Sex, affairs on PBS’ summertime agenda

NEW YORK – Normally staid PBS seems to be letting its hair down with two programs new to the prime-time lineup on Wednesday: “My Wild Affair” and “Sex in the Wild.”

Hold off on the cold shower, though.

“My Wild Affair” is the colorful name for a summer series about humans who develop friendships with wild animals, like a rhinoceros rescued from a flood that lives at a veterinarian’s suburban home and an orangutan raised as a human child and taught sign language.

Meanwhile, “Sex in the Wild” follows vets and scientists who study the mating and child-rearing habits of animals. The show features four different animals in four episodes, including a study of kangaroos in the Australian Outback.

“It’s very PBS,” noted Beth Hoppe, the public broadcasting service’s chief programming executive.