Eleven years after "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin's untimely death, his adoring family is returning to Animal Planet! Animal Planet made the announcement this week that Irwin's widow Terri along with children Bindi and Robert will reappear on the network next year in a brand-new show.
Terri said the family were "excited to be returning home", adding: "We look forward to the year ahead as we embark on new projects and adventures with Animal Planet". It isn't clear just exactly what the show will be about, but the Irwin family is now in talks with Animal Planet to discuss several ideas about where to take the Irwin family next. Steve Irwin's colorful and infectious personality, seeming fearlessness in wrestling unsafe animals and his Australianisms, like the expression "crikey!" made him a pop culture favorite.
"Steve was very much the face of our channel", Andrews said. "People even today in focus groups bring up the impact of The Crocodile Hunter".
Having such defining characters is becoming tougher and tougher for cable networks. In recent times, Animal Planet has drifted from their all animals all of the time, to more human related shows that haven't exactly been giant hits. Both grew up committed to the family business and haven't been strangers to television: Bindi, now 19, won a "Dancing With the Stars" competition in 2015 and Robert, who is 14, has appeared on the "Tonight" show with Jimmy Fallon displaying animals.
Currently, the network's most popular series is "Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet", with a new series focusing on animals at the Bronx Zoo also doing well. "Watch out for next year", Bindi said in the clip.
"Grief is never something you get over", she said. And if you can learn how to manage it and honor the person that you miss, you can take something that is incredibly sad and have some form of positivity.
When Steve died, Bindi was 8 and Robert was 3. Check back soon for further information.