Nat Geo Wild Slate Features 3 New Series, Return Of ‘Dr. Pol’ & ‘Dr. K’, More; Nat Geo Mundo Slate Also Set

Nat Geo Wild is out with its animal-focused 2018-19 slate, which includes three new unscripted series, new seasons of some channel favorites, specials and stunt programming on sharks, dogs and big cats.
Two of the new Nat Geo Wild series — Prairie Dog Home Companion and Babies Diary — are set to premiere in January, with the new six-episode Savage Kingdom III: After the Fall targeted for spring 2019. Among the returning shows are Season 14 of Nat Geo Wild’s No. 1 series, T…

Nat Geo Wild is out with its animal-focused 2018-19 slate, which includes three new unscripted series, new seasons of some channel favorites, specials and stunt programming on sharks, dogs and big cats. Two of the new Nat Geo Wild series — Prairie Dog Home Companion and Babies Diary — are set to premiere in January, with the new six-episode Savage Kingdom III: After the Fall targeted for spring 2019. Among the returning shows are Season 14 of Nat Geo Wild’s No. 1 series, T…

Nat Geo Wild Renews ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol,’ 3 Other Shows (Exclusive)

Nat Geo Wild has renewed its No. 1 show “The Incredible Dr. Pol” and three other series — “Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER,” “Snake City” and “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet” — TheWrap has learned exclusively.

We’ve also got your first look at the fluffy cable channel’s upcoming “Pupparazzi,” one of four new specials and three new series for 2018-19. Next season, “Big Cat Week” returns for a ninth hunt, “BarkFest” chases its tail a fifth time and “SharkFest” swims for a seventh lap.

We’ll also get a third installment of “Savage Kingdom” next season.

Also Read: Nat Geo Wild Will Not Punish Cesar Millan, Network Says (Exclusive)

“Nat Geo Wild has always been 100 percent dedicated to animals and the people who love them, and our relentless commitment to creating premium content that entertains, inspires and educates viewers of all ages continues to make us the leading destination for wildlife programming,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo Wild. “This new programming slate highlights how Nat Geo Wild continues to find innovative ways to push the boundaries of storytelling, and we are confident that these new programs will strike a chord with our viewers.”

Below is Nat Geo Wild’s full 2018-19 slate, with all descriptions in the network’s own words.

Watch our exclusive “Pupparazzi” sneak peek video above. Yes, that one follows a pair of skilled pet photographers capturing some amazing dog and cat portraits.

Also Read: Watch a Baby Duck Try His First Flight on New Nat Geo Wild Show (Exclusive Video)

Events

9th Annual “Big Cat Week” – Premieres November 2018
The fiercest week on television returns this fall with “Big Cat Week.” In its ninth-year, this annual event delivers an all-new roaring lineup puts the spotlight on heartwarming, surprising and inspiring stories of big cats around the world. In this year’s “Big Cat Week,’ discover the moving story of a young lion learning what it takes to become the king of the jungle in Beverly and Dereck Joubert’s latest special “Lion Prince,” follow the extraordinary tale of a strong-willed mother tiger who risks it all to rear her young cubs in “Tiger Mom,” and head to South America with big cat expert Boone Smith to witness the rare behaviors of pumas preying on penguins in Argentina in ‘Man Among Pumas.” More than a television event, “Big Cat Week” is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to halt the decline of big cats in the wild. This global initiative actively supports on-the-ground research and conservation projects to protect the planet’s top felines. For more information on the Big Cats Initiative and how you can get involved, visit NatGeoBigCats.org.

5th Annual “BarkFest” – Premieres Spring 2019
Woof woof! Your dog’s favorite week of television returns with more floofs and floppy ears than ever before. Who can say no to a marathon of adorable and silly mutts? Curl up on the couch with your pup and tune in for some tail-wagging good TV with the return of Nat Geo WILD’s pawsome “BarkFest” event.

7th Annual “SharkFest” – Premieres Summer 2019
Television’s second-best week of sharks returns next summer with incredible stories from the world’s leading scientists, along with wall-to-wall sharks. Nat Geo WILD is your go-to channel for the most sharks per square inch of television.

Also Read: ‘Zoo Life’: Move Over Matt Damon – Jack Hanna Actually Lives in a Zoo (Exclusive Video)

Specials

“Pupparazzi” – Two-Hour Special Event Premieres Fall 2018
(Produced by High Noon Entertainment)
Call the “Pupparazzi!” Renowned pet photographer Kaylee Greer and her fiancé Sam have become some of the most sought after “dogtographers” in the world. Their ability to capture unique, adorable portraits of dogs, cats and other four-legged animals has earned them a successful pet photography business and an impressive portfolio. Forget the clean white studio and pristinely combed coat, this creative duo would rather photograph “dogs being dogs” in all of their silly, unpredictable, playful glory. From shooting global ad campaigns for major dog food brands, to arranging photo shoots for shelter dogs to help them find their forever homes, to staging whacky themed portraits for private clients, “Pupparazzi” delves into the heartwarming, exciting and often comical world of pet photography. Expect a lot of laughs, “aww’s,” floppy ears and muddy paws as we look at what goes into photographing man’s best friend.

