From Sportsman Channel - Sportsman Channel Original Series “Saving Private K-9” Set to
Premiere on Thursday, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
New Berlin, Wisconsin -
For 2,500 trained canines and handlers serving America’s military and
law enforcement, the idea of “man’s best friend” is no
overstatement. Dogs are known to be loyal, stalwart companions that love and
defend their owners at any cost. Some of these dogs have even paid the ultimate
Sportsman Channel invites viewers into the lives of these
military and law enforcement service dogs and handlers with its new original series
Saving Private K-9, premiering Thursday, May 15
at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by (NRA Board Member) actor and former Marine R. Lee Ermey
(Full Metal Jacket), the series is part of Sportsman’s Salute to Service initiative. Saving Private K-9 is produced by
Pilgrim Studios, with Craig Piligian serving as executive producer.
“We are excited to
introduce viewers to the special stories of these heroic dogs,” said Marc Fein, Executive V.P., Programming & Production of Sportsman Channel. “Saving Private K-9 is a welcome addition to our
line-up of lifestyle programming and the continuation of our Salute to Service initiative."
New Series Continues Sportsman’s “Salute to Service” Initiative and Features Four-legged Heroes and Military Veteran and Host R. Lee “The Gunny” Ermey
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.
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
(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.
Channel’s Salute to
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.
information go to:Thesportsmanchannel.com.
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 Dickering for 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.
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. 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.