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[08/02/12 - 09:37 AM]
Animal Planet Announces New Series "Eel of Fortune" (wt)
The show, from Left/Right Productions, is targeted for 2013.

[via press release from Animal Planet]

THE SMALLEST CREATURES MAKE THE BIGGEST PROFITS... ANIMAL PLANET GOES EEL HUNTING IN NEW PROJECT

-- Maine Fisherman Sacrifice Sleep and Injury for Slippery Bonanza in EEL OF FORTUNE --

(New York, New York, August 2, 2012) -- Animal Planet has found its next big catch - this time, though, it's the not the size that matters. Animal Planet president and general manager Marjorie Kaplan announced today EEL OF FORTUNE (wt), a new project from Left/Right Productions, following teams of New England fisherman as they search for the elusive elver eel, a lucrative fish that is a delicacy across many Asian countries. The price of elver eels, once at $50 per pound, has skyrocketed this season to an unprecedented $2,400 per pound. The show is targeted for 2013.

Elver eels - which look almost like cellophane noodles - may be tiny but they are a hot commodity in Asian markets and can bring a potential windfall to those few lucky fishermen who can obtain a permit in Maine. EEL OF FORTUNE will capture the outrageous adrenaline rush and sleepless nights of eelers as they embark on their daily journey to capture as many elver eels as they can. Maine is one of two states where elver eel harvesting is legal (the other being South Carolina). The stakes are high - with potential hauls between $20,000 and $40,000 in one night. But the competition to catch these slippery fish is fierce. Only 400 men can obtain an annual license to fish elver eel in Maine, producing some of the most passionate and determined fishermen competing for the hottest fishing spots.

EEL OF FORTUNE will feature some of the most interesting characters on the hunt today amid high tide and a full moon. Invisible, deep holes, slippery rocks, northern terrain and frigid waters are a few of these fishermen's natural daily encounters. With a short two-month fishing season between March and May, these guys will do anything it takes to find as many of these active night crawlers as they can while fending off an increasing number of poachers.

EEL OF FORTUNE is being developed by Animal Planet's Kurt Tondorf and Todd Weiser and executive produced for Left/Right Productions by Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver.

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, 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, highquality 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 #1 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.





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[08/22/14 - 02:58 PM]
"The Simpsons" Soars on FXX - Day 1 of 12-Day Marathon Delivers Record-Breaking Numbers for Nascent Channel
FXX spins the numbers for Thursday, August 21.

[08/22/14 - 01:53 PM]
2015 NASCAR Schedule to Be Announced Tuesday at 5 P.M. ET on Special Edition of "NASCAR America" on NBCSN
Host Rick Allen will be joined by NBC Sports Group NASCAR analysts Jeff Burton, Kyle Petty and Frank Stoddard to present the schedule and discuss the selected dates, tracks, and overall 2015 NASCAR calendar.

[08/22/14 - 12:38 PM]
Oscar-Winner Stephen Gaghan to Direct "White City" Pilot for AMC
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[08/22/14 - 11:43 AM]
"Red Band Society" Fans Banded Together to Help FOX Raise $100,000 for Charity Partners and Unlock the Debut Episode
The "Pilot" episode is available now until Tuesday, August 26 at 5:00 PM ET on multiple platforms.

[08/22/14 - 11:30 AM]
A Special "Lost"-Themed Episode of "Phineas and Ferb" to Premiere Monday, September 29 on Disney XD
The episode, titled "Lost in Danville," also guest stars Jane Kaczmarek and Rob Morrow.

[08/22/14 - 11:26 AM]
"Iyanla: Fix My Life Special Report: Healing in Ferguson" to Air Tuesday, August 26 at 9 PM ET/PT on OWN
The special episode of the award-winning series follows ordained minister and spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant on an emotional trip to Ferguson, Missouri.

[08/22/14 - 08:59 AM]
Talent Announced for 2014 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews September 6 - 15 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills
The annual celebration features multiple screenings at the Center's L.A. and N.Y. locations, with L.A. hosting interactive panel conversations at each event.

[08/22/14 - 08:45 AM]
"Welcome to Sweden" Equals Its Top 18-49 Rating Since July 24
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, August 21.

[08/22/14 - 08:39 AM]
Discovery Channel Explores the World of Automotive Auctions in All New Series "Highway to Sell"
Across America, neglected classic cars are waiting to be restored and make their way back onto the street.

[08/22/14 - 08:36 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Rides "Big Brother" to Top Spots
The Eye is the night's most-watched network among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[08/22/14 - 08:19 AM]
ABC's "Rookie Blue" Season Closer Is Up 22% to Tie a Season High and Tops Its Year-Ago Finale
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, August 21.

[08/22/14 - 07:32 AM]
BBC America and BBC One Announce New Drama Series "The Living and the Dead"
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[08/22/14 - 07:15 AM]
Teams Compete to Drive Away with the Grand Prize on New Food Network Series "Food Truck Face Off"
Jesse Palmer hosts the 13-episode series, premiering Thursday, October 2 at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/21/14 - 06:00 PM]
GSN's Third Episode of Body-Painting Competition Show, "Skin Wars," Delivers Series-High Ratings
GSN spins the numbers for Wednesday, August 20.

[08/21/14 - 04:28 PM]
Lifetime's Upcoming Premieres - "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story", "Girlfriend Intervention", "Kim of Queens", and "Dance Moms: Abby's Studio Rescue"
The latter returns on Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.