Liz Calvario I Deadline
The 2017–2018 slate is dividend into three programming themes: Fun, with programming and characters that help us find the humor and joy in animals and the world they live in; Heart, with dedicated and inspirational characters who care for animals; and Wild, with expansive and immersive stories set in the natural world.
“Animal Planet’s upfront slate will bring viewers programming that focuses squarely on our brand. We want Animal Planet to be the place where our super fans can be entertained, enlightened and excited about animals and by animals,” said Patrice Andrews, General Manager of Animal Planet.
Pit Bulls & Parolees features Tia Torres, a true believer in second chances. For more than 20 years, Tia has dedicated her life to Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest pit bull rescue center in the U.S. She has also offered a fresh start to more than 50 parolees and a new lease on life to dogs that were discarded, demonized and abused, often due solely to the reputation of their breed. Now more than ever, she must rely on her children, their significant others and the parolees to follow in her footsteps and keep the ever-expanding rescue running effectively in multiple locations. Tia fights the never-ending battle and emotional rollercoaster of running the nation’s largest pit bull sanctuary where each new day brings happiness or heartbreak – and sometimes both.
Cindy McLennan I TV Series Finale
The eighth season of the Pit Bulls and Parolees TV show premieres on Animal Planet, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 9:00pm ET/PT. The reality series follows Tia Torres at her Villalobos Rescue Center, in New Orleans, LA. Because Torres is injured in the season debut, her family must step up to keep the center running.
The rescue tries to rehabilitate abused Pit Bulls who are frequently demonized as a dangerous breed. Torres staffs Villalobos with parolees, who also find a new lease on life, working with the dogs. Rasha Drachkovitch, Billy Cooper and Dave Luce executive produce for 44 Blue Productions. Lisa Lucas executive produces for Animal Planet.