 10/9c

Fontana shifts her focus to a new lead – the head of an organized crime group who may hold the key to Christina Whittaker’s whereabouts. When a rogue search turns up possible evidence, Fontana isn’t sure who to trust.

· The Devil and the Angel Premieres Sunday, January 30 at 10/9c

Fontana looks for answers after police refuse to pursue the leads she’s shared, and it seems like some on the inside may be undermining her search. Meanwhile, Fontana discovers dark truths about Christina’s past as she plunges deeper into the family.

A TIME TO KILL

New Episodes Premiere on Thursdays at 10/9c

The key to solving the toughest homicides lies somewhere in the final hours of a victim’s life. In A TIME TO KILL, determined investigators must piece together events during this critical window to reconstruct the timeline, unlock the motive, and ultimately close in on the killer.

· A Callous Disregard for Life Premieres Thursday, January 27 at 10/9c

In Brooklyn’s Hasidic community, Menachem Stark enjoys life as a respected businessman and father to seven children. In 2014, his wife calls police when he fails to return home, and a subsequent search leads to a burning dumpster that holds a dark secret.



discovery+ Announces January Programming Slate





discovery+ Announces January Programming Slate
On New Year’s Day, viewers can catch new premieres including the revival of the ultimate show about the paranormal world, “Ghost Hunters,” and “London Lit,” which follows the lives and loves of a group of glamorous Nigerian Brits.
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
DISCOVERY+ ANNOUNCES JANUARY PROGRAMMING SLATE

Highlights Include the Revival of Ghost Hunters, New Series Selling the Hamptons and the Special Premiere of Shock Doc: Scream: The True Story

New York, NY – December 23, 2021 – discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service from Discovery, Inc., today announced new and original programming that will be available in January. On New Year’s Day, viewers can catch new premieres including the revival of the ultimate show about the paranormal world, Ghost Hunters, and London Lit, which follows the lives and loves of a group of glamorous Nigerian Brits. Later in the month, Shock Doc: Scream: The True Story goes behind-the-scenes of the fan-favorite horror film. Selling the Hamptons follows the top real estate agents in one of the country’s most exclusive zip codes as they sell their way through the summer.

Titles premiering in January include:

Paranormal & Unexplained

· Ghost Hunters – Saturday, January 1

The renowned TAPS team returns to the paranormal show that started it all with an all new Ghost Hunters series. Original members Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango, along with Shari DeBenedetti, reunite to revisit their most chilling cases and investigate disturbing new hauntings. And don’t be surprised to see some familiar faces and special guests join the team on the hunt.

· Shock Docs: Scream: The True Story – Friday, January 14

An all-new “Shock Docs” special blends a paranormal investigation, archival media and expert interviews as it delves into the real-life horror of a serial killer who believed he was possessed by a demon and whose gruesome crime spree inspired the blockbuster film, Scream.

Home

· Homeboy – Saturday, January 1

Homeboy follows modern-day renaissance man Rajiv Surendra-best known for his portrayal of Kevin Gnapoor in Mean Girls-as he creatively and purposefully makes his way through an ordinary day. Rajiv demonstrates how everyday chores-from grocery shopping to prepping dinner-can become the most satisfying part of the day. A true jack-of-all-trades, Rajiv upcycles supermarket flowers into custom floral arrangements, serves a pasta dinner using his homemade sauce recipe, and shares his contemporary approach to mastering life’s mundane tasks into gratifying works of art.

· The Repair Shop – Sunday, January 2

Some of Britain’s most skilled restoration experts breathe new life into much-cherished family heirlooms that are dropped off by members of the public, who reveal the personal stories behind the items.

· Remix My Space with Marsai Martin – Saturday, January 15

Remarkable young people who have made a lasting positive impact in their communities will get the surprise of a lifetime when actress Marsai Martin shows up in their backyard, school or local park with astonishing news that she and her team will give them a personalized bedroom makeover in the new discovery+ series Remix My Space with Marsai Martin. In the eight-episode season, Marsai, best known from the ABC sitcom Black-ish, will cue her personal passion for interior design to create stunning bedroom overhauls for exceptional, peer-nominated youth who have made a difference in their communities by doing everything from sending care packages to child cancer patients to feeding the homeless or teaching kids how to cook their own nutritious meals. After surprising each young person with the good news, Marsai’s expert design team, including carpenter Joanie Sprague and designer Tiffany Thompson, will create a breathtaking oasis reflective of each teen’s interests, individuality, personality and style.

