Summer of Red, White and MOO!
Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 Series The Incredible Dr. Pol Returns With a New Season This July
Season 13 Premieres Saturday, July 7, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 30, 2018) Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 series returns with an all new season of even more prolapses, pregnancy exams and problematic cases than ever before. There isn’t much that 76-year-old veterinarian Dr. Jan Pol, who the LA Times called “the no-nonsense, Dutch American doctor who can fashion a goat’s leg splint out of parts from an old apple barrel,” hasn’t seen or done in a half-century of practicing animal medicine, but every day presents new surprises as he and his staff at Pol Veterinary Services wrangle animals and tackle tricky cases at their clinic in rural Michigan. With some surprising cases, heart-warming moments and dramatic situations, this season of The Incredible Dr. Pol is sure to be a wild ride.
Season 13 of The Incredible Dr. Pol kicks off on Saturday, July 7, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD.
Click here for screener for premiere episode, I Love Moo! (Expires 9/1/18. Password: DrPol)
After 12 seasons, The Incredible Dr. Pol remains Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 series and continues to break ratings records for the network. In its Saturday 9 p.m. ET time slot, season 12 of The Incredible Dr. Pol ranks in the top three most watched shows on ad-supported cable among P2+ with an average of 1.43 MM viewers so far (P2+, L+7), a 2 percent increase from its prior summer season. The series has been at or near 1.4 million viewers since season seven (2015) with a loyal fan base, driving the highest time shifted viewing on Nat Geo WILD and the most engaged (longest time spent viewing). Among all networks under 70MM homes, Dr. Pol was the No. 1 series in 2017. Among networks under 80MM, it was the No. 1 unscripted and No. 6 series overall in 2017.
PREMIERE EPISODES INCLUDE:
The Incredible Dr. Pol: I Love Moo!
Premieres Saturday, July 7, at 9/8c
It’s a healthy dose of cows, bow-wows and vows this week in central Michigan! A dehydrated dachshund receives intensive care at Pol Veterinary Services, while a horse with colic calls Dr. Emily 30 miles from the clinic. As Dr. Brenda helps a cow that can’t get back on her feet, Charles is orchestrating his biggest surprise yet for his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.
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The Incredible Dr. Pol: Grub-a-Dub-Dub
Premieres Saturday, July 14, at 9/8c
This week on The Incredible Dr. Pol, there is trauma, drama and a piglet in peril that needs the entire clinic staff to join forces to save his life. The piglet, named Winston, is rushed into the clinic after his owners become worried about his sudden decline in health. Dr. Emily worries it’s tetanus, which is usually lethal in small animals like Winston. This becomes an all-hands-on-deck situation as the vets join together to help Winston pull through. Meanwhile, the clinic is busy with an array of interesting cases from bloated calves to cats with grubs and even an injured emu.
The Incredible Dr. Pol: May the Horse Be With You
Premieres Saturday, July 21, at 9/8c
It’s another whirlwind weekend as Dr. Pol, Dr. Brenda and Dr. Emily encounter everything from constipated cats to gassy horses — and even a surprise proposal! While Dr. Brenda deals with a constipated cat named Tom, Dr. Emily helps a horse with a bad case of gas. Meanwhile at the clinic, Dr. Pol trims a Shetland ram’s overgrown horns, giving the animal a chance at many more healthy years. The week ends with news of another addition to the Pol family. While vacationing in England, Charles surprises his girlfriend, Beth, by asking her to marry him! Once they return to the clinic, the newly engaged couple show off the bling to Doc and Diane. Looks like the Pol clan will have another case to work on: planning a wedding!
The Incredible Dr. Pol: Doc Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Premieres Saturday, July 28, at 9/8c
As the leaves change during autumn in Michigan, the crew at Pol Veterinary Services are falling into the same busy routine! An afterhours emergency has Dr. Pol on his toes when a case involving a baby reindeer turns into a three-day dilemma. Meanwhile, Dr. Emily must handle an emergency of her own when Bella the bulldog appears to be choking. And Christmas comes early for Dr. Brenda when she is tasked with a herd of Santa Clauses and their reindeer.
