It’s a wild world, and Animal Planet is ready to be unleashed! With a packed corral of dynamic – and sometimes dangerous! – new series and specials, Animal Planet is bringing its best programming to a month-long national freeview in July. Taking a bite out of summer from July 1 to 31, sample exciting new shows along with much-loved Animal Planet favourites for FREE! During the July freeview period alone, Animal Planet will launch five new series, one new special and new episodes from three continuing hit series.
“This July, Animal Planet will showcase the incredible diversity of the animal kingdom with a variety of unique programs and specials,” said Stan Lipsey, Director of Programming for Animal Planet. “From heroes to predators to the most outrageous, Animal Planet will keep you entertained for FREE all month long.”
Continuing with “Exotic” Mondays, Animal Planet introduces David Gracer, who has a unique philosophy on “food of the future” when BUG EATING MAN premieres July 6. “Amazing” Tuesday’s bring us ANIMAL PLANET’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS July 7 and “Bite Me” Wednesdays continues to be the channel’s destination for its most aggressive jaws-and-claws programming when original Canadian series EATEN ALIVE premieres July 22. Then on “Wild Soaps” Thursdays meet the world’s most incredible and heroic creatures in AN ANIMAL SAVED MY LIFE July 2 and witness a modern day fairytale with UNDERDOG TO WONDERDOG July 3 on “Petastic” Fridays.
Descriptions for July freeview premieres and specials (in order of broadcast):
WHALE WARS Season 2 – Canada Day Marathon
Wednesday, July 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. ET/9 to 11 p.m. PT (with new episodes every Wednesday continuing from June 10 premiere)
Research or slaughter? Activism or terrorism? If you missed the start of WHALE WARS Season 2 in June, this is your chance to get caught up with three previously premiered episodes. Find out what the controversy is all about when Captain Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society return in another adrenaline-fueled season of WHALE WARS. Following an 11-week perilous chess match at the far end of the globe, both Sea Shepherd and the whalers engage in an environmental showdown that could cost millions of dollars – all while drawing global attention to the practice of whaling.
ORANGUTAN ISLAND – Continuing new episodes
Thursday’s at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
It’s been 18 months since Forest School class 103, at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, arrived on the island. With an opportunity to live wild on a protected island, part of the largest primate rescue project in the world, find out what the 32 of the original 35 orangutans who remain, have been up to. As the orangutan orphans create their own order on the island, life is as unpredictable as ever.
GROOMER HAS IT 2 – Continuing new episodes
Saturday’s at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT (Season 2 starts from the beginning again Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Season 2 of this quirky reality competition is back as 12 new competitors primp and preen their pooches from head to tail in hopes of winning the grand prize of $50,000 and their very own mobile grooming salon.
AN ANIMAL SAVED MY LIFE – Series Premiere
Thursday, July 2 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
This series shows the lengths to which animals will go to save humans – even total strangers. These emotional and awe-inspiring tales feature such stories as dolphins rescuing a surfer from a great white shark, an elephant saving a young girl during the Tsunami in Thailand, a dog rescuing his owner during the Katrina disaster and a gorilla saving a young child who fell into a dangerous pen in the zoo. One story per half hour is told using first person interviews, bold re-enactments and experts who contextualize the animals’ behaviour.
UNDERDOG TO WONDERDOG – Series Premiere
Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
There’s nothing more heartbreaking than looking into the sad, helpless eyes of an abandoned stray dog that hasn’t been adopted from a shelter. Animal Planet’s new series UNDERDOG TO WONDERDOG takes that same stray shelter pup and turns its four-legged life completely around. Our very own Doggie Wonder Team comes to the rescue when they snatch that dog from its formerly miserable existence and transplant it into its very own Cinderella fairytale!
BUG EATING MAN – Special Premiere
Monday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
America’s leading insect-eater, David Gracer, thinks that eating bugs can save the planet—and he’s not afraid to put his money where his mouth is! While Americans love eating meat, all those cows, pigs and chickens can take their toll on the environment, and Gracer wants to prove that there is an alternative. For thirty days, he’ll live on a diet that consists almost entirely of insects as he travels the country getting chefs, kids and even a United States Congressman to taste bugs. Gracer swears that bugs are the “food of the future.”
ANIMAL PLANET’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS – Series Premiere
Tuesday, July 7 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
From America’s most extravagant doghouse to an eccentric millionaire’s private zoo, MOST OUTRAGEOUS will dig into everything weird, wacky and wonderful about people’s obsession with animals. Find out what goes on behind the scenes of the nation’s biggest animal parks, visit some of the world’s wildest pet palaces and doggy digs, plus meet the animals and their offbeat owners who have become overnight YouTube sensations in this wildly over-the-top series.
ANIMAL HOUSECALLS WITH ANN ROHMER – Series Premiere
Sunday, July 12 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
Featuring animals from the local Humane Society and Animal Rescue groups that are looking for a new home, each week host Ann Rohmer (lead anchor of CP24) and her guests will answer the important questions affecting the pets and wildlife that inhabit the city of Toronto.
2009 WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW – Encore Presentation
Saturday, July 18 and Sunday July 19 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT
The 132nd WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW is America’s second-longest continuously-held sporting event, lagging only one year behind the Kentucky Derby. With 2,627 dogs competing from 48 states, the District of Columbia and at least six foreign countries, the race is on for all the canine contenders to take home the title “Best In Show”. In all, 169 breeds and varieties will be judged in seven different groups during the consecutive broadcasts, with the group winners going on to compete for the coveted prize of “Best In Show”.
EATEN ALIVE – Series Premiere
Wednesday, July 22 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT
The fear of being attacked and eaten alive by a wild animal is a primeval, deeply rooted, universal dread. It’s the stuff of fairy tales, horror films and nightmares. But for some people it’s not a dream…it’s a terrifying reality. In six compelling hours, original Canadian series EATEN ALIVE tells the harrowing tales of real people who’ve been viciously attacked by wild animals and lived to tell their story.
*Most of the country’s cable and satellite providers are participating in the national freeview – viewers should confirm access with their own provider such as Rogers, Shaw, Bell or Starchoice. Viewers need to have a digital set-top box from their cable or satellite company to enjoy the free access to Animal Planet programming in July.