· Selling the Hamptons – Thursday, January 20

Larger-than-life personalities, a red hot seller’s market, super exclusive luxury properties and the potential for mega-dollar sales blend into a potent cocktail of real estate drama and real world competition in the new discovery+ series, Selling the Hamptons. The docu-style series will follow a team of six Hamptons-based real estate agents from Nest Seekers International – Bianca D’Alessio, J.B. Andreassi, Michael Fulfree, Peggy Zabakolas, Kenny Arias and Mia Calabrese. During the series, the agents battle to make their mark in the elite East End real estate market. With high demand, limited inventory and a short selling season from Memorial Day to Labor Day, pressure reaches explosive levels and loyalties are tested.

Lifestyle

· London Lit – Saturday, January 1

London Lit follows the lives and loves of a group of ambitious, glamourous young Nigerian Brits all chasing their own idea of success. Showcasing a community where high family expectations often impact career choices, relationships and even friendship groups the series is an aspirational and authentic portrayal of British life through a totally distinct but utterly relatable lens.

· Like Mother, Like Daughter? – Saturday, January 8

Like Mother, Like Daughter? follows six pairs of mothers and daughters who embark on a three-week retreat to address their broken relationships. Emotions run high as healing these relationships exposes long-kept secrets, reopening old wounds and revealing deep seated issues. With the help of mental health experts Dr. Cynthia Powell-Hicks and Dr. Allycin Powell-Hicks — a mother/daughter duo themselves who can uniquely relate to the dynamics — the women work together to address trauma and cultivate the skills necessary to have a healthy, loving relationship with each other. For some, this journey may seem impossible and for others, it’s a life changing experience.

True Crime

· King of the Con – Friday, January 14

From whiz kid, to convict, to pastor, to fraud fighter, to convict yet again, Barry Minkow has become the master of self reinvention – just ask the countless individuals who fell victim to him over the years. King of the Con gives true crime fans the ultimate look at how a scam artist can reinvent himself and get rich – many times over. Featuring one of the first interviews with Minkow discussing his life and crimes, a colorful cast of characters and dripped in iconic 80s flair and funky 90s pop, King of the Con catapults Minkow’s inconceivable story of deception, redemption and deception again across four decades, exposing Barry Minkow as one of the most unbelievable conmen to ever exist.

· Unraveled: Mystery at the Mansion – Thursday, January 20

In September of 2009, a quiet night in the exclusive neighborhood of Isleworth, Florida was shattered with a 911 call from real-estate mogul, Bob Ward who, without prompting, declared, “I just shot my wife.” When investigators show up a short time later, they find Diane Ward shot to death in the master bedroom of the home. In the next installment of the Unraveled anthology, Billy Jensen and Alexis Linkletter speak to law enforcement, family members and Bob Ward himself, to get to the bottom of Diane Ward’s mysterious death.

· American Detective with Joe Kenda – Wednesday, January 26

Lt. Joe Kenda is one of the most successful homicide detectives in the country, and he’s back to tip his cap to the other great men and women who answered the call. Over the years, Kenda has heard about cases that defy logic and expose the depravity of human nature: investigations so confounding that the twists and turns feel more scripted in Hollywood than reality. Now, Kenda trades in his own case files to bring viewers astounding investigations from across the country, with each episode profiling a different homicide detective whose tireless efforts helped bring justice for the victim.

Automotive

· Radford Returns – Saturday, January 22

Radford Returns follows a luxury sports car designer, a record-breaking master builder, and an F1 World Champion tasked with designing, building, and test driving the last gas-powered supercar for Lotus while simultaneously establishing their lives in California and building a world class team around them. Ant Anstead, Jenson Button, Mark Stubbs and Roger Behle united to revive the Great British coach-building company Radford, inheriting a colorful celebrity past and impressive automotive legacy. Their job is to design and build highly sought-after automobiles for the world’s most historic brands and cater to a modern Radford customer.

Magnolia Network

· Cabin Chronicles – Friday, January 14

This series explores the architecture, design and human connection behind beautiful cabins and their surrounding landscapes.

