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A&E takes another quack at “Duck Dynasty”

U.S. cable network A&E has renewed its ratings-winning series Duck Dynasty (pictured), tapping Gurney Productions to create a 26 x 30-minute second season that will air later this year.
June 20, 2012

U.S. cable network A&E has renewed its ratings-winning series Duck Dynasty (pictured), tapping Gurney Productions to create a 26 x 30-minute second season that will air later this year.

The series follows the Robertson family, who operate a duck call business on the Louisiana bayou. Talking to realscreen earlier this year, Gurney Productions executive producer Scott Gurney described the show as being “like Modern Family in camo.”

“What intrigued me initially was not the fact that they’re rich rednecks, but that they’re extremely true to who they are and they’re extremely intelligent,” he added. “Underneath those beards are some serious brains.”

According to A&E, the show is one of its fastest growing series, with the first season finale on May 23 drawing 2.6 million total viewers and 1.5 million in the demos of both adults 25-54 and 18-49. The second season will premiere in the fourth quarter of this year.

“There is truly no one else like the Robertsons in the TV landscape,” said A&E Network exec VP of programming David McKillop. “We are proud to have them as a part of our A&E family and excited to bring fans a new season of their unique brand of southern schooling.”

The exec producers for Gurney Productions are Joe Weinstock and Scott and Deirdre Gurney, while the EPs for A&E are McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Lily Neumeyer.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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