From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --
The Alaska reality TV invasion continues with the Discovery Channel announcing today a new show tentatively called “Mountain Men of Alaska” that centers on the family of Atz Kilcher –- Jewel’s dad –- who live outside of Homer.
Discovery packaged the announcement with that of a different show slated to premiere this summer about Appalachian moonshiners.
The news release for the Alaska series describes one of the Kilchers’ neighbors as a guy named “Brother Roadkill" who is "not above eating animals lying dead on the side of the road."
So, yeah. Here’s hoping they do us proud.
If you can’t wait that long to see your home state on cable again, check out "Mounted in Alaska," a new History channel reality series about Knight’s Taxidermy shop in Anchorage.
The show debuts on April 7 and yes, that is the real title. (Picture the bumper stickers.)
From the History announcement:
“There's no job too challenging for (owner Russell Knight) to tackle. From mounting a charging warthog so that it's busting through a wall in one client's home to creating the world's first camel form to the complete restoration of an historic 50-year-old polar bear that's an Alaskan landmark ...”
Meanwhile, the first season of “Flying Wild Alaska" has wrapped on Discovery and a second season was already filming when we passed through Unalakleet this month to cover the Iditarod.
I saw maybe five minutes of the production, as a Discovery crew filmed one of the show’s stars walking up behind Lance Mackey to say hello and give him some banana pancakes after he arrived in the village.
The scene took two takes.
-- Related: Reality TV invades Alaska (Feb. 14)