Reality fare on NBC might get a bit grittier next season: the Peacock just signed a three-series deal with Original Productions, the company behind the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch (pictured) and The History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers. Both shows — about the the crab fishermen who ply the treacherous waters of the Bering Sea, and the drivers who haul big loads over the frozen lakes of Canada’s Northwest Territories — have earned big ratings and favorable reviews with their compelling mix of blue-collar heroes and white-knuckle thrills. (We can only hope that one of these new shows isn’t called Deadliest Truckers.)
I’m a fan of both series, but if I had to choose between them, I’d have to go with Catch — there’s something so fascinating about a ship rolling in 20-foot seas as the crew scrambles about the deck, tying lines, emptying crab pots, and trying not to get swept overboard. You just don’t get that sense of drama as the truckers go about their own very dangerous business — and, since, most of them drive solo, you miss out on all the tensions and group dynamics you get on the fishing boats.
But, hey, that’s me. Which of these brawny-man shows do you prefer? And what kind of rugged, danger-filled occupations would you like to see coming to NBC?
addCredit(“Deadliest Catch: Cameron Glendenning”)