WASHINGTON, April 11, 2013 —With the phenomenal success of “Duck Dynasty” on “A&E,” it was just a matter of time before some creatively challenged reality show producer found a way to copy it. Tonight these efforts are revealed on the new “History Channel” show “Chasing Tail.”
A description provided by “History Channel:”
Connecticut has some of the richest suburbs in America, but it’s also infested with white-tailed deer, which can spread Lyme disease and cause car accidents. Enter Mike Andronaco and his blue-collar buddies. Mike and his friends get permission from wealthy landowners to hunt on their massive properties. Mike and his guys keep the meat, and the town keeps its deer population manageable. HISTORY’s new series captures the culture clash when the arrows begin to fly.
With ridiculous shows like “Swamp People” and “Ax Men” already on “History Channel,” it should come as no surprise that a show about hunting deer would be an obvious choice for the network. Despite recent successes with quality programming like “The Hatfields and McCoys,” “The Bible” and “Vikings,” the network has reverted back to airing white men acting silly.
The only difference is the prey. Instead of spending an hour blowing the brains out of alligators, “Chasing Tail” focuses on hunting for trophy bucks in the urban sprawl of aristocratic Connecticut. But in the last sentence of the show’s description lies the real goal of the show; “to capture the culture clash when the arrows begin to fly.”
The producers of the show most likely could care less about reducing the population of white-tailed deer and more about capturing the “culture clash” for its viewers. Just because it isn’t Hollywood doesn’t mean the rules are any different. Noteriety always sells better than fame.
In a video promo for the show one of the bow hunters says, “we would never ever shoot an arrow when there’s people around, now get the hell out of here so I can shoot something.” This pretty much sums up the premise of the show. Whether or not the much anticipated clash of cultures ever happens isn’t revealed in any of the three promos. But given the show’s limited buildup and five episode run, one can probably asssume it doesn’t.
From watching the promos one thing can be deduced though. Roughing it in Connecticutt is nothing like roughing it anywhere else in the country. The hunters are comfortably ensconced in a relative’s barn, complete with microwave, coffee maker, boot dryer and TV. To call it a “hunting camp” is almost as laughable as the show itself.
We can only hope “History Channel” puts this show in the file labeled “too ridiculous to air” and gets back to quality programming about actual history. If it doesn’t, maybe the network’s past premise of airing one Hitler show after another doesn’t look that bad afterall.
All times are EDT:
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New episodes of:
The First 48 at 9 p.m. on A&E
North Woods Law: On the Hunt at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet
Swamp People at 9 p.m. on History Channel
How it’s Made at 9 p.m. on SCI
Mysteries at the Museum at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Auction Kings at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on DSC
The Killer Speaks at 10 p.m. on A&E
Swamp Wars at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet
Tabatha Takes Over at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Chef Wanted With Anne Burrell at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Archer at 10 p.m. on FX
Chasing Tail at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
New York Ink at 10 p.m. on TLC
The Moment at 10 p.m. on USA
The Graham Norton Show at 10 p.m. on BBC
Property Wars: Boom or Bust at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on DSC
For movie lovers:
Coach Carter on ABCFAM
U-571 on CINEMAX
Siverado on ENC
The Story of Us on FLIX
30 Days of Night on FMC
The Perfect Storm on IFC
Love Me Tender on TCM
The Living Daylights on TMC
The Day After Tomorrow at 9 p.m. on SHO
The Tortured at 9:30 p.m. on SHO
For Love of the Game at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX
Wrath of the Titans at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
Confidence at 10 p.m. on SUND
Van Helsing at 10:15 p.m. on ENC
Drive Angry at 10:15 p.m. on TMC
30 Days of Night at 10:30 p.m. on FMC
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