All-New Special “World Pet Games” Premieres This Thanksgiving – Thursday, Nov. 25





All-New Special “World Pet Games” Premieres This Thanksgiving – Thursday, Nov. 25 at 8/7c on FOX
The special is co-hosted by Erin Andrews and Finesse Mitchell, with Rachel Bonnetta serving as sideline reporter.
[via press release from FOX]
OH MY GOURD…

AN INTERNATIONAL, INTERSPECIES, ATHLETIC COMPETITON FOR ANIMALS?!

FOX IS BRINGING “WORLD PET GAMES” THIS THANKSGIVING!

GATHER THE FAMILY THIS THANKSGIVING NIGHT FOR AN ALL-NEW TWO-HOUR COMPETITION SHOWCASING THE MOST ATHLETIC PETS AND THE UNIQUE BOND SHARED BETWEEN ANIMAL AND HUMAN, AIRING THURSDAY, NOV. 25 @ 8/7c ON FOX!

Co-hosted by Erin Andrews and Finesse Mitchell, with Rachel Bonnetta serving as sideline reporter, WORLD PET GAMES is for animal lovers of every kind!

With the energy of a world-wide spectacle, contestants will represent nearly 20 countries from around the globe in this very special international championship featuring animals of all varieties, from your favorite felines to an exotic armadillo and bearded dragon to an adorable miniature horse whose story will touch your heart, along with many other surprising moments! Pet owners will showcase just how skilled their furry friends are in five outrageous events including an Interspecies Race and Dunk Off, a Cat Obstacle Course, an Extreme Dog Catch and a Dog High Jump. In each competition, there will be a medal ceremony to see who will bring home the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The Gold medal winner from each event will also receive a donation to an animal charity made in their honor.

WORLD PET GAMES is produced by MGM TELEVISION with Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick, Holly Wofford, Steve Hughes and Sean Kelly serving as Executive Producers.

For more information on WORLD PET GAMES, Follow FOX TV on: Facebook Twitter Instagram

-FOX-



Special Episode of “Louisiana Law” Premieres on Animal Planet and Streams on discovery+





Special Episode of “Louisiana Law” Premieres on Animal Planet and Streams on discovery+ on Sunday, October 10
“In the Eye of Hurricane Ida” offers a stunning up-close look at the Wildlife Agents’ missions during Hurricane Ida, from the hours leading up to landfall through the aftermath and recovery.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
“LOUISIANA LAW: IN THE EYE OF HURRICANE IDA” DOCUMENTS SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS BY THE WILDLIFE AGENTS OF THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES DURING HURRICANE IDA

-Special Episode of LOUISIANA LAW Premieres on Animal Planet and Streams on discovery+ Sunday, Oct. 10-

On August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 storm, slamming Louisiana’s coastline with 150 mile per hour winds and catastrophic storm surge. One of the strongest storms in Louisiana’s history, Ida left a trail of devastation across the state and triggered a heroic response from emergency personnel, including the Wildlife Agents of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). An all-new special episode of Animal Planet’s Louisiana Law offers a stunning up-close look at the Wildlife Agents’ missions during Hurricane Ida, from the hours leading up to landfall through the aftermath and recovery. LOUISIANA LAW: IN THE EYE OF HURRICANE IDA premieres on Animal Planet Sunday Oct. 10 at 9 PM/ET and streams on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service, the same day.

LOUISIANA LAW: IN THE EYE OF HURRICANE IDA features Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Agents conducting search and rescue missions through the floodwaters and wrecked homes. With communications and utilities down, Agents bring their unique skillsets and equipment to the aid of their fellow Louisianans. In the aftermath of the hurricane, agents go door to door on humanitarian missions, getting critical supplies to those who need them the most.

“Louisiana experienced one of the most destructive hurricanes in the state’s history and we felt a responsibility to bring these search and rescue stories to our audiences,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President, Development and Production, Factual Programming, Discovery.

“What the public sees in this segment of Louisiana Law is the best example of how our agents immediately answer the call to help the great people of our state during times of disaster, while in some instances, those agents are leaving their own homes and families at risk,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “It is gratifying to see the resilience of the people our agents interacted with. They are the best examples of Louisianans who get stronger and battle back, both emotionally and physically, after catastrophes.”

“We are super proud of the job our agents did in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. From search and rescue to humanitarian and security patrols, our agents stepped up and performed their duties to the best of their abilities,” said Colonel Chad Hebert, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. “This Hurricane Ida special of Louisiana Law showcases the job our agents did and also the spirit of the Louisiana people for the rest of the nation to see.”

