NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL announces third season of emmy-nomiNated hit series DOG WHISPERER with Cesar Millan
New Episodes Currently in Production â€“ Season Three Premieres in October on New Night
-National Geographic Channelâ€™s #1 series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan has been renewed for a third season.
Production is currently underway on 20 new hour-long episodes. For the first time, the series will travel across the country to come to the aid of problem dogs and their desperate owners.Â
In addition to Cesarâ€™s home base of Los Angeles, Calif., episodes for the new season will include canine challenges in New York, N.Y.; Atlanta, Ga., Chicago, Ill., Dallas, Texas, Omaha, Neb., and Cleveland, Ohio.Â Premiering in October and moving to Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the new episodes will also feature celebrities, including Jada Pinkett-Smith and Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen.
A favorite of Oprah Winfrey, Cesar was also parodied on a recent episode of South Park, and his book Cesarâ€™s Way has been a #1 fixture on the New York Times best seller list for the past nine weeks.Â
The second season of Dog Whisperer â€“ recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy award â€“ included actress Denise Richards learning how to become the pack leader in her house, the reunion of an abandoned Hurricane Katrina dog with its owner and a trip to a womenâ€™s correctional facility in Los Vegas where Cesar helped with the Pups on Parole program.
â€œCesar, with his passion for the well-being of all dogs, is inspirational to watch.Â We could not be more excited about moving forward with a new season,â€ commented John Ford, executive vice president of programming for NGC.Â â€œIn just its second season, the series has become a breakout hit for the channel; the new episodes will take viewers to cities around the nation to experience Cesarâ€™s magic.â€
“With the ever-growing popularity of his show, book, DVDs and seminars, Cesar has become a true phenomenon,” added Jim Milio, an executive producer of Dog Whisperer and co-chair of MPH Entertainment. Â “The incredible success of the show on National Geographic Channel is the engine that powers the phenomenon, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with NGC on a new season of the show.”
With more than 20 years of experience working with canines, Millan has been called a Dr. Phil for dogs, and for good reason.Â Each episode of Dog Whisperer documents Cesarâ€™s amazing rehabilitations of aggressive, scared, lazy, compulsive and jealous dogs â€“ and the families who are usually in the dark about how their own behavior contributes to the dogsâ€™ quirky traits.
Dog Whisperer is produced by MPH Entertainment and Emery/Sumner Productions for National Geographic Channel.Â Executive producers for MPH Entertainment are Jim Milio, Melissa Jo Peltier and Mark Hufnail.Â Sheila Possner Emery and Kay Bachman Sumner are producers.Â For National Geographic Channel, senior executive producer for season three is Char Swerwa.Â Senior vice president of special programming is Michael Cascio.Â Executive in charge of production is John Ford.
For more information, visit www.ngcdogwhisperer.com.
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channel (NGC) is a joint venture between National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F) and Fox Cable Networks. Since launching in January 2001, NGC initially earned some of the fastest distribution growth in the history of cable and more recently the fastest ratings growth in television. The network celebrated its fifth anniversary January 2006 with the launch of NGC HD which provides the spectacular imagery that National Geographic is known for in stunning high definition. NGC has carriage with all of the nation’s major cable and satellite television providers, making it currently available to 59 million homes. For more information, please visit www.nationalgeographic.com/channel.
Russell Howard, National Geographic Channel, 202-912-6652, RHoward@natgeochannel.com
Chris Albert, National Geographic Channel, 202-912-6526, CAlbert@natgeochannel.com
Nord Wennerstrom, The Fratelli Group, 202-496-2124, NWennerstrom@fratelli.com