Animal Planet’s “The Whale” explores real-life event that inspired “Moby-Dick”

Animal Planet's "The Whale" explores real-life event that inspired "Moby-Dick"

“From the network that brought you Mermaids,” read the title card ahead of the trailer for Animal Planet’s self-described “scripted event” The Whale: Revenge From the Deep. That may be enough to either intrigue or dissuade any number of people who either liked or disliked Animal Planet’s previous forays into scripted fare like Mermaids, but the trailer does look promising. Add to that the fact that Martin Sheen headlines the film based on a gripping true-life tale, and that’s enough to get us to dive in. The two-hour production is a retelling of the sinking of the Nantucket whaling ship … Continue reading

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Squatchers of “Finding Bigfoot” will also look for Nessie this season

Squatchers of "Finding Bigfoot" will also look for Nessie this season

Although they haven’t, to my knowledge, found much convincing evidence of Sasquatch, the self-described “Squatchers” of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot will continue the hunt when a new season of the series begins Nov. 9 at 9pm ET/PT. At the start of the season’s eight new episodes, the team is supposedly “hot on the trail of what they believe to be the world’s largest Sasquatch.” That enormous Bigfoot is the subject of the two-hour season premiere, which takes Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman, and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland, off to Alaska. … Continue reading

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Animal Planet developing zombie animal graphic novel “The Other Dead” into scripted series

Animal Planet developing zombie animal graphic novel "The Other Dead" into scripted series

If zombie people on your TV screen aren’t enough to freak you out, thanks to shows like The Walking Dead and Z Nation, before long you will be able to see zombie animals on the attack, courtesy of Animal Planet. The network announced today that it has acquired exclusive rights for the zombie animal graphic novel The Other Dead, and will be developing it into a scripted series. From creators Joshua Ortega (Gears of War, Star Wars, Spider-Man) and Digger Mesch (Agent 88, X-Men, Payday), The Other Dead is a critically acclaimed, best-selling graphic novel from IDW Publishing. The story … Continue reading

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Redwood Kings On Animal Planet

Redwood Kings

John Daniels is a magician with a chainsaw. And his twin brother Ron is a wizard with numbers. Together, they and their crew of 40 artists, carpenters, designers and engineers create spectacular play structures, animated characters, shooting galleries and animal carvings for entertainment centers, theme parks, casinos and families around the country. Welcome to the world of Redwood Kings. John took his artistic talents and started carving redwood animals over 23 years ago. “We kept finding logs, oak trees and redwood trees, different species that were hollow in the middle or fallen down,” he said. “There’s a lot of logs … Continue reading

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“911 cat” featured on this week’s “My Cat From Hell”

"911 cat" featured on this week's "My Cat From Hell"

The June 14 episode of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell will find host/cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy visiting Lux, the infamous “911 cat” with a “history of violence” who earlier this year made headlines by terrorizing his guardians so much that he forced them to call the emergency number. On the 911 call, the terrified family reported that they were shut off in a bedroom, with their infant and dog, as the crazed cat screeched in the background. “He’s trying to attack us,” the man who called the number told the dispatcher. Apparently, the cat would charge at them every … Continue reading

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Animal Planet’s Monster Week 2014 to include a Shannen Doherty horror film

Animal Planet's Monster Week 2014 to include a Shannen Doherty horror film

Animal Planet has gotten some flak in recent years for its “mockumentaries” about mermaids, which have been presented in a realistic format, albeit with quick disclaimers at the end indicating that they were more speculative than anything. For the network’s Monster Week 2014, Animal Planet can’t really be criticized in that regard for its new production Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, which an Animal Planet release plainly indicates is a “horror film” (but they also do call it a “marquee two-hour special”). To further let you know that this program should not be taken as scientific fact, it … Continue reading

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River Monsters Season 6 finds Jeremy Wade back in the Amazon

River Monsters Season 6 finds Jeremy Wade back in the Amazon

Animal Planet announced that River Monsters — the network’s best-performing series for five years — will return with a new season. River Monsters Season 6 begins April 6 at 9pm ET/PT. Whereas past seasons of River Monsters found host Jeremy Wade criss-crossing the globe in search of monstrous fish, in Season 6 the biologist/extreme angler will spend the entire season in South America — specifically, exploring the Amazon. “I’ve been fishing the world for decades, but it’s the Amazon that keeps calling me back,” Wade said, in a release. “Now, I’m returning to solve the mission of a lifetime to … Continue reading

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Feline Internet star Lil BUB gets TV special on Animal Planet

Feline Internet star Lil BUB gets TV special on Animal Planet

Lil BUB, the 2-year-old cat who has become an Internet and social media phenomenon over the past few years, is now set to cutely conquer the TV airwaves with her new Animal Planet program, Lil BUB’s Special Special. In the half-hour special, BUB takes advantage of an empty house when her owner is away for the night. Lil BUB invites her assortment of furry friends over for a slumber party to watch rock star Andrew W.K.’s new clip show Party Animals. Amy Sedaris also appears as a special babysitter hired by Lil BUB’s owner to keep an eye on things. … Continue reading

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Ranking the 2014 Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl and Fish Bowl

Ranking the 2014 Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl and Fish Bowl

Before, during and after Super Bowl XLVIII there were a number of other viewing options to occupy your time if you so chose (which may have come in handy for many, given how the Big Game almost immediately turned into a blowout). Animal lovers, in particular, had more options than usual this year to get their “bowl” fix on. There was, of course, the tried-and-true Puppy Bowl, which has adorably dominated the space for 10 installments now. But newcomers Kitten Bowl and Fish Bowl also appeared on the scene this past Super Bowl Sunday, staking claims for not only the … Continue reading

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First Lady Michelle Obama hosts Puppy Bowl “training camp”

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts Puppy Bowl "training camp"

Ahead of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X this Sunday, hype for the annual special was amped up recently when First Lady Michelle Obama and the First Family’s dogs Bo and Sunny worked to “train” some of the pups for the big game. Joined by 12 first- and second-grade students from Harriet Tubman Elementary School, Michelle Obama, Bo and Sunny put the puppies through their paces to make sure they were ready to compete in Puppy Bowl X, and to be healthy for life. Animal Planet says it was inspired by the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to overcome childhood obesity, … Continue reading

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