Ecorazzi’s interview with Dominic Monaghan

wild-things-dominic-monaghan-on-location-0018.jpg.rend.tccom.1280.960Ecorazzi has posted an interview they did recently with Dominic Monaghan about his new season of Wild Things:

Actor, animal lover and travel enthusiast Dominic Monaghan is returning to TV with his nature show, “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan,” which premieres on the Travel Channel next week.

Like his previous seasons on BBC America, Monaghan travels around the world in search of the weirdest, most wildest creatures alive, in the hopes of educating and entertaining viewers for the animals that many of us never knew existed.

This season he journeys to such exotic locations, like Bolivia, Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, Palau, Peru and the Philippines in search of these incredible species.

Ecorazzi chatted with Monaghan to discuss his passion for wildlife, his favorite experiences of the season and whether an experience has ever been too wild for him.

What first ignited your passion for wildlife? Were you always interested in nature?

Yeah, I have been always interested in animals. I can’t remember not being interested. I grew up watching “Survival”, Jacques Cousteau, that kind of thing. Whenever there was an animal or insect featured, I always prided myself on knowing what it was. In a lot of ways, it’s something that is in my D.N.A. I thought everyone was interested in animals, so I found it very bizarre when people weren’t. I think everyone should love animals. They live around us, they’re here with us all the time. They are incredible creatures.

Yes, they are. What made you want to do the show initially? How did it come to be?

It happened because of my holiday. When I go on holiday, between acting jobs, I will pick an animal somewhere in the world that I want to see and then go to the city and ask the locals during the daytime or nighttime how I can find the animal. “Do I need to take a bus or a boat, or another plane?” And then I would head down and find a guide. So, anytime I would come back from these trips, I would tell my agent about them, and he said, “You know, this could be a TV show. You just need a camera crew to follow you around.” So, I ended up pitching it to a few different people, and then one of them took it on and we were off to the races.

Tell us a little bit about this new season. What makes it different than the others?

I think this season we are lucky enough to be working with the Travel Channel, so we can dig a little deeper, go a little bigger. Travel Channel prides itself on doing big expedition-type trips. I loved working with BBC America, and I hope to work with them another time, but we probably didn’t have the budget to go to Madagascar, to go to Africa, to go to Brazil, and this year we did. We were able to really push ambitious ideas this year, so the trips are a little bigger and the animals that are targeted were a little harder to find, so the show dealt with a bit more drama. “Will I find the creature?”

Which experience really stood out for you this season?

In terms of this year, I think being in Madagascar was quite special. These people are quite poor and I would see these kids on the streets, who don’t have a lot of money, so that image stuck with me. And then there was the safari in Africa where we saw the white lion, which are extremely, critically endangered and have the potential in the next few years to die out altogether. One of my most favorite countries in South America is Peru and we were able to go there twice this year.

Has there ever been an instance or experience in which you thought, this is just too wild even for me?

No, not really. In terms of animals, never. I have been bitten, stung and mauled by a few different things, and in some ways it’s worth it for me in terms of experience. I have a few scars, but the scars are nothing compared to what the animal is going through. The things that get me down is the travel time. A lot of times we leave Los Angeles and we travel for a day and a half, or two days, to get to the location. Once we get to the country, we might have to travel for the whole day. That can be taxing. In terms of animals, I might be put in situations where I might get hurt but I trust my instincts in not getting too hurt and I trust the animal’s inclinations to not kill me if I am approaching it correctly.

Was there anything that you set out to do with these new episodes that you couldn’t do or get to?

There are always animals that we are looking for, but we aren’t able to see. I’m the entomologist of the group. I love insects as much as I love animals, and I also love reptiles. And I’ll say to the group, let’s find this bug, let’s go find this animal, let’s go find this creature. And we just can’t find them. We have been lucky and we have been unlucky. We have tried to find animals who haven’t been seen in the wild for fifteen years, and we think we won’t find it. And that’s the part that adds the drama to show. It’s like a treasure hunt.

What are you most excited for the viewers to see this season? What’s something that you think will blow their minds?

I think the cobra of Sri Lanka is a great episode. It is a snake that everyone knows, and it raises its body like it does – everyone knows what that posture is. In Madagascar, there is an extremely bizarre and charismatic primate who I think people will get a kick out of. What we are trying to do is inspire curiosity. You think you are animal lover, then suddenly you seen an animal that you didn’t even know existed. That’s the whole point of the show.

“Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan,” premieres on Travel Channel on Wed. January 27th!

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Dominic on Access Hollywood

accesshollywood1Dom is back in LA and still on a promo tour for the new season of Wild Things that premieres THIS WEEK (January 27th) on the Travel Channel. I love that set background behind him, very cool 🙂 Watch the videos by clicking on the images below that will take you to the Access Hollywood website.

 

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“Dominic Monaghan Explains Why He Created His Show ‘Wild Things’”

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“Dominic Monaghan on Playing and Meeting Eminem: ‘Strong Presence'”

 

27th January: Wild Things 3 premieres on Travel Channel

wildthings-seasonpremiere-04-4-HRAfter the recent confirmation that the Canadian premiere of Wild Things 3 on OLN is the 5th January, we now have the USA date! The new series of the popular nature show has found a new home on the Travel Channel and will air on the 27th January at 10PM ET/PT!

