Goodall to Roar on Animal Planet

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Hollywood -- World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall will be the subject of two Animal Planet original programs during the first half of 2004.

Animal Planet will chronicle Goodall's return to Africa and the Gome National Park where she began her studies nearly 40 years ago as part of a one-hour special airing March 8, the network said at the Television Critics Association tour here.

Goodall will also examine the current status of the great apes of the world in a two-hour special June 14.

Meanwhile, Discovery Channel will pit animal against animal in an animation-simulated series, Animal Face-Off, beginning March 21. The series features animatronic replicas of animals in an effort to simulate what would happen if certain animals were to fight each other in the wild, network officials said.

The two networks will also team up to simulcast the three-hour AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show Jan. 31.

In other Discovery Networks U.S. news, The Learning Channel will bow later this year Now Who's the Boss, a reality series in which America's leading corporate executives switch places with their employees to get first-hand experience on what it takes to make the company run on the front lines, the network said.

And Travel Channel will launch the second season of its World Poker Tour series this spring, along with debuting a three-part series in March on the meaning of beauty, Eye of the Beholder.