The Incredible Dr. Pol: New Cats on the Block
Premieres Saturday, Aug. 4, at 9/8c
The staff at Pol Veterinary Services are seeing everything from poisoned puppies and sassy cats, to a visit from an old friend who needs some help, while Tater, the clinic cat, gets an adventure of his own. Dr. Emily treats a puppy that has been acting strange after eating a mysterious mushroom. Meanwhile, Dr. Brenda gets a visit from a patient with an elderly cat who hasn’t been behaving normally. Dr. Brenda notices the elderly cat seems lethargic, so she does some tests to figure out what’s wrong. In the midst of the craziness, the clinic’s three-legged cat mascot, Tater Pol, isn’t too happy with the two new cats that have moved in next door.
The Incredible Dr. Pol: Hook, Line & Lemur
Premieres Saturday, Aug. 11, at 9/8c
Summer is on its way out the door, but that doesn’t stop the clients of Pol Veterinary Services from rushing in! A busy week at the clinic has everyone from the clinic staffers to their furry friends seeking some R&R. Dr. Pol takes the weekend to trade in his stethoscope for a fishing pole as he and Diane take a mini-vacation out on the open water!
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Incredible Dr. Pol: Bark 'n Stormy
Premieres Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9/8c
Sit! Stay! You're in for a barking good time this week on The Incredible Dr. Pol! From cut tails, to close calls, quill pulling and knee popping, the docs at Pol Veterinary Services are paws-itively pumped to help injured pooches. A pit bull comes in with a face of quills, a mutt named Murphy has a tail injury, and it’s an afterhours emergency when a client rushes in with her wounded pup, Sunshine, who was attacked by two dogs. Dr. Emily is up for the challenge and suits up to work on Sunshine’s gruesome bite wounds. Will Sunshine recover in time to celebrate his first birthday?
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PET OWNERS LOOK TO MAKE BIG CHANGES FOR THEIR OVERWEIGHT PETS IN MY BIG FAT PET MAKEOVER
- Pet Expert and Trainer Travis Brorsen Hosts All-New Series Premiering Saturday, September 30 -
The U.S. pet overweight and obesity rate for dogs and cats is more than 50%. In Animal Planet’s new series MY BIG FAT PET MAKEOVER, pet expert and trainer Travis Brorsen begins a four-month long weight-loss and behavior modification journey with pet owners and their overweight animals with the aim of helping each pet live a healthier and happier life. Each story ends with Brorsen returning for a final weigh-in to see just how far the pets and pet owners have come. MY BIG FAT PETMAKEOVER premieres Saturday, September 30 at 10PM ET/PT.
Obese animals can experience health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart failure, thus leading to a shorter life. In MY BIG FAT PET MAKEOVER, Brorsen creates individual exercise and diet plans in addition to implementing positive reinforcement training methods. He also uses creative techniques as wake-up calls for owners, using visual experiments that let them experience what their pets are going through. As an example, one individual is forced to wear a weighted vest to experience the extra weight the dog is living with each day.
“My goal for this series is to raises awareness of the pet obesity problem while educating and empowering pet owners to make big changes for their furry family members. I’m thrilled to be sharing health, wellness and training tips to the Animal Planet audiences that will help owners find new ways to love their pets and add years to their life,” said Brorsen.
“We are thrilled to welcome Travis to the Animal Planet family,” said Patrice Andrews, General Manager of Animal Planet. “Travis will bring forward important issues to the animal community with a focus on providing pet owners with simple changes anyone can make to help their pets.”
Can Brorsen help families realize how dire the situations are with their overweight pets? Will the animal owners learn how to properly feed and exercise their pets? While every animal’s challenge is unique and their results may be different, Brorsen’s goal is to help everyone keep up with their new-found routines.
MY BIG FAT PET MAKEOVER is produced for Animal Planet by Castleview Productions. For Castleview Productions, Ted Barnhill and Jessica E. Reynolds are executive producers. For Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman is executive producer and Sarah Russell is producer.
