“Taxidermy reality show.” You know you’ve wanted it, and now it’s coming to History. The network has ordered a new half-hour series titled Mounted in Alaska,* going behind the scenes of a respected family-run taxidermy shop.
Knight’s Taxidermy takes on challenging projects ranging from creating a charging warthog so that it’s busting through a wall in a client’s home, to restoring a 50-year-old polar bear that’s an Alaskan landmark, to working with Theodore Roosevelt’s personal taxidermy kit.
The show is produced by Thinkfactory Media and marks the latest working class procedural docu-series set in the 49th state, and it’s no wonder: Alaska-set frontier reality fare continues to draw impressive audiences to cable channels.
Each episode tracks a taxidermy job from concept to completion, which should keep Mounted feeling at home on History, whose programming lineup is topped by another family run storefront procedural series, Pawn Stars. The Mounted cast is led by 30-year veteran Russell Knight, and also stars his what’s-a-girl-like-you-doing-in-a-job-like-this daughter Tina, whose specialty is bearskin rugs.
Mounted premieres April 7 at 10 p.m. on History.
* You know the title of a taxidermy reality show had to be either Mounted or Stuffed. Had to be!