In south Louisiana, Sgt. Scott Dupre conducts one last patrol in his St. Mary Parish neighborhood. He’s in the direct path of the storm and must balance protecting his home and family with his response to community search and rescue missions. Sgt. Dupre springs into action when he receives a distress call from injured guests stuck inside a flooded hotel in Houma, Louisiana Cpl. Mike Meserole leaves his family safely behind and joins a convoy of fellow Wildlife Agents heading south to Louisiana’s hardest-hit parishes He and Cpl. Mike Cook to help stranded boat captains clear an obstructed riverway, and assist a trio of shrimpers anxious to see whether their homes survived the hurricane.

Meanwhile, with no power, communications down and live mapping apps rendered useless, Sgt. Leroy Tarver is tasked with navigating unfamiliar flooded neighborhoods to rescue a stranded woman in distress. Sr. Agent Suni Nelson delivers lifesaving supplies to the people of LaPlace, where drinking water is contaminated, and food is scarce.

Follow the conversation on social media with #LouisianaLaw, and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates.

LOUISIANA LAW: IN THE EYE OF HURRICANE IDA is produced for Animal Planet by Warm Springs Productions in Association with Watson Pond Productions where Christopher Voos, Marc Pierce, Chris Richardson and Brad Johnson serve as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer with Katie Meloy as production coordinator.

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.

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.



Animal Planet’s Fan-Favorite Series “The Zoo” Returns for Fifth Season





Animal Planet’s Fan-Favorite Series “The Zoo” Returns for Fifth Season Full of Heart-Felt Homecomings, New Additions to the Bronx Zoo Family and More
Season five kicks off with a special two-hour premiere on Saturday, October 9 at 8:00/7:00c.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
ANIMAL PLANET’S FAN-FAVORITE SERIES “THE ZOO” RETURNS FOR FIFTH SEASON FULL OF HEART-FELT HOMECOMINGS, NEW ADDITIONS TO THE BRONX ZOO FAMILY AND MORE

Series Spotlights the Bronx Zoo’s Groundbreaking Work in Animal Care and Welfare, Conservation and Education

The world-famous Bronx Zoo returns to Animal Planet, showcasing more incredible stories of remarkable animals and the dedicated staff who care for them. In the all-new season, THE ZOO dives back into the hard work and heartwarming moments of daily life at the Bronx Zoo’s 265-acre campus and its sister parks across New York City. Audiences will learn about the zoo’s groundbreaking work in animal care and welfare, conservation, and education. Season five of THE ZOO kicks off with a special two-hour premiere on Saturday, Oct.9 at 8PM ET/PT, with new episodes airing every following Saturday at 9PM ET/PT.

In the unforgettable premiere, a bevy of fascinating new animals find a home at the zoo. From a herd of Bactrian deer fawns on a journey to the Big Apple from Ohio, to a young red kangaroo named Troody growing into the shoes of a Bronx kangaroo legend, to a keel-billed toucan rescued from the dark world of animal trafficking, zoo staffers step up to provide a New York welcome for them all. Excitement is afoot for the zoos’ existing residents as well, as the gorillas experiment with a fashion-forward new enrichment and a trio of curious lynx kittens step into the public eye at the Queens Zoo. Audiences will also get an exclusive update on Nadia, the Malayan tiger who was the first animal in the US to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

“The dedication of our essential zoo and aquarium staff has never been more apparent than in Season 5,” said Jim Breheny, Bronx Zoo Director. “They continued to provide expert care to the animals each day throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and never lost sight of our conservation mission. Staff in all of our WCS parks and those in zoos and aquariums around the world who braved the unknowns of the virus to ensure the daily needs of the animals were met are true heroes.”

This season, audiences will see the Bronx Zoo’s mission in action as a pair of endangered Coquerel’s sifakas are introduced in hopes that they will mate; Sydney, an adorable harbor seal pup rescued from a stranding in the wild, finds a new home at the New York Aquarium; and a pair of rehabilitated ospreys become ambassadors for their species. The zoo’s veterinary staff get creative by crafting a one-of-a-kind orthopedic shoe to help a tiny oscillated turkey chick walk.

Fans can also follow the conversation on social media #TheZoo and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates.

