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Animal Planet’s ‘Blood Lake: Attack Of The Killer Lampreys’ Trampled By Mermaid Faux-Docus, With 1.2 Million Viewers

29 May 2014 9:12 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Animal Planet’s first plunge into the B-horror-movie genre with Blood Lake: Attack Of The Killer Lampreys, from the producers of Syfy’s Sharknado, premiered with fewer viewers – 1.2 million on Sunday to Sharknado’s opening 1.37 million back in July of ‘13 – and not nearly the same buzz. More to the point, Killer Lampreys fell far short of the 3.6 million viewers who’d watched Animal Planet’s second mermaid faux-docu, Mermaids: The New Evidence, on comparable Sunday one year earlier.  That was Animal Planet’s biggest audience. Ever. New Evidence was a follow-up to the previous year’s mermaid faux-docu, Mermaids: The Body Found which netted 3.4 million viewers and was, until it got trumped by its sequel, Animal Planet’s biggest draw since its September 2006 memorial to on-air talent Steve Irwin (2.7 million viewers), who died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary. An Animal Planet »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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Does This Submarine Footage Show a Mermaid-Like Humanoid Creature?

4 March 2014 9:00 AM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Last year, Animal Planet aired a pair of very bizarre specials devoted to the apparent discovery of the mythical sea creatures we know as mermaids... or something very much like them.    Photo: Animal Planet   The first program, Mermaids: The Body Found, included the following clip from a manned submersible vessel near the coast of Greenland, whose two-man crew is shocked to spot a fast-moving humanoid with webbed hands brushing past their ship:     The strangest part of this story isn't the clip itself, but the fact that the show-runners never let on until the end credits that the video is really a CG-enhanced dramatization and the “scientists” are paid actors – so we're basically watching a short found-footage horror film masquerading as a documentary.   It's not the first time the network has depicted bogus monsters (popular series like Lost Tapes and Freak Encounters involve dramatizations of monster sightings and urban legends), but »

- Gregory Burkart

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