The network has greenlighted a pair of projects with the working titles Moonshiners and Mountain Men of Alaska. (You knew at least one show had to be set in Alaska, right?)
Moonshiners, produced by Magilla Entertainment, is about a group of people living in Appalachia who carry on a 200 year-old tradition passed down from their forefathers: making moonshine (and sometimes not legally).
Mountain Men of Alaska, produced by Discovery Studios, stars Atz Kilcher* and his clan, who live off the land and spend their summers gardening, hunting, and fishing for food to get them through the harsh Alaskan winters. The show also features homesteaders who live near the Kilchers, including “Brother Roadkill,” who is “not above eating animals lying dead on the side of the road.”
Discovery launched the blue collar reality trend several years ago with Deadliest Catch and Dirty Jobs, but in the last year or so, a whole new ultra-rural and frontier subset has become very popular on cable with shows ranging from Discovery’s hit Gold Rush: Alaska and Flying Wild Alaska to History’s upcoming Swamp People.
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