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Reality Check: In the Wake of a Cops Death, a Producer Reflects

12 September 2014 6:26 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

The death of Cops crew member Bryce Dion, who was accidentally shot by a police officer during a robbery in Omaha, Neb., stunned the tight-knit reality TV community. Wicked Tuna and Dirty Jobs producer Craig Piligian, who is unaffiliated with Cops, spoke with TV Guide Magazine to explain how camera operators, audio technicians, and their teams are the unsung heroes of unscripted television.

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Lionsgate TV Inks Overall Deal With Reality Producer Dave Caplan

1 April 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Under the multiyear overall pact, Dave Caplan will develop and produce unscripted programming through his Trooper Entertainment banner. Caplan joins Lionsgate TV from 51 Minds Entertainment, where he spent two years as VP Development and executive produced such series as Syfy’s Heroes Of Cosplay, MTV’s Scrubbing In, Syfy’s Ghost Mine and truTV’s Cash Dome. “Continued growth in the area of alternative programming is a high priority for our TV division and we are always looking for terrific partners,” said Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “Dave is an extremely creative producer and we anticipate a great collaboration.” Caplan’s move to Lionsgate comes on the heels of an executive restructuring at 51 Minds following the company CEO Cris Abrego’s appointment as co-chairman and co-ceo of parent Endemol North America that saw Christian Sarabia elevated to president of 51 Minds. Caplan previously worked in development at Craig Piligian’s »


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'Deadliest Catch' narrator Mike Rowe makes a dramatic change for Season 10

21 March 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

When he's not trying to change America's attitude toward the virtues of a hard day's work with his "Profoundly Disconnected" initiative, former "Dirty Jobs" star Mike Rowe is busy lending his golden voice to a variety of reality shows, from "Wicked Tuna" and "Airplane Repo" to "Bering Sea Gold" and "Deadliest Catch."

"Deadliest" returns for its 10th season on Tuesday, April 22, so Rowe is hard at work in the recording booth narrating the adventures of the Bering Sea crab fleet.

In between all of these, Rowe keeps busy online, including a video series called "Adventures in Voiceover." Highlights include Rowe offering a behind-the-scenes description of what led to his infamous Ted talk on neutering lambs with his teeth; doing a dramatic rendition of "Adventures of Joey and Andy Crabs: Crab Day Afternoon," the children's book by crab Capt. Johnathan Hillstrand; and reading the phone book (that's not a metaphor; he »


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Hitting the High Seas With the Colorful Crew of Wicked Tuna

28 February 2014 5:00 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

"Fish is good brain food. You should eat a whale!" shouts Wicked Tuna's Dave Marciano across the table to ­rival Dave Carraro when I join the stars of one of NatGeo's highest-rated series for dinner in Gloucester, ­ Massachusetts, where they're shooting Season 3. Why the advice? Captain Carraro doesn't eat seafood.

Even more bizarre than a fisherman refusing to eat fish is witnessing the cutthroat captains laughing amicably over clam chowder, sushi (veggie for Carraro) and steak. "You have five teams all wanting the same goal," says Carraro, Season 1's champ. "We can joke around and have a beer, but when you get on the water, things change." They'd better have an appetite for competition, since this season will see two new crews (in addition to the five returning teams) competing for what they call "monstahs," which can reel in $20,000 each.

Throughout our meal, Carraro repeatedly checks on marine conditions »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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'Wicked Tuna' spinoff 'North vs. South' coming to NatGeo

10 January 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

National Geographic Channel has announced a spinoff program for its popular fishing program "Wicked Tuna." The working title is "Wicked Tuna: North vs. South" and will begin filming off the coast of North Carolina this winter, with a premiere scheduled for this summer.

Producer Craig Piligian tells the 2014 TCA press tour that the spinoff will be a competition between the guys of "Wicked Tuna" and the fishermen of the Outer Banks in the Carolinas -- but those Southerns ain't got nothin' on the "Wicked" captains.

"There will be a lot of tensions and a lot of guys saying some funny stuff," says Piligian. "They're decent fishermen, but not as good as these guys."

The cast for the spinoff includes "Wicked Tuna" fan-faves Hard Merchandise captain Dave Marciano and Hot Tuna captain T.J. Ott, who will battle the local Outer Banks fishermen for bluefin tuna.

NatGeo has also announced a premiere date for "Wicked Tuna, »


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National Geographic Orders ‘Wicked Tuna’ Spinoff Series From Craig Piligian

10 January 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: National Geographic Channel is building a franchise around one of its highest-rated series, Wicked Tuna. The cable network has greenlighted a spinoff series, Wicked Tuna: North vs. South (working title). Produced by Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios, which is behind the original series, the spinoff will begin filming off the coast of the Outer Banks in North Carolina this winter and will premiere in the U.S. and globally this summer. Additionally Nat Geo has set a premiere date for Season 3 of Wicked Tuna, which will unspool on February 16 on National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Mundo, and premiering on the National Geographic Channel internationally in March. Season 2 of Wicked Tuna averaged a 0.6 in adults 25-54, up +23% from Season 1, and 976,000 Total Viewers. The original Wicked Tuna follows the cutthroat, high-stakes business of bluefin tuna fishing in Gloucester, Mass. Although bluefin season came to an end in Gloucester on »


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