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Discovery Channel Returns to Alaska for Kodiak Island Docuseries (Exclusive)

Discovery Channel will premiere the series in 2014

Alaska is hot in the unscripted biz these days, and Discovery Channel plans to continue to capitalize on that with its latest docuseries “Kodiak.”

The four-part program centers on three multigenerational families that live in the remote, dangerous environment of Alaska’s Kodiak Island. The 3,500 square miles of harsh wilderness is home to thousands of bears, with adults weighing in at over 1,500 pounds. Series will follow the residents of Kodiak as they lead hunters and anglers through the remote landscape.

Discovery will debut the docuseries next year.

“Alaska has always been surrounded by a veil of mystique, and several of our highest rated shows take place there,” said Denise Contis, exec VP of production and development for Discovery Channel. “Now we are excited to introduce our viewers to the legendary forests and waters of Kodiak Island, one of the most dangerous and isolated places on Earth.”

Though Alaska has the lowest population density of all the 50 states, it has attracted a slew of unscripted producers to its tough climates and rarely chartered landscapes in search of compelling television.

Other Alaska-set reality shows that have appeared on Discovery’s lineup include “Gold Rush,” “Yukon Men,” “Alaska: The Last Frontier” and “Flying Wild Alaska.” Elsewhere on cable, Nat Geo has aired Alaskan series “Life Below Zero” and “Ultimate Survival Alaska,” and TLC has entered the fray with “Alaskan Women Looking for Love.”

“Kodiak” is produced for Discovery Channel by Orion Entertainment and Discovery Studios, with Chris Dorsey and Daniel Soiseth exec producing alongside Joseph Boyle.

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