“The Flood” – Two-Hour Special Event Premieres November 2018 Following “Big Cat Week”
(Produced by Natural History Film Unit Botswana and Icon Films)
The famous Okavango Delta is one of the most diverse habitats on earth – a lush, wild kingdom like no other. Here, life depends on the arrival and disappearance of water. Produced and filmed by award-winning Botswanan filmmaker Brad Bestelink and the team behind Nat Geo WILD’s miniseries “Savage Kingdom,” “The Flood” follows the lives of the animals fighting to survive in a dramatic and unpredictable wilderness. Using breathtaking cinematography and innovative storytelling methods, “The Flood” is an unparalleled natural history television event that follows the incredible stories of animals surviving during an infrequent natural phenomenon. When the lands are flooded, this landscape is both a sanctuary and a trap, giving and taking life in equal measure. Above and below the water, never ending battles of wits and survival play out. The fate of these tens of thousands of animals that live in this place of spectacular natural drama are at stake.

“Zeb Hogan’s Monster Fish: Philippines” – One-Hour Special Event Premieres November 2018
(Produced by IFA Media)
Fish biologist and National Geographic Fellow Dr. Zeb Hogan is diving back into the water in search of the world’s biggest fish: the Whale Shark. In this new special, Hogan heads to the Sea of Cortez, where these gigantic prehistoric-like creatures congregate in hopes to uncover the hidden secrets of this aquatic paradise. On his journey, Hogan encounters giant tuna, rays and Hammerheads before coming face-to-face with a giant. What brings these elusive Whale Sharks to these waters? To find out, Hogan investigates other dangerous predators lurking beneath the water’s surface.

“Tree Lions” – One-Hour Special Event Premieres Fall 2018
(Filmed by Alex Braczkowski and produced by National Geographic Global Production Services)
It’s incredibly rare for lions to climb but there’s a little-known spot in Uganda where these big cats climb massive trees to hang out high above the plain. Cat biologist and cameraman Alex Braczkowski observed this behavior when he was counting the lions and leopards left in Queen Elizabeth’s National Park in Uganda. Now he’s on a mission to show these lions to the world like never before. He will get the first-ever shots of lions and their cubs 60-feet high in the trees using drones and special camera traps. The world’s lion population is disappearing rapidly but these climbing lions might have an edge over the others.

Also Read: Here’s Nat Geo Wild’s Fall Slate – and Insane Footage of a Jaguar Hunting a Crocodile (Exclusive)

New Series

“Prairie Dog Home Companion” – New Series Premieres January 2019
(Produced by Radley Studios)
Think Meerkats are the most dramatic critters in the animal kingdom? Think again. Just outside of the quiet village of Jemez Springs near the New Mexico/Colorado border lives a vibrant prairie dog colony packed with secrets. What these animals lack in size, they make up for in drama. Prairie dogs are highly intelligent, social animals that live in communities made up of a dozen or more tight-knit family clans, and just like any small town, the Jemez prairie dog colony has it’s fair share of drama. On the outside, you’ll see a group of prairie dogs pleasantly playing, and nursing newborns … but take a closer look and you’ll see adultery, murder and the occasional case of cannibalism. Join Biologist John Hoogland, who has studied the lives of these prairie dogs for 43 years, as he brings us into their incredible world.

“Babies Diary” – New Series Premieres January 2019
(Produced by One Planet Productions)
BABY ANIMALS! Need we say more? Using innovative camera techniques, “Babies Diary” immerses us into the center of five animal families – lions, jackals, cheetahs, hyenas and meerkats – as they raise their young in the wilderness. By following these animals’ stories from the moment their babies are born, “Babies Diary” provides a heartwarming and intimate look at the different parenting techniques each of these species employ to give their newborns the best chance at survival in the unforgiving wilds of Africa. Discover the tender, emotional, and often stressful moments of new life in the animal kingdom as we follow these fur balls through the different stages of maturity.

“Savage Kingdom III: After the Fall” – Six-Episode Series Premieres Spring 2019
(Produced by Natural History Film Unit Botswana and Icon Films)
Following the success of Nat Geo WILD’s global miniseries events “Savage Kingdom” and “Savage Kingdom: Uprising,” comes our third installment of this breakout global hit, “Savage Kingdom III: After the Fall.” Using innovative techniques that continue to push the boundaries of wildlife storytelling, “Savage Kingdom III” follows a new clan of characters in Africa’s richest and most dynamic habitats: the Okavango Delta. From the familiar blood-curdling battles between leopards, lions, hyenas and wild dogs, we meet new characters like cheetahs, jackals and baboons. They may once have been reviled, pitied, hated or seen as the cruelest of enemies, but in each new episode everything can change. The only law is the law of survival.

Also Read: Panda Babies! Nat Geo Wild Orders Endangered Species Show ‘Mission Critical’ (Exclusive)

Returning Series

“Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER” – Season 6 Premieres Fall 2018
(Produced by Spectrum Productions)
Nat Geo WILD’s star of Sunday nights returns for an all new season! Dr. K’s exotic cases and cures are as wild and unexpected as the animals that come through the door. Along with Dr. T and a dedicated staff, Dr. Susan Kelleher treats a dynamic array of patients ranging from kangaroos, to monkeys, birds, rabbits, pigs, fish and every imaginable animal in between.