ADOPTABLE ANIMALS GET NEW DIGS IN ANIMAL PLANET’S TWO-PART SPECIAL PET NATION RENOVATION
- Two Non-Profit Animal Shelters Receive Much-Needed Head to Tail Makeovers -
(Los Angeles, CA – September 1, 2016) – Every year, shelters and rescues across the country spend countless hours finding homes for millions of abandoned animals. In Animal Planet’s new two-part special, PET NATION RENOVATION, two deserving shelters receive much needed top-to-bottom makeovers providing animals with a more comfortable stay while awaiting their new family. After the renovations are complete, each shelter holds a local adoption event resulting in many happy “tails.” Part one of PET NATION RENOVATION premieres on Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet.
Hosted by animal expert and home renovation enthusiast Dave Salmoni, and featuring the animal shelter renovation experts from Project Pawsitive, the PET NATION RENOVATIONteam completely transforms two shelters - Bandit's Adoption and Rescue of K-9s (BARK) in Ashland, Virginia and Michigan Animal Rescue League (MARL) in Pontiac, Michigan.
In the premiere episode, the all-volunteer staff at BARK learn they are the winners of a nationwide contest to find the most deserving shelter. As a result of rescuing more than 4,500 dogs in 10 years, the BARK shelter shows extreme wear and tear. These run-down conditions cause unnecessary stress to the dogs and scare off potential adopters forcing BARK to holds their adoption events offsite.
After four weeks of renovation by the PET NATION team, BARK is outfitted with state-of-the-art kennels, an agility dog park and cost-saving improvements which culminates in an on-site adoption event to find the dogs forever homes. Celebrity dog groomer Jorge Benderskyand animal adoption expert Jill Rappaport are on hand to make sure the dogs look their best and when matched with the perfect family.
The makeover was made possible by Ace Hardware and Delta Faucet, sponsors of the special who provided more than $100,000 for the renovation through fiscal, product and labor donations.
The second episode of PET NATION RENOVATION, which features a makeover the MARL shelter, will air Fall 2016.
PET NATION RENOVATION is produced by All3Media America for Animal Planet. Melinda Toporoff and Dawn Sinsel are executive producers for Animal Planet and Pat Dempsey is the Associate Producer. Gregory J. Lipstone, Leah Hariton and Liz Kerrigan are the executive producers for All3Media America.
About Animal Planet
Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the network of hit franchise series RIVER MONSTERS, PIT BULLS & PAROLEES and TREEHOUSE MASTERS and the home of provocative and award-winning specials and documentary films presented under the banner ANIMAL PLANET PRESENTS. Animal Planet's programming also includes quarterly tent pole TV events PUPPY BOWL, the largest non-sports TV on Super Bowl Sunday, and MONSTER WEEK. Animal Planet is the premiere TV, digital and social community for animal lovers and pet owners, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Animal Planet assets including: Animal Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the US, that is complimented with a deep Video On Demand offering; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access to the animal kingdom; Animal Planet social including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
About All3Media America
All3Media America is the Los Angeles-based production studio for All3Media, a global production and distribution group of companies headquartered in the UK. Established in December 2012, All3Media America develops and produces a wide range of original scripted, non-scripted and digital content specifically for the US market as well as serving as the domestic production base for the group's international formats. All3Media America companies include Bentley, Bogner Content, Commonwealth Unscripted, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Maverick, MME, North One, Objective, Seven Stories, South Pacific Pictures and Studio Lambert Associates. The company currently has series in production or development with a large number of broadcast and cable networks as well as digital platforms, including the Emmy award-winning Undercover Boss for CBS. All3Media America's formats and finished programs are distributed internationally by All3Media International. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.
In Ultimate Survival Alaska, National Geographic Channel Presents
an Epic Competition Series
Where the Only Prize Is Survival
“No watch, no GPS, no phone. Nothin'.
Just the wits and the gear on my back.
And that's the way it should be done.”
