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New series premieres Saturday, Apr. 11 at 10pm ET/ PT

March 12, 2020

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While some people dream of leaving their desk jobs for one of passion, most don’t go the distance, but for Dan McKernan, it was the chance to trade in a good living for a great life. In Animal Planet’s newest series, SAVED BY THE BARN, premiering Saturday, Apr. 11 at 10PM ET/ PT, we’ll meet Dan McKernan who picked up from his six-figure tech job in Austin, TX and left it all behind to take over his family’s 140-year-old farm in Michigan and transform it into the ‘Barn Sanctuary;’ a sanctuary for rescued farm animals that have experienced abuse, neglect, and much more. In this exciting new series, audiences join Dan and his family as they learn the ropes of their new life on the farm, give these barnyard animals a second chance at life, and experience the compassion Dan brings to every animal in his care.

In SAVED BY THE BARN, we’ll tag along as Dan travels across the country to rescue barn animals including a set of roosters from Chicago who were forced to fight each other, Charlie, a blind goat; two ducklings who undergo special water therapy; Lola, a goat who needs prosthetics for her back hooves, and many others farm animals that get the opportunity to be integrating into a new life at the Barn Sanctuary. Viewers will fall in love with Dan and his family, be inspired by the animals, relish in the rescues and rehabilitation, and delight at the warmth and humor it takes all in a day’s work!

In the premiere episode, audiences will watch Dan prepare the opening of the new pasture after an arduous winter in Michigan. We’ll meet dwarf goats, Twitch & Portia; goats Steve, Chevy, and Martin, also known as ‘The Three Amigos;’ in addition to pigs, cows, sheep, and more. We’ll also meet the farm’s latest rescue, a sheep named Ginger, who needs surgery on her front legs after a birth defect has left her unable to walk. Viewers will witness Ginger’s amazing transformation from shy sheep to becoming a part of the pack living the rest of her life on the new pasture along with the other incredible animal stories featured this season.

In addition to watching the series on Animal Planet, viewers can check out new episodes of SAVED BY THE BARN each week by downloading the Animal Planet GO app. Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #savedbythebarn and follow Animal Planet on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for the latest updates.

SAVED BY THE BARN is produced for Animal Planet by High Noon Entertainment, an ITV America company. For High Noon Entertainment, Scott Feeley and Corinna Robbins are executive producers. For Animal Planet, Dawn Sinsel is executive producer and Pat Dempsey is supervising producer. ITV America is part of ITV Studios.



About Animal Planet 

Animal Planet, one of Discovery, Inc.’s great global brands, is dedicated to creating high quality content with global appeal delivering on its mission to keep the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive by bringing people up close in every way. Available to 360 million homes in more than 205 countries and territories, Animal Planet combines content that explores the undeniable bonds forged between animals and humans, optimized across all screens around the world. In the U.S., Animal Planet audiences can enjoy their favorite programming anytime, anywhere through the Animal Planet Go app which features live and on-demand access. For more information, please visit

About Discovery

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

About High Noon Entertainment

High Noon Entertainment, an ITV America company, is a leader in unscripted television specializing in formats and character-driven, lifestyle programming. High Noon is a world-class content creator, which develops, sells and produces across all unscripted genres for broadcast and cable networks. Known for such revered, long-running series as HGTV’s Fixer Upper and TLC’s massive hit Cake Boss; other High Noon series include home restoration fixtures Good BonesRestored by the FordsFlip or Flop VegasFarmhouse Fixer and Boise Boys, also for HGTV; Dog: Impossible for Nat Geo WILD; Ayesha Curry’s Home Kitchen for Food Network; live, comedy sketch show Von Miller’s Studio 58 for Facebook Watch; dating series Tough Love for VH1; survival show Dude, You’re Screwed for Discovery; the upcoming Saved by  the Barn for Animal Planet and many more. For more information, please visit