For more information on discovery+, visit discoveryplus.com. You can follow discovery+ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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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 Discovery

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as discovery+, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.



discovery+ and ID Highlights – Weeks of January 3 and January 10





discovery+ and ID Highlights – Weeks of January 3 and January 10
Said offerings include the premiere of “Murder Under the Friday Night Lights” and the return of “A Time to Kill.”
[via press release from Investigation Discovery]
discovery+ TRUE CRIME HIGHLIGHTS

Weeks of January 3 and January 10 2022

**All Air Dates Subject to Change

discovery+, the newly launched global streaming service, brings together all of Discovery’s brands and non-fiction content in one place to offer fans unlimited access to the largest collection of real-life entertainment in the world. Featuring a wide range of exclusive series across popular genres, discovery+ offers passion verticals for genre fans, from Animals to Paranormal, Food and Home. In the True Crime category alone, discovery+ contains an unprecedented 5,500 hours of the best mystery and suspense, boasting the largest library of true crime of any streaming service.

INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY PREMIERES

The programs below will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:

CRIMES GONE VIRAL

New Episodes Premiere Mondays at 10/9c

This series takes viewers inside the riveting stories behind shocking crimes that go viral. From business security cameras to home surveillance cameras, to doorbell, taxi cab, motorcycle, police and cell phone cameras – someone is almost always watching. Gripping footage of kidnappings, break-ins, wild car chases, violent road rage incidents and other crimes – rack up millions of views. But CRIMES GONE VIRAL goes beyond the jaw-dropping footage to tell the full story. These stories include; good Samaritans who intervene to stop crimes, brave victims who fight back against their attackers, clever prison escapes, a shark heist, a woman who dumps six newborn puppies in a dumpster, and more.

· Dangerous Strangers Premieres Monday, January 3 at 10/9c

A stranger brutally attacks a woman in Miami, taking the train home after work for no apparent reason. And then, a couple lounging at home on their couch has no idea that an intruder lurks above them on the staircase, watching their every move.

· Child Snatchers Premieres Monday, January 10 at 10/9c

Scenes of terror in broad daylight leave two mothers horrified. A stranger tries to snatch a child from a stroller. Then, another man attempts to take a child right out of her chair at a restaurant, but good Samaritans rush in to help.

MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND

New Episodes Premiere Tuesdays at 9/8c

MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND tells the complex and dramatic story of a murder in an entirely new way. Instead of a detective-led traditional whodunit story, each episode is told through the collective point-of-view of a Middle American town and its residents. Every story documents a town and people in the heart of the country, and the provocative crime that tore through it. What unravels over the course of the episode is that these townspeople are not only our storytellers, but they also hold the clues to the puzzle that has forever changed their lives and how they understand their home.

· Deadly Entanglement Premieres Tuesday, January 4 at 9/8c

A missing grocery clerk, 20-year-old Christina Ross, sets the town of Neenah, Wisconsin, in a panic after a gruesome discovery. An unlikely resident comes forward with information that leads detectives to the people in her tangled love life.

· Groomed for Murder Premieres Tuesday, January 11 at 9/8c

Tourist town Traverse City, Michigan, is turned upside down when 18-year-old Kalee Bruce lies bludgeoned to death at her workplace. Investigators feel the pressure to get this killer off the streets before they strike again.

MURDER UNDER THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

New Episodes Premiere Tuesdays at 10/9c

Across the country, high school football unites small-town communities. But when a heinous murder shatters that Friday night dream world, the crime ripples beyond those immediately impacted, and the community will never be the same again.

· The Cheerleader Murder Premieres Tuesday, January 4 at 10/9c

In a small Texas town, a serial rapist stalks and attacks multiple high school cheerleaders, before graduating to murder. Detectives discover that the monster behind these horrific crimes is much closer to home than anyone could have possibly guessed.

· Where is Tom Brown? Premieres Tuesday, January 11 at 10/9c

Conspiracy theories rock a small Texas town after a beloved high school football player mysteriously vanishes. Baffling clues and community pressure pit the local sheriff against a brash private investigator until some very unusual suspects emerge.

