Top Hooker: a new competition from Top Shot’s producers for Animal Planet

Animal Planet will air a competition reality series called Top Hooker, and although the network has focused more on humans than animals in recent seasons, the show is sadly not about prostitutes. Instead, it’s a competition between people who catch fish, and it has a brilliant name.

The good news is that it’s produced by Pilgrim Films & Television, which producers the awesome Top Shot for History, among other shows. Still, I was a bit skeptical about how could make fishing seem as dramatic and interesting as they’ve done with shooting, but then I watched the sizzle reel below. Although it’s mostly stock footage, it’s clear that fishing can make for a thrilling show.

The show is now casting “competitive, outgoing and skilled anglers, spear fishermen, game fishermen, fly fishermen, trawlers and trappers from all walks of life” whose experience can be “commercial, sport or recreational.” The show will be filmed in October and November, with applications due by Aug. 28.

Update: The sizzle reel video from the upfronts was removed from YouTube, apparently because it was too exciting and getting people actually interested in watching the show. Alas.

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