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Do You Want Animal Planet to Be Cuddly or Thought-Provoking?


The Associated Press reports that Animal Planet is looking to attract young adult viewers with more "gripping entertainment." One of the "edgier" programs on tap is a series about Japanese whale hunting called Whale Wars, which chronicles the tense battles between whalers and activists.

This is a far cry from the cuddly programming on Animal Planet like Puppy Bowl. On the other hand, it could lead to more shows that raise awareness of grave issues facing the animals we know and love. Is this a programming change you're open to, or should Animal Planet stick to the cute stuff?

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tglynn tglynn 8 years
Are you kidding? Both are good. I LOVE the SPCAs in New York, Houston, and Miami.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Definitely both. I think Animal Planet as a channel actually has a responsibility to show what is happening to the animals in our society. Abused, unwanted, and exploited animals should be getting just as much (if not more) coverage as a dog that can bark "Mamma". Although hard to watch, shows like Animal Cops do a huge service by educating their viewers on the horrible things people do to animals. I don't usually see issues like hoarding, pit bull fighting rings, and animal abandonment on other networks.
TASTEthiss TASTEthiss 8 years
BOTH!!
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
both...the thought provoking shows are essential...but, kids luv the cutesy stuff too...so do I ;)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm with the majority - that it can be both thought provoking and cuddly. i think that sometimes you just need the balance to make you think about things, but not to be over the top serious.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 8 years
why not both?
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 8 years
I agree too, go with both. If people don't want to watch the gritty stuff they can change the channel. It's important for people to know what really happens to unwanted/ overbred/ abused animals- AP is the right venue for it, rather that discovery or some other channel. And I too looooove the heartwarming stories at the end of the animal cop shows.
Bookish Bookish 8 years
They should do both, I think. Nothing wrong with watching puppies frolic, then later watching a thought-provoking documentary.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
I think they'd be smart to keep it cute and cuddly. That's why I dont watch AP anymore, I dont want to see upsetting videos of animals who have been abused. I think they'll get better ratings if they just go for positive and funny stories. I think people who want thought provoking stuff usually stick to channels like National Geographic, Discovery Channel, etc. so AP shouldnt even waste its time trying to cover the serious stories! ;)
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
I absolutely want it both ways.
robinesque robinesque 8 years
Thought-provoking for my kids. So sick of all the fluff they watch, so I invite them in my room and start commenting on a lot of things, which, in turn, grabs their interest as well. Much more satisfying to me as a mother that they are watching something of substance. The like Jeff Corwin and Ten Most...whatever.
Trixie6 Trixie6 8 years
Just an afterthought - Watching Animal Cops prompted our family to donate to the ASPCA.
Trixie6 Trixie6 8 years
I love Animal Planet. I agree with CJane & Phasekitty - the Animal Cops shows are heartbreaking. I love the happy endings, though, and usually wind up teary eyed. My favorite right now is "It's Me or The Dog." LOVE that show. I think Animal Planet can do both. They need to strike a good balance between being edgy & being cute.
Food Food 8 years
CJaneTyp - oh good point, I was addicted to Animal Cops for a while, and then one day I just couldn't take it anymore, it was so sad and depressing.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I happen to harbor a deep love for Animal Planet, having fallen asleep to it every night, and watched a lot of their programming by day, throughout high school and college. Now not so much, though I still keep a Jeff Corwin Experience season pass on my Tivo. I love their safari and discovery shows and CJane is right, their animal cop shows are terrifying. But I always changed the channel when junk like Planet's Funniest Animals came on because their cutesy stuff drove me nuts. Pet Star was fun, but other than that, their intelligent shows are where it's at. I miss King of the Jungle- I used to seriously watch that every Monday night!
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 8 years
How can you say "stick to the cute stuff"? Haven't you ever seen one of the Animal Police shows? That stuff is heartbreaking and not for the weak of stomach/ heart. And the vets shows?
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