Beginning August 11 at 7 p.m. ET
Viewers will be re-introduced to the unsung heroes of the military and law enforcement: working canines. From Afghanistan to Vietnam to U.S. soil, working dogs have protected their handlers and teams. Now, it’s time tell the stories of their real-life acts of valor and heroism.
Each episode of Saving Private K-9highlights 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.
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 roleas 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.
Tune in to Sportsman Channel’s Saving Private K-9 beginning August 11 at 7 p.m. ET
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Sportsman’s Saving Private K-9 Marathon is part of the network’s ongoing Salute to Serviceinitiative. Salute to Service is a multimedia effort to celebrate American servicemen and women, and raise awareness of issues and opportunities facing veterans. Launched in 2013, the program spans everything from series programming and documentaries to social media and editorial. Salute to Service will take center stage on Sportsman Channel on every major holiday that commemorates the U.S. military’s sacrifices and successes, including Memorial Day, July 4th and Veterans Day. In expanding its content and coverage in 2014, Sportsman Channel’s initiative reflects its audience’s strong connection to military service, stories, people and patriotism.
About Pilgrim Studios: Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted programming for television, including hit series Fast N’ Loud, Street Outlaws and #BikerLive for Discovery; Ghost Hunters and the upcoming The Wil Wheaton Project for Syfy; The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Down East Dickeringfor History; Orange County Choppers and Swamp Pawn for CMT; Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley for OWN, as well as the eight-part documentary Lindsay; David Tutera: Unveiled for WEtv; Wicked Tuna and its recently announced spin-off, Wicked Tuna: North vs. South, for National Geographic Channel; and Bring It! for Lifetime. 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. Among Pilgrim’s current scripted projects is the pilot Recovery Road for ABC Family, starring Samantha Logan.
About Sportsman Channel:Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is the only television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. The leader in outdoor television, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that embraces outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and reveals it through unique, surprising and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. The network also is dedicated to promoting our nation’s military heroes and veterans, as well as providing a voice for conservation throughout the United States. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at www.thesportsmanchannel.com; Facebook, (facebook.com/sportsmanchannel); Twitter (twitter.com/SPORTSMANchnl and twitter.com/SportsmanPR) and YouTube (youtube.com/TheSportsmanChannel).