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Smithsonian Channel bolsters ‘Wild Wednesday’ lineup

Smithsonian Channel is slated to bolster its ‘Wild Wednesday’ lineup when it airs Panama’s Animal Highway and America’s Badlands this December. Panama’s Animal Highway (pictured), which premieres Dec. 13 at 8 ...
November 23, 2017

Smithsonian Channel is slated to bolster its ‘Wild Wednesday’ lineup when it airs Panama’s Animal Highway and America’s Badlands this December.

Panama’s Animal Highway (pictured), which premieres Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT,will document scientists using cutting-edge technology to track animal movements the animals migrating between North and South America.

The Isthmus of Panama serves as a vital thoroughfare providing passage to millions of birds, mammals and reptiles venturing between the two continents.

The one-off film will also look to explore the threats to conservation to the 30-mile wide strip of land, which is now under threat from disappearing forests, rising sea levels and an ever-developing Panamanian infrastructure.

Lucky 8 TV produces Panama’s Animal Highway, with Greg Henry, Kim Woodard, Isaac Holub and Simon Boyce serving as executive producers.

America’s Badlands, meanwhile, will head to South Dakota’s badlands to feature the life of a small town in the grasslands of America’s great wilderness as the seasons change. Through each blistering summer and bitter winter, the program will chronicle a new generation of prairie dog pups under threat on the open plains from badgers, golden eagles, coyotes and climate change.

A Terra Mater Factual Studios and Smithsonian Networks production, Mike Birkhead is producer on the series.

America’s Badlands debuts Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

Tria Thalman and David Royle are executive producers on the two series for the Smithsonian Networks-owned channel.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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