“Snake City” – Season 5 Premieres Fall 2018
(Produced by Earth Touch)
An all new sssss-season of “Snake City” is slithering its way back to your TVs! Join extreme snake wrangler Simon Keys and his herpetologist girlfriend Siouxsie Gillett as they respond to terrified calls from people who have problem snakes in their houses and yards in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa. Unfortunately for their clients, business is booming for Keys and Gillett as the summer heat brings the native snakes — like spitting cobras, green mambas, black mambas, pythons and more — out of hiding. Watch as the brave duo capture these venomous snakes by hand and then release them back to safety in the wild.

“Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet” – Season 6 Premieres Fall 2018
(Produced by Lucky Dog Films)
Dr. Michelle Oakley returns with an all-new season of “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet.” Follow her as she makes house calls across thousands of square miles in the Yukon Territory in northern Canada, and throughout Alaska, where she’s responding to some of the most unique and challenging cases of her career. From moving bears with tractors and horses with helicopters, to castrating angry boars and capturing wild bison, she’ll have to use every trick she knows to save these animals. Accompanied by her daughters and armed with a sense of humor as sharp as a scalpel, Dr. Oakley deftly juggles being a full-time veterinarian, wife and mom while taking us into the isolated regions of the Yukon.

“The Incredible Dr. Pol” – Season 14 Premieres Winter 2019
(Produced by National Geographic Studios)
Nat Geo WILD’s #1 series returns for its 14th season featuring even more prolapses, pregnancy exams and problematic cases than ever before. There isn’t much that 76-year-old veterinarian Dr. Jan Pol, who LA Times called “the no-nonsense, Dutch American doctor who can fashion a goat’s leg splint out of parts from an old apple barrel,” hasn’t seen or done in a half-century of practicing animal medicine, but every day presents new surprises as he and his staff at Pol Veterinary Services wrangle animals and tackle tricky cases at their clinic in rural Michigan. With some surprising and tricky cases, heart-warming moments, and dramatic situations, the fourteenth season of “The Incredible Dr. Pol” is sure to be a wild ride.

Also Read: ‘Puppy Bowl XIV’ Fetches All-Time TV Ratings High (Exclusive)

Digital Series
“Untamed” – Season Two Launches Online Fall 2018
(Produced by Comfort Theory)
Join charismatic wildlife filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade and his two best friends as they venture to the biodiverse ecosystems of Costa Rica — a land of breathtaking landscapes, exotic species and pristine coastlines — to tell the stories of the local wildlife that are almost too beautiful to believe. In its second season, “Untamed” gives audiences an immersive experience into the most unique and unimaginable wildlife stories that Costa Rica has to offer, through 10 episodes that will be driven by exclusive content across National Geographic’s digital and social platforms. The focus on social media content this season will allow audiences to dive even deeper into the Untamed world. DeAndrade and friends will explore world-renowned phenomena, intricate details and extraordinary behaviors of some of Costa Rica’s most iconic species, like jaguars, howler monkeys and fer-de-lance vipers.

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Nat Geo Wild has renewed its No. 1 show “The Incredible Dr. Pol” and three other series — “Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER,” “Snake City” and “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet” — TheWrap has learned exclusively.

We’ve also got your first look at the fluffy cable channel’s upcoming “Pupparazzi,” one of four new specials and three new series for 2018-19. Next season, “Big Cat Week” returns for a ninth hunt, “BarkFest” chases its tail a fifth time and “SharkFest” swims for a seventh lap.

We’ll also get a third installment of “Savage Kingdom” next season.

“Nat Geo Wild has always been 100 percent dedicated to animals and the people who love them, and our relentless commitment to creating premium content that entertains, inspires and educates viewers of all ages continues to make us the leading destination for wildlife programming,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo Wild. “This new programming slate highlights how Nat Geo Wild continues to find innovative ways to push the boundaries of storytelling, and we are confident that these new programs will strike a chord with our viewers.”

Below is Nat Geo Wild’s full 2018-19 slate, with all descriptions in the network’s own words.

Watch our exclusive “Pupparazzi” sneak peek video above. Yes, that one follows a pair of skilled pet photographers capturing some amazing dog and cat portraits.

Events

9th Annual “Big Cat Week” – Premieres November 2018
The fiercest week on television returns this fall with “Big Cat Week.” In its ninth-year, this annual event delivers an all-new roaring lineup puts the spotlight on heartwarming, surprising and inspiring stories of big cats around the world. In this year’s “Big Cat Week,’ discover the moving story of a young lion learning what it takes to become the king of the jungle in Beverly and Dereck Joubert’s latest special “Lion Prince,” follow the extraordinary tale of a strong-willed mother tiger who risks it all to rear her young cubs in “Tiger Mom,” and head to South America with big cat expert Boone Smith to witness the rare behaviors of pumas preying on penguins in Argentina in ‘Man Among Pumas.” More than a television event, “Big Cat Week” is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to halt the decline of big cats in the wild. This global initiative actively supports on-the-ground research and conservation projects to protect the planet’s top felines. For more information on the Big Cats Initiative and how you can get involved, visit NatGeoBigCats.org.

5th Annual “BarkFest” – Premieres Spring 2019
Woof woof! Your dog’s favorite week of television returns with more floofs and floppy ears than ever before. Who can say no to a marathon of adorable and silly mutts? Curl up on the couch with your pup and tune in for some tail-wagging good TV with the return of Nat Geo WILD’s pawsome “BarkFest” event.

