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Even a Collision With the Yushin Maru Can't Slow Down the 'Whale Wars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 1st 2011 1:38AM
'Whale Wars'While it may not be the elusive and slipper Nisshin Maru, the Yushin Maru will simply have to do. It's still a big get for the Sea Shepherd. After all, their 'Whale Wars' (Fri., 9PM ET on Animal Planet) is to cripple the business of whale killing by Japanese ships, and the Yushin Maru is an important cog in the machine.

To attach a prop fouler, which is supposed to jam up the propellors of the ship, they must get very close to the prow of the vessel they're trying to jam. In this case, their much smaller boat got a little bit too close and took a solid hit.

Luckily for all onboard, no one was hurt and they can just chalk up the jarring moment as another memorable experience on their quest. Even more importantly, they were able to get close enough to disable the ship, at least temporarily. It may not be "the white whale," but it still must be pretty satisfying.

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The Elusive Factory Ship Nisshin Maru Is Found on 'Whale Wars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2011 1:02AM
Nisshin Maru, 'Whale Wars'The Nisshin Maru, to use a very awkward analogy, is like Captain Ahab's White Whale to the crews of 'Whale Wars' (Fri., 9PM ET on Animal Planet). This factory ship is the central hub in much of the Japanese whale slaughter operation, so taking it out would effectively cripple the whole system.

So it was with an understandable glee that, after nearly two full months of searching, the helicopter crew spotted it. "Knowing they're just right there over the horizon is obviously the most exciting part of the whole campaign," said pilot Chris Aultman.

Unfortunately, finding the elusive vessel proved to only be the first step in taking it out of commission, and the men and women of 'Whale Wars' didn't take it out this time around. The Nisshin Maru escaped their grasp, but what they found once they can surely find again. Ahab never gave up, after all.

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A Plan to Stop Pursuit Backfires, Leaving the Crew Adrift on 'Whale Wars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 27th 2011 2:49AM
'Whale Wars'The campaign against Japanese whaling ships continued on 'Whale Wars' (Fri., 9PM ET on Animal Planet), but took a dangerous turn when the crew of the Bob Barker attempts to disable a pursuing harpoon boat. The plan was to get a rope caught in the Japanese boat's propellers, thus allowing the Bob Barker to get clear.

This plan didn't work out so well, though, as the rope not only gets nice and caught in the propeller, but remains attached to their boat. After many frantic attempts to cut the line, they finally managed to free themselves, but not before doing enough damage to their ship to disable it.

So after all that excitement, it became a waiting game as the crew tried to stave of hypothermia while awaiting rescue. No one was injured and the boat wasn't seriously damanged, though, so it certainly could have been much worse.

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'Whale Wars' Boat, the Ady Gil, Apparently Sunk by Japanese Vessel

by Daniel Frankel, posted Jan 6th 2010 12:50PM
If Wednesday's near-fatal clash between Japanese whalers and activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is any indicator, the upcoming third season of Animal Planet's 'Whale Wars' is going to be a doozy.

Six members of Sea Shepherd, the organization featured regularly on the Animal Planet show, were rescued in the Antarctic after their boat, the Ady Gil, was rammed and severely damaged by a Japanese whaling vessel.

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Is South Park too focused on reality TV?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 4th 2009 7:29PM

Even though the show has been on forever, I still enjoy my weekly dose of the new South Parks. But lately, they seem to be running out of targets or have narrowed their focus too much on one particular evil: reality television.

The season opener featured a rather nasty swipe at Disney's Jonas Brothers. The recent "Dead Celebrities" chortle-fest took a much needed pot shot at Ghost Hunters, aka, "the gayest f#*$ing show on television." And last week launched an all out attack on Discovery's Whale Wars and Deadliest Catch, particularly against Whale Wars star Paul Watson.

The show has always been a bitch to write and making every episode a satirical masterpiece is impossible without suffering a full-on breakdown. But should the show lay off reality TV and take some bolder shots at reality, which as we all know are two completely different things?

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What to Watch Friday, Dec. 26

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 26th 2008 5:00AM
jennifer aniston'Jennifer Aniston: An E! Entertainment Special'
(8PM, E!)
That GQ magazine cover would seem to prove that there's little yet to be revealed about the 'Friends' and 'Marley & Me' star.

But the E! folk claim otherwise, as this special delves into her early career, her 'Friends' days and her more recent comedy works, including her well-received guest gig on '30 Rock' this season.

And, of course, no Aniston bio would be complete without a peek into her personal life, which includes interviews with celeb pals Marlo Thomas and Kathy Najimy, and dish on the Brangelina brouhaha, her tempestuous relationship with her mom and her recent on-again, off-again romance with playboy rock star John Mayer.

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What to Watch Friday, Dec. 19

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 19th 2008 5:00AM
Zac Efron'The E! True Hollywood Story -- Young Hollywood: A to Zac'
(8PM, E!)
Never-before-seen footage of Zac Efron playing Snoopy in a school production of 'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown'? Tales of the Jonas Brothers' playground flirtations? Home footage of Taylor Swift singing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' as a toddler?

It's teen-tastic, and all a part of E!'s two-hour special on the under-21 set who rule the tube, the music scene and the big screen.

All the usual suspects -- which, of course, also includes the ubiquitous Miley Cyrus -- are covered, via exclusive footage, interviews and tales from those who knew them before they were famous ... and earning more as children than most of us will make in our lifetimes. Hooray for Young Hollywood.

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What to Watch Friday, Nov. 7

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 7th 2008 5:00AM
ghost whisperer'Ghost Whisperer'
(8PM, CBS)
Those rumors you've been hearing about a certain someone, a certain main someone with a very close relationship to titular 'Ghost Whisperer' Melinda?

Well, they're true, and they're coming true in tonight's pivotal episode. To elaborate would be unfair to those viewers who hate spoilers, so we won't tell you whether or not someone dies, though we will point out that if someone, someone with a very close relationship to Melinda, does die, it does not necessarily mean he or she will necessarily not be a part of the show any longer.

Perhaps he or she will, instead, return to help Melinda see how things feel on the other side of the ghost whispering process. But really, we're not elaborating any further.

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Animal Planet, Discovery, TLC, and HBO - TCA Report

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 11th 2008 8:39AM
Whale Wars I attended the TCA Cable Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton yesterday where I learned about the following shows:

Whale Wars on Animal Planet
Secrets of the Dinosaur Mummy on Discovery
Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust on TLC
Ricky Gervais Comedy Special on HBO
Little Britain, USA on HBO
Generation Kill on HBO

And there's more. Believe me, there's more.

Okay, you've got whale pirates, mummies, bikinis, Ricky Gervais, vampires, and Marines. Unfortunately, none of those shows combine all six of those things / people. After the jump, find out about these new shows and the people who make them...


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