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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A&E show to feature Louisiana 'duck-call empire,' and other reality TV news

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 5:55 PM

  • Screengrab from 'Duck Dynasty' preview video, courtesy of A&E
The pop culture scientists over at New York Magazine's Vulture blog recently created a Venn diagram mapping the overlapping relationships among current reality TV shows, and it turns out shows about Louisiana — in particular, our state's backwood bayou folks — account for much of what's on the air. They can soon add another show to the "Louisiana" circle: A&E, the network behind such trainwreck-y television as Intervention and Hoarders, is introducing Duck Dynasty, a series that follows the family behind the Louisiana-based Duck Commander sporting goods retailer. The press release refers the show as a "rags-to-riches story" about the company, which specializes in fancy duck calls and decoys. It seems like the Robertson family has already dabbled in reality TV before with the Outdoor Channel series Duck Commander, but an A&E slot will likely pull a bigger audience. The show premieres March 21 at 9 p.m.

More reality TV news after the jump:

The Times-Picayune's Brett Anderson reports that two New Orleans chefs will appear on the Food Network competition show Chopped, which is sort of like if there was a 30-minute show devoted to Top Chef "quickfire" challenges. The two chefs are Diana Chauvin of La Thai Uptown and Upperline's David Bridges. Read the full story here.

Normally I wouldn't recommend for anyone to appear on a reality TV show, because I'm pretty sure it could ruin your life. But this sounds pretty cool: an upcoming primetime series called Twin Towns, in which families in the U.S. temporarily swap lives with counterparts in the U.K., is scouting in New Orleans. You and your family could get a free trip to Liverpool! The show team is looking for families available to film between April 16-and June 31. If you're interested, email your information to

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