TV tonight: Weed Country premieres on Discovery Channel

Marijuana cultivation in northern California's Emerald Triangle sparks controversy. Photo: Wikimedia/Weed Country

WASHINGTON, February 20, 2013 —With the success of a show like Moonshiners on Discovery Channel, it was just a matter of time before the network found pot farmers willing to share their similar lawless exploits with TV viewers. The result of their search airs tonight at 10 p.m. With cameras in tow, Weed Country goes deep within the Emerald Triangle, a region in Northern California well known for the quality and quantity of its marijuana.

In part, Weed Country focuses on Siskiyou County, and a town within the county appropriately named “Weed.” Originally named after a timber tycoon, Weed, Ca. is one of the many small towns in the Emerald Triangle that have taken the cultivation of marijuana to a whole new level.

The growers consider themselves producers of a product with medicinal values that have the potential to help millions of people. Regardless of their noble rhetoric, the driving force in growers’ efforts is the potential for profits that are limited only by the size of their crops and their ability to avoid capture.

The flip side of the coin is the law enforcement effort to identify, arrest and prosecute the cultivators and marketers of a substance that is legal according to state law, but still a violation of federal law. This conflicting dynamic is the source of varying opinions voiced by the players and chasers alike.

As the national debate on marijuana’s place in American society heats up, the cast of Weed Country will provide faces and places to associate with the battle. This six-part series will be followed by Pot Cops in April. Pot Cops will focus on law enforcement efforts to eradicate marijuana in Humboldt County, Ca.

Regardless of your opinion of the future of marijuana, Weed Country is an inside look into one of the many issues that pits states rights against Federal law. These days, that’s always a battle worth watching. 

Meanwhile, check out the explosive and provocative trailer below. It will give you some idea of the scope and the stake of what’s involved in this controversial issue.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Middle: (New) Frankie is worried when Brick decides to go on a three-day school trip to Chicago; Sue wants to know if Darrin, one of Axl’s friends, has feelings for her.

CBS: Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorities (New) Another castaway is voted out of the game.

FOX: American Idol: (New) The first group of female semifinalists take the stage.

NBC: Whitney: (New) Whitney’s dad pays a visit. Is he a changed man or the same old deadbeat dad? Peter Gallagher guest stars.

CW: Arrow: (New) Felicity tells Oliver he’s all work and no play, so she asks Detective McKenna (guest star Janina Gavankar) on a date. A jewel thief named Dodger (guest star James Callis) hits Starling City and targets someone very close to Oliver. Meanwhile, while working with Laurel, Thea gets her purse stolen by a very fast pickpocket named Roy Harper (guest star Haynes).

8:30 p.m.

ABC: The Neighbors: (New) Obsessed with winning an Oscar, Larry and Reggie decide to videotape a spelling bee in which Max and Dick Butkus go head-to-head.

NBC: Guys With Kids: (New) Gary juggles entrepreneurship and fatherhood; Ernie presents a crisis for Chris and Sheila.

9 p.m.

ABC: Modern Family: (New) Things get awkward when Phil shows up at Claire’s college reunion; Jay is fixated on winning a big bowling tournament; a wig malfunction during an elaborate photo shoot with Joe leads to unfortunate results.

CBS: Criminal Minds: (New) The BAU heads to Austin to investigate victims found there with their watches set inaccurately, a clue which may connect the crimes. Meanwhile, the UnSub stalking the BAU inches closer in his pursuit of the team.

NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: (New) Detective Rollins puts her career on the line to protect her sister from an abusive ex-boyfriend.

CW: Supernatural: (New) A police officer named Kevin (guest star Christian Campbell), who turned to witchcraft after working a case with Sam and Dean, is plagued by nightmares in which he murders innocent people. However, when the murders actually happen, Sam and Dean are called in by Kevin’s “familiar” (guest star Mishael Morgan) to help — but the brothers aren’t sure they want to save a witch.

PBS: Nova: The Mind of a Rampage Killer: (New) Miles O’Brien examines the possible motivations of rampage killers, including the theory that they’re driven by the desire to die, not kill, but want to go out making headlines. Also: what science reveals about brains at risk for violence.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: Suburgatory: (New) Tessa starts dispensing relationship advice, even to people who don’t ask for it; George and Dallas coach a T-ball team.

10 p.m.

ABC: A Special Edition of 20/20: (New) Footage of memorable acceptance speeches, hilarious monologues, unscripted moments and red carpet fashion from the Oscar archives.

CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (New) Sara is a lead suspect in an investigation after a brief encounter with another man in which she was the last person to see him alive. Also, her separation from Grissom begins to take a toll.

NBC: Chicago Fire: (New) Severide tries to make amends with his ex-fiancée. Meanwhile, Cruz begins to unravel.

PBS: The Path to Violence: (New) What can be done to prevent mass shootings, including expanding the Safe School Initiative to encompass parents and families. Also: whether the nation is prepared for a conversation about school safety, civil liberties and gun control.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Ghost Hunters at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Hoarding: Buried Alive at 9 p.m. on TLC

Baggage Battles at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Full Throttle Saloon at 9 p.m. on truTV

Auction Hunters at 9 p.m. on SPIKE

Property Brothers at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Top Chef at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Weed Country at 10 p.m. on DSC

Restaurant Impossible at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

The Americans at 10 p.m. on FX

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Ghost Mine at 10 p.m. on Syfy

Southland at 10 p.m. on TNT

Deli Paradise at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel

America’s Supernanny at 10 p.m. on LIFE

Lords of War at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on NGC

My Strange Addiction at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Anaconda on AMC

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at 8 p.m. on ENC

Return to Paradise on FLIX

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs on FMC

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service on REELZ

The Iron Lady on SHO

The Woman in Black on SHO

Hold Back the Dawn on TCM

9 p.m.

Man on Fire on ION

Murder at 1600 on BET

National Lampoon’s European Vacation

The Lucky One on HBO

Joyful Noise on HBO

Friends With Benefits on STARZ

Later tonight:

The Others at 9:35 p.m. on SHO

Troy at 9:50 p.m. on MOMAX

Catwoman at 10 p.m. on AMC

The Perfect Score at 10 p.m. on FLIX

Legendary at 10:05 p.m. on TMC

Waterworld at 10:20 p.m. on ENC


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