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A&E aims to reinvent the redneck space with “Duck Dynasty”

A&E aims to reinvent the redneck space with “Duck Dynasty”

Is 2012 the year of the duck? The producers behind Duck Dynasty, an A&E reality series about a family of erudite duck hunters, hope so. Produced by Los Angeles-based Gurney Productions, the series follows the comedic exploits of The Robertsons – an entrepreneurial family living in the Louisiana bayou – who run Duck Commander, a successful business built on hand-crafted duck calls and decoys. The show premiered with two back-to-back episodes on March 21, rating 1.8 million total viewers, according...
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Having Your Ducks in a Row Bodes Well for Reality-TV Success

Having Your Ducks in a Row Bodes Well for Reality-TV Success

NEW YORK TIMES Even reality takes practice, a lesson that has not been learned by many makers and stars of workplace reality shows. They think that a moderately unusual occupation — alligator wrangling, sports-memorabilia hawking, storage-locker rummaging — and a camera are all that is necessary to make a watchable show. The men and women of “Duck Dynasty,” though, are smarter than that, which is what makes this droll new A&E series a cut above the rest. Before trying the relatively big stage...
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