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?