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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.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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