Climb Aboard as Animal Planet Goes Out to Sea This May

Dive into May as Animal Planet heads to sea. Get re-introduced to Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd crew on the WHALE WARS MAY-PALOOZA.

Also, set sail with former Royal Marine Monty Halls, when GREAT OCEAN ADVENTURES returns for a second season, once again featuring encounters with some of the most iconic creatures in the ocean.

Also, in May, don’t miss the Canadian premiere of THE PACK and the Animal Planet premiere of ANIMAL MAGNETISM; and finally, grab the popcorn and settle in for “Family Feature Saturdays” as Animal Planet presents animal-themed movies, including Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (May 7), Dr. Doolittle (May 14), Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (May 21) and The Man From Snowy River (May 28).

May’s programming highlights on Animal Planet include the WHALE WARS MAY-PALOOZA with Seasons 1 and 2 re-airing weekdays at 5 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. PT

 

Programming highlights for Animal Planet in May include:

MARATHONS

 

WHALE WARS MAY-PALOOZA

Airing Mon. – Fri. at 5 p.m. ET/2p.m. PT, beginning May 16

Start over with Sea Shepherd! In advance of the Season 4 premiere of the ever-captivating WHALE WARS (June 5), Animal Planet begins a May marathon of Season 1 and 2 episodes set to air Monday through Friday. Highlighting both the controversial whaling trade and the tactics that Sea Shepherd and its staff use to thwart, WHALE WARS is compelling documentary filmmaking at its best. Each weekday, embark on a powerful and adrenaline-fueled adventure as Canadian Captain Paul Watson and his crew harass Japanese whalers off the coast of Antarctica. *Note: Season 3 re-broadcasts of WHALE WARS continue on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

 

RETURNING SERIES

GREAT OCEAN ADVENTURES – Season 2

Wed., May 4 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Back for a second season of exploration and excitement, Monty Halls encounters mythical animals in the world’s oceans. Each dynamic episode answers a riddle, explores a legend, or discovers a truth behind animals that have bewitched and bewildered humans for generations. The trail in every program starts with a tantalizing clue that leads Halls to the most extreme and remote locations on the planet, culminating in a heart stopping close encounter with a legendary giant. 

 

NEW SERIES

ANIMAL MAGNETISM

Mondays at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, beginning May 2

This heartwarming twenty-six part Canadian series links humankind with nature in a profound and irrefutable way, and reveals how animals are helping people and why people have always opened their hearts and homes to animals. Each episode features three unique, entertaining and unforgettable stories of the bond between people and animals.

 

THE PACK

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT, beginning May 17

Asiatic wild dogs are one of the most fascinating pack-living predators in the Indian forests. Until a few decades ago, humans branded them as bloody killers and vermin and they were mercilessly slaughtered to near extinction. This five-part series tells the story of Kennai, a bold female wild dog and her gripping tale of survival.

 

FAMILY FEATURE SATURDAYS

Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real

Sat., May 7 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real envisions how dragons may have evolved into a number of different species through the ages and around the globe – if they had been real. Working with production crews from around the world and collaborating with top scientists, artists and animators, this Animal Planet special brings dragons to life in a completely new way.

Narrated by internationally acclaimed television and film star Patrick Stewart, this 90-minute  special shows viewers dragons from the inside out.

 

Dr. Doolittle

Sat., May 14 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Loosely based on the children’s story of the same name, this 1998 Eddie Murphy laugher returns to Animal Planet. The movie stars Oscar-nominee Murphy (Dreamgirls) as John Dolittle, who as a child could talk to animals. Young John grows out of this stage, however, and even goes through an animal-hating phase before he knocks his head in a car accident and regains his inner ear for animals.

 

Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog

Sat., May 21 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Angus (Jesse Bradford, THE WEST WING) adopts a yellow Labrador Retriever and names him Yellow. Several days later, while travelling along the coast of British Columbia with Angus’ father, the boy and dog become stranded when turbulent waters capsize their boat. Angus, schooled by his father in wilderness survival skills, and assisted by the super-smart Yellow dog, tries to attract rescuers and save both himself and his prized pooch.

 

The Man From Snowy River

Sat.,  May 28 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Inspired by the epic poem of the same name, this film was a major step forward for the regenerated Australian film industry of the early 1980s. This Australian western spotlights Tom Burlinson (AUSTRALIA’S GOT TALENT) as Jim Craig, a headstrong young man who goes to work for a powerful cattle baron. Craig falls in love with his boss’ daughter, and becomes enmeshed in a bitter land feud. Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas (Spartacus) has the dual role of hard-hearted landowner Harrison and grizzled, one-legged old prospector Spur.

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