“LOUISIANA LAW” FOLLOWS THE AGENTS OF THE LOUISIANA DEPT. OF WILDLIFE





“LOUISIANA LAW” FOLLOWS THE AGENTS OF THE LOUISIANA DEPT. OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES, PREMIERES ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL SATURDAY, APRIL 9 AT 8PM ET/PT

– LOUISIANA LAW is the Latest Addition to Discovery’s Wildlife Conservation Patrol Programming which includes Lone Star Law –

LOUISIANA LAW follows the men and women of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as they patrol one of the most geographically diverse states in the U.S. Their jurisdiction ranges from the deep forests at the Arkansas border to the lowland marshes and bayous near the coast and extends 200 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana’s wildlife agents are tasked with protecting the natural resources of the state, but also have the authority to enforce all state and federal criminal laws. Often patrolling alone and miles from backup, agents encounter and manage dangerous situations involving both wildlife and people – all in the name of conservation. Audiences ride along on the wildlife agents’ mission when LOUISIANA LAW premieres exclusively on Discovery Channel Saturday, April 9 at 8PM ET/PT.

Nicknamed “Sportsman’s Paradise” for its rich land and wildlife resources, Louisiana is home to more than one million alligators, countless crawfish, shrimp, oysters, bobcats, black bear, deer, 160 species of birds, and a wealth of fresh and saltwater fish. Fishing and hunting is a way of life for many residents; to preserve the land and protect both citizens and wildlife, agents are on call 24/7 as they patrol Louisiana’s beautiful bayous, vast river deltas, and dense pine forests.

“I am so happy that, through this incredibly well-done show, the public can witness the hard work, common sense and courage displayed by our agents,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet.

“We are extremely excited and proud about the second season of Louisiana Law. The show does a great job of showcasing the diverse job that agents do on a day-to-day basis,” said Col. Chad Hebert, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. “We hope the show is both educational and entertaining at the same time for the public and shows what it takes to enforce the laws of conserving outdoor resources.”

LOUISIANA LAW premieres with a man’s life on the line as Sgt. Scott Dupre and Lt. Joey Thompson race to locate an elderly hunter who’s gone missing in a vast river wilderness area. Cpl. Blaine Wagner and Lt. Adam Young investigate a haul of illegal redfish dumped on a riverbank and nearby anglers who refuse to take responsibility, while Cpl. Michael Cook tracks down a suspected hunter/trespasser and finds bloody evidence tying the hunter to an illegal deer. Later, Sgt. Kurt Hatten and Sgt. Leroy Tarver crack down on a pair of hunters using illegal ammunition to shoot ducks in a protected area, and Sr. Agent Suni Nelson handles a tense encounter on the roadside.

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

LOUISIANA LAW is produced for Discovery Channel 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 Discovery, Lisa Lucas is executive producer with Katie Meloy as production coordinator.

About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 88.3 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

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 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with the PGA Tour to create the Global Home of Golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, 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 www.corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.



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





Animal Planet’s “Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet” Returns for An All-New Season Saturday, March 26 at 8PM ET/PT
Stories of hope and the power of the human and animal bond are stronger than ever on this all-new season.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
ANIMAL PLANET’S “DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET” RETURNS FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON SATURDAY, MARCH 26 AT 8PM ET/PT

Veterinary maverick Dr. Jeff Young and his fearless team of vets and techs are back for an all-new season of DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET. On a growing mission to make vet care affordable for everyone, the Planned Pethood International staff tackles unusual cases – and extraordinary new projects – to help more pets and owners than ever before. From baffling ailments to bizarre mishaps, every beloved pet gets the care it needs, at a fraction of the cost quoted elsewhere. Dr. Jeff and his team take on complicated procedures and work tirelessly to treat the pets and wild animals who need their help most. Stories of hope and the power of the human and animal bond are stronger than ever on this all-new season of DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET, premiering on Animal Planet Saturday, March 26 at 8PM ET/PT.

In the season premiere, Dr. Jeff, his wife Dr. Petra and vet tech Hector, roll up their sleeves and head to Leadville, an old Colorado mining town, with an inspiring goal: to transform an abandoned restaurant into a new clinic. Here, they’ll provide desperately needed vet care to an underserved mountain community. Dr. Jeff trades his scalpel for a sledgehammer, and restaurant demolition is underway! Back in Denver, Dr. Baier treats a sneezing parrot; Dr. Jeff fights to save a Yorkie’s leg from amputation; and Dr. Jeff’s daughter, Melody, discovers a worrisome mass on her rescued dog Freya.

