Toronto, ON, Sept. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Explore an exciting journey through the largest freshwater ecosystem on Earth, an evolving world that shapes the lives of millions of animals, plants and humans. Premiering Monday, September 26 at 9 p.m. ET on TVO, TVO Today, YouTube and Smart TV Services, TVO original series Wild Great Lakes features never-before-seen footage of freshwater cod singing under the ice to find a mate, glow-in-the-dark flying squirrels, beautiful salamanders that use plants to breathe, and the last remaining wolverines of eastern North America. North.
“This series will amaze viewers with its breathtaking visuals and in-depth revelations about the Great Lakes,” said John Ferri, vice president of programming and content at TVO. “Wild Great Lakes comes at a crucial time, when we have the tools and knowledge to safeguard the future of these lakes and the great diversity of life that depends on them.
TVO original series Wild Great Lakes revels in the fascinating history of North America’s five great lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. Directed by veteran BBC nature documentary maker Ted Oakes (Planet Earth live), and its co-directors, Jeff Morales and Nicholas de Pencier (Anthropocene, Fabricated landscapes), the series is the first definitive natural history ever produced on this vast watershed.
Episode 1: “From Source to Sea” (airs Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET) begins at the headwaters of Lake Superior and takes us on a 3,000-kilometre circuit from the Great Lakes to our planet’s largest estuary, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, home to 14 species of whales. Viewers will also discover how beavers and wolves help regulate the flow of clean water in the Great Lakes, while learning about the threat posed by a voracious invader, the giant silver carp.
Episode 2: “The Great Freeze” (airing Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET) reveals how animals, people, and the landscape have been shaped by snow and ice in one of the world’s most extreme and unpredictable environments. Watch a Canada Lynx hunt snowshoe hares in snowdrifts and ruffed grouse in icy caves. Plus, two freedivers explore the bizarre alien world beneath Lake Huron.
Episode 3: “Wonders and Mysteries” (aired Sept. 27 at 10 p.m. ET) shows us how life and the landscape of the Great Lakes have adapted to the incredible changes in annual temperature. Viewers experience monstrous lake sturgeon swimming upstream to spawn, deep-diving moose feeding on plants, and, in a never-before-captured moment, inland wolves hunting fish. Watch scientists use lights to outwit invasive lampreys that have nearly wiped out millions of native fish.
“As a little boy growing up in Ottawa in the 1970s,” notes producer/co-director/biologist Ted Oakes, “I was fortunate enough to meet one of Canada’s most influential naturalists and filmmakers, Bill Mason. He directed the Oscar-nominated film Paddle to the sea. Years later, I worked as a junior ranger and biologist for the Canadian Wildlife Service and as a filmmaker for the BBC, never forgetting the love of nature the film expressed. In 2014, I came across the toy canoe featured in Mason’s remarkable film. It brought back a flood of memories and inspired me to do Wild Great Lakes.”
Watch the premiere of the first episode of the TVO Original series Wild Great Lakes Monday, September 26, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET on TVO, and stream it anytime on TVO Today, YouTube, and smart TV services. Subscribe to TVO Docs’ weekly newsletter for the latest programming updates and features.
Full broadcast schedule for TVO Original Wild Great Lakes:
- Episode 1: Source to Sea – Monday, September 26 at 9 p.m. ET (repeats at midnight)
- Episode 2: The Big Freeze – Tuesday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET (repeats at midnight)
- Episode 3: Wonders and Mysteries – Tuesday, September 27 at 10 p.m. ET (repeats at 1 a.m.)
Watch back-to-back episodes Saturday, October 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET (repeats at 1 a.m.)
Episode 3 Repeat: Wonders and Mysteries – Sunday, October 2 at 10 p.m. ET (repeats at 3 a.m.)
Mass production information
original TVO Wild Great Lakes is an Ontario/Manitoba co-production produced by Oak Island Films Canada and Merit Motion Pictures, in association with TVO, Smithsonian Channel, Terra Mater Studios and Two Wise Monkeys Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Canadian Film and the credit Production Tax Credit, Ontario Production Services Tax Credit, Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit and the Rogers Documentary Fund.
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ABOUT MERIT MOTION IMAGES
Merit Motion Pictures is one of Canada’s leading documentary producers. Founded by executive producer and industry veteran Merit Jensen Carr, MMP Films is known for producing award-winning natural history and science films for broadcasters worldwide. Recent highlights include the polar bear kingdom (National Geographic, Disney+, CBC, France 3 and Terra Mater channels); and reef rescue (CBC, ARTE, Vulcan, NOVA) and Turtle Beach (BBC, CBC, ARTE, Blue Ant). MMP is currently in production on the feature film dark everest for the CBC Documentary Channel, and Cub Campan hour-long natural history series for Love Nature and Blue Ant Studios.
ABOUT OAK ISLAND FILMS LTD.
Ted Oakes of Oak Island Films Ltd. spent twenty years in the renowned BBC Natural History Unit, award-winning filmmaker and executive producer of natural history programs for the BBC, including Life: Mammals, Amazon abyssseven sets of Gordon Buchanan Pet family and me one of which was the famous Snow wolf family and me located on Ellesmere Island. He holds a PhD in Zoology from Oxford University and an MSc in Biology from Queens University.
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