Zoologist-turned-TV-regular Jarod Miller has been tapped to host CBS’ summer reality comeptish “Greatest American Dog.”
Show, which bows Thursday, July 10 at 8 p.m., revolves around 12 dogs and their owners as they live together and compete for a shot at the ultimate prize — $250,000.
Miller, described as “the next generation’s Jack Hanna,” became the youngest accredited zoo director in the U.S. when he took over the zoo in Binghamton, N.Y., at the age of 25. These days, he’s also well known for hosting the syndie skein “Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller,” and as co-host of Animal Planet’s “PetFinder.”
“You hope you’ll find a host that’s not only a star, but someone who also knows what he’s talking about,” said exec producer R.J. Cutler. “We designed this show to be, on the one hand, broad, accessible, really fun entertainment for the whole family, and on the other hand, be a real, legit competition. The stakes are high, but Jarod’s knowledge and experience will enable him to guide the show in a way that’s meaningful.”
Miller has racked up more than 100 appearances on TV in recent years, including guest spots on “The Early Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” He’s also hosted ecological segments for the Weather Channel’s “Forecast Earth,” and is a frequent guest on “The Rachael Ray Show.”
Miller also runs his own wildlife production and education company, Wild Encounters. He first started running his own private wildlife collection and sanctuary at the age of 12.
“He knows animals, he loves animals,” Cutler said. “And he pops off the screen. I’m confident he’ll be a big star.”
Cutler EPs “Greatest American Dog” with Stu Schreiberg and Stephen Kroopnick. Magic Molehill Prods. is behind the show, along with Actual Reality Pictures and Triage Ent.