This season, the team’s caseload spans almost the entire animal kingdom, from a raccoon injured in an illegal trap to a tiny gecko with a big surprise. Dr. Jeff treats a puppy who needs reconstructive surgery to survive, while Dr. Baier removes a fishhook from a wild goose. And when clinic receptionist Jerri’s newly adopted puppy becomes seriously ill, Dr. Petra steps in to save the pup’s life. Then Dr. Jeff hits the road, traveling to a wolf sanctuary to spay and neuter a pack of wolf hybrids. Every day brings incredible stories and life-or-death stakes: Heroic Labrador Bob suffers a serious wound protecting his owner, and Dr. Don treats a Yorkie so obese she can barely walk. And between complex cases, Dr. Jeff even finds time to dig a swimming pool for his beloved dog Fred.

Animal Planet audiences can also join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #DrJeff and following Animal Planet’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. All past seasons of DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET are available in their entirety on discovery+.

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



“PUPPY BOWL PRESENTS: THE WINTER GAMES” STREAMS EXCLUSIVELY ON DISOVERY+ FEBRUARY 3





“PUPPY BOWL PRESENTS: THE WINTER GAMES” STREAMS EXCLUSIVELY ON DISOVERY+ FEBRUARY 3

-Kym Whitley Returns as Host –
-Olympic Champion Gus Kenworthy Serves as Guest Judge –

While it may be cold outside, the spirit of competition is about to get hot! In an all-new special, PUPPY BOWL PRESENTS: THE WINTER GAMES, streaming exclusively on discovery+ on Thursday, February 3, five extraordinary teams of trainers and their dogs face off against each other to see who will be named the top canine athlete in a dazzling combo of dog-friendly winter games. Returning as host is actress and comedian Kym Whitley alongside a panel of judges, including 2014 Olympic silver-medalist Gus Kenworthy, who will determine which team will be awarded bronze, silver, and gold based on technique, presentation, and unparalleled skill set.

In PUPPY BOWL PRESENTS: THE WINTER GAMES, the competition is filled with high-stakes drama as each team competes in three rounds: The Freestyle Challenge, Trick Tails, and The Agility Showdown. Each round will have increasing competition and challenges that include a series of show-stopping trick combinations and an epic round of speed and agility on a winterized obstacle course to truly showcase the best of the best.

In this epic showdown, audiences will meet contestants Blaze, an Australian Shepherd; Zoey, a Mutt mix; Hanabi, a Husky/Whippit mix; Chablis, a Chihuahua; and Mistricks, a Mutt mix. From here, each pair will be judged for their unique skillset by professional dog trainer Travis Brorsen and international trick dog trainer Sara Carson, who will be joining Gus Kenworthy on the judging panel. The three best teams who move on to the final round will compete for the ultimate top dog prize of $5,000.00 to donate to their favorite animal charity.

Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using #PuppyBowlWinterGames and following Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok and discovery+ on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

PUPPY BOWL PRESENTS: THE WINTER GAMES is produced for discovery+ by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group in association with Half Yard Productions. with Craig Piligian, Melodie Calvert, Dirk Hoogstra, and Nicole Sorrenti serving as executive producers. For discovery+, Keith Hoffman is executive producer with Sarah Russell as supervising producer.

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Nat Geo WILD Roars Into 2022 with Annual “Big Cat Week”





Nat Geo WILD Roars Into 2022 with Annual “Big Cat Week,” A Special Six-Part Series from Award-Winning Filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and the Premiere of “Russia’s Wild Tiger” on Jan. 30
This special event includes 11 in-depth programs, each exploring an entirely different big cat species, their struggles as they face extinction, as well as rare, never-before-seen footage in their natural habitats spanning from the Okavango Delta to the Serengeti to Thailand and more.
[via press release from Nat Geo WILD]
NAT GEO WILD ROARS INTO 2022 WITH ANNUAL “BIG CAT WEEK,” A SPECIAL SIX-PART SERIES FROM AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS DERECK AND BEVERLY JOUBERT, AND THE PREMIERE OF “RUSSIA’S WILD TIGER” ON JAN. 30

