Thursday, June 25, 2009

Animal Planet's Giving Me A Birthday Gift!

I've thought for a long time that Animal Planet has been dropping the ball on something. You see, they're supposed to be a whole network dedicated to Animals. Large, small, domesticated, wild - all of them. And they generally do a great job of that. They have specials about all kinds of creatures, from the littlest bugs to the largest whales. But they have overlooked one kind of animal, and it's kind of a biggie. Of course, since it's me talking, I'm referring to parasites.

I mean, come on - it's the most popular lifestyle on earth (just ask Carl Zimmer). How can a channel dedicated to animals of all kinds ignore the largest group of animals we have?

They can't - and they aren't. This summer, Animal Planet is premiering a new series called "Monsters Inside Me," a lovely foray into the disgusting, fascinating, and dangerous parasites that live inside people. As they write in their press release for the show:'

Not all monsters are big. In fact, some of the most deadly organisms in the world are invisible to the human eye. Using size to their advantage, microscopic parasites quietly invade their hosts without fear of inhibition or detection. Once inside, these creatures wait in concealment for months, or sometimes years, before striking—all the while, silently feeding off their victims...

“MONSTERS INSIDE ME is part horror movie, part medical detective story,” says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. “Parasites live everywhere—our water, soil and even in the air we breath. When it comes to these stealth creatures, there’s no where to hide.”

It's as if they heard my unspoken demands and decided to make an entire series to placate my whims - and, just to let me know that it's just for me, they're premiering it next week on July 1st - MY BIRTHDAY. It's the best birthday gift Animal Planet could have gotten me*!

Monsters Inside Me is hosted by biologist Dan Riskin, who has a PhD from Cornell and currently works at Brown University studying the only mammalian parasite in the world - the Vampire Bat. He, along with medical professionals, probe into real cases of people infected with parasites large and small, from annoying to life-threatening.

Anyhow, mark your calendars for July 1st at 9 PM EST! I'm also working on getting you some special sneak peaks or behind the scenes info from Animal Planet... so stay tuned!

*besides a nice, face-to-face interview with Dave Salmoni - HINT HINT


MObugs said...

EWWW I can hardly wait!
Happy Birthday. I can see it now, a bottle of wine, a comfy chair and parasites galore! Enjoy!

drana said...

I always post your parasite links as I, too, am obsessed by parasites. I only wish I had a TV to watch this momentous event. Hopefully it will be on DVD someday. Keep posting!!

Irradiatus said...

meh - I'm sick to freaking death of nature shows catering to fear, fear, fear the natural world.

Giant things that can KILL you. Disaster scenarios.
Medical Monsters and Freaks.
The ten most deadly blah blah blah.

It's almost as bad as the Discovery Channel and others devoting hours and hours to pseudoscience crap. The real Jesus. Dead sea scrolls. Nostradumbass. Ghosts.

Sorry - I've become very disgusted by "nature" and "science" television as of late.

However, nat geo has been impressing me (like the "in the womb" series they sent me a month or two ago and the others we've reviewed)

Christie Lynn said...



I get what you're saying. I'm just glad they finally decided to do a show about parasites at all - I mean, geez, how many of them do there have to be to get a little attention?

Stephanie B said...

Oh, excellent. Clearly, they are fans of your blog.

Danielle Brigida said...

Hope your birthday was super! That's awesome about Animal Planet.

Joost Hoogstrate said...

Hi Christie, that’s a good one. It’s weird but true that the most abundant kind of life form in this world is invisible to the naked eye as the http://climatarians.org also reveals. Not many people realize that. We come in contact with them every day of our lives. Many of them live inside our body. And yet we are blissfully ignorant about their existence. Nice that you’ve brought this thought. And it’s nice to know that Discovery Channel is thinking along with you!

Joost Hoogstrate