THE ZOO is produced for Animal Planet by Left/Right and Copper Pot Pictures. Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Anneka Jones, Pete Ross, Michael LaHaie and Jessie Findlay are the executive producers for Left/Right. David LaMattina and Chad Walker are the executive producers for Copper Pot Pictures. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer.



When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren 9/16 on ABC





When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren: The Burger Hole (9/16)
“The Burger Hole” – Helen Mirren narrates a documentary examination of penguins doing CrossFit, featuring Janice Rams fighting over a hummus recipe, a nearsighted eagle who reports on the traffic and more Unpopular Wolf Opinions, on a new episode of “When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren,” THURSDAY, SEPT. 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, DL) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.



TUNE IN: ‘MEERKAT MANOR: RISE OF THE DYNASTY’ RETURNS





TUNE IN: ‘MEERKAT MANOR: RISE OF THE DYNASTY’ RETURNS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 AT 9 PM ET ON BBC AMERICA

“Gear up to again have your heartstrings tugged by the big emotions

these little creatures can evoke.” – Channel Guide Magazine

Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty, returns Saturday, September 4 at 9pm ET/8c following the finale of Eden: Untamed Planet. The seven all-new half-hour episodes are part of BBC AMERICA’s Wonderstruck programming line-up each Saturday, celebrating the elegance and power of our natural world.

Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty continues the compelling saga of the heartstring-tugging, dramatic tale of survival revolving around three families of meerkats who are descendants of the legendary meerkat matriarch, Flower. Neighbors and rivals who share a bloodline are forced to compete for food and resources in an environment that is undergoing a great deal of change: the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.

Narrated by BAFTA-winning actor Bill Nighy, the BBC AMERICA series is a co-production with Oxford Scientific Films.

Episode Seven – “Hard Times”

Saturday, Sept 4 at 9pm ET/8c on BBC America, available next day on AMC+

After losing her two previous litters Flint is expecting the arrival of her third but the land-grabbing Ubuntu threaten to make her homeless. Tensions at Whiskers, exacerbated by the extreme heat, cause loyal Brea to make an uncharacteristic move. An unexpected return signals sinister consequences.

Episode Eight – “Coming of Age”

Saturday, Sept 11 at 8pm ET/7c on BBC America, available next day on AMC+

Sencha returns to the Hakuna Matata family but her arrival sparks concern – what are her intentions toward Flint’s newborn pups? Trouble is brewing for Epsilon who is pregnant at the same time as her mother; and a severe dust storm leaves Swift down on numbers and treacherous Pandi with an opportunity.

Programming update: a new episode premieres weekly through October 16.



When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren 9/9 on ABC





When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren: Uncle Antelope’s Truth Bombs (9/9)
“Uncle Antelope’s Truth Bombs” – Helen Mirren narrates a documentary examination of the animal kingdom, featuring animals stuck on a never-ending Zoom call, etiquette lessons for elephants, a squirrel who hosts a home shopping program being stalked by a deranged viewer and a searing expose on lizards who horde, on a new episode of “When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren,” THURSDAY, SEPT. 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, DL) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.



Welcome to the Wild World of Rescue Where the Gloves Come Off in “Bare Hands Rescue”





Welcome to the Wild World of Rescue Where the Gloves Come Off in “Bare Hands Rescue” Premiering Sun. August 22 at 10PM ET/PT on Animal Planet and discovery+
Owner of the Wildlife Command Center, Michael “Bare Hands” Beran spends his workdays rescuing and removing wildlife from people’s homes and businesses with his bare hands because he believes it’s easier on the animals.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
WELCOME TO THE WILD WORLD OF RESCUE WHERE THE GLOVES COME OFF IN “BARE HANDS RESCUE” PREMIERING SUN. AUGUST 22 AT 10PM ET/PT ON ANIMAL PLANET AND DISCOVERY+

If you have a critter stuck in your attic, who are you going to call? Michael “Bare Hands” Beran! Owner of the Wildlife Command Center, Michael spends his workdays rescuing and removing wildlife from people’s homes and businesses with his bare hands because he believes it’s easier on the animals. He and his staff of experienced and eccentric technicians, spread across several locations across the U.S., aren’t afraid to get into the nitty-gritty to rescue raccoons, beavers, skunks and more, for their own safety and any humans who may be too close in proximity. These animals are called wildlife for a very good reason! When the rescues begin, you never know what wild antics will happen next, and this spunky crew wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. The all-new special BARE HANDS RESCUE premieres Sunday, August 22 at 10PM ET/PT on Animal Planet and discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service.

