Thursday, May 1, 2014

Animal Planet's Monster Week is Coming...

Earth is ripe with obscure creatures and monumental mysteries that remain tucked away beyond the edges of the map, but this Monster Week, these beasts have nowhere to hide. Animal Planet’s giant of a week returns for its third year and is so large it needs nine days to tell the frightfully fun and over-the-top tales of the monsters that lurk below water and stalk on land.

Beginning Sunday, May 18, at 9 PM ET/PT, join Animal Planet’s Showtime Eric Young as he hosts nightly premieres of programming, which include the network’s marquee two-hour special, Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, special premieres of fan-favorite River Monsters and many more monstrous specials that transport viewers out of their living rooms and put them face to face with the colossal beasts that lurk just below the surface, and sometimes, right outside their front doors.

Premiering Sunday, May 25, at 9 PM ET/PT, Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, from the creators of Sharknado, serves as a frightening reminder that monsters come in all shapes and sizes and can attack when you least expect. Actors Shannen Doherty (90210), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) and Jason Brooks (Days of Our Lives) star in the thriller set in small-town Michigan, where lampreys terrorize the residents, and each dip in the pool or trip to the toilet turns into a life-or-death situation. Looking for their next blood-filled victim, lampreys, which are eel-like fish with huge-toothed, funnel-like mouths, insinuate their slimy bodies throughout the town’s sewer system. There is absolutely nowhere to run, and no one is safe. When are they going to strike next? Who’s the next victim? The only thing you can be sure of is that it’s going to suck – big time!

For those who survive the blood lake, they’re in for a final Monster Week treat. The week concludes on Monday, May 26, at 9 PM ET/PT, with the season finale of River Monsters. Extreme angler Jeremy Wade dives deep into South American waters to investigate the legend of the “Water Mama,” a monstrous beast that leaves carnage behind and blood in its wake. People are disappearing without a trace, and Wade is determined to uncover the truth behind this beastly mystery. But, as he gets closer to debunking the myth, he learns he may actually reveal “killer mermaids.”

Not all the action in the most anticipated week in cable takes place in the water. On land, Monster Week has you covered with Nature’s Most Wanted (working title), a special that follows a quest to find and relocate a gigantic crocodile that is tormenting a local village, and Man-Eating Zombie Cats, about big cats with an incurable pathogen and a sensational thirst for human blood.

Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys is produced for Animal Planet by The Aslyum. Erin Wanner is the executive producer and Hilary Tholen is the producer for Animal Planet. For The Asylum, David Rimawi is executive producer, David Michale Latt is producer, Paul Bales is a co-producer and David Garber is the associate producer. The project was developed for Animal Planet by Vice President of Development Andy Berg.

The following specials are slated to premiere during Monster Week:

River Monsters: Bone Crusher
Sunday, May 18, at 9 PM ET/PT
When a corpse is found with highly unusual injuries, extreme angler Jeremy Wade instinctively knows he may be on the trail of a new monster. Digging deeper, he soon uncovers the dead body is only the tip of the iceberg – the region has had a recent spike in unexplained disappearances, and locals have sighted a huge unknown creature patrolling the water. Is there a connection between these things, or is it only circumstance? To solve this mystery, Jeremy must confront one of his biggest fears and faces a river monster with which he never has dealt before. (View River Monsters Ekit)
River Monsters Unhooked: Amazon Apocalypse
Monday, May 19, at 9 PM ET/PT
In this special River Monsters Unhooked, go behind the scenes with extreme angler Jeremy Wade as he uncovers the truth behind the Amazon Apocalypse. It was hailed as the safest boat on the Amazon River, but when the Sobral Santos sank in the middle of a pitch-black night, it’s said many of the fated passengers were eaten alive. The death toll reached the hundreds – more than all of Wade’s previous River Monsters investigations combined.

Man-Eating Zombie Cats
Tuesday, May 20, at 8 PM ET/PT
An incurable zombie-like pathogen is spreading fast and giving big cats around the world a sensational thirst for blood – human blood. These now-mindless predators are fearless man-killers and are stalking the human population. Can anything be done to stop these ruthless felines?

Devoured: Man-Eating Super Snake
Thursday, May 22, at 8 PM ET/PT
South Florida is under siege from a new invasive species. This time, they’re man-eaters: African rock pythons. These lethal giant constrictors are one of nature’s most aggressive snakes. As exotic pets or in the wild, they have attacked and killed humans. Now on the loose in Florida, they threaten the safety of people, native animals and the ecosystem. These predators currently are confined to an area west of Miami, and if they make it to the Everglades and interbreed with another invasive behemoth – the Burmese python – they could birth a terrifying, hybrid, man-eating super snake. Authorities are battling to stop these ferocious killer aliens, but are they too late?

Mermaids: The Body Found – The Extended Cut
Saturday, May 24, at 8 PM ET/PT
Mermaids: The Body Found – The Extended Cut looks even further into the story about evolutionary possibility grounded in scientific theory, which blends real-life events and phenomena with a first-hand account of a team of government scientists who testify they found the remains of a never-before-identified sea creature with ties to human origins – a mermaid. Stunning computer animation, eyewitness video and photographic evidence shows us what the mermaid looks like, and questions are raised about whether the government is involved in a massive cover-up, hiding information about the possible survival of these creatures and if they exist today.

Mermaids: The New Evidence – The Extended Cut
Saturday, May 24, at 10 PM ET/PT
Mermaids: The New Evidence – The Extended Cut digs deeper into an exclusive interview with Dr. Paul Robertson, former NOAA scientist who led last year’s investigation in Mermaids: The Body Found.

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