Nat Geo to spin-off “Wicked Tuna”

National Geographic Channel has tapped Pilgrim Studios to produce a spin-off of Wicked Tuna (pictured), with the working title of Wicked Tuna: North vs South.
January 10, 2014

National Geographic Channel has tapped Pilgrim Studios to produce a spin-off of Wicked Tuna (pictured), with the working title of Wicked Tuna: North vs South. 

Premiering in the U.S. and on global National Geographic Channels in the summer, Wicked Tuna: North vs South films this winter off the coast of North Carolina.

The series will follow the bluefin tuna fishing business in the Outer Banks, whereas the original series followed the high-stakes business in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The cast will include the original series’ captain Dave Marciano and season three newcomer captain TJ Ott as they compete against seasoned local North Carolina bluefin fishermen.

Meanwhile, the latest season of Wicked Tuna premieres in February.

Wicked Tuna is one of our strongest franchises, and taking our tuna fishermen down South allows us to explore a new region of America and new waters in the Atlantic,” said National Geographic Channel president Howard T. Owens. “We are taking the best New England fishermen from Gloucester to the Outer Banks to see how they fare against good old Southern boys who fish the old-fashioned way off the beautiful shores of this epic country.”

“The captains’ passion and commitment is what has made Wicked Tuna so compelling and what has resonated with viewers these last two seasons,” added Pilgrim Studios CEO Craig Piligian.

For Pilgrim Studios, exec producers are Piligian and Mike Nichols, and for National Geographic Channel the EP is Robert Palumbo.

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