CALLS FROM THE INSIDE

New Episodes Premiere Wednesday at 9/8c

It’s an iconic line in any crime story: when a suspect is arrested, they get one call. In reality, once a person enters the criminal justice system, they have multiple opportunities to make calls as they await trial. The vast majority of those calls are recorded. An admission, a threat, a slip of the tongue, a bribe it’s all on tape and the suspect knows it. But this doesn’t always stop them from talking and talking. Calls From the Inside, uses jailhouse phone calls to frame the narrative of murder investigations steeped in mystery.

· The Real Jail Wives Premieres Wednesday, January 5 at 9/8c

Kim Boone and Anita Smithey have much in common. They’re middle class moms in their 40s. And both attempted to kill their husbands. Jail calls between the two reveal their inner thoughts on love, men and the circumstances that landed them in prison.

· Witness Beware Premieres Wednesday, January 12 at 9/8c

A distraught husband cannot locate his wife. Police discover a videotape, and the grainy footage points to a grisly demise. The killer’s jailhouse phone calls threaten to widen the circle of fatalities in this quiet South Eastern, Florida, community.

CONCURRENT discovery+ AND ID PREMIERES

AMERICAN MONSTER

New Episodes Premiere Sundays at 9/8c on ID and Streams on discovery+

If you looked into the eyes of a killer, would you know? In AMERICAN MONSTER, viewers find out. On any street, behind any smile, lurks an American Monster. Never-before-seen-video footage looks straight into the eyes of a killer, hidden in plain sight. Mom next door; dad across the street; the kid who never broke the rules. Anyone can be a MONSTER.

· It Could Be Me Premieres on ID Sunday, January 9 at 9/8c and Available to Stream Now on discovery+

From her early days as a pageant girl, Michelle Lira always had a magnetic personality. She’s whip-smart too and dreams of being a doctor one day — until a rollercoaster romance steers her life in a different direction, straight into a deadly ambush.

· About to Break Premieres on ID Sunday, January 16 at 9/8c and Available to Stream Now on discovery+

When newly divorced Wendi Davidson meets charming Brian Chevalier, it seems to be the perfect remedy for heartbreak. Brian proposes after only two months, but a shocking revelation will cause history to repeat in the most devastating way possible.

The programs below previously aired on discovery+ and will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:

RELENTLESS

New Episode Premieres on Sundays at 10/9c

This six-part series follows filmmaker Christina Fontana’s search for a missing woman in Hannibal, Missouri. When she uncovers dark secrets of the town and the missing woman’s family, Fontana questions who she can trust and who might be hiding the truth.

· Fool Me Twice Premieres Sunday, January 9 at 10/9c

Fontana gets closer to Cindy and tries to expose what she might be hiding. Rumors circulate about Christina’s whereabouts. And years after her daughter’s tragic disappearance, Cindy believes she’s met someone who can prove that Christina is alive.

· Paradise Lost Premieres Sunday, January 16 at 10/9c

The seedy underbelly of Hannibal, Missouri, comes into focus as Fontana tries to peel back the layers of what lead to Christina’s disappearance. As Fontana probes into rumors and leads, one name begins to stick out from all others.

COLD BLOODED ALASKA

New Episodes Premiere on Mondays at 9/8c

Within Alaska’s wild and brutal landscape lurk some of the most dangerous criminals in America. This true-crime series uncovers Alaska’s most disturbing murders and unpacks the extraordinary lengths law enforcement working in the Last Frontier must take to bring the killers to justice.

· Break Out Hit Monday, January 3 at 9/8c

Nestled between mountains and ocean, the small picturesque town of Seward finds itself under siege when two convicted killers escape from Spring Creek, Alaska’s only high-security prison. Authorities race to track them down before they kill again.

· Snow Angel Premieres Monday, January 10 at 9/8c

As one family grieves their lost daughter, grief turns to anger as more Alaska Native women are murdered. Increasingly concerned that a serial murderer is targeting women of color, police must ensure the killer — or killers — don’t escape justice.

THE FOG OF MURDER

New Episodes Premiere on Thursdays at 9/8c

This mystery crime series drops the viewer into the surreal, disorienting heart of a murder case. The investigation unfolds through a combination of heart-stopping first-person accounts, chilling recreations, actual videos, recordings, and photographs straight from the police files. As each piece of the murder puzzle falls into place, the fog of uncertainty lifts and the case is solved.

