November 7, 2008 |
It's difficult to begrudge anyone their media savvy in this synergistic age, but there is a level of TV-consciousness in Animal Planet's new weekly docu-series "Whale Wars" that often seems at odds with its dramatic and controversial subject. The seven-week series, which premieres tonight at 9, follows an anti-whaling "campaign" against Japanese fishing vessels conducted on the high seas by Capt. Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
August 13, 2010
SERIES Wife Swap: A New Yorker and a Wisconsinite trade places as the reality series presents its season finale (8 p.m. ABC). Whale Wars: The ship springs a leak in this new episode of the oceangoing docu-series (9 p.m. Animal Planet). Man, Woman, Wild: Mykel and Ruth are stranded in Tasmania in this new episode of the survival series (9 p.m. Discovery). Modern Marvels Essentials: This new episode visits remarkable truck stops across America (9:30 p.m. History).
June 23, 2002 |
Some people like their whales dead, for the tons of meat and oil that they yield. Others like them alive. Those two views crashed head-on last month at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which entertained a Japanese proposal to pave the way toward legalizing commercial whaling, suspended since 1986. The commission has voted repeatedly against resuming whaling, and most of its longtime members showed no inclination to change that position. But Japan attempted to play a new card this year, inducing poor, nonwhaling countries (like Guinea and Gabon)
June 4, 2010 |
With his bushy white beard, stout figure and cargo pants, Captain Paul Watson looks more like a hard-edged seaman than the star of one of television's more popular reality shows. But at a busy restaurant in downtown Los Angeles this spring, the 59-year-old at the center of "Whale Wars" was being confronted by his new identity as a celebrity. After being seated, Watson was promptly greeted by a waiter, who presented him with a tray full of vegan hors d'oeuvres. "Compliments of the chef," the waiter said.
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January 10, 2010 |
With the snap of his fingers, entertainment industry executive Ady Gil can summon the artisans and technology to build stage facilities for Hollywood television productions and movie premieres. On Saturday, they helped him again with an unusual and hastily called assignment: a fundraiser at his spacious Woodland Hills home to raise the $3 million to $5 million needed to replace a sleek anti-whaling trimaran that collided with a Japanese whaling ship last week. Gil financed the purchase of the now-sunken vessel, later renamed after him, by the militant environmental group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for its campaign to interfere with whaling, a saga at the center of Animal Planet's "Whale Wars" reality series.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2012 |
With a simple statement on Tuesday, State Farm Insurance became the latest company to withdraw its support from the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think-tank which claims a “realist” position questioning that humans are responsible for climate change. “State Farm is ending its association with the Heartland Institute. This is because of a recent billboard campaign launched by the Institute,” said the entirety of the statement, which ran on the State Farm Facebook page.