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Mother Jones Exposes Animal Planet TV Show Abuses

Following seven months of investigating by ClimateDesk producer James West, Mother Jones has today published an article that may turn out to be to Animal Planet what Gary Baum‘s recent THR shot was to the American Humane Association (AHA). Titled “Drugs, Death, Neglect: Behind the Scenes at Animal Planet,” West’s report catches up to various incidents of apparent abuse and trickery on the set of the network’s Sunday night hit Call of the Wildman.

From a note to the media by the San Francisco-based magazine:

Alleged animal abuse: A baby raccoon died and others were endangered when they were removed from their mother to be staged for the show. For another episode, a zebra used in filming was drugged with sedatives. Two bats were found dead in the same Texas hair salon, where bats had earlier been placed for filming. As one source indicated, “the animals weren’t under stress until we arrived.”

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Bravo Appoints Animal Planet VP Holland In Charge Of Program Planning

WH.jpgIf there is a difference between wild animals and real housewives, Whitney Holland is in position to find out exactly what it is.

The former VP of Program Planning for Animal Planet today was appointed to the same position at Bravo, home of the “Real Housewives” reality show brand. In her new position, Holland will oversee Bravo’s short-term and long-term program planning rollouts. She will report to Bravo’s Senior Vice President, Program Strategy Jerry Leo, who will work with Holland to create and execute the network’s programming schedule.

Holland worked at Animal Planet before Bravo, and she served as director of scheduling for TLC prior to that. She also previously worked as vice president of Nielsen Entertainment, which she joined from Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television.

A full release about Holland’s new move, after the jump

(Photo by David Lang)

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Animal Planet Announces Line-Up


Animal Planet announced its new season:

Fooled by Nature
Truth is often stranger than fiction, animal-wise.

Lemur Kingdom
Aka Meerkat Manor, only with lemurs. (M2 returns for season 3.)

Orangutan Island
Reality series about orphaned orangutans near Borneo. As opposed to a scripted series about orangutans etc.? Party of 5, with fleas.

The Pet Finder
Experts assess which pet would be best. Pet rocks don’t count.

Ultimate Grooming Challenge Competition show with groomers. Pugs with extensions?

Zoo Down Under
Widow Terri Irwin and the Australia Zoo. Ick factor aside, Steve must not have had much life insurance.

In The Trades: Dolls, Idols,

HBO and American Girl have made a deal to develop films, series, specials and documentaries, based on the American Girl dolls. Better idea would be dolls based on HBO products: G-String Divas, The Sopranos or Sex and the City.

Nigel Lythgoe
and Ken Warwick, eps of American Idol, will produce the Emmys. Look for a special call-in segment where America choses someone to do something.

Max Mutchnick, creator of Will and Grace, revisits his own life for a CBS pilot about a straight guy and his gay writing partner. Will and Grace was totally different as it was based on his sister’s life. Maybe he’ll try something Animal Planet next.


Marc Cherry plans to spend his twilight years ABC windfall writing musicals. He signed with the network for 4 more years at a deal rumored to exceed $15 million. No Housewives: The Musical is planned, but wait til the cash runs out.

Brian Lowry exposes the secret behind Oprah’s success–daytime talk is for stupid people–as he analyzes her show featuring psychics.

TV Guide Channel ordered a new reality series from Magical Elves–America’s Next Producer. Prizes include $100k in cash, an office in Hollywood, and a first-look deal with the network–where half the progamming is a crawl. YouTube gets better numbers.