“Life is Wild”: But Is It Wilder in the U.K. or the U.S.?

Wild1_4Wild2_3 It’s a “Wild” back-to-back scheduling of continental proportions.

BBC America has slated the second season of “Wild at Heart” — the U.K. drama about a family that flees British city life to run a game park in South Africa — Sundays at 7 p.m. (ET) starting Oct. 14. That means it will run an hour before The CW’s “Life is Wild” — the new U.S. drama about, you guessed it, a family that flees American city life to run a game park in South Africa.

Yes, “Life is Wild” is based on “Wild at Heart” — part of this season’s Brit invasion (see also: “Viva Laughlin,” “Kitchen Nightmares” and the sheer number of U.K. thesps lighting up U.S. small screens). “Life is Wild” even shoots on the same set as the U.K. original (and, I presume, uses some of the same animals).

“Life is Wild” will air Sundays at 8 p.m. starting Oct. 7, which means you can flip to the CW and re-live the same concept you watched an hour prior (but with better teeth — hey, it’s a joke!). Then decide for yourself whether you prefer your family-in-South-Africa dramas with a Yankee accent or a British one.

— MICHAEL SCHNEIDER

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