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Mutual of Omaha's 'Wild Kingdom' returning to TV Sunday

Mutual of Omaha's 'Wild Kingdom' returning to TV Sunday

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OMAHA — Episodes of a beloved television show that highlighted the wonders of the natural and wild world will return to the airwaves Sunday.

Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” will start rebroadcasting old episodes and some updated content on RFD-TV starting Sunday. The show will air in its memorable 7 p.m. time slot. 

Originally hosted by Marlin Perkins, “Wild Kingdom” charted new territory on television and garnered loyal viewership when it started airing in 1963.

Gros will be featured in the updated content.

“I have such fond memories of my time filming the original 'Wild Kingdom' with Marlin Perkins and Jim Fowler,” Gros said. “I look forward to continuing their legacy by educating a new generation about the importance of protecting our natural world.”

The return of “Wild Kingdom” follows a decision by Mutual of Omaha to replace its longtime Native chief logo with a new image featuring an African lion.

“Wild Kingdom” was first broadcast on network television from 1963 to 1971, at which point it entered syndication on more than 200 local stations for nearly two decades. New episodes were occasionally filmed during that time. 

RFD-TV, a channel owned by Rural Media Group Inc., said “Wild Kingdom” is a perfect fit for the channel, which aims to provide family-friendly content. 

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