Animal Review (working title), premiering in 2017, will have celebrity guests, animal experts and, of course, animals, on set. Field correspondents will check out the latest hot spots for pets, and animal news. Videos will be curated for buzz-worthiness by producers and Anderson. And, anticipating your question, viewers will not be asked to submit video for this weekly one-hour show – so it will not be like America’s Funniest Home Videos. And it will not just feature the cute and cuddly; creepy and crawly will get their close-ups too.
“Some of my favorite TV moments have been watching iconic hosts like Johnny Carson and David Letterman interact with their animal guests,” Anderson said of his new hosting duties. “They are some truly classic unscripted moments that made TV history.” Anderson recently snagged two Emmy noms as lead actor and exec producer on ABC’s black-ish,
Animal Planet’s General Manager Patrice Andrews, meanwhile, said she was drawn to Anderson’s “style and enthusiasm for the animal world and all its curiosities.”
Animal Review will be produced for Animal Planet by Comedy Dynamics. Brian Volk-Weiss, Cisco Henson Jeff Cesario, E. Brian Dobbins, Edwin Zane and Michael Pelmont are executive producers for Comedy Dynamics. Keith Hoffman will exec produce, Pat Dempsey and Sarah Russell are associate producers for Animal Planet. The series was developed by Animal Planet’s Kurt Tondorf.