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Destination America greenlights “Epic,” “Buying Alaska”

U.S. cable network Destination America is aiming to serve a twist on the home and lifestyle genre with two series for its fall/winter line-up, Buying Alaska (pictured) and Epic.
October 1, 2012

U.S. cable network Destination America is aiming to serve a twist on the home and lifestyle genre with two series for its fall/winter line-up, Buying Alaska and Epic.

Buying Alaska is produced by Paper Route Productions, and looks at properties that feature a range of unique offerings, including the ability to hunt and fish from the back deck, to extreme seclusion. But living in Alaska also comes with disadvantages, including no running water, electricity, indoor bathrooms, or access roads, as well as run ins with bears. It premieres on October 21 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

On the other side of the spectrum, Epic from Tremendous! Entertainment is a series featuring extravagant amenities and the craftsmen that make them, from a motor-home outfitted with luxury items, to a floating home with theaters, helicopter pads and more. Epic premieres on December 16 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

“As we expand our original programming slate, we’re looking to offer viewers shows that have a different twist on the home and lifestyle genre,” said Marc Etkind, senior VP of content strategy for Destination America.

“Most people, at one time or another, can relate to the dream of trading in the rat race and roughing it in an untamed territory or owning a plush, customized RV - both Buying Alaska and Epic will give viewers a peek behind the curtain and allow them to live vicariously through these folks as they turn their fantasies into reality.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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