November 23, 2017
Animal Planet Makes Holidays Happier with Six-Week Free Preview, Beginning Dec. 1
– New original Canadian series DR. KERI: PRAIRIE VET debuts and headlines Free Preview, along with Season 2 premiere of Canadian series COLLAR OF DUTY –
– Free Preview also features adorable holiday bonus: SUPER CUTE YULE LOG, Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT –
TORONTO (November 23, 2017) – This holiday season, Animal Planet invites viewers to cuddle up with some of the funniest, wildest, and most touching moments the animal kingdom has to offer during a special Free Preview from Friday, Dec. 1 through Thursday, Jan. 11.
The Animal Planet Free Preview delivers a slate of programming that’s purrrrrr-fect for the whole family, including the new original Canadian series DR. KERI: PRAIRIE VET, airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Dec. 10. From pedigreed show dogs to prize mares, cows, cute and cuddly cats, and even angry bulls, the series follows the action-packed life of travelling vet Dr. Keri Hudson Reykdal, who’s on the road 24/7 to care for “all creatures big and small.” She’s dedicated her life to animals – treating them, training them, and riding them in horse derbies – with one of the busiest and most unusual mobile veterinary units to roam the northern prairie.
On Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Animal Planet is giving the gift of cute with a full hour of super adorable holiday cuteness. SUPER CUTE YULE LOG is stocked full of fluffy puppies, cuddly kittens, and other baby animals all frolicking to seasonal tunes across a holiday set.
Animal Planet’s Free Preview is available through television service providers across Canada including: Bell, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, Eastlink, BellMTS, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, Videotron, and several CCSA partners including Access Communications, Westman Communications, Northwestel Inc., Tbaytel, Novus Entertainment, Wightman Telecom Ltd., and Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV.
Below is a listing of Animal Planet programming highlights during its Free Preview. All programming is subject to change.
DR. KERI: PRAIRIE VET – Original Canadian Series
Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Dec. 10
She’s a hardworking vet on wheels! It’s calving season in rural Manitoba as the new original Canadian series begins, and Dr. Keri is on call 24/7. She’s running on no sleep, with an emergency C-Section, and a chocolate-chomping dog – all before lunchtime.
DR. KERI: PRAIRIE VET is produced by Merit Motion Pictures in association with Animal Planet and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Manitoba Films & Video Production Tax Credit, the Canadian Film & Video Production Tax Credit, and the financial investment of Manitoba Film & Music.
RESCUE DOG TO SUPER DOG
Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning Dec. 16
In Animal Planet’s new series, RESCUE DOG TO SUPER DOG, shelter dogs are given a second chance to become a service dog in training to a person with a disability requiring assistance. Professional dog trainers Nate Schoemer and Laura London meet with people in need and match them with a shelter dog with the right attitude and aptitude for the job.
COLLAR OF DUTY – Season 2 – Original Canadian Series
New Season: Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Dec. 15
This 12-part original Canadian series captures incredible true stories of service and therapy animals that are transforming people’s lives. In each episode, Animal Planet visits individuals living with a service/therapy animal to learn about their relationship and witness how each person’s life has dramatically improved thanks to their special animal. From prisons to courtrooms to classrooms, the series reveals the many ways animals are making a major impact on the humans who need them most.
PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES
New Episodes: Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Tia Maria Torres is a 49-year-old mother, top pit bull trainer, and founder and owner of Villalobos Rescue Center – the country’s largest rescue facility for pit bulls. Torres rescues, rehabilitates, and retrains more than 200 pit bulls so they can be placed in good homes. And she pairs those misunderstood animals with a half-dozen ex-convicts on parole to provide both man and man’s best friend a chance for redemption.
DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET
New Episodes: Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
There’s no such thing as a regular day at Denver’s Planned Pethood Plus veterinary clinic. For more than 80,000 clients and their pets, the clinic and its maverick vet Dr. Jeff Young represent one last hope and possibly the difference between life and death.
SUPER CUTE YULE LOG
Christmas Eve – Sunday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Time to throw some wood on the fire and let the crackles and pops add extra enchantment to the holiday evening – it’s yule log season! For those without a fireplace, Animal Planet brings a little extra warmth to the hearts of viewers by swapping out wood for woofs and fires for felines with a special spin on the holiday tradition.
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