NAT GEO WILD ROARS INTO 2017 WITH ITS BIGGEST LINEUP EVER, FEATURING NEW SERIES, RETURNING FAVORITES AND BOLD SPECIALS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Highlights Include Nat Geo WILD's 7th Annual Big Cat Week,
The LA Clams vs. the Buffalo Gills in Fish Bowl IV,
New Series Cesar Millan's Dog Nation,
the 100th Episode of The Incredible Dr. Pol and
New Digital Series Untamed With Filipe DeAndrade.
(WASHINGTON, D.C. & PASADENA, C.A. - Jan. 13, 2017) At Nat Geo WILD, we like to go big. We've got big animals with big teeth, big adventures to the world's wildest destinations and uplifting stories about people with big hearts dedicating their lives to help the animals they love. We are the only network 100 percent dedicated to bringing viewers up close and personal with our planet's animals. Now, we are roaring louder than ever with a new lineup of our wildest, furriest, toothiest programs guaranteed to make 2017 our biggest year yet.
We can't wrap up football season without Nat Geo WILD's Fish Bowl IV, returning Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, at 4/3c. You've seen the puppies and kittens; now it's time for the fish to have their day in the tank. This is Fish Bowl IV: LA Clams vs. the Buffalo Gills. Welcome to Deep Sea Field, everyone. We're going to watch fish swim around and pretend they're playing football. If you try hard enough, anyfin is possible.
Lions and tigers and cougars ... oh my! Nat Geo WILD gets you closer than ever before to big cats in its 7th Annual Big Cat Week, kicking off with the premiere of Battle for the Pride on Monday, Feb. 20, at 9/8c. Discover what it takes for a lion to become king in the wilds of Botswana, where only one in eight male lions makes it to adulthood. Additionally, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10/9c, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and renowned filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert present Soul of the Cat, in which they explore the deep connections and parallels between domestic cats and big cats. From pet tabbies to great lions, cats of all sizes are predators in their own right. See the full Big Cat Week lineup below.
Until then, catch up with big cats in Nat Geo WILD's Safari Live Sunday nights at 11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT through Sunday, Feb. 19. The network's first live series gives viewers a front row seat to safari rides in South Africa's famous Kruger National Park. Cross African safari off your bucket list and kick start your 2017 by joining our safari guides in the African bush and interact with them in real time on Twitter using #safarilive as they get up close and personal with South Africa's most incredible animals - herds of elephants, packs of endangered wild dogs, prides of lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas, among many others.
Nat Geo WILD is also ringing in the New Year by counting down to the 100th episode of its most popular series, The Incredible Dr. Pol, airing Saturdays at 9/8c. After nine seasons; over half a million patients; record-setting ratings; and countless prolapses, pregnancy exams and problematic patients, this Pol-a-Palooza hits the century mark on March 25.
Next, join world-renowned dog behaviorist Cesar Millan and his protege son, Andre, as they hit the road in Nat Geo WILD's new series Cesar Millan's Dog Nation, premiering Friday, Mar. 3, at 9/8c. The duo will crisscross the United States to work with nonprofit organizations and dog lovers who are helping save millions of dogs around the country. This is Cesar Millan in a new role as rescuer and rehabilitator.
Millan is also sharing his words of wisdom in an exciting new book. For the first time, the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author shares lessons he's learned from decades of experience and eight very special dogs in his life in LESSONS FROM THE PACK: Stories of the Dogs Who Changed My Life (National Geographic Books; on sale Feb. 7, 2017; ISBN 978-1-4262-1613-8; 240 pages; $24.95).
Nat Geo WILD is also taking big swings online this year with the launch of its second digital series, Untamed With Filipe DeAndrade on Tuesday, Mar. 14, on the network's YouTube Channel. Follow wildlife filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade and his two best friends as they travel the United States in search of the most diverse, iconic and unexpected animal species this country has to offer. Over 10 episodes, Untamed will demonstrate that the wildlife in Americans' very own backyards rivals anything else in the natural world. Each episode captures an epic wildlife encounter in the U.S. Fans can keep up with DeAndrade and his crew through their Instagram accounts @filipe_deandrade and @thecomforttheory, as well as Nat Geo WILD's Facebook page, as they chronicle their adventures on the road.
"Nat Geo WILD is coming out of the gate strong this New Year, offering stunning original programming that is fresh, fun and true to our brand," said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo WILD. "We're making 2017 our most ferocious year yet with incredible new content - on TV and online - for the whole family to enjoy. Join us as we bring our viewers closer than ever before to all the animals they love and the natural world's most awe-inspiring stories."
Nat Geo WILD Events in 1Q17:
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY EVENT
Fish Bowl IV
Premieres Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5 at 4/3c
No puppies, no kittens; just fish ... and a couple of penguins. This is the biggest night in aquatic sports history. Two titans of the tank, one underwater field. Destiny floats before them like a lazy jellyfish. This is Fish Bowl IV: LA Clams vs. the Buffalo Gills, EXCLUSIVELY on Nat Geo Wild.
SPECIAL WEEKLONG EVENT
7th Annual Big Cat Week
Premieres Monday, Feb. 20 at 9/8c
More than a television event, Big Cat Week is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to stop poaching, save habitat and sound the call that big steps are needed to save big cats around the world. This global initiative actively supports on-the-ground conservation projects and education to help stem and eventually reverse the rapid disappearance of big cat populations. For more information on the Big Cats Initiative and how you can get involved, visit causeanuproar.com.
Big Cat Week Schedule Includes:
Battle for the Pride (Monday, Feb. 20, at 9/8c): Follow a pride in Botswana to discover the brutal realities of family life for lions.
