Nat Geo WILD has tapped Mark Steines, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, to host the new live event series Animal ER Live.
Steines will be joined on the program, which is based out of a New York City studio, by veterinary experts Dr. Justine Lee and Dr. Will Draper. Together, the trio will guide audiences over the course of the four-week series, providing commentary as cameras catch the goings on at seven animal hospitals and mobile vet emergency units in cities across the country.
From Live PD creators Big Fish Entertainment, Animal ER Live will premiere on Saturday, March 30, airing on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 p.m.
Steines said: “I’m thrilled to partner with Nat Geo WILD and Big Fish Entertainment on this exciting new series that highlights the amazing work of those who have dedicated their lives to helping animals. As an animal lover and advocate myself, I’m looking forward to showcasing the realities, drama and heartwarming moments these urgent care teams face on a daily basis as they work tirelessly to save the lives of animals in need.”
Geoff Daniels, executive VP of global unscripted entertainment, added: “Nat Geo WILD always celebrates animals and the people who love them, and now, we’re taking that further by going live with the compassionate animal caregivers who help our beloved pets when they need us the most. Animal ER Live pulls back the curtain to give viewers an exclusive, totally unscripted look at the incredible skill and hard work that goes on behind the doors of some of the country’s busiest urgent pet care clinics. This innovative new series promises endless inspiration and heartwarming and heroic moments that reinforce the amazing bonds we share with our pets.”