Richard Linklater and Dr. Phil will executive produce a docuseries on animal rescue for CBS All Access, it was announced Sunday during the Television Critics Association press tour.
The 10-episode series will take place in and around Linklater’s hometown of Austin, Texas, and “provide a window onto the colorful and diverse world of animal rescue through moving, humorous and powerful stories of animals and the humans who love them,” according to CBS All Access.
“I come to this project hoping to shine a light on the folks I’ve met who are making a difference everyday in the lives of unwanted, abused and disabled animals. What strikes me most is the joy and discovery on both sides of the relationship between the animals and their human caregivers. These are inspirational stories that I believe will be a positive force in the world.” said Linklater. “I’m grateful to CBS All Access for their support in this adventure.”
Linklater and Dr. Phil will executive produce the series with Bill Guttentag, Jay McGraw and Julia Eisenman, with Nayeema Raza as co-executive producer. CBS Television Studios is the studio, in association with Stage 29, Detour Filmproduction and 1891 Productions.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Richard, one of the most creative and ambitious artists of our time,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access. “His profound passion for animals – and the humans devoted to them – is apparent, as he reveals rich, nuanced stories, nowhere more emotional, hilarious, or revealing of character than through these dynamic, and sometimes unconventional, relationships. Richard’s unique brand and keen eye will make an excellent addition to CBS All Access’s early expansion into unscripted programming.”