11th Annual BIG CAT WEEK Highlights National Geographic Society’s Commitment to Conservation

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 25, 2022) – Nat Geo WILD is showcasing some of its biggest and rarest cats to date as the network celebrates its 11th year of BIG CAT WEEK, starting Sunday, Jan. 30. This special event includes 11 in-depth programs, each exploring an entirely different big cat species, their struggles as they face extinction, as well as rare, never-before-seen footage in their natural habitats spanning from the Okavango Delta to the Serengeti to Thailand and more.

With each passing year, big cats are faced with greater challenges and risk of extinction. The National Geographic Society is committed to raising awareness of big cats’ adverse situations through programming events such as BIG CAT WEEK, partnering with leading experts, funding research initiatives, and supporting impactful conservation efforts across the planet.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, at 9/8c, Nat Geo WILD debuts BIG CAT WEEK with RUSSIA’S WILD TIGER. The one-hour special focuses on the Amur tiger, which was recently on the brink of extinction with only 30 cats in existence. Now, there are nearly 600. In order to film the essence of this special tiger, the program was filmed across two years from 80 different cameras located in each tiger sanctuary in the Far East, including the Sikhote-Alin mountains, Land of Leopards National Park, Bikin National Park, Anyuysky National Park and many more.

Following RUSSIA’S WILD TIGER, the feline fun continues with THE WAY OF THE CHEETAH at 10/9c and TREE CLIMBING LIONS at 11/10c. Additionally, the week-long event will include several interstitials featuring National Geographic Explorers who are working to protect big cats around the globe.

Additionally, BIG CAT WEEK features a special series from award-winning filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers and wildlife conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who have been filming, researching and exploring in Africa for over 35 years.

BIG CAT WEEK begins Sunday, Jan. 30, and runs through Thursday, Feb. 3, with an array of programming that includes WAR OF THE LIONS, THE REAL BLACK PANTHER, LIVING WITH BIG CATS: REVEALED, BIG CAT ODYSSEY: REVEALED, and more. Episode titles and descriptions can be found below.

Betty White Goes Wild! – Jan. 30 at 8/7c

We take a rare look into one of White’s true passions – big cats! Celebrate her life and advocacy for animals as we remember when she headed to the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos to get up close to big cats. White weaves her natural wit as we look at the cats’ individual behavioral traits and learn where they live, how many are left in the wild, and the challenges they face.

Russia’s Wild Tiger – Jan. 30 at 9/8c

Records the battle for the survival of the big cats and reveals intimate details of their lives. The animals they prey on are also in the film: tigers couldn’t survive without sika deer, Altai wapiti, wild boars and Asian black bears. Guiding the viewer through the film, an elder tiger tells the story of his cub, born in a conservation area, the year after he leaves his mother. His search for a territory reveals the problems facing tigers in Russia’s Far East and the conflicts that arise when he strays into human settlements. The young tiger takes the viewer to places where the fate of Siberian tigers will be decided: vast forests, remote villages and the cities at the edge of the wilderness.

The Way of the Cheetah – Jan. 30 at 10/9c

Set in Kenya, the story tells of how Immani protects her four cubs against other male cheetahs and other predators. By Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

Tree Climbing Lions – Jan. 30 at 11/10c

Big cat biologist Alexander Braczkowski returns to Uganda to embed with the mysterious tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park. He sets out to uncover their unique climbing culture, but along the way, he gets to know them one on one and reveals the prides’ dramatic fight for survival and their determination to help their cubs survive their first year of life.

Living with Big Cats: Revealed – Jan. 31 at 9/8c

Dereck and Beverly Joubert lead viewers on their incredible journey with big cats – from the first time big cats captured their hearts through their boundless dedication to protecting these iconic predators. This story explores how the Jouberts got started and delves into their personal lives as National Geographic filmmakers and Explorers.

Big Cat Odyssey: Revealed – Jan. 31 at 10/9c

Dereck and Beverly Joubert dive deeper into the issues that surround big cats, specifically African lions and leopards. What challenges do these iconic big cats face? How have these lions and leopards survived and adapted over the decades? The Jouberts lead viewers on an epic journey through the lives of big cats and their most iconic moments.

