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.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.