Curt Menefee Talks A&E Network's America's Top Dog and An Animal Saved My Life

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A&E NETWORK'S CANINE COMPETITION SERIES "AMERICA'S TOP DOG" RETURNS FOR TWO NEW BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS HOSTED BY AWARD-WINNING BROADCASTER CURT MENEFEE AND ACTOR DAVID KOECHNER PREMIERED LAST TUESDAY, JUNE 29 AT 8PM ET/PT
CURT MENEFEE ALSO SET TO HOST NEW SERIES "AN ANIMAL SAVED MY LIFE" PREMIERING ON TUESDAY, JULY 6 AT 9PM ET/PT
A&E Network is celebrating man's best friend this summer with the return of competition series "America's Top Dog" and the premiere of a new series, "An Animal Saved My Life" both from Big Fish Entertainment. Bringing together working dogs, K9s, and "underdogs," two new back-to-back seasons of "America's Top Dog" take the competition to the next level with a new course and more breeds than ever before. New series "An Animal Saved My Life," showcases extraordinary acts of heroism by animals. The two-hour premiere of "America's Top Dog" begins Tuesday, June 29 at 8pm ET/PT. "An Animal Saved My Life" premieres with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, July 6 at 9pm ET/PT.
In each one-hour episode, "America's Top Dog" features furry friends alongside their handlers facing off on a massive canine obstacle course designed to test their speed, agility, teamwork, and trust as they navigate a series of challenges over two rounds of competition. Award-winning veteran studio and sports broadcaster Curt Menefee ("FOX NFL Sunday," "The OT") and actor and comedian David Koechner ("Anchorman," "The Office") serve as hosts and break down the action, while sideline reporter Rachel Bonnetta (FOX Sports, "FOX Bet Live") catches up with the teams down on the course.
Season two introduces a new format with head-to-head match ups, pitting a pup against another competitor in their class across working dogs, police K9s and "underdogs," for an epic battle to prove who is best. The winners of each of the three classes face-off head-to-head to determine who is that week's Top Dog. Each week, the winning team will receive a $10,000 cash prize as well as an additional $5,000 to donate to the animal charity of their choice. In the final week of competition, the winning teams return for the ultimate face off for the title of "America's Top Dog" and an additional $25,000. The competition continues across season three with even more breeds, high-stakes and new rules.
Also hosted by Curt Menefee, "An Animal Saved My Life" showcases amazing acts of heroism from different kinds of animal heroes. Featuring stories ripped from the headlines, viral videos, surveillance footage and interviews with people who have been saved by animal heroes, the series highlights scares and saves that range from heartwarming to adrenaline pumping. Pet owners overwhelmingly think of their cats and dogs as family members who provide emotional support and love, but sometimes animals risk it all to save a human life.
"America's Top Dog" is produced by Big Fish Entertainment, an MGM company, for A&E Network. Executive Producers for Big Fish Entertainment are Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D'Agostino, Jordana Starr and Holly Wofford. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Sean Gottlieb, and Brad Holcman serve as executive producers for A&E Network. "America's Top Dog" is distributed internationally by A&E Networks.
"An Animal Saved My Life" is produced by Big Fish Entertainment, an MGM company, for A&E Network. Executive Producers for Big Fish Entertainment are Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D'Agostino, Jordana Starr. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, and Sean Gottlieb serve as executive producers for A&E Network.
Join the conversation by following @TopDogAE and using #TopDogAE and #AnAnimalSavedMyLife
Trailer for America's Top Dog Season 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I80nugQv-84
CURT MENEFEE BIO
Curt Menefee is the host of A&E's competition series "America's Top Dog" and is a veteran studio and game broadcaster who quarterbacks FOX NFL Sunday, America's most-watched pregame show which recently was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame, each week as a studio host. Menefee, who joined as the full-time host in 2007, teams with co-host Terry Bradshaw and studio analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Tony Gonzalez, and Michael Strahan during the NFL season. Not only is Curt the host of the award-winning and most-watched pregame/halftime show in sports, but "The OT" wrap-up show on FOX, which he also hosts, was the #4 rated property in all of primetime last year.
He began his career at FOX Sports in 1997 as a sideline reporter and later moved to the game booth to call play-by-play for NFL and NFL Europe League coverage on FOX Sports and FSN. Through his work at WNYW FOX5 and MSG in New York, Menefee established himself as one of the Big Apple's most popular sportscasters. Menefee came to WNYW-TV from KTVT-TV in Dallas, where he was the sports director and weeknight sports anchor. He also hosted a daily two-hour show on The Ticket sports radio in Dallas. Before his arrival in Dallas, Menefee anchored sports for WTLV-TV (NBC) in Jacksonville. Menefee's resume also includes experience as host of a live two-hour daily sportscast on Sports News Network, a nationwide cable sports program, as well as sports anchor reporter at WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, WI and WOI-TV (ABC) in Des Moines, Iowa.
Menefee has received several awards for his sports anchoring and reporting, including the Associated Press Award for Best Sports Reporter in New York and four Katie Awards (the Texas equivalent of an Emmy) for Best Sportscast and Best Sports Special.
Menefee has compiled quite the collection of passport stamps, as well. Since graduating from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and currently serves on the school's Board of Trustees, he has been to all seven continents, nearly 90 countries, and many of the world's most famous landmarks. With favorite vacation spots, including New Zealand and much of South America, Menefee approaches both his life and his career from a truly global perspective. In 2016, Menefee authored a book entitled "Losing Isn't Everything: The Untold Stories and Hidden Lessons Behind the toughest Losses in Sports History. A refreshing and thought-provoking look at athletes whose legacies have been reduced to one defining moment of defeat-those on the flip side of an epic triumph-and what their experiences can teach us about competition, life, and the human spirit.

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