Nat Geo Wild has greenlit a new miniseries and special, both set to premiere in 2015: “Animal Search & Rescue” and “Cesar Millan: Viva Las Vegas!” The announcements were made by Geoff Daniels, the net’s executive vice president and general manager.
“Animal Search & Rescue” follows a team of meteorologists, storm chasers, animal experts and emergency personnel who have banded together to form the ultimate first responder team to rescue trapped and injured pets. The three-part series introduces team leader Karissa Hadden, a veterinary assistant and the founder of the animal disaster rescue charity who works to help animals in distress, and gives an inside look at the heroes on the ground fighting to save animals’ lives.
“What’s incredible about this show is that the team doesn’t just wait for disaster to strike, they actively pursue storms so that they will be on the ground when they hit,” said Daniels. “They know the local first responders aren’t equipped to help pets, so they’ve stepped up to fill a need and reunite families when they need it the most.”
Produced by Millan and David Leepson, “Cesar Millan: Viva Las Vegas!” will film one of Millan’s performances of internationally successful touring show “Cesar Millan LIVE!” and adapt it into a one-hour special. Throughout the run of his show, the famed dog behaviorist has combined humorous anecdotes, audience participation and live demonstrations to rehabilitate dogs and train people live on stage to show them how they can have happier, healthier relationships with their pets. The special will be timed to coincide with the second season of Millan’s series “Cesar 911.”
“Cesar has won over millions of dog owners through his television series, but only fans who have seen him live on stage know how truly dynamic and inspirational he is,” said Daniels. “We’re excited to bring the emotional, oftentimes transformative journey Cesar takes with his audience members into the homes of our viewers for the very first time.”