Animal Planet is getting into the increasingly popular aftershow business. Immediately following the April 6 season premiere of its hit series River Monsters, Animal Planet will air the live special River Monsters: Live With Jeremy Wade.
The half-hour River Monsters aftershow will air at 11/10c following the show's two-hour premiere. Animal Planet's River Monsters exec producer Lisa Lucas will host the show, which will be telecast live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. An additional half hour will then run exclusively on AnimalPlanet.com from 11:30/10:30c to midnight/11c.
River Monsters: Live With Jeremy Wade will feature audience questions as well as a sneak preview of Season 6. Animal Planet's most-watched series, River Monsters follows Wade as he travels the globe in search of killer fish. Along the way, he looks to confirm whether tall tales of deadly encounters with the fish are fact or fiction.
Buoyed by the success of AMC's Talking Dead, several networks are now getting into the aftershow business (which really dates back to MTV's mid-1990s Real World reunions, if not earlier). This is the first for Animal Planet.