–Tyler, Survival Expert
Ultimate Survival Alaska Premieres Sunday, May 12, at 10 PM ET/PT
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 17, 2013) They are some the toughest, most extreme survivalists that Alaska has to offer. Going head to head, eight men of a rare breed are about to take the ultimate test of survival in Arctic conditions that only National Geographic could inspire. No tent, phone, watch or GPS. Three thousand miles across Alaska’s wild. This is hardcore. This is old school adventure. Now bring it on.
Starting Sunday, May 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (before moving to its regular time, Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning May 19), go off the grid with Ultimate Survival Alaska, an epic new series that follows these survival experts on a 10-leg expedition in the brutal and dangerous Alaska terrain. The opponents’ only goal is to make it out alive using just the gear they can carry in their packs. (For more information, see www.natgeotv.com and twitter.com/NGC_PR.)
Dropped in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness by bush plane, they have 72 hours to make their way to the finish point for that leg of the expedition. Using raw, mountain-man ingenuity, they’ll navigate through treacherous glaciated river valleys, barren ridgelines and high mountain peaks, battling hunger, hostile predators and perilous weather conditions along the way.
Says Willi, one of the eight explorers, “I've done so many big peaks on basically all the world's continents. I've done six Everest expeditions. All of us that do this sort of thing. At some fundamental level, we’re not normal, well-adjusted, modern civilized human beings. We're all throwbacks. Because modern life is not enough of a test for us.”
Navigating risky routes that traverse some of the most hostile territory on the planet, they’ll rely on hard survival skills passed down through generations. Like the original National Geographic explorers, for those who succeed there is no grand prize, just the well-fought pride of having conquered the grueling challenges that a beastly Mother Nature can throw at them.
Now, meet Alaska’s most formidable challengers:
Dallas Seavey, 26 years old: The youngest person to ever to win the Iditarod, a grueling thousand-mile race across the state of Alaska through some of the world's toughest conditions.
Tyrell Seavey, 28 years old: Like his brother Dallas, he hails from a legendary family, known by many as Alaskan royalty. He has run the Iditarod twice and won the Jr. Iditarod.
Marty Raney, 56 years old: A veteran mountain guide who has led more than 20 expeditions on and around Denali, the highest peak in North America.
Matt Raney, 30 years old: Marty’s son and an expert in survival. He helped build his family home with Marty with nothing but a chainsaw and the logs on their property.
Austin Manelick, 24 years old: Since the age of 5, he has practiced subsistence hunting under the watchful eye of his Alaskan wilderness guide father.
Willi Prittie, 57 years old: A professional mountain guide for almost 38 years, Willi is considered to be one of the leading climbing and logistical experts in the region.
Tyler Johnson, 36 years old: From exploring Kathmandu to climbing 27,000 feet with no oxygen in Nepal, Tyler is fearless.
Brent Sass, 32 years old: He’s done six 1,000-mile dog sledding expeditions for the Yukon Quest, and has guided excursions through any and all of Alaska’s many landscapes.
Arctic Hell: Sunday, May 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Mission: Travel nearly 50 miles in 72 hours from the Brooks Mountain Range, a remote chain that stretches 600 miles from east to west, reaching elevations of nearly 9,000 feet, to Takahula Lake.
The men pick their route: some take the higher land, some follow the river. Expert climber Willi Prittie leads Brent Sass and Tyler Johnson into the high mountains. The bearing they're traveling navigates through rugged peaks, reaching elevations over 4,000 feet. Right from the start, Willi blazes a trail through the high mountains, which exposes them to rugged topography … and wolves. Veteran mountain man Marty Raney is leading his son Matt and survival expert Austin Manelick through the river valley — a direct but treacherous route to the finish — facing 35-degree waters and 15 mile per hour current. Drama ensues when the crew separates in deadly swamp land. Brothers Dallas and Tyrell Seavey navigate a route along the barren ridgeline, traversing wide open terrain with little cover. These born racers are determined to be the first to arrive.
