“Hope in the Wild” Joins the Three-Hour Saturday Morning Block
CBS announced today that the sixth season of CBS DREAM TEAM… IT’S EPIC!, the three-hour Saturday morning block, will premiere Saturday, Sept. 29 (9:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. HOPE IN THE WILD, a new live action series, will join the lineup.
HOPE IN THE WILD follows Hope Swinimer, a wildlife rehabilitation expert, and her dedicated team as they rescue and heal injured and orphaned animals of all kinds. Hope’s passion for wildlife conservation shines through everything she does to lead her team on their mission to care for and return each animal to the wild. From the pressure of saving an animal in critical condition, to the joy in witnessing its victorious return home, HOPE IN THE WILD will educate viewers on the day-to-day jobs of this animal care team and the species they encounter. This program is specifically designed to further the educational and informational needs of children, has educating and informing children as a significant purpose, and otherwise meets the definition of Core Programming as specified in the Commission’s rules.
The CBS DREAM TEAM Saturday morning lineup 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 following series will return to THE CBS DREAM TEAM, IT’S EPIC! Saturday morning lineup:
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. Brandon McMillan received his second Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Travel/Children’s or Family Viewing Program Award in 2018, and LUCKY DOG received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series in 2016.
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, featuring a variety of animals.
THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION
INNOVATION NATION, hosted by Mo Rocca of CBS SUNDAY MORNING, is a Daytime 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. Featuring “MoCabulary,” where bigger words used in the episode are defined; “The Mo You Know” quizzes about current and past inventions; and Mo Rocca connecting with innovators all over the world, this series appeals to young viewers and their families. INNOVATION NATION received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Special Class in 2016.
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 young man 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 four, Preston’s dreams of walking again one day have taken a huge step toward reality. But the hard part has just begun, and his recovery becomes as mental as it is physical. Also, Preston and his friends, Veronica (Erica-Marie Sanchez) and Noah (Harrison Knight), begin their senior year at Jamestown University and start to think about life after college. From their careers to their relationships, they will face major choices that will shape their destinies. 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. Terry Serpico also stars. The United States Postal Inspection Service, the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency, serves as the show’s official programming resource.
PET VET DREAM TEAM
PET VET DREAM TEAM follows talented veterinarians Dr. Lisa Chimes and Dr. Andrew Marchevsky of the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH), where they deal with compelling cases of ailing and injured pets. Viewers also see exotic animal expert Tim Faulkner in action at the Australian Reptile Park, where he cares for animals big and small, from crocodiles to koalas. Together, these three authorities race to cure their furry and feathered charges – educating viewers on a range of medical procedures and zoological practices along the way. As viewers catch a behind-the-scenes look at the veterinary profession, they also learn responsibility and empathy for animals of all kinds through the passionate work of the PET VET DREAM TEAM.
The following is the “CBS Dream Team… It’s Epic!” Saturday morning lineup for the 2018-2019 season as of Sept. 29. Schedule’s day and time may differ market-to-market. Check local listings.
9:00-9:30 AM, ET | LUCKY DOG (6th Season)
9:30-10:00 AM, ET | DR. CHRIS PET VET (6th Season)
10:00-10:30 AM, ET | THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION (5th Season)
10:30-11:00 AM, ET | THE INSPECTORS (4th Season)
11:00-11:30 AM, ET | HOPE IN THE WILD (New)
11:30-12:00 PM, ET | PET VET DREAM TEAM (2nd Season)
Please note: In some markets, CBS News’ CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY will be broadcast 7:00-9:00 AM, ET/PT.
CHEAT TWEET: Season 6 of Saturday’s #CBSDreamTeam premieres 9/29 with new show @CBSHopeinWild with #HopeSwinimer and returning faves @CBSLuckyDog @CBSPetVet @CBSInnovationNationTV @CBSInspectors and @cbsvetteam!
CBS Twitter: @CBSTweet
Talent on Twitter:
Mo Rocca | @MoRocca
Brandon McMillan | @BrandonMcMillan
Dr. Chris Brown | @DrChrisBrown
Bret Green | @bretjgreen
Terry Serpico | @terryserpico
Harrison Knight | @harrisonxknight
Erica-Marie Sanchez | @ericamsanchez
Dr. Lisa Chimes | @DrLisaChimes
Tim Faulkner | @TimsWildlife
Shows on Twitter:
CBS Dream Team | @CBSDreamTeam
Lucky Dog | @CBSLuckyDog
Innovation Nation | @CBSInnovationTV
Dr. Chris Pet Vet | @CBSPetVet
The Inspectors | @CBSInspectors
Pet Vet Dream Team | @CBSVetTeam
Hope in the Wild | @CBSHopeinWild
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 20 years with a specialty in educational and informational (“E/I”) programming. Litton talent and crews can often be found on all five continents producing Emmy winning, rich and nutritious content distributed worldwide. Litton's Weekend Adventure, produced by Litton Studios, was the first program block of its kind and airs Saturdays on ABC stations nationwide. Litton Entertainment provides CBS Network with six original programs for Saturday mornings called CBS Dream Team: It's Epic!; The CW Network with One Magnificent Morning, a three-hour destination featuring E/I programming; and NBC stations with 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! and Consumer Reports TV. For more information, visit http://www.litton.tv. Litton is majority-owned by Hearst: http://www.hearst.com/
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, local TV, film, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’ businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), Network Ten Australia, 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, and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to www.cbscorporation.com.
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