or


[03/05/09 - 12:48 PM]
Animal Planet Embraces Its Dark Side in New Series About Creatures of the Night
Brandon McMillan hosts the series, due on Wednesday, April 8 at 10:00/9:00c.

[via press release from Animal Planet]

Animal Planet Embraces its Dark Side in New Series About Creatures of the NIGHT

- Host Brandon McMillan Creeps and Crawls His Way to the World's Most Elusive Nocturnal Animals on April 8 -

SILVER SPRING, Md., March 5 -- Since the dawn of time, man has feared what happens when the lights go out. From the shivers down our spines when coyotes howl to the involuntary jumps when snakes hiss and the uncontrollable urge to run when confronted with bright, beady eyes, nighttime is about the unknown, and it scares us to death. Tapping into these primal fears, Animal Planet's new series NIGHT takes viewers into the darkness to experience the wonder and terror of nocturnal nature and all its animal activities. Hosted by animal trainer and expert Brandon McMillan, the series travels through jungles, forests and savannahs as McMillan goes on a global quest to capture rarely seen animal behaviors at night. From giant Humboldt squid cannibalizing each other to the evasive nature of the Amazon's most poisonous snake and the nighttime blood baths of the mythological vampire bat, NIGHT finds out what comes alive when the sun goes down.

Premiering Wednesday, April 8, at 10 PM (ET/PT), each episode of NIGHT takes McMillan to a new location where he utilizes local animal experts to help him track down and study animals that thrive after dark. Drawing from his years of experience training animals, coupled with the adrenaline of youth and adventure, McMillan faces every situation head on as he swims with sharks, comes face to face with a pride of hungry lions and is cornered by a protective hippo -- all with the added intensity of utter darkness.

"I think it's in our nature to be afraid of the dark," says McMillan. "When we're kids, we're taught that monsters such as werewolves and vampires come out at night, but this show examines the real nocturnal animals -- and sometimes they're just as frightening."

Although humans lack the keen senses that allow animals to be active and productive at night, fortunately for McMillan, science can make up for what nature forgot. Throughout NIGHT, he utilizes several technologies that are vital to the success of his nighttime excursions. Night vision, thermal imagery, parabolic microphones, infrared beacons and other custom-designed devices help McMillan navigate the pitch-black habitats, uncovering animals that could never be seen in the dark with the naked eye.

"There's a certain anxiety and intensity that nighttime brings out in us -- especially when animals are involved," says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. "NIGHT will let our audience experience those feelings -- the ones you get when you are alone, in the dark and the floorboard creeks. There's nothing like it."

Thirty-one-year-old McMillan is an animal trainer and behaviorist, who has trained lions, bears, tigers, reptiles and even insects for such films as The Jungle Book II, I Am Sam, Soul Plane, Red Dragon and television's 24, Jackass and Carnivale.

NIGHT is produced for Animal Planet by Authentic Productions. Lauren Lexton and Tom Rogan are the executive producers for Authentic, and Dawn Sinsel is the executive producer for Animal Planet.

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, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 95 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; PetsIncredible, a major producer and distributor of pet-training videos and includes web service PetVideo.com; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.





  [march 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· NIGHT (ANIMAL PLANET)





[07/18/18 - 01:17 PM]
Showtime(R) Documentary Films to Premiere "Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow" on Saturday, August 18 at 9 PM ET/PT
Directed by Stephen Kijak and featuring rare interviews and never-before-seen archival footage, the film takes viewers on a trip through the history, myth and legend of one of the most iconic American rock bands.

[07/18/18 - 11:32 AM]
"Fancy Nancy" Is Disney Junior's #1 Debut in Two Years with Girls 2-5
Disney Channel further spins the numbers for Friday, July 13.

[07/18/18 - 11:01 AM]
Emmy(R) Nominee Jillian Bell to Star in Showtime(R) Comedy "The Wrong Mans"
The action-comedy is about two ordinary office workers who have their menial existence turned upside-down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity.

[07/18/18 - 11:00 AM]
Khalid to Perform Special Medley of Hit Songs at "Teen Choice 2018"
He is also nominated for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song, Choice Breakout Artist and Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist.

[07/18/18 - 10:01 AM]
Tony Winner Bruce Springsteen Coming to Netflix
"Springsteen on Broadway" will launch globally on Netflix on December 15, which is also the final night of Springsteen's completely sold out 236-show run at Jujamcyn's Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway.

[07/18/18 - 09:13 AM]
Video: Trailer Debut - Rev Run's Scripted Netflix's Comedy - "All About the Washingtons"
The series is an autobiographical family sitcom that follows Joey Washington (Joey Simmons/Rev Run) and his wife Justine Washington (Justine Simmons), playing fictionalized versions of themselves raising a family of four kids.

[07/18/18 - 08:41 AM]
HGTV Orders 28 New Episodes of "My Lottery Dream Home" Starring David Bromstad
The next season is scheduled to hit the air on Friday, September 21 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/18/18 - 08:30 AM]
Shudder Greenlights "Creepshow" TV Series with "The Walking Dead's" Greg Nicotero at the Helm
The new series, scheduled to debut on Shudder in 2019, will fulfill the promise of the original film's tagline "The Most Fun You'll Ever Have Being Scared."

[07/18/18 - 08:19 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, MLB All-Star Game Top Demos
The network ends NBC's summer-long streak for the night among adults 18-49.

[07/18/18 - 06:01 AM]
First Look at "Narcos: Mexico," Starring Michael Pena and Diego Luna
Shifting away from Colombia, "Narcos: Mexico" will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers.

[07/18/18 - 05:01 AM]
"Mega Man: Fully Charged" Blasting Onto Screens This Summer
Starting Sunday, August 5, fans can tune in every Sunday to see "Mega Man: Fully Charged" on Cartoon Network in the U.S.

[07/17/18 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, July 17
Updates include: Hulu lands Anne Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles"; Charter Communications in talks to take over Discovery's "Manhunt"; and Caroline Dries to spearhead The CW's "Batwoman."

[07/17/18 - 03:10 PM]
"New York's Funniest" Comedy Winner Julian McCullough to Host "Shark Week's" Live Late-Night Talk Show "Shark After Dark" with Appearances by "Bob the Shark"
Each night, McCullough will be joined by celebrity guests and shark experts alike to look back at some of the most fintastic highlights.

[07/17/18 - 10:01 AM]
Science Channel to Air "Robot Wars" - Robot Fighting Series Premieres August 8
The series aired for nine seasons from 1998-2004 before returning to BBC2 in 2016.

[07/17/18 - 10:00 AM]
OWN Expands the Network's Podcast Slate with "Oprah's Master Class"
A sneak preview of the podcast featuring actor and producer Dwayne Johnson is available today, July 17.