River of No Return: Sunday, May 19, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Mission: Travel nearly 200 miles in 72 hours down the Yukon River, including a treacherous stretch of rapids.
The men are divided into two groups, building two competing rafts. Mountain man Marty Raney is ready to take charge, building a colossal raft weighing in at nearly 2 tons which he hopes will be sturdy enough to beat the rapids. After spending five hours on construction, the five-man crew get on their way, but hunger starts to take its toll. Dallas Seavey, his brother Tyrell and survival expert Austin Manelick are meticulously engineering a smaller raft that’s speedy and maneuverable to tackle the turbulent Yukon. Tyrell makes a homemade fishing net to get some food. But a partially submerged sandbar and water and rocks tearing at their raft make the crew struggle.
Into the Void: Sunday, May 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Mission: Travel 25 miles through the snow-capped peaks of the Tordrillo Mountains, over 72 hours.
Helicopters leave the eight explorers on a snow-capped summit. The men split into three groups and approach a 300-foot cliff one team at a time, rappelling down in high winds and low visibility. The men must descend a ravine, and then traverse eight miles of the Triumvirate Glacier. Austin and Tyler circumvent the glacier, traveling along the mountain ridgeline. Mountain man Marty Raney, his son Matt and Brent Sass take a low elevation route and are the first to cross the glacier. Expert climber Willi Prittie and the Seavey brothers navigate far from the icebergs, fighting across 33-degree river water. In Strandline Lake, with 11 miles to go, Tyler and Austin are the last crew to arrive, and Austin's showing signs of hypothermia.
Ultimate Survival Alaska is produced by Brian Catalina Productions for the National Geographic Channel. For Brian Catalina Productions, Brian Catalina is executive producer. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Robert Palumbo; Senior Vice President of Programming and Development is Alan Eyres. Executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio; and president is Howard T. Owens.
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Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 84 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in 440 million homes in 171 countries and 38 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.
Wicked Tuna Captains Fight Tirelessly for Bluefin Fishing’s Top Spot, as Second Season Draws to Shocking CLOSE
Power Plays and Bruised Egos Are Forgotten as the Crews Rely on Raw Skill and Sheer Determination to Haul in the Most Exciting Catches of the Season –
And One Captain Suffers a Devastating Loss
Two-Part Wicked Tuna Finale Begins Sunday, May 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, and Concludes Sunday, May 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
(Washington, D.C. – April 22, 2013) A storm brews on Gloucester’s horizon as the final weeks of bluefin season begin for the fishermen on National Geographic Channel’s hit series Wicked Tuna. Season two began with the introduction of a cocky young captain named Tyler McLaughlin and his crew on the fishing vessel Pin Wheel. As the season draws to a close, McLaughlin runs neck and neck with last year’s champion, Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com, threatening to unceremoniously dethrone Carraro and swipe his title as bluefin champion. Their epic battle plays out in a two-part season finale beginning Sunday, May 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and concluding Sunday, May 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/wickedtuna and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NGC_PR and https://twitter.com/WickedTuna.
In a tremendous late-season effort, Paul Hebert, who was fired from the crew of FV-Tuna.com with just five weeks left in the season, continues to edge closer to his astounding goal of catching $50,000 worth of bluefin as a standalone captain of the fishing vessel Lisa & Jake. Hebert proves himself a formidable opponent and, given a full season as captain of his own boat, stands to challenge the other captains in their pursuit of the top spot next season.
Meanwhile, Captain Dave Marciano continues to rise above seemingly insurmountable issues aboard the Hard Merchandise, meeting every mechanical challenge he faces with an extraordinary bluefin catch that buys him time and keeps him in the game. After crushing losses this season, the Bounty Hunter limps toward the finish line with just two catches so far for the season. The pained faces of Captain Bill Monte, his wife Donna and first mate Scott, left an indelible mark on viewers who watched as an unlucky harpoon throw left Bounty Hunter empty-handed yet again after a valiant struggle to haul in a big fish. And, realizing the difficulty of going it alone, Captain Ralph of the Odysea re-enlists fan favorite first mate “Pirate,” who has been absent this season. But will Pirate bring the booty, or will Ralph wind up regretting his decision to bring him back?
