Animal Planet greenlights animal variety series

Black-ish star Anthony Anderson (pictured) will host the weekly comedy-variety series Animal Review for the Discovery-owned cable network.
September 7, 2016

Animal Planet has ordered an animal variety show hosted by comedian and producer Anthony Anderson (pictured).

Due to premiere in 2017, Animal Review (working title) is a one-hour weekly comedy-variety series that will tap into pop culture and political conversations around animals. The format will feature celebrity guests and their pets, animal experts and correspondents on location.

It also marks the Discovery-owned cable net’s first foray into the comedy-variety format since 1995 when it aired the Andy Kindler-hosted celebrity pet show The Pet Shop.

Comedy Dynamics (History’s Join or Die with Craig Ferguson) is producing the series, with Brian Volk-Weiss, Cisco Henson Jeff Cesario, E. Brian Dobbins, Edwin Zane and Michael Pelmont serving as exec producers. Keith Hoffman is the exec producer for Animal Planet.

Anderson was recently nominated for two Emmys – as lead actor and executive producer – for the ABC series Black-ish.

“Some of my favorite TV moments have been watching iconic TV hosts like Johnny Carson and David Letterman interact with their animal guests,” Anderson said in a statement. “They are some truly classic unscripted moments that have made TV history.”

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