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Wild, Wild World of Animals: August 2008

Posted By RabbitEars This month’s programming that may be of interest to you animal lovers: Rolex Grand Prix of Show Jumping — Animal Planet, Aug. 2. This prestigious event is the last chance for U.S. athletes and horses to make the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping team, which will be announced at the conclusion. A crowd of 35,000 spectators, as well as many top international riders, adds to the tension. Puppy Games 2008 — Animal Planet, Aug. 8. We’ve seen them run and tackle in the popular Puppy Bowl, and now more cuddly canines are taking part in different athletic endeavors […]

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TCA Talk #2

Posted by Barb More news and notes from the TCA tour: Tommy Lee Claims Ludacris Is “A Sweetheart” Hip hop superstar Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Mötley Crüe rocker Tommy Lee battle it out to become eco-friendly on Planet Green’s Battleground Earth (premiering Aug. 3 at 10pm ET). After weeks of sparing, trying to outwit and conserve more energy than the other, the two have forged a genuine friendship. “Man, we really became good friends. I absolutely adore him,” Lee says. “He’s a sweetheart. He’s got a big heart, man. He is just a real passionate, cool, cool guy, you know, […]

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Wild, Wild World of Animals (July 2008)

Posted by RabbitEars This month’s premieres and new episodes that may be of interest to you animal lovers: Greatest American Dog — CBS, July 10. This new reality competition series pits 12 teams of dogs and owners from across the country against each other in challenges that test the dogs, and perhaps the people even more, as they must prove their ability to have their pet effectively trained. Like many other reality shows, these teams will also be living together. If you think things got pretty chaotic in The Real World households, try putting 12 pooches in the same living […]

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Wild, Wild World of Animals (June 2008)

Posted by RabbitEars Hey, animal lovers, here are some new shows, and notable new episodes, that you might enjoy this month: Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation (Season 4) — Animal Planet, Fridays beginning June 6. The popular docu-reality series returns to show us that even animal families can be dysfunctional. Since the tragic death of the Manor’s reigning monarch, Flower, the meerkats of the Kalahari Desert are in chaos. Under their new matriarch, Rocket Dog, the Whiskers family still battle their arch enemies the Commandos, and now their own sister Maybelline and her mob of rebellious subjects — the Aztecs. […]

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Pooper Bowl Sunday

The hype has started already — only 17 days until the big game! And I can already guarantee who will be there. With plenty of hard-hitting tackles, lots of running, occasional biting, and, yes, some befouling of the field of play, this event is once again a must-see for you and all of your rowdy friends. Of course, I’m talking about Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, now up to number IV (still a ways off from the XLII of the Super Bowl, but ahead of DIY’s inaugural Toilet Bowl (?!), also on the same day). Airing at 3pm ET on Feb. […]

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Animal Planet Of The Apes

Animal Planet is going ape once again, with a new show on the heels of its successful, cute and educational series Orangutan Island. (By the way, have you checked out the fun site that lets you find out which orang from the show you are most like? To give you some hint about myself, my results find that I am most like Donald, the loyal, easy-going, slightly co-dependent one. Wait, don’t leave me all alone on this post just yet!) On February 8, the network debuts Escape to Chimp Eden at 9:30pm ET (it will then air at 9pm ET […]

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Orangutans: The New Meerkats?

After the sad and shocking death of poor Flower on Meerkat Manor last week, I just can’t take the heartache any more! I need to find a new “animal soap,” and I just may have it with Orangutan Island, premiering November 2 on Animal Planet and airing Fridays (filling in the void left when MM goes on hiatus; the season finale of MM serves as a lead-in to the new series on the 2nd). Taking place in Borneo, Orangutan Island follows a group of 35 of the title apes who have been orphaned and live on a river island sanctuary. […]

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No Meer Reality Series

I’m not big on reality TV — at least the human kind. But when it comes to the natural world, you get all the same fighting, intrigue, sex, backstabbing, poignant emotional moments and more. Granted, you don’t see animals get drunk. But you also don’t get to see the cast members of The Real World eat each other (unless those are in the outtakes), so it all balances out. Most importantly, with animals you get honesty. Nothing is staged for the cameras. And that’s what makes Meerkat Manor so endearing. It’s simply a story of families literally struggling for survival. […]