7th Annual “SharkFest” – Premieres Summer 2019
Television’s second-best week of sharks returns next summer with incredible stories from the world’s leading scientists, along with wall-to-wall sharks. Nat Geo WILD is your go-to channel for the most sharks per square inch of television.

Specials

“Pupparazzi” – Two-Hour Special Event Premieres Fall 2018
(Produced by High Noon Entertainment)
Call the “Pupparazzi!” Renowned pet photographer Kaylee Greer and her fiancé Sam have become some of the most sought after “dogtographers” in the world. Their ability to capture unique, adorable portraits of dogs, cats and other four-legged animals has earned them a successful pet photography business and an impressive portfolio. Forget the clean white studio and pristinely combed coat, this creative duo would rather photograph “dogs being dogs” in all of their silly, unpredictable, playful glory. From shooting global ad campaigns for major dog food brands, to arranging photo shoots for shelter dogs to help them find their forever homes, to staging whacky themed portraits for private clients, “Pupparazzi” delves into the heartwarming, exciting and often comical world of pet photography. Expect a lot of laughs, “aww’s,” floppy ears and muddy paws as we look at what goes into photographing man’s best friend.

“The Flood” – Two-Hour Special Event Premieres November 2018 Following “Big Cat Week”
(Produced by Natural History Film Unit Botswana and Icon Films)
The famous Okavango Delta is one of the most diverse habitats on earth – a lush, wild kingdom like no other. Here, life depends on the arrival and disappearance of water. Produced and filmed by award-winning Botswanan filmmaker Brad Bestelink and the team behind Nat Geo WILD’s miniseries “Savage Kingdom,” “The Flood” follows the lives of the animals fighting to survive in a dramatic and unpredictable wilderness. Using breathtaking cinematography and innovative storytelling methods, “The Flood” is an unparalleled natural history television event that follows the incredible stories of animals surviving during an infrequent natural phenomenon. When the lands are flooded, this landscape is both a sanctuary and a trap, giving and taking life in equal measure. Above and below the water, never ending battles of wits and survival play out. The fate of these tens of thousands of animals that live in this place of spectacular natural drama are at stake.

“Zeb Hogan’s Monster Fish: Philippines” – One-Hour Special Event Premieres November 2018
(Produced by IFA Media)
Fish biologist and National Geographic Fellow Dr. Zeb Hogan is diving back into the water in search of the world’s biggest fish: the Whale Shark. In this new special, Hogan heads to the Sea of Cortez, where these gigantic prehistoric-like creatures congregate in hopes to uncover the hidden secrets of this aquatic paradise. On his journey, Hogan encounters giant tuna, rays and Hammerheads before coming face-to-face with a giant. What brings these elusive Whale Sharks to these waters? To find out, Hogan investigates other dangerous predators lurking beneath the water’s surface.

“Tree Lions” – One-Hour Special Event Premieres Fall 2018
(Filmed by Alex Braczkowski and produced by National Geographic Global Production Services)
It’s incredibly rare for lions to climb but there’s a little-known spot in Uganda where these big cats climb massive trees to hang out high above the plain. Cat biologist and cameraman Alex Braczkowski observed this behavior when he was counting the lions and leopards left in Queen Elizabeth’s National Park in Uganda. Now he’s on a mission to show these lions to the world like never before. He will get the first-ever shots of lions and their cubs 60-feet high in the trees using drones and special camera traps. The world’s lion population is disappearing rapidly but these climbing lions might have an edge over the others.

New Series

“Prairie Dog Home Companion” – New Series Premieres January 2019
(Produced by Radley Studios)
Think Meerkats are the most dramatic critters in the animal kingdom? Think again. Just outside of the quiet village of Jemez Springs near the New Mexico/Colorado border lives a vibrant prairie dog colony packed with secrets. What these animals lack in size, they make up for in drama. Prairie dogs are highly intelligent, social animals that live in communities made up of a dozen or more tight-knit family clans, and just like any small town, the Jemez prairie dog colony has it’s fair share of drama. On the outside, you’ll see a group of prairie dogs pleasantly playing, and nursing newborns … but take a closer look and you’ll see adultery, murder and the occasional case of cannibalism. Join Biologist John Hoogland, who has studied the lives of these prairie dogs for 43 years, as he brings us into their incredible world.

“Babies Diary” – New Series Premieres January 2019
(Produced by One Planet Productions)
BABY ANIMALS! Need we say more? Using innovative camera techniques, “Babies Diary” immerses us into the center of five animal families – lions, jackals, cheetahs, hyenas and meerkats – as they raise their young in the wilderness. By following these animals’ stories from the moment their babies are born, “Babies Diary” provides a heartwarming and intimate look at the different parenting techniques each of these species employ to give their newborns the best chance at survival in the unforgiving wilds of Africa. Discover the tender, emotional, and often stressful moments of new life in the animal kingdom as we follow these fur balls through the different stages of maturity.

“Savage Kingdom III: After the Fall” – Six-Episode Series Premieres Spring 2019
(Produced by Natural History Film Unit Botswana and Icon Films)
Following the success of Nat Geo WILD’s global miniseries events “Savage Kingdom” and “Savage Kingdom: Uprising,” comes our third installment of this breakout global hit, “Savage Kingdom III: After the Fall.” Using innovative techniques that continue to push the boundaries of wildlife storytelling, “Savage Kingdom III” follows a new clan of characters in Africa’s richest and most dynamic habitats: the Okavango Delta. From the familiar blood-curdling battles between leopards, lions, hyenas and wild dogs, we meet new characters like cheetahs, jackals and baboons. They may once have been reviled, pitied, hated or seen as the cruelest of enemies, but in each new episode everything can change. The only law is the law of survival.