Storm Cats (Monday, Feb. 20, at 10/9c): In arid Botswana, water is life. Witness the incredible stories of the region's iconic big cats, like lions and cheetahs, as they fight for survival in the dry landscape before the rains bring new life.
Jaguar: Super Cat (Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 9/8c): Jaguars are South America's supreme predator, but they're also one of the most elusive animals on the planet. Follow a pioneering team in Brazil as they track and follow individual wild jaguars to gain amazing new insights into their lives.
Ultimate Rivals: Cat. vs. Dog (Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9/8c): In the wilds of Southern Africa, competition between cats and dogs is fierce. Witness the deadly showdowns that take place between big cats like lions, cheetahs and leopards and jackals, wild dogs and hyenas.
Soul of the Cat (Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10/9c): Produced by National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and world-renowned filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert, explore the similarities between domestic cats and wild cats.
Kings of the Kill (Thursday, Feb. 23, at 9/8c): In Africa's Serengeti, lions, leopards and cheetahs employ different hunting techniques to catch and kill their prey.
African Cats (Friday, Feb. 24, at 9/8c): Disneynature's African Cats captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the story features an endearing lion cub, a fearless cheetah and a proud leader of a lion pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.
Nat Geo WILD Series in 1Q17:
Premieres Friday, Jan. 13, at 8/7c
In this all new season of Outback Wrangler, follow the extraordinary everyday life of helicopter pilot and animal relocation expert Matt Wright. Raised in the rugged Australian outback, Matt has developed a unique set of skills to solve problems with animals that, for various reasons, are posing a threat to people. Matt's mission is to confront these animals head-on and relocate them. Whether wrangling deadly snakes, wrestling wild bulls or dangling hundreds of feet below a moving helicopter to land inside a crocodile nest (while the mother croc is right there), Matt is at the center of the action as he does his part to reset the delicate balance between people and dangerous animals.
Premieres Friday, Jan. 13, at 10/9c
Follow snake catcher Simon Keys and his herpetologist girlfriend, Siouxsie Gillett, as they respond to close calls with some of the world's deadliest snakes. This season, Simon and Siouxsie capture and release problem snakes back into the wild away from humans. Each safe capture is money in the bank, and with this being his busiest time of year, they're on call 24/7. Whether it's a harmless house snake, a garden hose or a black mamba, each and every scream in terror is answered.
Cesar Millan's Dog Nation
Premieres Friday, Mar. 3, at 9/8c
Follow world-famous dog behaviorist Cesar Millan (@cesarmillan) and his son Andre Millan as they road-trip across America in search of dogs and their humans who need help and want to share their story in Cesar Millan's Dog Nation. The series will present new challenges for Cesar as he does more than just help dog owners with their pet's behavioral problems. We uncover inspirational K-9 stories and connect with people and organizations that are working to make our world a better place for us and our pets, such as organizations helping veterans and their service dogs, community-run animal rescue groups training K-9 police dogs and therapy dogs that help children with autism. From canine heroes to issues affecting local dog communities, no pup is off limits as the Millans hit the road to help dog lovers across the country.
Premieres Friday, Mar. 17, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD's hit talk show Pet Talk returns for an all-new season of personalized veterinary advice, insights and information about the pets and wildlife viewers care about the most. Pet Talk is the ultimate talk show for animal lovers, a weekly series hosted by two veterinarians, Tina Olivieri and Courtney Campbell; wildlife expert David Mizejewski; and field reporter Andre Millan, who provides the latest pet news, advice and fascinating personal stories. From health to grooming to behavior issues for your furry, feathered or scaled friends, get answers to all of your pet questions. No trip to the vet required.
NEW DIGITAL SERIES
Untamed With Filipe DeAndrade
Launches Tuesday, Mar. 14, on Nat Geo WILD's YouTube Channel
Follow wildlife filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade and his two best friends as they travel the United States in search of the most diverse, iconic and unexpected animal species that the country has to offer in Nat Geo WILD's new digital series Untamed With Filipe DeAndrade. There are surprises at every turn as they make their way from coast to coast in "Florence the Manbulance," an ambulance that DeAndrade converted into a camper that serves as the crew's home on the road. Follow the daily adventures of DeAndrade and crew on social media with #WILDUntamed.
Nat Geo WILD Sunday Nights in 1Q17:
New Mission Critical and Destination WILD specials every Sunday night. Upcoming highlights include:
Wild Galapagos: Mission Critical on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 8/7c
Destination WILD: The Desert Sea on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 9/8c and 10/9c
Destination WILD: Borneo's Secret Kingdom on Sunday, Mar. 5, at 8/7c, 9/8c and 10/9c
Destination WILD: Miracle Monkey Baby on Sunday, Mar. 12, at 9/8c
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About Destination WILD Sundays on Nat Geo WILD
On Nat Geo Wild, Sunday nights have something for everyone in the family, offering an adventure of a lifetime every week! Viewers will travel to the four corners of the earth and back, experiencing wildlife in its natural habitat from locations around the world that are sure to bring "wow" moments to every home. Full of awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife, these specials feature the best, most innovative wildlife storytelling from some of the greatest filmmakers in the world. Sundays are one night of the week we guarantee your and your family's jaws will drop. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com/destination-wild.
About Mission Critical on Nat Geo WILD
Nat Geo WILD dedicates one Sunday night a month to feature powerful stories of the most incredible and endangered animals on our planet in an initiative called Mission Critical. The stories range from heartwarming to tear-jerking in hopes to shine a light on those animals that need our attention most. Mission Critical hopes to inspire a new generation of animal lovers to preserve and protect our world's amazing wildlife. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com/mission-critical.
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