ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – Alabama’s newest reality TV stars hit the small screen tonight, bringing a colorful medley of marine salvage, semi-organized mayhem and barbecue to the Weather Channel in “Reef Wranglers.”
It’s a limited four-episode series focusing on the adventures of the crew at Reefmaker, a business based at Walter Marine in Orange Beach. At the core of the show are four men: Owner David Walter, who calls the shots; Stewart Walter and Justin Stoufflet, his son and stepson, respectively, who do most of the work; and Roger Strick, the “greenhorn” who provides comic relief.
The show describes Walter Marine as “the largest builders of artificial reefs in the country.” They’re an amiable bunch who clearly love their high-powered toys, as evidenced by a Web-only outtake in which David Walter uses his small airplane to pull his grandson’s tooth (see video below).
The premiere is packed with activity. The main plot involves the campaign to sink an 85-foot-shrimp boat as a fishing and diving reef on a tight timetable. But the gang is also shown salvaging a couple of wrecked sailboats, and Roger gets into a barbecue battle with the folks at Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que in Orange Beach. Roger has to do some of his prep work at sea, which leads indirectly to the memorable question, “Why would you marinate ribs in a trash bag?”
It all makes for a brisk half-hour. “Reef Wranglers” airs at 8 p.m. Central on the Weather Channel, where it joins reality shows such as “Coast Guard Alaska,” “Iceberg Hunters” and “Hawaii Air Rescue.” For more information, visit the show’s web page at www.weather.com.
Interested viewers are welcome to come out to LuLu’s at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores, where a viewing party will start at 7 p.m.
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