Animal Planet will again be airing Monster Week, an annual look at legendary and mysterious creatures through a weeklong broadcast of new episodes of popular series, as well as premiere specials. Monster Week 2013 will air May 20-27 on Animal Planet, and will feature 24 premiere hours of new specials, including a follow-up special to last year’s hit Mermaids: The Body Found, called Mermaids: The New Evidence.
Mermaids: The New Evidence premieres on Animal Planet May 26 at 10pm ET/PT (following a two-hour airing of Mermaids: The Body Found The Extended Cut at 8pm ET/PT). In Mermaids: The New Evidence, Dr. Paul Robertson, the former NOAA scientist who led last year’s investigation, and journalist Jon Frankel further probe the story and reveal new evidence for mermaids that they claim has only come forward in the past year. So it sounds like the government might have to make a statement following this special once again, as it did last year, when it received questions from viewers about whether mermaids were discovered and are being kept somewhere.
Mermaids: The New Evidence comes at the tail end of Monster Week 2013, which concludes with the finale of River Monsters Season 5, airing May 27 at 8pm ET/PT. Called “Legend of Loch Ness” and running two hours, the River Monsters Season 5 finale finds host Jeremy Wade going in search of the fabled Loch Ness Monster.
Also of note during Monster Week 2013 is the network premiere of Monster Squid: It Lives, debuting on Animal Planet May 21 at 8pm ET/PT. This special was a hit for Discovery Channel, and chronicles filmmakers’ and scientists’ efforts to go in search of a real monster — the giant squid — and capture it live on film, in its natural environment, for the first time. First-ever footage of the giant squid in its habitat is featured in the special, and it is stunning.
In addition to these and other programs airing on television during Monster Week 2013, Animal Planet LIVE, a 24/7 digital destination, will be offering Piranha Cam, featuring the freshwater fish known for their sharp teeth and omnivorous appetite. Visitors to the Piranha Cam can watch these creatures from the safety of their living rooms, laptops, smartphones or tablets by tuning in for regularly scheduled feeding frenzies.
Animal Planet’s Monster Week 2013 includes the following (all times ET/PT):
River Monsters: Unhooked: American Killers (world premiere) — May 20, 8pm. Jeremy Wade treks across the United States in search of deadly river monsters living in our nation’s waterways.
River Monsters: Unhooked: Face Ripper (two-hour world premiere) — May 20, 9pm. Jeremy Wade investigates a horrific death in a Bolivian river, where a freshwater beast has ripped a man’s face to shreds.
Monster Squid: It Lives (network premiere) — May 21, 8pm. See above.
Man-Eating Super Squid (world premiere) — May 21, 9pm. Stories about kraken are legendary, but could they be real? There have been tales about fishermen who were killed by ravenous squids and sailors who have witnessed the giant monsters in the flesh.
Swamp Wars: “Snakation!” (world premiere) — May 22, 8pm. After setting off to Costa Rica for a “snakation,” Chuck and Ernie test their skills against some of the deadliest animals on the planet, with the hope of finding the largest pit viper ever — the black-headed bushmaster.
Devoured: Man-Eating Super Snake Returns (world premiere) — May 22, 9pm. Expert snake hunter Steve Masek captures a monster python and nearly falls victim to a deadly attack.
River Monsters: Unhooked: Vampires of the Deep (world premiere) — May 22, 10pm. Jeremy Wade heads Stateside on a journey that takes him to Vermont and Oregon in search of primordial bloodsuckers.
Swimming With Monsters: “Anaconda” (world premiere) — May 23, 8pm. Naturalist Steve Backshall travels to a remote area of Brazil, where he searches for the world’s biggest snake — the anaconda. Once on location, Backshall swims underwater with the snake in its own territory.
Swimming With Monsters: “Hippo” (world premiere) — May 23, 9pm. Steve Backshall travels to Africa to embark on a dangerous mission to swim underwater with the fiercely territorial and unpredictable hippopotamus.
River Monsters: Unhooked: Colombian Slasher (world premiere) — May 23, 10pm. Jeremy Wade travels to Colombia to reveal the true horror behind what dragged a bride to her death in the Amazon.
Invasion of the Swamp Monsters (world premiere) — May 24, 7pm. Karl Malcolm leads a team in Florida, where reptiles and other deadly creatures are spreading out of control, entering suburban neighborhoods and endangering people and pets.
Invasion of the Mutant Pigs (world premiere) — May 24, 8pm. In Texas, more than 2 million wild pigs with razor-sharp tusks are running amok, destroying farmland and attacking people. Karl Malcolm leads a team to discover why, and how they can be stopped.
River Monsters: Top 10 Special (world premiere) — May 24, 9pm. No episode description at this time.
River Monsters: Unhooked: Killer Torpedo (world premiere) — May 24, 10pm. Jeremy Wade travels to Central America to investigate a man-sized killer said to leap into local boats and cause fatal injuries to the people inside them.
World’s Scariest Animal Attacks (network premiere) — May 25, 9pm.
Mermaids: The Body Found The Extended Cut — May 26, 8pm. See above.
Mermaids: The New Evidence (world premiere) — May 26, 10pm. See above.
River Monsters: “Legend of Loch Ness” (two-hour world premiere) — May 27, 8pm. See above.
Mermaids: The Body Found — Credit Animal Planet