Editor’s Note: Tommy Habeeb was misidentified in a caption with an earlier version of this article that appeared in the October 16 print edition of the Caller-Times.
A native Corpus Christi will host a new documentary series that tells real stories of dogs and the people who save them.
Tommy Habeeb will host “To the Rescue,” a half-hour weekly syndicated television series that premieres in more than 200 markets across the country on Saturday, October 17th. In Corpus Christi, the series premieres on Saturday at 11 a.m. on CW.
In its first season, the show will feature 22 original episodes and follow stories that intertwine the work of animal rescue organizations, urban animal shelters, vans, behaviorists and foster families.
A veteran television producer and personality, Habeeb is best known to television audiences as the original host of the long-running syndicated series Cheaters.
But for those on Corpus Christi, the King High School graduate is best known for his relationship with the owners of Habeebs jewelers who have been in the city since 1956.
“I often try to return after Corpus Christi to see my family,” said Habeeb. “They have been part of the city’s culture for generations and I love Corpus. It’s a beautiful city and I’m very proud of my hometown so I always like to represent it when I can.”
Habeeb said he left Corpus Christi at a young age to pursue a career in Hollywood and has produced more than a dozen reality TV shows since then.
But the only TV show that got “close to home” for him is “To the Rescue”.
Habeeb, who started his own dog rescue organization, the Forever Family Rescue Foundation, said the show gave him the opportunity to share the amazing stories of dogs in need and the team of people who rescued them.
“Thousands of people work tirelessly every day to save dogs in need, and our show lifts the veil on the world of dog rescue and the incredible work of these everyday heroes, because it really takes a team, to make one life Dog’s rescue, “said Habeeb.
Habeeb said the show’s first season will include rescue operations in Puerto Rico, Arizona, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, and other locations in the southern United States
Habeeb said it took him about two years to get the show off the ground. The show was scheduled to start filming in January, but production had to be temporarily postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic made it very difficult for us and we had to postpone our broadcast date for another month, but we were lucky enough to start production in July,” Habeeb said. “So you will see me wearing a mask a lot on the show and you will see some episodes without me wearing a mask because they were filmed before COVID (19).”
Habeeb said the show has already started filming for the second season, which will air in the fall of 2021, and he hopes to one day highlight the amazing stories of the dogs and the people they save from the coastal bend.
“I’ve already spoken to my team to see if we can do this and to shed some light on the ‘angels’ in my hometown for the show,” said Habeeb. “I want to show people the importance of rescue across the country, and I hope everyone can tune in to not only enjoy the show but get inspiration to help animals in need.”
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