In today’s edition of Ask Andy, questions about:
- the future of National Geographic’s Life Below Zero: Port Protection
- my final thoughts and/or recap of Survivor 45’s finale
- tickets for Food Network’s Tournament of Champions season five
Where is Port Protection Alaska season 7?
Good Morning Andy, I love your newsletter very much and share your enthusiasm for reality TV. I live in a Veterans Home here in Omaha, Ne. I’m 84. I’m writing to you today to ask if the reality series, Port Protection will return this coming season? It’s aired on the National Geographic channel usually in the winter months.
As an old guy, I rely on TV to fill my life’s hours of boredom with thought stimulating entertainment. That you so much for your newsletter and the effort in which you use to make it happen. May God Bless, —Tom
Hi Tom! Thanks for the note, and the kind words. I’m so glad this show is one that provides you comfort; that’s been true of so many reality TV shows for me!
When you first wrote to me in November, there had not been any word of Port Protection Alaska season seven. (The show was temporarily rebranded Life Below Zero: Port Protection, but now seems back to Port Protection Alaska.)
With seasons four, five, and six all premiering in January, I thought an announcement might come in December, but alas, no. So I checked in with NatGeo.
I’m thrilled to report good news: National Geographic confirmed to me that season seven is happening, and it will premiere this spring.
No specific date has been announced yet, but watch my reality TV premiere date schedules for updates, as I’ll add it there when they make it official.
Can I get Tournament of Champions season 5 tickets?
How do I get tickets to season 5 Tournament of Champions? —Tina
Alas, Tina, you’re several months too late: Tournament of Champions filmed last fall.
While previous seasons have filmed in November and December, season five was filmed in October 2023. Production sources confirmed that preproduction began in September and post-production work continued into this month.
Two of the show’s past contestants also confirmed the filming dates: In mid-October, at the 2023 New York Wine and Food Fest, Brooke Williamson and Antonia Lofaso told a reporter they were getting live updates from the set. “Williamson confirmed she was getting live updates about the scoreboard, but Lofaso quickly reminded her they couldn’t share too much because it’s still currently being filmed,” TastingTable reported.
If tickets are available to the public, they’ve been offered through On Camera Audiences, so keep an eye out there for next season!
In case you missed it, Food Network recently announced TOC V’s chefs and schedule, including a new spin-off.
Survivor 45 final thoughts?
I’m still curious about whether you think the finale landed and how you thought the season came together overall! —AK
Thanks for asking! The episode is currently sitting on my DVR, and I’ve actually still not watched.
I got back from traveling about a week after the finale aired, and in the meantime, I’d read about the episode, so I knew the outcome.
Perhaps that was a bad idea! After that, I just had no interest in three more hours. I was glad Dee won and that she was rewarded by both the editing and the jury for effectively controlling the post-merge.
For now, my pre-finale thoughts will be my final thoughts on the season. I will probably watch at least part of it before deleting the episode, as Survivor is the one show I’ve watched every episode of for 23 years now, and I want to be a completist.
That said, it’s kind of sad that the show has come to a place where a finale, of all things, wasn’t a must-watch for me—even for a season that was better than its immediate predecessors.
Interestingly, the finale was the second-lowest-rated episode of the season. Perhaps that’s true for others, too?