· Tracking a Killer Premieres Thursday, January 6 at 9/8c

A testosterone-fueled weekend for five young men at an Atlanta area car show ends in a beautiful woman’s murder yet nobody sees or hears a thing.

· Mattress Store Murder Premieres Thursday, January 13 at 9/8c

A brazen murder in a busy suburban shopping mall in broad daylight can only be solved by a hidden clue at the crime scene.

A TIME TO KILL

New Episodes Premiere on Thursdays at 10/9c

The key to solving the toughest homicides lies somewhere in the final hours of a victim’s life. In A TIME TO KILL, determined investigators must piece together events during this critical window to reconstruct the timeline, unlock the motive, and ultimately close in on the killer.

· The Freshman Premieres Thursday, January 6 at 10/9c

High school Freshman Tina Faelz ditches detention and heads for home – but someone murders her along the way. Suspects are plentiful, including a known sex offender, but decades pass before two determined detectives finally deliver justice for Tina.

· If I Killed Lisa Premieres Thursday, January 13 at 10/9c

A single woman hosts a dinner party on the same night she’s mercilessly stabbed to death. At the scene, police notice her signature waist-length hair is cut short, leading them to suspect the killer not only knows the woman – but is obsessed with her.



“King of the Con” on discovery+ Offers a Look Into the Debaucherous, Swindling Life





“King of the Con” on discovery+ Offers a Look Into the Debaucherous, Swindling Life and Inconceivable Scams of Professional Conman Barry Minkow
Produced by The Content Group, all three-parts will be available to stream beginning Friday, January 14 on discovery+.
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
“KING OF THE CON” ON DISCOVERY+ OFFERS A LOOK INTO THE DEBAUCHEROUS, SWINDLING LIFE AND INCONCEIVABLE SCAMS OF PROFESSIONAL CONMAN BARRY MINKOW

–All Three-Parts Available to Stream Beginning Friday, January 14 on discovery+–

(New York, NY) — From whiz kid, to convict, to pastor, to fraud fighter, to convict yet again, Barry Minkow has become the master of self reinvention – just ask the countless individuals who fell victim to him over the years. KING OF THE CON gives true crime fans the ultimate look at how a scam artist can reinvent himself and get rich – many times over – by featuring one of the first interviews with Minkow discussing his life and crimes. Produced by The Content Group, all three-parts of KING OF THE CON will be available to stream beginning Friday, January 14 on discovery+.

A poor boy from the San Fernando Valley who was determined to build a different life from his parents, Barry Minkow had big dreams of money and success early on. At the age of 16, Minkow started a carpet cleaning company called ZZZZ Best, which rocketed him into the limelight and set him up to be one of the youngest self-made entrepreneurs in the nation. But not all was as it seemed – shortly after Minkow took the company public on the New York Stock Exchange (before he could even legally drink) he found himself in hot water when ZZZZ Best was revealed to be the front for a massive Ponzi scheme with ties to the mob. Minkow was quickly thrown from his pedestal of success into a lengthy prison sentence. Following his release in 1995, it seemed Minkow was on the right track: he became a pastor of the San Diego Community Bible Church, got married, published a best selling book on his crimes, used his criminal background to help identify other cases of potential fraud, and was even in the works on a movie about his life story. However, Minkow’s new life abruptly came crumbling down when it was revealed he was back to his old ways: using his fraud detection work to insider trade while also bilking his congregation of millions of dollars. Now out of prison and attempting to rebuild his life yet again, Minkow shares his story.

With a colorful cast of characters and dripped in iconic 80s flair and funky 90s pop, KING OF THE CON catapults Minkow’s inconceivable story of deception, redemption and deception again across four decades, exposing Barry Minkow as one of the most unbelievable conmen to ever exist. Featuring not only first hand accounts from Minkow, but his co-conspirators, family, and victims, viewers will be engrossed from the start in just how Minkow managed to create a life based entirely on deception… and find themselves genuinely pondering the question, Is Barry Minkow really a changed man?

“What’s so intriguing about Barry Minkow is not how much he stole, but how he was able to get away with his crimes again and again. After failing so publicly with ZZZZ Best, how could he turn right around after leaving prison, build an entirely new life, redeem his reputation, and then start all over again with scamming innocent people?” said Jason Sarlanis, President of Crime and Investigative Content. “KING OF THE CON offers a glimpse inside the mind of one of the most notorious, over the top con men to ever exist and a very rare opportunity to hear, first-hand, from him exactly how he managed to defraud countless people over four decades.”

