Stars Come Out for Discovery Communications’ Upfront

Yesterday, Discovery Communications returned to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City to host its annual Upfront for an audience of advertisers and press. While I shared news yesterday here about new and returning series coming to our networks, we wanted to give you a glimpse at the action — on stage and backstage — through the photos below. I’ve been fortunate to attend several Upfront presentations and what…

Discovery Networks Make News with 2012-13 Upfront in NYC

This afternoon, Discovery Communications will host its 2012-13 Upfront Presentation in New York City, unveiling new and returning series across our networks with the help of some familiar faces (more on that tomorrow). However, we have lots of news to share – from a new network, Destination America, to Animal Planet‘s Rhino Wars (wt) and an all-new series on Velocity from Grey’s Anatomy star and racing enthusiast Patrick Dempsey, so…

Discovery Networks ‘Light It Up Blue’ & Raise Awareness for Autism

For the third consecutive year, Discovery Communications is joining Autism Speaks in marking World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 through the “Light It Up Blue” campaign. Animal Planet, Discovery Fit & Health, Investigation Discovery, The Hub, Military Channel and Velocity are joined by 23 other cable networks will run a 15-second PSAs about autism and will turn their logos and branding blue throughout the day. Discovery also raised awareness…

Jeremy Wade Goes in Search of ‘Catfish Big Enough to Swallow a Man’

While I am endlessly fascinated by the creatures Jeremy Wade finds in the water, I am equally completely terrified by their existence. But, like a good, scary movie, it’s hard for me to look away (even if I am squirming thinking about one of those monsters swishing past me in a lake). Sunday’s premiere of River Monsters at 9pm ET/PT on Animal Planet does not disappoint the side of me…

Nominate Your Candidates & Cast Your Votes in Animal Planet’s ‘Decision 2012’

Whether you’re a Democrat, Independent or Republican, there’s one thing that we all can come together on as a nation: our pets. For precisely that reason, Animal Planet has launched Decision 2012 — an online destination to help us finally determine whether dogs, cats or another wildcard animal are America’s favorite pet. American presidents have long had canines by their sides, but who can forget famous White House felines like…

It’s Almost Time for the Cutest Game of the Year: Animal Planet’s ‘Puppy Bowl’

I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of games on the gridiron, choosing to devote my sports fanatic status to college basketball (Go Hoyas!). However, there is one annual event on the gridiron that I can’t miss: Puppy Bowl. Celebrating eight years in 2012, the action kicks off on Animal Planet this Sunday, February 5, at 3pm ET/PT. In addition to the 67 achingly adorable line-up, this year’s action features…

Get Ready for Animal Planet’s ‘Puppy Bowl’ by Showing Off Your Pup

Do you think you have the cutest puppy out there? Or perhaps you can spend hours online ooo-ing and ahh-ing over everyone else’s four-legged friends? Well, I have the destination for you: Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl Game Day Fan Photo Face Off. Simply upload your favorite pup pic from Facebook or your computer and encourage your friends and family to vote for your MVP. Then, take some time to give…

Discovery Nets Unveil Upcoming Programming at Winter TCA Tour

Sunny Pasadena, California is the setting for the Winter 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour, and today Discovery’s session will feature panels from several networks. You can read all the news by clicking on the links below and follow @DiscoveryComm and #TCA12 on Twitter for live updates from the Tour. We’ll also be sharing photos from our panels — featuring Morgan Freeman, Niecy Nash and more, as they happen on…

‘Pit Boss’ Returns to Animal Planet with New Episodes on Saturday

We’ve all heard stories (or seen the YouTube videos) of pets fascinated by TV programs. My dog Bea’s new favorite happens to be Animal Planet‘s Pit Boss (as I discovered on Saturday as she recuperated from surgery). If you’re a fan as well, you’ll be happy to know that six new episodes begin on Saturday, January 14 (at 9pm ET/PT). And, if you haven’t tuned into Pit Boss, I invite…

Holiday Gift Guides from Animal Planet, TreeHugger and Parentables

Any procrastinators out there? If you’re still working on your holiday gift list and coming up short in the inspiration department, we have a few gift guides that might help you, even with the pickiest of recipients. Animal Planet has a series of gift guides for hipster pets, overindulged pets, dog and cat lovers, and even green pet lovers. My favorite is the DJ Cat Scratch Turntable from Perpetual Kid:   Meanwhile,…