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Image Credit: Al Grillo/AP ImagesIn 2009, I wrote a PopWatch post titled World Beard and Moustache Championships: This needs to be televised, in which I argued that this event, held every two years, be chronicled for the masses. In a poll, 79 percent of readers said they’d watch an hour special on it in 2011. Well, Deadliest Catch exec producer Thom Beers isn’t stopping there: He’s hooked up with IFC to develop Whisker Wars, “a non-fiction series set in the world of competitive facial hair growing which profiles a group of men from the National Beard and Mustache Championship in Bend, Oregon to the World Competition in Norway.” For me, someone still marveling at the emotional and poetic storytelling behind Deadliest Catch‘s sixth season, this is as exciting as if I heard about a new Aaron Sorkin or Joss Whedon show. Presumably, growing facial hair isn’t as dangerous as crabbing on the Bering Sea, but I still want to know why these men do it. I trust Beers and his crew to find the humor and the heart, along with the drama. Are you in? Check out the WBMC’s Parade of Champions in the video below. (That’s David Traver, winner of the Freestyle Beard category and the overall title, pictured. He retired shortly after his victory.)

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