Hollywood Alaska

The formerly "Everybody Loves Whales," - now called "Big Miracle," the first major, modern movie filmed entirely in Alaska is about to hit theaters. The tale of serial killer Robert Hansen, starring John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, filmed in Anchorage this fall. Other major-studio films are considering an Alaska shoot, even as an army of reality TV camera crews continues to prowl the state. Producers credit the state’s fledgling tax incentive program – one of the most generous such public subsidies in the country – with enticing movie-makers to the Last Frontier. How long will the gold rush last? Is the state getting a big enough return on its investment? Welcome to Hollywood, Alaska.

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Two new Alaska reality shows to debut this winter

Memry Anderson of “Hook, Line & Sisters," premiering on TLC later this month. In January, Discovery plans to launch the "Deadliest Catch"-meets-"Gold Rush Alaska" series, "Bering Sea Gold."Memry Anderson of “Hook, Line & Sisters," premiering on TLC later this month. In January, Discovery plans to launch the "Deadliest Catch"-meets-"Gold Rush Alaska" series, "Bering Sea Gold."

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

Dear Alaskans:

Be honest. At this point, aren’t you starting to take it a little personally if you’re NOT being featured on some hard-driving, edge-of-the-earth reality show?

In the ongoing effort to fill seemingly every hour of cable TV with Alaskans doing Alaskany things, two new series are expected to debut this winter.

Entertainment Weekly has a teaser clip of “Bering Sea Gold,” a new Discovery series that premieres 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. It looks to be “Deadliest Catch” meets “Gold Rush Alaska.”

The eight-episode arc “follows a set of eccentric characters who take to the frigid open water in custom-built (and, often, barely seaworthy) rigs to dive for gold,” according to EW.

Stick with the video until the end, if for no other reason than to hear the narrator’s absurd John Wayne impression. Meantime, check out a how-to on gold dredging in the Bering Sea here.

The other show announced this week is “Hook, Line and Sisters,” which airs 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29 on TLC.

Take it away, press release:

TLC TAKES TO THE HIGH SEAS IN NEW FAMILY FISHING SERIES
HOOK, LINE, & SISTERS PREMIERES DECEMBER 29th
(Los Angeles, CA) – Some families open a bakery shop, while others hit the seas for deep-water fishing. TLC’s new series HOOK, LINE, & SISTERS, premiering December 29th at 10PM (ET/PT), follows the unusual lives of the Andersons, a family of fishermen who have only three months to brave the Alaskan wilds for a pay day. Seven episodes have been ordered with the series finale airing February 2nd.
HOOK, LINE, & SISTERS is an inside look into a little explored territory – the wild, unpredictable and competitive world of deep-sea commercial fishing. Patriarch Dean Anderson is a grizzled sea dog known for his aggressive fishing as much as his salmon hauls. As captain of the Memry Anne, he squares off against rival fisherman, hungry sharks and his own hardworking family. His wife, Susan, spends as much time refereeing familial feuds as she does managing the family’s finances.
At the center of the action are Dean’s daughters, 26-year-old Sierra and 21-year-old Memry. Sierra has her father’s sea-loving spirit and strives to please him while fashionista Memry has a more tumultuous relationship with dear dad. Both sisters face challenges as female fishers in a male-dominated industry.

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