[01/13/12 - 01:13 PM]
"Hillbilly Handfishin'" Returns to Animal Planet on Sunday, February 12; "Must Love Cats" on Saturday, March 10
Plus: the cable channel recaps its various premieres for the first quarter of 2012.

[via press release from Animal Planet]


Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications LLC, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized, online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 96 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com, the number one pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

TELEVISION SERIES/SPECIALS: The following series/specials reflect Animal Planet's top series and specials for Winter/Spring 2012:


Season Two Premieres Sunday, January 1, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

From small towns in the South to remote areas of the Pacific Northwest and into Canada, four eccentric but passionate researchers and adventurers embark on one single-minded mission - to find the elusive creature known as bigfoot or sasquatch. Bigfoot Field Research Organization members Matt and Bobo, science teacher Cliff, and skeptical biologist Ranae engage in the ultimate quest in search of proof that bigfoot really does exist and is alive and well in North America. By examining photos and videos of the creature, speaking to local witnesses, using new technology and luring the mysterious beast with the team's squatch calls, the group uncovers startling evidence of the legendary and highly intelligent enigma that has eluded capture for centuries and fascinated man for just as long.


Series Premieres Thursday, January 5, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

Take a peek into the unusual. Snuggled deep in the backwoods of Romance, Arkansas is a taxidermy shop where people come far and wide to say farewell to their pets in a special way through pet preservation. Taxidermist Daniel Ross, owner and founder of Xtreme Taxidermy, makes his business a family affair, including wife LaDawn, who handles the books, and his three young boys, who help out around the shop which is right in their backyard! Xtreme Taxidermy is the only business of its kind that specializes in pet preservation, and clients come from far and wide to bring Daniel their beloved, dead pets. With the help of three eccentric employees - Fred, Joseph and Dixie - Daniel and team give grieving clients an alternative to burial or cremation. While nothing can bring back these animals, Daniel and his artistic team attempt to come as close as science and art can allow. They recreate the illusion of life, and clients return home with their pets for eternity.


New Season Premieres Saturday, January 7, at 8 PM (ET/PT)

Behaviorist Jackson Galaxy has seen it all. He's seen everything from spastic cats that break up relationships to violent felines that put their owners in the hospital. Follow Jackson as he brings his unique understanding of cats to desperate families on the verge of giving up on their furry companions.


Series Premieres Sunday, January 8, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

Follow the death-defying exploits of Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle, two extraordinary alligator trappers who risk injury and death to hand capture nuisance alligators that have invaded the back yards, swimming pools, garages and bedrooms of Florida Everglades residents. The duo gets face to face with ferocious alligators whose jaws have 3,500 pounds of crushing power per square inch. The goal of Gator Boys Alligator Rescue is to get alligators out of harm's way before they are captured and killed by rival trappers who kill the gators and sell them for their skin and meat.


World Premiere Sunday, February 5, from 3-5 PM (ET/PT)

PUPPY BOWL is back for its eighth consecutive year with an all-star, all-adorable cast that's ready to mix it up on the grand gridiron of Animal Planet Stadium. PUPPY BOWL VIII brings viewers a loveable lineup that's itching to play in a winning combination of terrier tackles, touchdowns, puppy penalties, fumbles and fido first downs. Featuring fan favorites like the water bowl cam, kiss cam and an aerial view of the field provided by a blimp and its hamster pilots, this year's big game adds Meep the Bird, that will tweet all the action from inside the stadium, and a piggy pep squad, that will "ham" it up on the sidelines and squeal with delight for its favorite pups.


Series Returns Sunday, February 12, at 8 PM (ET/PT)

HILLBILLY HANDFISHIN' is a trip of a lifetime for fish-out-of-water, adventure-seeking clients who want nothing more than to surprise themselves - and maybe gross themselves out - by doing things they never thought they'd do. Led by Oklahoma hand fishermen and self-proclaimed hillbillies Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson, the clients get a taste of the Oklahoma lifestyle by going through the paces of noodling catfish with no fishing rods or hooks.


Series Returns Saturday, March 10, at 8 PM (ET/PT)

MUST LOVE CATS, the series that celebrates fascinating felines and the fascinating people who love them, returns with six all-new episodes. Musical host John Fulton, who combines his love for ditties with kitties, spans the globe to share a potpourri of amazing feline stories, jam-packed with interesting factoids and trivia bits.

  [january 2012]  


[10/23/16 - 10:03 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, College Football Top Viewers, Demos
The Alphabet wins said evening for the fourth consecutive week.

[10/23/16 - 09:43 AM]
"SNL" Hits Season Highs, Best October Overnights in 8 Years
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, October 22.

[10/23/16 - 07:06 AM]
Live + 3 Ratings: ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." Is the Season's First Broadcast Series to Post Triple-Digit Growth in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 18.

[10/22/16 - 09:09 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Night in Viewers, Demos
The Eye's trio of dramas lead the evening in both categories.

[10/22/16 - 09:05 AM]
"Dateline" Matches Its Season High in 18-49, New Season High in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 21.

[10/22/16 - 08:42 AM]
ABC Earns Most Watched Friday This Season - "Shark Tank" Is the #1 Show in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 21.

[10/21/16 - 02:02 PM]
NLCS Game 5 Is Second Most-Watched Telecast in FS1 History
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Thursday, October 20.

[10/21/16 - 12:08 PM]
Freeform Brings Fan Favorite "Stitchers" and New Original Sci-Fi Series "Beyond" to Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con on October 29 and 30
"Stitchers" co-stars Ritesh Rajan, Damon Dayoub and Sarah Davenport are among those scheduled to appear.

[10/21/16 - 10:05 AM]
Freeform's Annual "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" Starts on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24
Said offerings include the premiere "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "Boxtrolls," and the network premiere of the fourth installment of the hit "Cinderella Story" franchise, "A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits."

[10/21/16 - 10:04 AM]
Freeform's Funday Programming Event Begins November 12 and Continues Through November 13
Highlights include the network premieres of "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After."

[10/21/16 - 10:03 AM]
"Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour" to Premiere on Showtime(R) on December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT
The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

[10/21/16 - 09:55 AM]
David Blaine Is Back With an Extraordinary Special, "David Blaine: Beyond Magic," Airing Tuesday, November 15, on ABC
Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash "David Blaine: Real or Magic," Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet.

[10/21/16 - 09:35 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Haters Back Off!" Star Miranda Sings Shares Some of Her Favorite Things
Based on the character created by Colleen Ballinger, "Haters Back Off!" delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings.

[10/21/16 - 09:31 AM]
Video: Netflix Unveils The Ivory Game Trailer and Poster
From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking.

[10/21/16 - 09:29 AM]
Premiere Date Change - A&E Network Will Now Air Original Docu-Series "The Killing Season" on November 12
The newcomer will now roll out with back-to-back episodes one week later than previously announced.