Anthony Anderson to Host Animal Planet Series

Animal Planet has signed Black-ish star Anthony Anderson to host a new weekly comedy-variety series, the network said Wednesday.

The series, Animal Review, will engage viewers in new and ongoing conversations about animals as they pertain to pop culture and politics while celebrating the ways animals captivate people, said network officials.

The series, which will premiere in 2017, will also feature celebrities and their pets, as well as animal experts. Comedian correspondents will also provide a behind the scenes glimpse into some of the most talked about places animals can be found, said the network.

 “We are so excited to have Anthony as part of our Animal Planet family,” said Animal Planet’s General Manager Patrice Andrews in a statement. “We welcome his style and enthusiasm for the animal world and all its curiosities to our channel and know our audience will keep coming back for more!”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.