Series gets 26 episodes for expanded second season

A&E has greenlit a 26-episode second season of reality series “Duck Dynasty,” produced by Gurney Prods.

Skein, which follows the Robertson family’s duck call biz on the Louisiana bayou, saw rapid ratings growth in its first season. The May 23 season-one finale logged 2.6 million viewers as cable’s No. 1 original show for that night.

Pickup occurred weeks after A&E axed “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” which helped transition the net into the unscripted world in 2004.

“A&E’s bread and butter is our reality slate,” David McKillop, exec VP of programming, told Variety. “We’re very aggressive this summer with our lineup of shows including ‘Storage Wars,’ ‘Shipping Wars’ ‘Storage Wars: Texas’ and ‘Barter Kings.’ ”

McKillop added that A&E is doing an “enormous amount of development” in the reality genre.

Net aims to bow season two of “Duck Dynasty” at the end of the year, with production on new episodes beginning this summer.

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