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New Season of DOGTOWN To Premiere in January 2010

[Press Release - Released by National Geographic Channel] NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A NEW SEASON OF DOGTOWN New Episodes Follow the Adoption of One of the Michael Vick Pit Bulls; the Rehabilitation of a Shepherd Mix Rescued From the Lebanon-Israel War; Dogs Abandoned Because of the Economy; and a Morbidly Obese Chihuahua in Need of a "Biggest Loser" Makeover 10 New Episodes Begin Friday, January 1, at 10 PM ET/PT (WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 2, 2009) Ring in the New Year with a new season of DogTown starting Friday, January 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on theNational Geographic Channel. The hit series returns with 10 new episodes that follow the rehabilitation of abandoned, neglected and misfit dogs at DogTown, the last-hope refuge that's part of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest no-kill animal facility in the country. With the recent economic downturn, many families are forced to give up their pets, even as shelters overflow. This season we meet Lucille, a sweet-natured shar-pei mix who was abandoned and left behind due to a home foreclosure crisis. Her health deteriorated, and now it's up to the DogTown staff to give her a canine bailout. In January 2008 DogTown was entrusted with 22 of Michael Vick's pit bulls. Now, as Vick attempts to start over, we document the story of former Vick dog, Handsome Dan, as he is transformed from an emotionally crippled pit bull into one with a chance of finding a loving home. The tolls of war affect not only people - and the team finds that out firsthand as they rehabilitate a shepherd mix who survived the Lebanon-Israel war. Also, as hard as it is for humans to lose weight, the challenge may be greater when it comes to a morbidly obese Chihuahua, so overweight she looks like she swallowed a pineapple! To Read More Click Here .

Tonight's TV Hot List for Friday, April 17, 2009

* SpongeBob SquarePants ( pm/ET Nickelodeon) Johnny Depp is well-known for playing pirate Jack Sparrow, but tonight he provides the voice of a very different sea-loving Jack: Jack Kahuna Laguna (aka JKL), a buff, blond surf guru. SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward seek out JKL's expertise when they become stranded on a remote island. They learn that the only way to get home is to surf "The Big One" - a legendary wave that can take them back to Bikini Bottom. But first, they need to learn how to ride that wave without wiping out. Surf's up, dude! * Prison Break (9 pm/ET Fox) As Prison Break went down for its annual winter's nap in December, we learned not only that Michael and Linc's mother is alive (and played by Kathleen Quinlan) but that she's - uh-oh -Company. Now the boys are back for the series' final batch of episodes, and they'll have to deal with her. Linc's first, beginning tonight in Miami, where he, T-Bag, Mahone and Self are working for Pad Man. Meanwhile, Michael and Sara are heading east from L.A. It won't be a fun trip. * Now on PBS (8:30 pm/ET PBS) It goes without saying that climate change is more than just an environmental concern. In this edition of Now, David Brancaccio examines the far-reaching consequences that unfettered global warming will have, including in the arenas of the food supply, water rights and national security. * Stranger Among Bears (10 pm/ET Animal Planet) Domestication is sooo yesterday. Living with wild animals is where it's at these days. Having lived among Alaska's grizzly and black-bear population for more than 20 years, the time has come for bear enthusiast Charles Vandergaw to share his day-to-day experiences with the world. This new series documents Vandergaw's relationship with the bears and his struggles with local authorities and disapproving neighbors, who are trying to stop his way of life. In the first episode, the cameraman learns it's not a good idea to get between a mother and her cub. * DogTown (10 pm/ET National Geographic) Not only is Grammy winner Emmylou Harris a talented singer-songwriter, she's also a passionate animal lover who has established a sanctuary for rescued dogs in her own home. She has helped lots of abandoned pups find permanent homes, but a vicious shepherd mix named Gunnar is giving her a very hard time. DogTown animal-behavior specialist Sherry Woodard heads to Nashville to help the country-music star socialize the severely aggressive canine, so that one day he can be adopted into a loving family, too. Source here