A&E will air Australia’s Outback House

While PBS will soon air Texas Ranch House, another network is ending PBS’ monopoly on the historical reality genre.

A&E has purchased Outback House, an Australian series that follows “Australians who travel back in time to spend three months running a remote 19th century sheep station exactly as their forebears did in 1861,” according to a press release. The series caused controversy earlier this year when a contestant kicked a rooster and some lambs died.

The series consists of eight 55-minute episodes. There’s no word yet when A&E will air the show.

Outback House
Outback House acquired by A&E Television Networks [ABC Content Sales press release]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.