Animal Planet’s Best December Yet – and it’s Free! Tis’ The Season For New Premieres and Holiday

While the chestnuts are roasting and the dreidels are spinning…tune in Animal Planet all month long for new premieres including BAD DOG: Season 2 (Dec. 4), SHARK MEN: Season 3 (Dec. 5), and the original Canadian documentary series WILD OBSESSION (Dec. 10). And, don’t forget to get your favourite snuggie and the popcorn ready for the return of Animal Planet’s “Must-See” AP Holiday Marathon Extravaganza beginning Christmas Eve, and featuring this year’s biggest hits including WHALE WARS, TANKED, GATOR BOYS, and FINDING BIGFOOT. Finally, finish up 2012 by catching up with Niall McCann on New Year’s Eve as he embarks on an exciting global adventure to find the BIGGEST AND BADDEST creatures on the planet!

BAD DOG!: Season 2

Tuesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Returning for a much-anticipated second season, BAD DOG! is a hilarious hour of television documenting just how far pets can push their owners and still get unconditional love. Like the inaugural season, Season 2 highlights dogs that double as destroyers, hissing cats, cussing parrots, and the most fascinating four-legged escape artists ever caught on tape. They are some of the bawdiest pets on the planet and you’ll meet their owners who love them just the way they are.

SHARK MEN: Season 3

Wednesday, December 5 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Swimming into Season 3, SHARK MEN boldly unmasks the mysteries of the world’s largest predatory fish as it chronicles a team of expert anglers led by Chris Fischer and Dr. Michael Domeier. They have joined forces on a ground-breaking expedition in search of great whites. Their goal is to unlock the secrets of the shark’s migratory patterns, breeding and birthing sites. Only the right combination of brains, brawn, and audacity could safely lift them out of the water, attach special tracking devices, and return them to the ocean unharmed.

WILD OBSESSION

Monday, December 10 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

WILD OBSESSION follows brave individuals fulfilling their lifelong dream to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most exotic and elusive animals. Paired with an expert in the field, each episode sees the just-introduced duo travel to remote areas of the world for a glimpse of an animal in its most primal state. The task will prove to be not only physically challenging but mentally arduous. Working together to find and understand the clandestine creatures will be as much a part of the journey as the sighting itself.

ANIMAL PLANET’S “MUST-SEE AP” HOLIDAY MARATHON EXTRAVAGANZA!

Beginning Saturday, December 24 and running through January 6 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

To celebrate the holiday season, Animal Planet presents its top hits! Airing back-to-back-to-back, etc…tune into “Must-See AP” throughout the holiday season to catch up on fan favourites, including: BAD DOG! (Dec. 25), FINDING BIGFOOT (Dec. 26), GATOR BOYS (Dec. 27), WHALE WARS (Dec. 28), TANKED (Dec. 29), and a special Christmas Day movie presentation of the 1998 Eddie Murphy cult-classic Dr. Doolittle. Viewers can visit animalplanet.ca for full holiday marathon schedule information.

BIGGEST AND BADDEST NEW YEAR’S EVE MARATHON

Beginning December 31 at 6 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT

Catch up with Animal Planet’s newest star – Niall McCann – as he embarks on an exciting global adventure to find the BIGGEST AND BADDEST creatures on the planet! The original Canadian series follows Canadian-Brit biologist and adventurer McCann (PBS’s LOST IN THE AMAZON) as he seeks out fantastic animals in far corners of the Earth, using every mode of transport available: by land, sea, on planes, in a Jeep, by canoe, and on elephant back. McCann wrestles with anacondas to measure them; takes DNA samples of giant hogs; determines the height and films the world’s largest Asian elephants; and helps capture, measure and tag ferocious crocs.

PLANET EARTH NEW YEARS DAY MARATHON

Beginning January 1 at Noon ET/9  a.m. PT

On the first day of 2013, tuck in with your little ones (and big ones too!) and explore the wild and beautiful parts of our planet in PLANET EARTH, the most ambitious factual series ever produced. More than five years in the making, PLANET EARTH defines blue-chip natural history filmmaking and continues Animal Planet’s mission to capture the drama and compelling characters of the animal kingdom. For the uninitiated, the series will amaze with never-before-seen animal behaviours using unprecedented high-definition production techniques.