Returning Series

“Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER” – Season 6 Premieres Fall 2018
(Produced by Spectrum Productions)
Nat Geo WILD’s star of Sunday nights returns for an all new season! Dr. K’s exotic cases and cures are as wild and unexpected as the animals that come through the door. Along with Dr. T and a dedicated staff, Dr. Susan Kelleher treats a dynamic array of patients ranging from kangaroos, to monkeys, birds, rabbits, pigs, fish and every imaginable animal in between.

“Snake City” – Season 5 Premieres Fall 2018
(Produced by Earth Touch)
An all new sssss-season of “Snake City” is slithering its way back to your TVs! Join extreme snake wrangler Simon Keys and his herpetologist girlfriend Siouxsie Gillett as they respond to terrified calls from people who have problem snakes in their houses and yards in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa. Unfortunately for their clients, business is booming for Keys and Gillett as the summer heat brings the native snakes — like spitting cobras, green mambas, black mambas, pythons and more — out of hiding. Watch as the brave duo capture these venomous snakes by hand and then release them back to safety in the wild.

“Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet” – Season 6 Premieres Fall 2018
(Produced by Lucky Dog Films)
Dr. Michelle Oakley returns with an all-new season of “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet.” Follow her as she makes house calls across thousands of square miles in the Yukon Territory in northern Canada, and throughout Alaska, where she’s responding to some of the most unique and challenging cases of her career. From moving bears with tractors and horses with helicopters, to castrating angry boars and capturing wild bison, she’ll have to use every trick she knows to save these animals. Accompanied by her daughters and armed with a sense of humor as sharp as a scalpel, Dr. Oakley deftly juggles being a full-time veterinarian, wife and mom while taking us into the isolated regions of the Yukon.

“The Incredible Dr. Pol” – Season 14 Premieres Winter 2019
(Produced by National Geographic Studios)
Nat Geo WILD’s #1 series returns for its 14th season featuring even more prolapses, pregnancy exams and problematic cases than ever before. There isn’t much that 76-year-old veterinarian Dr. Jan Pol, who LA Times called “the no-nonsense, Dutch American doctor who can fashion a goat’s leg splint out of parts from an old apple barrel,” hasn’t seen or done in a half-century of practicing animal medicine, but every day presents new surprises as he and his staff at Pol Veterinary Services wrangle animals and tackle tricky cases at their clinic in rural Michigan. With some surprising and tricky cases, heart-warming moments, and dramatic situations, the fourteenth season of “The Incredible Dr. Pol” is sure to be a wild ride.

Digital Series
“Untamed” – Season Two Launches Online Fall 2018
(Produced by Comfort Theory)
Join charismatic wildlife filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade and his two best friends as they venture to the biodiverse ecosystems of Costa Rica — a land of breathtaking landscapes, exotic species and pristine coastlines — to tell the stories of the local wildlife that are almost too beautiful to believe. In its second season, “Untamed” gives audiences an immersive experience into the most unique and unimaginable wildlife stories that Costa Rica has to offer, through 10 episodes that will be driven by exclusive content across National Geographic’s digital and social platforms. The focus on social media content this season will allow audiences to dive even deeper into the Untamed world. DeAndrade and friends will explore world-renowned phenomena, intricate details and extraordinary behaviors of some of Costa Rica’s most iconic species, like jaguars, howler monkeys and fer-de-lance vipers.

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18 Things We Learned at TCA 2018: Logan Paul’s Future, Joanna Gaines Dissed, and One Dead Cat

With all due respect to PBS’ second day of presentations in the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour has (mercifully) come to a close.

TheWrap sat through about 1,000 panels from what feels like 100 platforms over a legitimate 13 days (and attended probably a dozen parties, where we consumed [REDACTED] drinks). All told, we wrote roughly a million stories.

We can boil that down further though. In recognition of the new year, below are 18 things we learned from the first (of two) TCA of ’18.

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Paige Davis Has a Different Design Sense Than Joanna Gaines
Don’t expect to see a bunch of shiplap on the revived “Trading Spaces”: Paige Davis isn’t a fan of Joanna Gaines’ (HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”) favorite wood siding. The TLC personality made her negative feelings on the trend known while occupying the stage, eliciting laughter from the folks that got that message loud and clear.

Also Read: Marcia Clark Says A&E Docuseries Uncovered New Evidence in Casey Anthony Case

“The Simpsons” Will Address “The Problem With Apu”
“The Simpsons” will address documentary film “The Problem with Apu” within “the context of the show,” Hank Azaria said.

“The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu … it’s distressing,” the voice behind Indian immigrant Apu Nahasapeemapetilon said. “The idea that anybody was marginalized based on it or had a hard time was very upsetting to me personally and professionally.”

Also Read: ‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist on Fired Show Creator: ‘Major Disappointment’

Danny Pudi (Still) Wants to Do a “Community” Movie
Danny Pudi is still down to do a “Community” movie.