KING OF THE CON is produced for discovery+ by The Content Group with Sami Abdou, Jedd Thomas, James Macnab, Steve Michaels and Jodi Flynn as Executive Producers. Pamela Deutsch is the Executive Producer for discovery+.

About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. 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 The Content Group

Launched by multi-award-winning producer Steve Michaels, The Content Group (TCG) is a content production collective dedicated to establishing equitable, growth-oriented partnerships with producers, filmmakers, and talent across the entertainment spectrum. Part of Asylum Entertainment Group, TCG co-founds and funds ventures with leading producers, including Big City TV (Lori Rothschild), Breaklight Pictures (Dan Johnstone) and 72 Steps Media (Ben Salter). Recent TCG productions include Shaq Life for TNT, American Cartel and Detective Diaries (Breaklight Pictures) for discovery+, and Doubling Down with the Derricos (Big City TV) for TLC. www.contentgroup.com.



THE IRWINS RETURN TO ANIMAL PLANET AND DISCOVERY+ FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF “CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS”





THE IRWINS RETURN TO ANIMAL PLANET AND DISCOVERY+ FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF “CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS”
ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, JANUARY 1, 2022


In the award-winning series CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS, Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, Bindi’s husband Chandler Powell, and the newest Irwin family member, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, continue Steve Irwin’s mission to bring people closer to animals and inspire them to become Wildlife Warriors and work together to protect and preserve wildlife and wild places. Never has it been as important to spread their message of conservation to ensure an abundance of wildlife for generations to come. Season four of CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS premieres Sat., Jan. 1, 2022 at 8PM ET/PT on Animal Planet and discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service.

In the season premiere, Bindi and Chandler’s daughter Grace discovers her new world at Australia Zoo, while Robert and the team attempt the biggest Gator move in the zoo’s history; for the first time, they will try to capture 10 alligators from Gator Lake, home to over 40 crocodilians. Meanwhile, Terri helps her Sumatran Elephants as they learn to use a purpose built, giant runway which will allow them to freely move around the Zoo. And Bindi later encounters the joys and tragedies of another Koala breeding season.

Other stories this season include Bindi checking in on one of the biggest babies at Australia Zoo, Tallbert the giraffe; Robert and Chandler taking a road trip adventure to pick up a giant male Komodo named Naga; Terri helping to care for an unprecedented influx of baby Echidnas; Chandler dealing with a koala crisis; Robert assisting in a complex turtle surgery; Bindi hand raising a baby possum and Terri overseeing the largest and most complex animal move in Australia Zoo’s history. Also, during the season, Grace receives a surprise honor!

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

The first three seasons of CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS can be streamed in their entirety on discovery+.

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

About discovery+
discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. 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. For more information, please visit www.animalplanet.com.



OWN Announces Documentary Film “Eggs Over Easy” Hosted by Keshia Knight Pulliam





OWN Announces Documentary Film “Eggs Over Easy” Hosted by Keshia Knight Pulliam Premiering on OWN and discovery+ Tuesday, January 4
“Eggs Over Easy” investigates the often taboo subject of infertility in the Black community and brings Black women together for an enlightening and empowering dialogue about the sometimes unpredictable path to motherhood.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES DOCUMENTARY FILM “EGGS OVER EASY” HOSTED BY KESHIA KNIGHT PULLIAM PREMIERING ON OWN AND DISCOVERY+ TUESDAY, JANUARY 4

Film Anchors A National Conversation About Black Women and Fertility Featuring Academy Award-Nominated Actress and Singer Andra Day

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a new OWN Spotlight documentary in conjunction with OWN’s first-ever health initiative, OWN YOUR HEALTH, exploring women’s reproductive choices, options, and barriers, “Eggs Over Easy,” premiering on Tuesday, January 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The film will also be available on discovery+ on January 4.

Narrated and executive produced by Emmy-nominated actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, “Eggs Over Easy” investigates the often taboo subject of infertility in the Black community and brings Black women together for an enlightening and empowering dialogue about the sometimes unpredictable path to motherhood. Academy Award-nominated actress and singer Andra Day joins the conversation along with Black women, doctors, and fertility advocates who share their personal experiences including miscarriage, IVF, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, and many other reproductive issues that are not typically discussed or widely understood.

