New TLC Series Again Focuses on Alaska, But With a Twist Deadline
TLC has again ordered a reality show about Alaska, but rather than focusing on hunting or fishing, the show features people who want to leave the state, Deadline.com reports.
“Escaping Alaska” has been given a six-episode order, with a focus on five young people of Inuit, Inupiaq and Yupik descent who leave their homes for San Diego. The show will debut July 27, and will roll out to more than 200 countries and territories.
“The series chronicles the dramatic and emotional journey of Mary, Frank, Tamara, Qituvituag (also known as ‘Q’) and Nuala, as they embark on their high-stakes ‘escape’ from Alaska to explore the world outside their villages and small towns,” the story notes.
Alaska has been a hot topic for unscripted programming in recent years, with shows including History's "Mounted in Alaska," Nat Geo's "Alaska State Troopers," Discovery's "The Alaska Experiment" and TLC's "Sarah Palin's Alaska."
The new series is executive produced by Jon Sechrist, vice president of production and development for Discovery Networks International.
Said Sechrist: “'Escaping Alaska' provides a rare window into a remote world that is quite foreign to many ... TLC viewers -- a look at the lives of an endangered culture and private community that is seldom seen by the lower 48."