“Yes, absolutely,” Pudi told TheWrap. “I’ve told Dan [Harmon] multiple times — we have a text chain —  we’re ready for the movie! So yeah, absolutely.”

And Bobcat Goldthwait wants to direct.

Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Won’t Be in Credits for Paramount Network’s ‘Yellowstone,’ ‘Waco’

Why “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Has to Wait
It’s the special effects, man. Do you know how long those dragons take to come to life? HBO chief Casey Bloys does, and he gave us a rough idea here.

“Could we force them to do something — to come back early? I suppose we could force it,” he told us. But that’s just not how they roll.

Also Read: ‘Hard Sun’: How David Bowie Inspired Hulu’s Apocalypse Drama

Mira Sorvino Is Finally Busy
Mira Sorvino says Harvey Weinstein had her blacklisted after she rejected his advances — but her phone’s been ringing lately.

“I have to say the general atmosphere since those allegations came out, those revelations, there seems to be a lot of goodwill towards me in the entertainment business and I’ve been getting offers,” she told reporters.

Sorvino is starring on AT&T Audience Network’s “Condor” and just joined Season 3 of Sony Crackle’s “StartUp.”

Also Read: All 330 ‘ER’ Episodes Resuscitated by Hulu (Video)

Why Kelly Clarkson Chose “The Voice” over “Idol”
The honorable Kelly Clarkson wants all to rise. The first ever American Idol would rather be a coach than a judge, so choosing “The Voice” over the show that made her a star was a no-brainer.

Basically, she didn’t want to feel “sh—y” about herself, in Clarkson’s words.

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Why “Rise” Turned a Gay Character Straight
NBC’s “Rise” is based on a true-life story of drama teacher Lou Volpe, a gay man, but when the drama premieres in March, the lead character played by Josh Radnor will be a straight man.

“We took [the book] as an inspiration, and then I really felt like I needed to make it my own story,” showrunner Jason Katims said. “With Lou’s family life and Lou’s family itself, there’s a lot of re-imagination. Not just in terms of gay or straight, but in terms of the family structure.”

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Don’t Hold Your Breath for More “Twin Peaks”
Guys, it took David Lynch like 25 years to bring “Twin Peaks” to Showtime for a revived run. So don’t expect it to just be another year or two before he does it again.

Still: “The door at Showtime is always open for Mark [Frost, co-creator] and for David — for ‘Twin Peaks’ or anything else they want to talk about,” the premium-TV channel’s Gary Levine said.

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But How About More “Fargo”?
OK, this one is good news. More “Fargo” should hit FX in 2019, and Jon Landgraf seems pretty excited about Noah Hawley’s new (top secret) idea.

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What the Hell Is “Robbin’ Season”?
“Atlanta” Season 2 isn’t called “‘Atlanta’ Season 2.” We’ll explain. The sophomore run of Donald Glover’s FX comedy is officially titled “Atlanta Robbin’ Season.” Why? We’ll also explain that. Better yet, Stephen Glover can.

“Robbin’ Season, for most of you that I guess don’t know, is a time in Atlanta right before Christmastime and New Year’s,” the executive producer and writer said. “Basically, a bunch of crime happens in the city right during that time.”

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Furguson the Cat May Be a Goner
Someone’s gonna die on the final season of Fox’s “New Girl.” TheWrap may have uncovered that it’s Furguson, Winston’s (Lamorne Morris) beloved cat.

Sorry for the spoiler, and for the (probably) dead cat.

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Marcia Clark May Have Just Solved Casey Anthony Case
Marcia Clark was unsuccessful in prosecuting O.J. Simpson, but she may have just convicted Casey Anthony of murder. The A&E docuseries host says her show has uncovered some “pretty big” new evidence that points to Caylee Anthony’s mom in the young girl’s death.

Read the details here.

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Logan Paul Could Still Return to YouTube
Logan Paul has been downgraded and suspended from YouTube — but it’s not a lifetime ban.

“Actions should speak louder than words,” YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl said. “Logan has the opportunity to prove that,” Kyncl says.

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Glenn Howerton’s Dennis Ain’t Dead Yet
One of the biggest ongoing dramas in sitcom-land is whether or not Glenn Howerton return to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

At TCA, Howerton said he “has not officially left” the FXX comedy, and that his “A.P. Bio” schedule would “absolutely” allow him to do both. You know, if he wants to.

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Jimmi Simpson Is Returning to “Westworld” – And Maybe the USS Callister
Jimmi Simpson confirmed that he’ll be back on “Westworld” for Season 2, but we’ve got bigger fish to fry here: WILL THERE BE A “U.S.S CALLISTER” SPINOFF???!?

“I’ve heard little buzzes,” Simpson told reporters about a standalone series based on his popular “Black Mirror” episode. “But I don’t believe anything until I’m working on set. I would love it.”

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“AHS” Is Heading to the Future for Season 8
“American Horror Story” is fast-forwarding a few decades into the future for Season 8. But no, we’re not going into outer space here.

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Why Tatiana Maslany Was Recast on Ryan Murphy’s “Pose”
Here’s something you don’t hear very often in Hollywood: Tatiana Maslany wasn’t old enough to star on Ryan Murphy’s “Pose.”

“This show does have an element of shows that I grew up loving, like ‘Fame,’” Murphy said of recasting his show’s dance instructor. “We needed a Debbie Allen character, to be blunt. And that’s what we decided to do.”