“Eggs Over Easy” is a Lady Lock Production. Chiquita Lockley, Phylicia Fant, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and D’Angela Proctor are executive producers. The documentary was written, produced and directed by Chiquita Lockley.

About Keshia Knight Pulliam

Mother, Visionary, Emmy Nominated Actress, Entrepreneur, Veteran Entertainment Producer, Director, Advocate and Family Culture Shaper, Keshia Knight Pulliam is a familiar face in homes all over the world.

At the age of 5 years old, Keshia was cast as the iconic Rudy Huxtable on the groundbreaking Emmy and Golden Globe, award-winning television show “The Cosby Show”. Keshia Knight Pulliam became the overnight poster child for families everywhere.

Her acting resume has continued to expand over several decades as she returned to the screen in “Beauty Shop,” alongside Queen Latifah and in Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” as Miranda.

She is affectionately referred to as a new age “mompreneur” who continues to relentlessly pursue all of her goals and dreams. Her brand is an intersection of beauty, home, entertainment, giving back, and chasing impact in community. From working in entertainment, becoming one of the founding partners of The Fearless Fund, Co-founder of Peaches & Lola children’s clothing line and curator of her own spice line “Keshia’s Kitchen,” her resume continues to evolve. Keshia Knight-Pulliam is most proud of her work with her not-for-profit, Kamp Kizzy, dedicated to inspiring girls all over the world to dream big, think big and accomplish big.

She is also a proud mother to daughter Ella Grace Pulliam and wife to Brad James.

About OWN YOUR HEALTH

View the OWN YOUR HEALTH Launch Spot HERE featuring the song “Stand Up For Something” by Grammy and Academy Award-winner Common and Academy Award-nominee Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) and voice-over by Ms. Day.

OWN YOUR HEALTH aims to bring awareness, education, resources, and a sense of community to address the unique health concerns facing Black women today. This multi-platform campaign is designed to inspire and encourage the OWN audience to put herself and her health and well-being first. OWN YOUR HEALTH expands on the success of OWN’s first ever pro social campaign OWN YOUR VOTE, a bipartisan registration and get-out-the-vote initiative that partnered with national and local grassroots and voting rights organizations during the 2020 elections.

OWN YOUR HEALTH leads with powerful narratives and actions exploring the full range of mental, physical and social/emotional well-being with the goal to provide messaging and tools that are informed, educational, relevant, and up to date with the latest developments as it relates to health and wellness. The campaign also provides opportunities for OWN brand partners to support with resources and promote healthier lifestyles.

Link to OWN YOUR HEALTH Website: www.ownyourhealth.tv

Social Media Handles: Facebook Group: http://owntv.com/OWNYourHealth Twitter: www.twitter.com/ownyour // @OWNYour Instagram: www.instagram.com/ownyour // @OWNYour

About “OWN Spotlight”

“OWN Spotlight” presentations tackle issues and concerns facing Black lives. The programs feature candid and in-depth conversations that create real dialogue to inspire systematic change. Previous programs include a conversation with acclaimed actress Viola Davis; a conversation with singer/actress Andra Day; a special presentation on Ava DuVernay’s short film “August 28;” an inspirational special celebrating Black Fatherhood and the special bonds they have with their children “They Call Me Dad;” a two-night special “Where Do We Go From Here?” that simulcast across the Discovery family of networks featuring Oprah and Black thought leaders discussing the current state of racism America; “Oprah and 100 Black Fathers” sharing the urgency of having “the talk” with their children and the dreams they have for the future of their families; “COVID-19: The Deadly Impact on Black America” that investigated the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Black communities; “Oprah At Home with Lupita Nyong’o and Cynthia Erivo,” which examined colorism in Hollywood; “Oprah and Alicia Keys – The Interview” discussing Alicia Keys’ new memoir “More Myself;” “When They See Us Now” featuring Oprah in conversation with award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the cast from the acclaimed series “When They See Us” along with real men formerly known as the Central Park Five; “(In)Visible Portraits,” which was a powerful celebration of Black women sharing their stories of struggle, resilience and beyond; and the follow-up documentary from D. Channsin Berry “Dark Girls 2” exploring the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

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.