In BARE HANDS RESCUE, audiences follow the Wildlife Command Center team, led by Michael, as they travel across the country and find themselves in peculiar situations to save wildlife (by hand!) Among others, we’ll meet Michael’s son, Chance, who, with the guidance of his father, works to safely remove a raccoon who has become too comfortable in an attic; veteran tech, Chris, and rookie, Veonte, who encounter an extremely venomous snake; daredevil Tim, who receives a call about a coyote in a house; and U.B., who helps Michael search for a skunk in a scrap yard filled with hot tubs.

In addition to these rescue and release stories, audiences will also get a tour of Michael’s headquarters in St. Louis which has become a rehabilitation facility and occasionally a forever home for several rescued animals including Tarzan, a Brazilian porcupine; Tyson, a red kangaroo; a pair of lemurs; and more! And while this might be a wild day job, it’s another day in paradise for Michael and his crew.

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

BARE HANDS RESCUE is produced for Animal Planet by Critical Content where Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, Bob Asher, Jon Beyer, and Michael Francis serve as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Pat Dempsey is supervising producer.



An All-New Season of “The Zoo: San Diego” Premieres on Animal Planet Saturday, August 14





An All-New Season of “The Zoo: San Diego” Premieres on Animal Planet Saturday, August 14 at 8 PM ET/PT
The season two premiere episode, “Baby Miracles”, introduces Animal Planet audiences to stories about baby animals, including Funani, a river hippo who welcomes a new addition to the family, and Omeo, an orphaned koala joey.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF “THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO” PREMIERES ON ANIMAL PLANET SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 AT 8 PM ET/PT

Fan-favorite series THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO returns for a second season with all-new, memorable animal stories from the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (formerly San Diego Zoo Global) which premieres on Animal Planet Saturday, August 14 at 8 PM ET/PT. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance , which is committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives, features two parks, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park which is home to more than 700 species and 6,500 animals.

The season two premiere episode, “Baby Miracles”, introduces Animal Planet audiences to stories about baby animals, including Funani, a river hippo who welcomes a new addition to the family, and Omeo, an orphaned koala joey. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance team also travels to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya to help develop an innovative milk formula for elephant calves who do not have mothers. Other stories this season will include a pair of lappet-faced vultures who produce the Alliance’s first fertile egg for the species; wallaby Thelma and her joey Everest who become ambassador animals; and even a few koalas Puck, Ra, and Laksmi who are nursed back to health after being saved from the bushfires. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park became host to the only pair of platypuses, Eve and Birrarung, outside Australia and THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO audiences this season can follow along as a dedicated group of wildlife care specialists and veterinarians who go above and beyond every day to provide care for these animals in the name of wildlife conservation.

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

In season one of THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO, now also available on discovery+, a variety of wildlife are introduced to audiences, including a flock of ostriches known as the “Spice Girls,” pandas, giraffes, Galápagos tortoises, koalas, elephants, and mountain lions. discovery+ audiences also meet two baby cheetahs who learn how to be ‘ambassadors’ for their species, in addition to a set of California condors, a species brought back from the brink of extinction by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance team.

THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO, is produced for Animal Planet by Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, and Copper Pot Pictures. Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Anneka Jones, Jessie Findlay and Michael LaHaie are the executive producers for Left/Right. David LaMattina and Chad Walker are the executive producers for Copper Pot Pictures. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer.



When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren 8/26 (Rerun) on ABC





When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren: Sup (8/26) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 7/1/21)
“Sup” – Helen Mirren narrates a documentary examination of the animal kingdom, featuring a field mouse who is killing it with NFTs, a divorced bear gym teacher whose students have heard gossip about his private life, a dragonfly movie star who can’t take direction and a beetle named Tony with anger management issues, on “When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren,” THURSDAY, AUG. 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, DL) Episodes can also be viewed on demand and on Hulu. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 7/1/21)



When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren 8/19 on ABC





When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren: Nature’s Justice (8/19)
“Nature’s Justice” – Helen Mirren narrates a documentary examination of the animal kingdom, featuring a deer who can’t stop dropping her famous friends’ names, a clown fish who has been cheating with her tennis instructor, a pit-fighting Owl called “The Pit Fighter” and a deep examination revealing the plural of “moose,” on a new episode of “When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren,” THURSDAY, AUG. 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.