• Publication date: July 20, 2010

Dawson�s Creek Meets the African Bush Life is Wild: From America to Africa

After a New York animal doctor loses his beloved wife, he decides to remarry. While that is not unusual his next step is. Rather than provide his services to New York�s snobbish residents, he opts to pack up and head to South Africa instead.

After a New York animal doctor loses his beloved wife, he decides to remarry. While that is not unusual his next step is. Rather than provide his services to New York�s snobbish residents, he opts to pack up and head to South Africa instead. His kids are along for the ride as well, and they�re initially not too keen about moving into the wilderness. In time, however, they learn to enjoy the rich scenery that the country has to offer, and also mingle with other teens.

The move is not completely haphazard though. The family patriarch, Danny Clarke (D.W. Moffett) intends to manage a lodge owned by his former father-in-law, Art (David Butler). For support, Danny is accompanied by his new wife Jo (Stephanie Niznik), a divorce lawyer. His cheerful children Katie (Leah Pipes) and Chase (K'sun Ray) also supply comfort, even though they regularly feud with Jo�s son Jesse (Andrew St. John) and daughter Mia (Mary Matilyn Mouser).

Katie serves as the show�s narrator, providing a teenager�s analysis of the family�s life. Her occasionally overly joyful demeanor is not necessary genuine, but a mask to cover the lingering heartache of her mother�s death. All is not gloomy for Katie though: local boys Oliver (Calvin Goldspink) and Tumelo (Atandwa Kani) struggle for her affection. So far Katie adores each equally, and cannot decide which to choose.

If the program�s plot sounds familiar it is not coincidental. Life is Wild is the American take on Wild at Heart, a popular British drama. The pilot episode not only establishes the characters and their idiosyncrasies, but also contains a heartwarming reunion between a baby lion and his distraught mother. Teen angst, loveable animals and tame storylines deliver family friendly viewing without compromising good taste.

Showing On: MBC 4

Year: 2007

Duration: 60 mins

Genre: Comedy

Starring:

Leah Pipes

D. W. Moffett

Stephanie Niznik

Andrew St. John

Calvin Goldspink

Atandwa Kani

Creator: Michael Rauch