September 8, 2008
Revamped “Pet Central” is One Highlight of The Pet Network’s All- New Fall Schedule
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2008) - One aspect of The Pet Network will never change; the digital channel will continue providing the world's only television network devoted to pets. However, consummate viewers of the channel will notice distinct differences in the program landscape, when the broadcaster launches its fall schedule on September 22nd.
"The Pet Network's primetime schedule is 70% new programming," says Head of Programming Rosemary Fusca, "We had opportunities to acquire outstanding shows this season. Plus, now in our fourth year, we have clear indicators of what the audience enjoys most and wants to see more of."
One auspicious element for winning pet loving viewers is Dr. Stanley Coren. The Professor of Psychology, author, and dog expert has been added to the network's flagship production, Pet Central. This "animal journalism and information magazine" will include a segment titled "Paging Dr. Coren", along with Christina Velocci's "Petsotica" focusing on more exotic animal companions like reptiles. Pet Central feature reporter Candice Batista profiles eclectic pet stories both touching and astounding.
New offerings include Super Vets II, which garnered five million viewers per week in the UK. Additional veterinary reality series are Vets in Practice, critically referred as "the best veterinary show ever on TV" and the riveting Vet School Confidential. Two other reality based shows are Zoo Diaries, filmed at the Toronto Zoo and Zoo Days, which takes place at Britain's largest zoo with 7000 animals.
The popular internationally syndicated Lion Man features Craig Busch living with giant cats at New Zealand's Zion Wildlife Gardens. Divine Canine is a fascinating true-life chronicle of a monastery and a group of dog-training monks. Dog Borstal has been called "doggy daycare on steroids", where tough dog trainers butt heads with ill equipped owners and unruly dogs. Top Dogs reports on canine athletic and skill competitions, and Wildlife Rescues recreates nail- biting life and death scenarios. Horse lovers will enjoy Thoroughbreds, documenting the lives of the racehorse breeding Boniface family.
Returning favourites include original series Pet Fashion, touring the unique pet apparel industry "from catwalks to dog parks", and Pet Cinema and Pet Docs featuring films and documentaries that range from heartwarming to heartbreaking to cliffhanging.
The Pet Network is available on cable systems in Ontario and Manitoba, broadcasting since December 2004.
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