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'Call of the Wildman' investigated after animal abuse allegations, plus more reality TV news

Ernie "Turtleman" Brown holds a snapping turtle he

Ernie "Turtleman" Brown holds a snapping turtle he pulled from a pond in Lebanon, Ky. (May 17, 2012) Credit: AP

CALLED OUT. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is looking into cases of alleged animal abuse and other possible illegalities outlined in a seven-month investigation by Mother Jones magazine of Animal Planet's "Call of the Wildman." The exposé found "evidence of a culture that tolerated legally and ethically dubious activities, including: using an animal that had been drugged with sedatives in violation of federal rules; directing trappers to procure wild animals, which were then 'caught' again as part of a script" and other activities, one of which resulted in an animal's death." Discovery Communications, Animal Planet's parent company, told the magazine, "Our commitment to creative and innovative programming is matched only by our steadfast commitment to honesty and integrity in everything we do."


PREMIERES. Two friends restore classic cars at Da Rod Shop in Discovery's new "Rods N' Wheels," peeling out Monday night at 10 . . . Opposite it on Travel, Anthony Melchiorri returns for a fourth edition of "Hotel Impossible" . . . Tuesday at 9 p.m. it's a second season of globe-trotting to coffee plantations on Travel's "Dangerous Grounds" . . . and rapper DMC guests on the season-three opener of Travel's "Toy Hunter," Wednesday at 9 p.m.


RECAPS. New York City's Charles Haskins broke his leg and was evacuated and Rachel Lara was eliminated on the premiere of Syfy's new "Opposite Worlds," and Bethany Serpico was cut from the network's "Face Off" . . . Kelsey Syers was eliminated on "King of the Nerds" season two . . . Former "Bachelor" star Jake Pavelka was ousted from "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off," while the current "Bachelor," Juan Pablo Galavis, sent home Lucy Aragon and Christy Hansen . . . Rey Ortiz and Amy Sim are no longer "Under the Gunn" . . . and Marie Pearl and Tanya Winfield have gone a-weigh from "The Biggest Loser."

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