Premiering April 24 At 8:30 P.M. Et/Pt
LAS VEGAS – Often called “man’s best friend,” our dogs are known to be loyal, stalwart companions that love and defend their owners at any cost. But the 2,500 trained canines serving America’s military and law enforcement are a breed apart. Sportsman Channel invites viewers into the lives of these military and law enforcement service dogs and their handlers with its new series Saving Private K-9. Hosted by actor and former Marine R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket), the show premieres Thursday, April 24 at 8:30 p.m. The series is produced by Pilgrim Studios, with Craig Piligian serving as executive producer.
Each episode of Saving Private K-9 highlights the dogs’ battlefield training, heroic accomplishments, and relationships with their handlers – as well as their impact on those who have worked with them. Viewers will see inspiring accounts of the selfless battlefield service and acts of valor that military dogs perform, as told by those who fought beside them. Additionally, the show will focus on the dogs’ lives post-service, which often involve rigorous rehabilitation and adoption.
“When R. Lee Ermey speaks, people listen. Sportsman Channel is extremely proud to bring Ermey on board to host Saving Private K-9,” said Marc Fein, Executive V.P., Programming & Production of Sportsman Channel. “Sportsman Channel is privileged to be able to bring the stories of these heroic dogs to life. Saving Private K-9 is a welcome addition to our line-up of lifestyle programming for the American Sportsman.”
“This show is a great opportunity for America to see our four-legged, sometimes forgotten, heroes in action,” said Ermey. “So many of us have no idea of the level of dedication and training it takes to prepare of a dog for a life of service. This show will shed light on that process.”
Ronald Lee Ermey served in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant before injuries forced him to retire. After serving the Marine Corps in numerous endeavors as a civilian, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Following his service, Ermey moved to the Phillipines, appearing in several Filipino films before making his U.S. film debut as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now (1979). Though most famous for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick‘s Full Metal Jacket(for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination), Ermey is a seasoned character actor who has appeared in The Boys In Company C, Purple Hearts, Leaving Las Vegas, Se7en, Dead Man Walking and the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, among others.
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About Pilgrim Studios
Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted programming for television, including Fast N’ Loud for Discovery (consistently the #1 Monday primetime program on cable among men); Ghost Hunters and Killer Contact for Syfy; The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy for History; Orange County Choppers for CMT; Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley for OWN; David Tutera: Unveiled for WEtv; Wicked Tuna for National Geographic Channel (as well as its recently announced spinoff Wicked Tuna: North vs. South), and Swamp Pawn for CMT. Upcoming series include The Fighters for Discovery premiering January 23, and the much buzzed about Lindsay Lohan docuseries, Lindsay, for OWN, premiering March 9. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim’s original movies for Lifetime include Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy; Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers. Pilgrim’s most recent scripted projects include a pilot for ABC Family, and a mini-series for Spike about the 2012 terrorist attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
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