Relentless Enemies: Revealed – Feb. 1 at 9/8c

A buffalo herd of over 1,200 is forced to move through three lion territories while being confined by the floodwaters on a small island in the Okavango. As the buffalo strategize their advancements, the lions react to each and every move they make. From the Joubert’s home base in Botswana comes the epic story of buffalo and lions surviving and adapting to each other. Narrated by Jeremy Irons.

Ultimate Enemies: Revealed – Feb. 1 at 10/9c

National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert explore how some animals are thrust together by the forces of nature – sometimes through a millennium of evolution or even last year’s drought. In the aftermath of strange elephant deaths, they piece together a visually stunning story that confirms their theory that lions were hunting elephants. Narrated by Jeremy Irons.

Eye of the Leopard: Revealed – Feb. 2 at 9/8c

National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert set out to create a film on leopards but never imagined they would be seduced by a small, eight-day-old cub named Legadema. EYE OF THE LEOPARD follows Legadema’s journey from a playful cub to a skilled huntress. Narrated by Jeremy Irons.

Eternal Enemies: Revealed – Feb. 2 at 10/9c

Joubert’s Emmy(R)-winning film is back with stunning remastered footage. Propelled by Jeremy Irons’ gripping narration, ETERNAL ENEMIES reveals the story of conflict between lions and hyenas, relatively unknown or even suspected in the scientific world before this. The intense relationship and enduring rivalry between the two species play out in a battle of survival.

War of the Lions – Feb. 3 at 9/8c

From savannahs bursting with game to deserts with not a drop to drink, all lion kingdoms are not created equal … so who is the REAL king of the beasts?

The Real Black Panther – Feb. 3 at 10/9c

The hot, dry, deciduous jungles of South India are no place for a melanistic leopard – but Saya is different. He is the only black panther in the entire Kabini Forest, and he’s got one thing on his mind: to take over this leopard paradise. But Scarface, the current ruler, won’t give it up easily. This is a story of astounding adaptability and success, the journey of Saya – THE REAL BLACK PANTHER.

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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.



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.



When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren 1/1 (2 new episodes) on ABC





When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren: The Optimistic Mosquito (1/1)
“The Optimistic Mosquito” – Helen Mirren narrates a documentary examination of the animal kingdom featuring a mosquito that wants to do good in the world, a chipmunk that over-packed trying to outsmart the TSA, an old wild boar looking for love and Anaconda ASMR, on a new episode of “When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren,” SATURDAY, JAN. 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, LV) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premiers.

When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren: SEASON FINALE – Omen Cat (1/1)
“Omen Cat”—Helen Mirren narrates a documentary examination of the animal kingdom, featuring hippos that solve crimes ripped from the headlines, a cheetah haunted by everyone it ever ate, a snake celebrating its 30th birthday alone and the creepiest looking cat you ever saw, on the season finale of “When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren,” SATURDAY, JAN. 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, LV) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.



THE ALL-NEW LANDMARK SERIES THE MATING GAME LAUNCHES NOVEMBER 21 ON DISCOVERY+





LET’S GET IT ON!
THE ALL-NEW LANDMARK SERIES THE MATING GAME LAUNCHES NOVEMBER 21 ON DISCOVERY+

From The Team Behind A PERFECT PLANET, The 5-Part Series Features
Sir David Attenborough As Narrator
(NEW YORK – November 3, 2021) — In the animal kingdom, there is a challenge that unites all animal life on Earth – one that allows them to pass on their genes to the next generation and continue life’s precious cycle. It is nature’s ultimate quest — the pursuit of a mate. From the producers behind the award-winning blue-chip natural history series, A PERFECT PLANET, and with narration by Sir David Attenborough, the all-new five-part landmark series, THE MATING GAME, explores the most intimate details of life from every corner of the globe to reveal how animals overcome the challenges of their worlds to reproduce and leave a lasting legacy.

THE MATING GAME launches Sunday, November 21 on discovery+ with the first two episodes, followed by new episodes dropping weekly on the streaming service. In addition to watching the series on discovery+, viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #TheMatingGame. Follow Discovery on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and discovery+ on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates.

