[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]  


[11/24/15 - 01:48 PM]
Spike TV Unwraps Big Ratings for "Lip Sync Battle" Holiday Special
Spike TV further spins the numbers for Thursday, November 19.

[11/24/15 - 01:26 PM]
"48 Hours: The Strange Case of Kurt Sonnenfeld" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 01:01 PM]
NBC's Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Celebrates the Music of the Holidays Live on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City's Rockefeller Center.

[11/24/15 - 12:30 PM]
"Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Star Wars Special" to Air Wednesday, November 25 on ABC
Said encore replaces the previously announced repeat of "Nashville" that night.

[11/24/15 - 12:29 PM]
TV One's Hit Scripted Comedy "Born Again Virgin" Returns with All-New Episodes Tuesday, December 8 at 9 P.M. ET/PT
The scripted comedy is back with more dating adventures of three 30-something best friends and the challenges they face while attempting to navigate a new romantic landscape and trying to avoid the pitfalls of empty relationships.

[11/24/15 - 11:30 AM]
Music Icon and Animal Activist Emmylou Harris to Be Honored on "The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration" Thanksgiving Night, Thursday, November 26, On FOX
Eugene Bostick and Michael Schoepf also will be honored as ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things to better the lives of rescue animals.

[11/24/15 - 11:18 AM]
Showtime(R) Documentary Series "Dark Net" to Premiere Thursday, January 21st at 11 PM ET/PT
Each half-hour episode will shed light on themes such as bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction, the webcam sex trade and more.

[11/24/15 - 11:04 AM]
ABC Family Announces Winter Premiere Dates
New scripted drama "Recovery Road" and fan favorite "The Fosters" will now premiere on Monday, January 25.

[11/24/15 - 11:01 AM]
Hallmark Channel Is the Most-Watched Network for the 3rd Consecutive Weekend Among Households, W25-54 and Total Viewers
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the week of November 16-22.

[11/24/15 - 10:38 AM]
With the Cast of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Kimmel" Draws Its 4th-Biggest-Ever Monday Audience
ABC spins the late-night numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 10:16 AM]
New Year, New You! TLC Amps Up Friday Nights with the Return of Fan-Favorite TLC Talent
Fan-favorite talent including Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, Devyn Simone, Monte Durham and Lori Allen come together to make Friday nights bigger and better than ever.

[11/24/15 - 10:00 AM]
Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster Are Back as "Sesame Street" Debuts Its 46th Season Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 on HBO
The award-winning show will include 30-minute episodes, new preschool-relevant themes, new show opening and closing songs, an updated set, a new segment called "Smart Cookies" and a new cast member, Nina.

[11/24/15 - 09:01 AM]
LL Cool J to Host the 17th Annual "A Home for the Holidays," An Entertainment Special Celebrating Families, To Be Broadcast Friday, Dec. 18 on the CBS Television Network
Special performances are dedicated to these children and their new adoptive families, whose stories are featured in pre-taped segments to help raise awareness of this important social issue.

[11/24/15 - 08:51 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Holds Off Surging ABC in Demo Race
The Peacock leads the night among adults 18-49 while the Alphabet is the most-watched network.

[11/24/15 - 08:37 AM]
NBC Sweeps 6 of 6 Monday Half-Hours Among the Big 4 in 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.