Fishing enthusiasts have responded with high praise for the second season of Wicked Tuna. Devoted fan and newly appointed CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) tweeted that he was “Ridiculously pumped” for new episodes of the series and that he “Love[s] how these guys make a living while being conscious of improving the tuna population.”
Wicked Tuna follows a group of spirited fishermen from Gloucester, Mass., as they make their living the way it’s been done for centuries — man versus fish, rod versus fin, one catch at a time. The stakes are unforgiving, but the paydays can be huge, as the fleet navigates the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, searching for the magnificent and elusive bluefin tuna. One “monstah” catch can bring in as much as $20,000, but with a short fishing season and dwindling tuna populations, Gloucester’s fishermen are fighting for their economic survival every time they set sail.
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Season Two Finale Episodes Include…
Wicked Tuna: Money on the Line
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
In the first episode of a two-part season finale, Gloucester’s reigning bluefin champion, Dave Carraro of the FV-tuna.com, starts the last week of the fishing season with a $20,000 lead over New Hampshire rival the Pin Wheel. For young Captain Tyler, the goal has always been to prove himself to the veteran Gloucester fleet and to make Pin Wheel the top-earning boat of the season. Captain Paul Hebert of the Lisa & Jake wants to fulfill his goal of earning $50,000 in just five weeks as captain, while Captain Marciano is desperate to put away money for his family and resurrect a season marred by pulled hooks, boat breakdowns and short fish. Longtime friends Captain Bill Monte of the Bounty Hunter and Captain Ralph Wilkins of the Odysea decide to fish inshore together to avoid the steep expenses associated with offshore fishing.
Wicked Tuna: Endgame
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
In the second season finale, a storm brews on the horizon as the final week of bluefin season continues. The FV-Tuna.com remains in the lead but hasn’t caught a fish yet this week to build its lead. Nearest rival the Pin Wheel has two fish on deck from earlier in the week and has a third in its sights. Over on the Lisa & Jake, Paul caught three fish already this week and is well on the way to reaching his $50,000 goal. The storm threatens to force the Hard Merchandise back to shore, but with one already on deck they hook up again and fight for a second catch to end the season strong. When both FV-Tuna.com and Pin Wheel hook up for what will likely be their final time this season, their now epic rivalry draws the season to its shocking and heart-pounding conclusion.
Wicked Tuna is produced for National Geographic Channel by Pilgrim Studios. For Pilgrim Studios, executive producers are Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Robert Palumbo, vice president of production and development is Lynn Sadofsky, executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio and president is Howard T. Owens.
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National Geographic Channels
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 38 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.
Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series
Landmark TV Series Set Entertainment Standard
Was Groundbreaking in Its Impact on Women’s Issues
Marking 30th Anniversary of Iconic Show’s Premiere, Complete Series Run
Starring Tyne Daly & Sharon Gless (93+ Hours) to be Released for the
1st Time in Any Home Entertainment Format in Special Collector’s Set
Shooting Onto DVD in Stores Across the U.S., Oct. 16th
TORONTO — Sept. 4, 2012 — For Immediate Release — Long before Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU) or Catherine Willows (Marge Helgenberger, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) eschewed feminine wiles and employed their smarts to break barriers and muscle their way onto the elite, male-dominated detective squad, there was Cagney & Lacey, the landmark show that paved the way.
