‘Whale Wars’ Returns Tonight on Animal Planet

Animal Planet’s Whale Wars returns for a fourth season beginning tonight at 9pm ET/PT with ten exhilarating episodes documenting the Sea Shepherds’ dramatic campaign on the icy Antarctic high seas. Whale Wars documents the ongoing battles between Captain Paul Watson’s Sea Shepherd Conservation Society crew and the Japanese ships hunting whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.  The battles grow more intense with each engagement, with each side pushing the other to the…

Animal Planet Travels to ‘Madagascar’ on Sunday Night

Many of us here at Discovery Communications woke up at an ungodly hour this morning to turn on TLC‘s coverage of the Royal Wedding. From the romantic dress to the pomp of Westminster Abbey, we were transported to another country and, it felt at times, another era. This Sunday, viewers won’t need to wake up early, but they can travel to an even more exotic location — Madagascar — on…

Discovery’s 2011-12 Upfront Hits NYC

Later this afternoon, Discovery Communications will host its 2011-12 Upfront Presentation in New York City, unveiling new and returning faces across our networks…with a few surprises along the way (check back with Discovery Blog tomorrow for more on today’s events). For now, here’s a sampling of what’s coming later this year and next — from a turbocharged TV network and gypsy weddings to Penn & Teller and more Karl Pilkington.…

Animal Planet Premieres a New Season of ‘Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom’

Wildlife got a lot of attention this week, thanks to a sneaky cobra who escaped from the Bronx Zoo and enjoyed some escapades in the city, all while amassing over 222,000 Twitter followers (as of this post date). (And in case you missed it, Animal Planet released a statement today about the @BronxZoosCobra and her upcoming special on the network, just in time to entertain fans for April Fools’ Day.)…

Spying on Polar Bears with Animal Planet

If you’re a fan of Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth and Life, make a note on your calendar to catch Animal Planet‘s Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice this Thursday night. As with the former series, Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice leverages production technology (in this case spy cameras) to capture animal behavior in a new and fascinating light. Premiering Thursday at 10pm ET/PT on Animal Planet, Polar Bear: Spy…

Fight or Flight? Animal Planet’s ‘Taking on Tyson’ Debuts Sunday

“The first thing I ever loved in my life was a pigeon. I don’t know why…I feel ridiculous trying to explain it.” Animal Planet has brought us unexpected animal-human combinations — from Shorty Rossi and his pit bulls on Pit Boss to the men and women featured on Fatal Attractions. This Sunday, viewers will step into the world of heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson and his pigeons on Taking on…

Animal Planet Takes Viewers to the ‘World’s Deadliest Towns’

“Premiere Week” continues here on the Discovery Blog today with World’s Deadliest Towns, a three-part series premiering Monday, February 21,  at 8pm ET/PT on Animal Planet. Hosted by animal trainer and behavior expert Dave Salmoni, World’s Deadliest Towns takes viewers to places where people and animals remain locked in mortal conflict. From man-eating tigers and homicidal elephants to hippos from hell, Salmoni investigates wildlife war zones where wild animals are…

Animal Planet’s Calling All Cat-Lovers for New Series

You often hear people identifying themselves as a “cat person” or “dog person” and now Animal Planet is introducing you to the real cat people in Must Love Cats. The new series, premiering Saturday at 8pm ET/PT, is a celebration of felines and the people who love them, with the help of host (and musician) John Fulton. From cats that saved their owners’ lives to swanky cat-only hotels, the series…

Get Ruff with Animal Planet’s ‘Puppy Bowl’ This Sunday

In what has become as beloved a tradition as the (football) game itself, Puppy Bowl returns to Animal Planet for its seventh consecutive year this Super Bowl Sunday, starting at 3pm ET/PT. The all-star, all-adorable starting lineup for this year’s matchup at Animal Planet Stadium features a strong bench of puppies who are ready for action. This year, fans can also check out the water bowl cam and the Ice…

Discovery Networks & OWN Take Stage at TCA

This afternoon, Discovery Communications and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network are presenting several panels to the Television Critics Association (TCA) as a part of the 2011 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California. The programming coming to our networks is wide-ranging but offers something for every type of curious viewer. Click on the headlines below to read many of the announcements  made today and follow @DiscoveryComm for updates from TCA! Discovery Channel…