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Why the “Grey’s Anatomy” Spinoff Still Doesn’t Have a Title
The untitled “Grey’s Anatomy” firefighter spinoff is still untitled. Um, why?

“Coming up with a title is one of the most challenging things that we do,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey told TheWrap.

Ironically, “Grey’s Anatomy” itself didn’t have a title almost until premiering.

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With all due respect to PBS’ second day of presentations in the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour has (mercifully) come to a close.

TheWrap sat through about 1,000 panels from what feels like 100 platforms over a legitimate 13 days (and attended probably a dozen parties, where we consumed [REDACTED] drinks). All told, we wrote roughly a million stories.

We can boil that down further though. In recognition of the new year, below are 18 things we learned from the first (of two) TCA of ’18.

Paige Davis Has a Different Design Sense Than Joanna Gaines
Don’t expect to see a bunch of shiplap on the revived “Trading Spaces”: Paige Davis isn’t a fan of Joanna Gaines’ (HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”) favorite wood siding. The TLC personality made her negative feelings on the trend known while occupying the stage, eliciting laughter from the folks that got that message loud and clear.

“The Simpsons” Will Address “The Problem With Apu”
“The Simpsons” will address documentary film “The Problem with Apu” within “the context of the show,” Hank Azaria said.

“The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu … it’s distressing,” the voice behind Indian immigrant Apu Nahasapeemapetilon said. “The idea that anybody was marginalized based on it or had a hard time was very upsetting to me personally and professionally.”

Danny Pudi (Still) Wants to Do a “Community” Movie
Danny Pudi is still down to do a “Community” movie.

“Yes, absolutely,” Pudi told TheWrap. “I’ve told Dan [Harmon] multiple times — we have a text chain —  we’re ready for the movie! So yeah, absolutely.”

And Bobcat Goldthwait wants to direct.

Why “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Has to Wait
It’s the special effects, man. Do you know how long those dragons take to come to life? HBO chief Casey Bloys does, and he gave us a rough idea here.

“Could we force them to do something — to come back early? I suppose we could force it,” he told us. But that’s just not how they roll.

Mira Sorvino Is Finally Busy
Mira Sorvino says Harvey Weinstein had her blacklisted after she rejected his advances — but her phone’s been ringing lately.

“I have to say the general atmosphere since those allegations came out, those revelations, there seems to be a lot of goodwill towards me in the entertainment business and I’ve been getting offers,” she told reporters.

Sorvino is starring on AT&T Audience Network’s “Condor” and just joined Season 3 of Sony Crackle’s “StartUp.”

Why Kelly Clarkson Chose “The Voice” over “Idol”
The honorable Kelly Clarkson wants all to rise. The first ever American Idol would rather be a coach than a judge, so choosing “The Voice” over the show that made her a star was a no-brainer.

Basically, she didn’t want to feel “sh—y” about herself, in Clarkson’s words.

Why “Rise” Turned a Gay Character Straight
NBC’s “Rise” is based on a true-life story of drama teacher Lou Volpe, a gay man, but when the drama premieres in March, the lead character played by Josh Radnor will be a straight man.

“We took [the book] as an inspiration, and then I really felt like I needed to make it my own story,” showrunner Jason Katims said. “With Lou’s family life and Lou’s family itself, there’s a lot of re-imagination. Not just in terms of gay or straight, but in terms of the family structure.”

Don’t Hold Your Breath for More “Twin Peaks”
Guys, it took David Lynch like 25 years to bring “Twin Peaks” to Showtime for a revived run. So don’t expect it to just be another year or two before he does it again.

Still: “The door at Showtime is always open for Mark [Frost, co-creator] and for David — for ‘Twin Peaks’ or anything else they want to talk about,” the premium-TV channel’s Gary Levine said.

But How About More “Fargo”?
OK, this one is good news. More “Fargo” should hit FX in 2019, and Jon Landgraf seems pretty excited about Noah Hawley’s new (top secret) idea.

What the Hell Is “Robbin’ Season”?
“Atlanta” Season 2 isn’t called “‘Atlanta’ Season 2.” We’ll explain. The sophomore run of Donald Glover’s FX comedy is officially titled “Atlanta Robbin’ Season.” Why? We’ll also explain that. Better yet, Stephen Glover can.

“Robbin’ Season, for most of you that I guess don’t know, is a time in Atlanta right before Christmastime and New Year’s,” the executive producer and writer said. “Basically, a bunch of crime happens in the city right during that time.”

Furguson the Cat May Be a Goner
Someone’s gonna die on the final season of Fox’s “New Girl.” TheWrap may have uncovered that it’s Furguson, Winston’s (Lamorne Morris) beloved cat.

Sorry for the spoiler, and for the (probably) dead cat.

Marcia Clark May Have Just Solved Casey Anthony Case
Marcia Clark was unsuccessful in prosecuting O.J. Simpson, but she may have just convicted Casey Anthony of murder. The A&E docuseries host says her show has uncovered some “pretty big” new evidence that points to Caylee Anthony’s mom in the young girl’s death.

Read the details here.

Logan Paul Could Still Return to YouTube
Logan Paul has been downgraded and suspended from YouTube — but it’s not a lifetime ban.

“Actions should speak louder than words,” YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl said. “Logan has the opportunity to prove that,” Kyncl says.