Filmed in 22 countries spanning six continents and featuring 80 unique species captured on film, THE MATING GAME details the remarkably intricate, often dramatic and sometimes comical, ways in which animals begin their courtship and overcome enormous obstacles in the race to win a partner. From the great expanses of the grassland, to the deep ocean and tangled jungles, each episode captures the compelling efforts from across the Animal Kingdom that highlight how ruthless and unpredictable the ‘mating game’ can be.

The privilege of reproduction is one that many are willing to pay with their own lives and animals will go to extraordinary lengths in their desire to mate. Whether it be through thoughtful gestures, displays of power, deception or flamboyance, these interactions result in some of the most stunningly unique and shocking spectacles of wildlife on Earth.

Among mating ritual firsts captured on camera include the courtship rituals of the Great Argus Pheasant, a bird renowned among naturalists but whose courtship has never been filmed in the wild due to its extremely reclusive nature. Other firsts include an extremely rare tree frog breeding event captured in a remote patch of virgin rainforest in French Guiana on Christmas Day, as well as the fascinating and somewhat tender courtship behavior between digger bees in the Sonoran Desert that includes everything from a ‘bee brawl’ to a delicate tasting of each others scent.

In the Serengeti, a violent game is played when a Zebra stallion must defend his mares in a herd 30,000 strong, and rains in South Africa trigger intense clashes between an army of African Giant Bullfrogs. Meanwhile, the never-before-filmed display of the Argus pheasant in Borneo’s rainforest offers a much more delicate approach to the mating game.

For all who choose to play THE MATING GAME, they’ll need to flaunt what they got for a chance at seducing a mate and securing a lasting legacy. Navigating the mating season can be daunting for many eligible animals — this is nature like you’ve never seen and these animals are ready to get it on.

THE MATING GAME is produced for BBC, Discovery, and discovery+ by Silverback Films in co-production with NHK, bilibili, and France Télévisions. For Silverback, Jeff Wilson is series producer and Keith Scholey is executive producer. For Discovery and discovery+, Howard Swartz is executive producer. BBC Studios is distributing internationally.

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.



NBC TO BROADCAST 20TH ANNUAL ‘NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA’ ON THANKSGIVING DAY AT NOON





NBC TO BROADCAST 20TH ANNUAL ‘NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA’ ON THANKSGIVING DAY AT NOON IN ALL TIME ZONES

John O’Hurley and David Frei Return to Co-Host the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Canine Competition and Companionship

NEW YORK – November 3, 2021 – NBC will ring in the 20th year of celebrating man’s best friend with the family-favorite holiday special “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina,” airing Thanksgiving Day (noon-2 p.m. in all time zones), Nov. 25, following the telecast of NBC’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

Peacock will simulcast the special at noon and an encore will air Saturday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

“The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” will be hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld,” “Dancing with the Stars”), and expert analyst and American Kennel Club-licensed judge David Frei, who is one of America’s foremost authorities on the sport. NBC correspondent and sports broadcasting Hall of Famer Mary Carillo will report from backstage and inside the show ring.

“It is extraordinary how this TV special has become an annual television-watching tradition for American families,” stated O’Hurley, who has written three books about the dogs in his life since the show’s 2002 debut. “Dogs more than ever have become a part of people’s lives and the show reminds us of how great they are and how easy it is for them to make us smile.”

A new American Kennel Club-sanctioned breed will be introduced to a national audience in this year’s competition, bringing the total recognized breeds to 209. Arriving for the event is the Biewer Terrier (toy group), an elegant and athletic toy terrier whose only purpose in life is to love and be loved. They maintain a charming, whimsical attitude and are dedicated, loyal family members and friendly with strangers. Since the first “National Dog Show” broadcast in 2002, 50 new breeds have been introduced to the event.

Last year a graceful Scottish Deerhound named Claire took home the Best in Show title. The 3-year-old third generation champion hound was deemed top dog among the seven group winners.

The “National Dog Show Presented by Purina” is a beloved holiday tradition for families across the nation. Across its 19-year run to date on NBC, the telecast has reached over 15 million viewers each Thanksgiving Day.

For more information on the “National Dog Show Presented by Purina,” and details on breeds competing, please visit: http://www.nationaldogshow.com

Breed descriptions and more information can be found at https://nds.nationaldogshow.com/event-info/the-seven-groups/



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.

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