March 6, 2009

Animal Planet planning new ‘Night’ program

Animal Planet has announced plans to air Night, a new series about the world's most elusive nocturnal animals.

The show, for which 31-year-old animal trainer and behaviorist Brandon McMillan will serve as host, is set to debut April 8.

I think it's in our nature to be afraid of the dark, McMillan said in a statement. When we're kids, we're taught that monsters such as werewolves and vampires come out at night, but this show examines the real nocturnal animals -- and sometimes they're just as frightening.

There's a certain anxiety and intensity that nighttime brings out in us -- especially when animals are involved, added Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. 'Night' will let our audience experience those feelings -- the ones you get when you are alone, in the dark and the floorboard creaks. There's nothing like it.