“The Open Road with Dr. Chris” Joins the Three Hour Saturday Morning Block
CBS announced today that a new series, THE OPEN ROAD WITH DR. CHRIS, will join THE CBS DREAM TEAM, IT’S EPIC! three-hour Saturday morning block when it returns for its fourth season, Saturday, Oct. 1 (9:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
The CBS DREAM TEAM Saturday morning line up is a diverse, family friendly schedule featuring compelling shows and stories of hope and compassion designed to enlighten, teach and inspire viewers to make a greater commitment to themselves, their families and their communities. The block is FCC educational/informational compliant, targeted to 13- to 16-year-olds and appealing to all viewers.
THE OPEN ROAD WITH DR. CHRIS is hosted by renowned veterinarian Dr. Chris Brown, who also hosts DR. CHRIS PET VET. Complimenting Dr. Chris’ dedication to animal care and environmental stewardship, he embarks on an extraordinary journey around the globe, introducing young people to exhilarating experiences, from hiking in the heart of a volcano to swimming with humpback whales. Each episode will feature Dr. Chris in a culturally diverse destination where he will uncover the best- kept secret of the region. Whether he’s exploring the history of the Chilean capital or coming face-to-face with a live volcano in Vanuatu, THE OPEN ROAD WITH DR. CHRIS is the viewer’s passport to a rare educational adventure.
In addition, the following series will return to THE CBS DREAM TEAM, IT’S EPIC! Saturday morning line up:
Emmy Award-winning host and animal trainer Brandon McMillan works with animal shelters across the U.S. to save one dog at a time, as he rescues lonely, unwanted dogs living without hope. Then, back at Brandon’s training facility known as the Lucky Dog Ranch, he goes to work on the seemingly impossible task of turning the frightened pooches into perfect pets. “From hopeless to a home” is Brandon’s mission, which he brings to life in each episode as a lucky family adopts an even luckier dog. This year, LUCKY DOG won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series.
DR. CHRIS PET VET
Chronicling the adventures of Dr. Chris Brown, DR. CHRIS PET VET allows viewers a unique insight into the life of one of the world’s busiest vets and the animals he devotes his days to caring for and treating. For those animals that require specialist services, Dr. Chris calls on his good friend and colleague Dr. Lisa Chimes, who works at a small animal specialist hospital. Each episode leaves viewers with a sense of hope and survival with a carefully crafted mix of human and animal interest stories, and featuring a variety of animals.
THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION
INNOVATION NATION, hosted by Mo Rocca of CBS SUNDAY MORNING, is an Emmy Award winning celebration of the inventor’s spirit - from historic scientific pioneers throughout past centuries to the forward-looking visionaries of today. Each episode tells the dramatic stories behind the world’s greatest inventions - and the perseverance, passion and price required to bring them to life. This year, INNOVATION NATION won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Special Class.
THE INSPECTORS is a scripted dramatic series set in Washington, D.C., inspired by compelling real cases handled by the United States Postal Inspection Service. In the series, Preston Wainwright (Bret Green), a determined teen who is thriving after being paralyzed in a car accident, works as an intern assisting his U.S. Postal Inspector mom, Amanda (Daytime Emmy Award winner Jessica Lundy), to solve crimes that deal with everything from internet scams, identity and mail theft, to consumer fraud. In season two, Preston continues to overcome barriers to get closer to achieving his goal of becoming a federal U.S. Postal agent. THE INSPECTORS strives to educate young people about making the right choices in their daily lives, encourages open communication between teens and parents and includes positive messaging regarding living with disabilities, overcoming challenges, beating the odds and the power of perseverance. Also starring in the series are Terry Serpico, Harrison Knight and Erica-Marie Sanchez. The United States Postal Inspection Service, the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency, will serve as the show’s official programming resource.
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL’S HIDDEN HEROES
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL’S HIDDEN HEROES, hosted by Brooke Burke-Charvet, is a television show developed for teens in which each episode reveals the widespread goodwill in our world by secretly capturing heroes in action as they demonstrate acts of kindness, compassion and commitment to others. Highlighted by funny, light-hearted moments, the show shines a bright light on everyday people who selflessly share their positive attitudes towards society and life with others by doing good deeds. Each episode of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes features three scenarios that capture everyday heroes in action in a highly entertaining and interactive format.
Following is the “CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!” Saturday morning lineup for the 2016-17 season as of Oct. 1: (Schedule’s day and time may differ market-to-market. Check local listings.)
9:00-9:30 AM, ET LUCKY DOG
9:30-10:00 AM, ET DR. CHRIS PET VET
10:00-10:30 AM, ET THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION
10:30-11:00 AM, ET THE INSPECTORS
11:00-11:30 AM, ET CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL’S HIDDEN HEROES
11:30-12:00 PM, ET THE OPEN ROAD WITH DR. CHRIS (NEW)
Please note: In some markets, CBS News’ CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY will be broadcast 7:00-9:00 AM, ET/PT.
CHEAT TWEET: 4th season of #CBSDreamTeam Saturday morning line up premieres 10/1 with 1 new show! @CBSTheOpenRoad with Dr Chris!
CBS Twitter: @CBSTweet
Talent on Twitter:
Mo Rocca @MoRocca
Brandon McMillan @BrandonMcMillan
Dr. Chris Brown @BondiVet
Brooke Burke-Charvet @brookeburke
Bret Green @bretjgreen
Terry Serpico @terryserpico
Shows on Twitter:
CBS Dream Team
Dr. Chris Pet Vet
Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes
The Open Road with Dr. Chris
About Litton Entertainment
Litton Entertainment is the preeminent independent producer and distributor in the U.S. television industry creating and distributing quality programming for over twenty years. Litton’s Weekend Adventure, produced by Litton Studios, was the first program block of its kind and airs Saturdays on ABC stations nationwide. Litton’s Weekend Adventure features original E/I series including Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, Emmy® winning Rock the Park, Emmy® winning Sea Rescue and Emmy® nominated The Wildlife Docs. Litton Entertainment provides CBS Network with six original programs for Saturday mornings called CBS Dream Team: It’s Epic!, including Emmy® winning Lucky Dog, Emmy® winning The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca, Emmy® winning The Inspectors, and Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes. Litton also provides The CW Network with One Magnificent Morning, a five-hour destination featuring E/I programming in its second season and on October 1, 2016 Litton will begin providing NBC stations six original E/I series under the iconic brand, The More You Know. Litton’s syndication and news division distributes a diverse slate of programs including the new E/I block Go Time! launching in Fall 2016 and Consumer Reports TV and The Consumer Alert News Network. For more information about Litton Entertainment, visit www.litton.tv.
About CBS Corporation:
CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand — “the Eye” — one of the most recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International, CBS Television Distribution, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Interactive, CBS Films, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Pop (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to www.cbscorporation.com.
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Meg Lavigne (Litton)