Upfronts 2014: Animal Planet Ventures Into Scripted

Martin Sheen to star in original adaptation of tale that inspired ‘Moby Dick’
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Animal Planet made its 2014-15 upfront presentation Thursday and unveiled its slate of new and returning programming for the upcoming season. Among the new original programming being touted is the network’s first original scripted effort, Revenge of the Whale, a two-hour retelling of the story that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, starring Martin Sheen.

The network also announced The Yao Ming Project, a special that will follow former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming on a trip around the world on a personal mission to expose and end the trade of illegal ivory.

Other specials include The Last NorthPrimates: Clash of the KingdomSnow Wolf FamilySurviving the Kill ZoneWalking the NileWild AsiaWild Australia and Wild Mexico.

On the new-series side, Animal Planet will feature Ice Lake Rebels, about a group of libertarians who reject modern life to live on houseboats in Canada’s frigid northwestern region. Other new series include Deadly IslandsPool MasterRedwood KingsRocky Mountain Bounty Hunters and My Tiny Terror.

Returning series for Animal Planet include America’s Cutest Pet , Finding BigfootGator BoysIce Cold GoldMy Cat From HellNorth Woods LawPit Bulls & ParoleesRiver MonstersTankedToo Cute! and Treehouse Masters. Event programming for the upcoming season includes Holiday Best FestMonster Week 3 and Puppy Bowl XI.

On Tuesday, Animal Planet unveiled a digital slate that includes supplementary programming connected to My Cat From HellRiver MonstersTankedTreehouse MastersPit Bulls & ParoleesFinding BigfootToo Cute! and Puppy Bowl XI.

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