Season 3 consists of 13 hour-long episodes and takes Dominic Monaghan, cameraman Frank, and the rest of the Wild Things team to far flung locales such as Mozambique, the South Pacific, the Peruvian Amazon, and Madagascar.

Travel Channel has released photos of its series and season three premiere episode, shot in Mozambique, and has also put out a season three trailer, as well as a sneak peak at the third season premiere episode (though unfortunately geo-locked, only visible in the US).

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Social media accounts to follow:

Travel Channel: @TravelChannel #WildThingsTC
http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/wild-things-with-dominic-monaghan
Dominic on twitter: @DomsWildThings
Wild Things team on Instagram: @WildThingsDom

Read the official press release with statements from TC executives and Dom and with more details about locations and animal encounters this season! Continue reading

Travel Channel (USA) and OLN (Canada) confirm Wild Things season 3

season3-1Travel Channel has begun production on Season Three of “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan,” the adventure series that follows actor and wildlife enthusiast Monaghan as he searches for the world’s most exotic animals. The first two seasons of “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” have been acquired by the network.

Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” (Season Three) is an exhilarating travel-adventure series that follows actor and wildlife enthusiast Dominic Monaghan (“Lost,” “The Lord of the Rings”) as he treks through the remote corners of the globe in search of some of the most exotic, bizarre and dangerous animals in the world. In Season Three, Monaghan takes viewers on an intimate journey through the rainforests of Brazil, the oceans of Mozambique, rich ecosystems of Madagascar and many more marvelous locales — to get up close and personal with some of the most elusive and extraordinary creatures known to man. Along the way, he’ll encounter vibrant locals, quirky experts and a host of species that inhabit the strange and wonderfully wild places on our planet. “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” is greenlit for eight hour-long episodes produced by Cream Productions/Wildfire.

Sourcehttp://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Travel-Channel-Expands-2015-Programming-Slate-20150422

Emmy nominated and Canadian Screen Award nominated series Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan also returns to OLN Canada for a third season. Giant spitting cobras, charging elephants and deadly scorpions may intimidate the average person, but Dominic Monaghan (Lost, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) is eager to get up close with some of the world’s biggest, weirdest and most intense creatures alive as OLN renews Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan for a third season. The Cream Productions flagship show has found a new home in the U.S. with Travel Channel sweeping up the rights to the series. The series is currently nominated for a 2015 Rockie Award for its second season.

Season 3 will take Monaghan to hidden corners in countries such as Ethiopia, Madagascar and Palau as he adds even creepier and more unusual creatures to his roster of animal encounters. “Dominic is passionate about all creatures from giant insects to venomous jellyfish to endangered primates and everything in between,” said David Brady, CEO of Cream Productions. “In Season 3, we’re taking this quest to the next level, bringing viewers on a fascinating expedition to incredibly exotic and remote locales to learn more about these often misunderstood and feared animals.”

Production has started on the Emmy Award and Canadian Screen Award-Nominated OLN Original wildlife adventure series, produced by Cream Productions and Wildfire. Broadcast details to be announced at a later date.

Sourcehttp://ventsmagazine.com/emmy-and-canadian-screen-award-nominated-series-wild-things-with-dominic-monaghan-returns-to-oln-for-a-third-season/

Travel Channel to start airing Wild Things

US fans, rejoice! This Thursday you’ll be able to catch up on season 2 of Wild Things on the Travel Channel! APR 23 Thurs 9 | 8c

“Additionally, Travel Channel has begun production on Season Three of “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan,” the adventure series that follows actor and wildlife enthusiast Monaghan as he searches for the world’s most exotic animals. The first two seasons of “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” have been acquired by the network. ”

Sourcehttp://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Travel-Channel-Expands-2015-Programming-Slate-20150422#

The team is still working on season 3 as we speak… follow some of their antics as they tease us with some sneak peaks and destination hints via Instagram: WILDTHINGSDOM  Looks like an awesome new season they’re working on, can’t wait!

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Wild Things Season 1 DVDs OUT NOW!

OUT NOW! The North American distributor for the BBC, Warner Home Entertainment have now released two Wild Things DVD’s: Creepy Crawlers and Deadliest Critters. These DVD’s are available on Amazon, Walmart,… Price of the single DVD’s: $14.98!

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Click to buy!
Walmart:
http://walmart.com/ip/26920397
http://www.walmart.com/ip/27859870

BBC America Shop:
http://www.bbcamericashop.com/search-results.html?kword=dominic%20monaghan&cat_id=

Amazon:
Click here

The first DVD set of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (season 1) has also been released in Australia! – Click HERE to buy!

This DVD is a region 4 DVD, which means it will play in the following areas : South America, Central America, Caribbean, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Papa New Guinea and much of Oceania (as well as on any region free DVD players). Some of these areas have not aired the episodes on TV yet so this is an opportunity for fans there to finally watch the show. International shipping is available from the ABC shop. Price of the DVD set: $34.99

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