Having exhausted every possible reality show iteration of cake-making and families with lots of children, TLC is now going into overdrive with shows about people in rural America: the network has just ordered two new series for this summer that have the working titles “Moonshiners” and “Mountain Men of Alaska.” Your move, “Hillbilly Handfishin’.”
Moonshiners, produced by Magnolia 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 [father of the singer Jewel] 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.” [EW]
Hahaha, I love you, cheap stereotypes. I’m sure “Brother Roadkill” will be the second-most popular character on the show, right after “Sister Incest.”