Now, for the 30th anniversary celebration of the hit show’s television premiere, the complete series starring
Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless (seasons two through seven) will be released for the first time in any home entertainment format in a special collector’s set, Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series (32 discs, 119 episodes, 93+ Hours). Iconic television at its best, available in stores across the U.S. Oct. 16 with an SRP of $139.99
Also Available: Limited-Edition Collector’s Set
With an Additional 29 Hours of Special Features
Online Only at www.cagneyandlacey.com
Also available, online only, with a $169.99 SRP is a special 30th anniversary limited-edition collector’s set
(36 discs), with an additional 29 hours (approx.) of special features, including: the feature-length, made-for-television, 1981 film of the same name, starring Loretta Swit as Cagney and with Daly originating the role of Lacey, from which the series was spun off • the series’ premiere season (six episodes) with Meg Foster as Cagney • four made-for-TV films, which aired after the series finale, The Return (1994), Together Again (1995), The View Through the Glass Ceiling (1995) and True Convictions (1996) • exclusive, personal interviews with Gless (who assumed the role of Cagney in season two), Daly and series’ producer, two-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Barney Rosenzweig • footage from the British Film Institute’s recent 30th anniversary celebration event • the audiobook (12 hours) of Rosenzweig’s book, Cagney & Lacey … and Me: An Inside Hollywood Story OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blonde. Additionally, enclosed is a fan photo personally autographed by Daly and Gless.
Cagney & Lacey – which aired on CBS for seven seasons (1981-88) – was not only an enormously popular series that set entertainment industry standards and broke records, but was groundbreaking in its impact on women’s issues and other provocative topics (off-limits on most shows of the day) such as sexuality, equal pay, workplace ethics and politics, sexual harassment, domestic violence, date rape, incest, breast cancer, abortion, illegal immigration, addiction and other complex social/personal themes. Frequently controversial, the show fought a virtually ongoing battle with the network’s standards and practices office.
Featuring two women as the central characters was a pretty “far-out” concept in 1981 … But the iconic crime drama hit a nerve, becoming so much a part of the era’s lexicon that it was utilized to illustrate liberal, feminist stories on such hard-hitting news shows as 60 Minutes, Nightline and CBS Reports. The characters were so engrained in pop culture that, years after the show’s finale, the international media even referred to political mavericks Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) as “Senate’s Cagney & Lacey.”
Although CBS announced plans to cancel the show – not once but three times – fiercely loyal fans’ letter campaign protests (an effort promoted by the National Organization for Women, among others) prompted the network to reconsider … But with Gless then joining the cast as Cagney. The series went on to draw 30 million viewers a week and garnered 36 Emmy Award nominations and 14 wins – including two for “Best Drama Series” and combined “Best Actress” wins for six years in a row, a streak unmatched to this day in any major category – as well as two Golden Globe Awards and a host of other honors.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications called it “… deservedly, one of the most widely discussed programs in television history.” Wrote the London Telegraph about a reunion celebration last year in the U.K. (where the show was equally popular), “The near-hysteria and deep affection are testament to the success of the series. It was, and remains, quite something: One of the very few popular shows on television ever to show real women living real lives and coping with real problems.”
In Cagney & Lacey, Christine Cagney (Gless) and Mary Beth Lacey (Daly) are New York City police detectives who lead very different lives. Both are tough and street smart, but Gless is a single, career-minded woman, while Lacey (who has a softer side) is a married mother, juggling family and work, along with the resulting guilt. Set in Manhattan’s 14th Precinct (Midtown South) the crime-solving duo maintain a close camaraderie both on and off the job. As they track down clues – despite obstacles imposed on women of the era – the series also tackles social and/or personal issues each episode that were considered taboo on other shows of the day and were frequently controversial.
The Cagney & Lacey: 30th Anniversary Limited-Edition Collector’s Set was curated by Rosenzweig, who laughs, “Without Cagney and Lacey, there never would have been a Thelma and Louise, Kate and Allie or Murphy Brown. There is no truth to the rumor that I once claimed that without this dynamic duo there never would have been an Eleanor Roosevelt, but still ... Well, I’m just sayin’ ...”
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Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series (32 Discs)
Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series Limited Edition (36 Discs)
Visual Entertainment, Inc.
Genre: Classic TV/Police Drama
Original Production (1981-1996)
Full Screen / Aspect Ratio: 4x3 / Stereo
Format: DVD Only
Running Time: Approx. 93 ½ Hours (Plus Approx. 29 Hours Special Features/Limited Edition Only)
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