Inside TV Exclusive TV News and Scoop

Tag: Animal Planet (1-6 of 6)

Animal Planet developing scripted zombie animal drama

Even animals are not immune from zombism.

Animal Planet is developing a scripted live-action zombie animal saga based on the graphic novel The Other Dead, EW has learned exclusively.


'Blood Lake' trailer: See Shannen Doherty menaced by killer lampreys -- EXCLUSIVE


It’s now official that pretty much any sea creature can be turned into an unstoppable B-movie killing machine. In Animal Planet’s upcoming Blood Lake, killer lampreys are on the loose, and only Shannen Doherty (90210) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) can stop them. The first trailer is below.

Now I suspect many of you are wondering: What is a lamprey, exactly? I wasn’t sure myself, I only knew it was something like an eel. Once I read the Wiki entry I realized this is actually a pretty nightmarish-sounding fish: It’s described as jawless, and “the adult of which is characterized by a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth,” and that some species of lampreys “bore into other fish to suck their blood.” That’s definitely creature-feature worthy.

Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys is from The Asylum, which are the same producers who brought you Sharknado. From a branding perspective, it’s interesting to see Animal Planet verge into Syfy’s movie turf. The premiere is part of the network’s Monster Week, a 9-day programming event that kicks off May 18, with Blood Lake airing on Sunday, May 25. It also includes episodes of Animal Planet’s River Monsters and Nature’s Most Wanted. Check out the Blood Lake trailer: READ FULL STORY

'Puppy Bowl X': Watch a canine player get flagged repeatedly; plus a Kitty Halftime Show surprise -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Sure, the Broncos-Seahawks showdown in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII is a classic match-up, pitting the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense, but can any of those players outcute the competitors in Puppy Bowl X? We think NOT. Animal Planet is hoping that you like your football as furry as possible, so starting at 3 p.m., you can watch young canines from animal shelters around the country run happily and haphazardly around the gridiron, with penguin cheerleaders rooting them on. (The two-hour special, which also offers where-they-are-now? spotlights on past Puppy Bowl players, will repeat five times that day, with new footage and features.) Want to unleash some Puppy Bowl X action right now? Click on the video below to watch an Old English Sheepdog named Ginger get whistled for multiple penalties, including “illegal bathing,” and then witness a special air delivery during the Kitty Halftime Show, which also includes a performance by Keyboard Cat. READ FULL STORY

'Finding Bigfoot' season 4 first look: Arkansas comes a knockin' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Countless television shows have proven that the supernatural sells, but so does the unknown. For three seasons now, Cliff Barackman, Ranae Holland, and their team have been looking for evidence of Bigfoot a.k.a. Sasquatch. In Finding Bigfoot, the team investigates tips it is given by embarking on adventures to try and prove that this species does indeed exist. But trying to prove something many believe to be the world’s most elaborate hoax isn’t an easy gig.

“Unfortunately when people think of Bigfoot, sometimes there’s a kneejerk response to the National Enquirer and that pop culture reference is back from the 70’s,” Holland said. “Whether you one hundred percent don’t believe Bigfoot’s real or you’ve seen a Bigfoot, each time you approach that subject, you really need to be as open‑minded as possible.  I still myself cannot wrap my head around to believe that there is an animal undiscovered.  I use the word ‘discovered’ loosely.  That we’ve been able to say tangibly, scientifically that there’s this animal out there.  However, there’s so much evidence.  You can’t just cynically write it off.  And that’s the point I want to make.”

Guess what upcoming reality show 'Top Hooker' is about

Hint: It’s airing on Animal Planet.

If you said “catch-and-release fishing,” you’re correct! According to the network, the show is “an in-your-face, full-throttle competition series that splits 10 expert fishers into two teams and pits them head-to-head in a series of wild, never-before-seen fishing challenges.” Dares will include “fishing with outlandish tools, catching fish blindfolded, [and] even netting fish with their mouths!” (Exclamation mark theirs.) Eight episodes of the competition will air this summer.

Somewhere, execs at History and A&E are kicking themselves for not thinking of this title first.

Read more:
9 TV hits that should be flops
Network offers $10 million for Bigfoot proof
ABC diving show: Your celebrity stars are…

Bigfoot experts clash with TV critics: 'You're ignorant'


TV critics took on Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot during a contentious panel at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

For those who haven’t seen the show, it’s a bit like Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, only an expert team looks for Sasquatch instead of spooks. There are interviews, data crunching, mysterious footprints and a group hunting in the woods … but no actual bigfoot.

The press tour reporters have spent nearly two weeks in a hotel interviewing actors and executives promoting TV shows. So when Animal Planet rolls out this panel the critics are, understandably, thinking: Show us bigfoot or GTFO.

A critic points out: If these guys actually find bigfoot, such huge news is not going to really stay quiet until a regular episode of Finding Bigfoot airs. One asks: Has Animal Planet run out of real animals to do shows about? Yet another wonders: First Animal Planet airs a mermaids special, now this — isn’t Animal Planet damaging its brand with this stuff? READ FULL STORY


Latest Videos in TV

From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by VIP