Glenn Howerton’s Dennis Ain’t Dead Yet
One of the biggest ongoing dramas in sitcom-land is whether or not Glenn Howerton return to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

At TCA, Howerton said he “has not officially left” the FXX comedy, and that his “A.P. Bio” schedule would “absolutely” allow him to do both. You know, if he wants to.

Jimmi Simpson Is Returning to “Westworld” – And Maybe the USS Callister
Jimmi Simpson confirmed that he’ll be back on “Westworld” for Season 2, but we’ve got bigger fish to fry here: WILL THERE BE A “U.S.S CALLISTER” SPINOFF???!?

“I’ve heard little buzzes,” Simpson told reporters about a standalone series based on his popular “Black Mirror” episode. “But I don’t believe anything until I’m working on set. I would love it.”

“AHS” Is Heading to the Future for Season 8
“American Horror Story” is fast-forwarding a few decades into the future for Season 8. But no, we’re not going into outer space here.

Why Tatiana Maslany Was Recast on Ryan Murphy’s “Pose”
Here’s something you don’t hear very often in Hollywood: Tatiana Maslany wasn’t old enough to star on Ryan Murphy’s “Pose.”

“This show does have an element of shows that I grew up loving, like ‘Fame,'” Murphy said of recasting his show’s dance instructor. “We needed a Debbie Allen character, to be blunt. And that’s what we decided to do.”

Why the “Grey’s Anatomy” Spinoff Still Doesn’t Have a Title
The untitled “Grey’s Anatomy” firefighter spinoff is still untitled. Um, why?

“Coming up with a title is one of the most challenging things that we do,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey told TheWrap.

Ironically, “Grey’s Anatomy” itself didn’t have a title almost until premiering.

See you in July.

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National Geographic Is Bringing Meryl Sheep, Mahershallama Ali, and More Wild Animals to the Oscars — Watch

Just don’t ask them who they’re wearing.

Meryl Sheep, Mahershallama Ali, Jimmy Kibble, Cobra Winfrey, and Bunnifer Lawrence aren’t exactly household names, but they’ll soon be getting their moment in the sun all the same. “Nat Geo WILD from the Red Carpet” is celebrating the Academy Awards with those cleverly named animals

“One of my favorite actresses, ViOWLa Davis, gave me a heads-up that this year’s red carpet is going to be the ‘hoo’s hoo’ of the animal kingdom, so I’m looking forward to chatting with these A-listers,” said Ross Mathews, who’s co-hosting the event alongside Sarina Morales. “It’s been a wild year in Hollywood, so viewers can expect ferocious fashions and celebrity surprises. Get the popcorn ready, because this year’s red carpet is going to be a total zoo!”

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. PST on March 4, AKA Oscar Sunday.

‘Road To Westminster Dog Show’ Goes Behind The Scenes For The First Time — TCA

Dogs, their owners and the world of dog shows are no-brainer compelling viewing, and now Nat Geo Wild’s Road To Westminster Dog Show will, for the first time, open the doors to the backstage environment at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, known as the Olympics of dog shows. The show will follow dogs and their owners from home life all the way to Best in Show.
Some controversy has surrounded dog shows, due to the potential stress on the animals, and Westminster is…

Dogs, their owners and the world of dog shows are no-brainer compelling viewing, and now Nat Geo Wild’s Road To Westminster Dog Show will, for the first time, open the doors to the backstage environment at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, known as the Olympics of dog shows. The show will follow dogs and their owners from home life all the way to Best in Show. Some controversy has surrounded dog shows, due to the potential stress on the animals, and Westminster is…

Nat Geo Wild Unveils Four New Series & Slew Of Premiere Dates – TCA

Nat Geo Wild unveiled a quartet of new series at TCA today and set premiere dates for them and three returning series. Expect plenty of veterinarians and animal rescues, along with series about surviving the wilds of Alaska and a behind-the-scenes look at America’s favorite zoo.
The new series are Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue (premieres March 10), The Supervet (March 11), Alaska’s Grizzly Gauntlet (April) and Zoo Life with Jack Hanna (June). There’s also the return of Nat…

Nat Geo Wild unveiled a quartet of new series at TCA today and set premiere dates for them and three returning series. Expect plenty of veterinarians and animal rescues, along with series about surviving the wilds of Alaska and a behind-the-scenes look at America's favorite zoo. The new series are Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue (premieres March 10), The Supervet (March 11), Alaska’s Grizzly Gauntlet (April) and Zoo Life with Jack Hanna (June). There’s also the return of Nat…

Nat Geo Wild: Limited Series, Specials Get Premiere Dates – TCA

Nat Geo Wild unveiled three new natural history limited series and two specials at TCA today. “As the only network that is 100% dedicated to celebrating animals and wild places, we take great pride in consistently bringing our viewers powerful and awe-inspiring wildlife specials and series,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo Wild.
“Nat Geo Wild captivates audiences by showcasing jaw-dropping landscapes and animals, and this wildly…

Nat Geo Wild unveiled three new natural history limited series and two specials at TCA today. "As the only network that is 100% dedicated to celebrating animals and wild places, we take great pride in consistently bringing our viewers powerful and awe-inspiring wildlife specials and series," said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo Wild. "Nat Geo Wild captivates audiences by showcasing jaw-dropping landscapes and animals, and this wildly…