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Alaska Experiment

Whale Wars, Expedition Africa, Out of the Wild: quests that make fascinating, actual reality TV

Three reality series use expeditions, both real and contrived, to show us lots of actual reality, and all three are definitely worth your time. Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, Animal Planet debuts the second season of Whale Wars, its docudrama about environmentalists committed to stopping Japanese whalers who insist they’re killing whales for scientific research …

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Discovery’s best reality series, Deadliest Catch and Alaska Experiment, return tonight

It’s Alaska Week on the Discovery Channel, and as part of that, the network’s two best reality shows return tonight: the dysfunctional functioning crab-fishing pseudo-families of Deadliest Catch and a new group of out-of-their-element volunteer survivalists on The Alaska Experiment. First, Deadliest Catch debuts its fifth season at 9 p.m. ET. As usual, it starts …

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Alaska Experiment changes producers, format to raise “stakes” and “limit resources”

One of 2008’s best series, The Alaska Experiment, will return in April on The Discovery Channel, but the new season will have a new format and new producers: Pilgrim Films and Television, which has produced shows such as Dirty Jobs and Tommy Hilfiger’s The Cut, replaces Ricochet Television, which most recently produced The Real Housewives …

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The Alaska Experiment, Discovery’s latest uber-real series, is casting for season two

Sometimes, cable reality shows deliver contrived, artificial versions of reality, however enjoyable it sometimes is (see VH1 for examples). But there seems to be a shift underway, encouraged by the success of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, toward raw, realistic experiences. Even Animal Planet is getting into the game, which will air a miniseries called Whale …

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