Ecollywood: Odds and ends
Dogs, whales and snakes on TV and film.
Wed, May 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Photo: Brian Friedman/CBS
What Cesar Millan is to the west coast, Justin Silver is to the east: a trainer and behaviorist who, starting May 30 (and repeating June 3), will counsel New York City dwellers with problem pets or dog-related domestic issues in the CBS series "Dogs in the City." He'll tackle canine obesity and misbehavior, a dog that's having trouble adjusting to his owners' divorce, and help a couple in which the woman is afraid of her boyfriend's golden retriever. Silver is the founder of Funny for Fido, a nonprofit that raises money for homeless animals by producing a yearly stand-up comedy event.
For a different look at dog training, the recently released Japanese film "Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog" follows the training of a service dog that becomes the eyes for a reluctant, stubborn man who gradually comes out of his shell and bonds with his companion.
Tune in: Snakes are the subject of PBS' programming on May 30, starting with "Black Mamba" on "Nature," segueing to "Venom: Nature's Killer" on "Nova," and ending with "Monster Python" on "Inside Nature's Giants."
The Sea Shepherd's crusade to save cetaceans continues when "Whale Wars" has its season premiere June 1 on Animal Planet.
Al Roker moderates the first annual National History Bee, a two-hour special premiering June 1 on History Channel. 32 regional winners will compete for the title and a $50,000 prize.