Leaving "Dancing With the Stars" for "Dances with Wolves"

Oct 20, 2011, 11:28 ET from American Humane Association

"Hero Dog" Host Carson Kressley Exits Competition but Takes on New Dance Partner Kevin Costner in Hilarious Sendup of "Dances with Wolves" on funnyordie.com

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carson Kressley may not be Dancing with the Stars after his elimination on Tuesday's show, but fans can still check out his moves as he takes on a brand new dance partner, Kevin Costner, in a riotously funny video sendup of "Dances With Wolves" that just premiered on hit comedy site, funnyordie.com.  The video, which is quickly going viral, supports a cause near and dear to the former DWTS contestant's heart: the protection and well-being of animals.

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The video will be part of the inaugural American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™, presented by cesar® canine cuisine and produced by Emmy Award-winning MRB Productions, which Kressley hosts.  The Hero Dog Awards will air as a 90-minute original special on Hallmark Channel on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm/7 Central.

"Carson may have gone to the dogs in the judges' eyes, but he is top dog in our book," said Robin Ganzert, President & CEO of American Humane Association. "Carson has been a real friend to animals through his support of our organization and others. He brings the same throw-yourself-into-it-all-the-way spirit exhibited on 'Dancing with the Stars' to the issue of ensuring the protection and well-being of animals. He approaches everything with a bit of humor, a bit of over-the-top gusto, and a whole lot of commitment."

DWTS fans who may have feared they had seen the last of Kressley's unique dancing style can see Kressley's new video, which made the front page of funnyordie.com (http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/3db72dab81/dances-with-wolves-ii-how-costner-got-his-groove-back). Produced to promote the Hero Dog Awards and tied to his Dancing with the Stars debut, the video short is a hilarious sendup of the Kevin Costner classic "Dances with Wolves" – as only Carson Kressley could do it.

"We just want Carson to know that although he was eliminated, he's always got a spot on our dance card," Ganzert said.

About Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 87 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through approximately 5,492 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel is the nation's leading network in quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, lifestyle and general entertainment content, and is the home of "The Martha Stewart Show", which anchors the channel's daytime original programming block. Hallmark Channel's sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on the family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events.

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About CESAR® Canine Cuisine
CESAR® Canine Cuisine is an exceptional line of high-quality cuisine and treats for small- to medium-sized dogs. We offer individually prepared entrees available in two textures, original pate and gourmet filets in sauce. From the filet mignon flavor to CESAR SUNRISE breakfast entrees, CESAR® CANINE CUISINE features a variety of irresistible flavors and caters to the taste of small- to medium-sized dogs. Visit www.cesar.com to learn more.

About MRB Productions
MRB is an Emmy-winning production company specializing in producing content across all media platforms. MRB's recent projects include the acclaimed web series The Confession, staring Kiefer Sutherland, which acquired paramount success, leading to a feature deal with Image Entertainment. MRB's feature department is currently in post-production on a Stephen Gyllenhaal film Grassroots, slated to premiere later this year. On the television side, MRB produces the pre-taped segments, coordinates talent logistics and the VIP program for the past decade for ESPN's ESPY Awards. Most recently, MRB garnered two Emmy nominations for the 2010 NBA Draft Opening Sequence. Additional TV projects include two seasons of the mockumentary comedy show Free Radio on VH1 and Comedy Central. MRB's commercial repertoire includes collaborations with Leo Burnett, Periera O'Dell, Team Detroit, Goodby, Silverstein and Partners for clients such as Geico, Kellogg's, Ford, Sprint, Mattel, Corona, Miller Lite, Smirnoff, Sony, NBC, Wal-Mart, Hyundai and University of Phoenix.

About American Humane Association
Since 1877 American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

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