'Top Hooker,' reality TV series, to premiere on Animal Planet
Animal Planet announced on January 30 that it has completed production on a new reality series called "Top Hooker," which is about ... not what you think.
The show is described as "an in-your-face, full-throttle competition series that splits 10 expert fishers into two teams and pits them head-to-head in a series of wild, never-before-seen fishing challenges," according to a statement obtained by OTRC.com.
Such tasks include catching fish while blindfolded or using "outlandish tools" and netting fish by mouth. The eight-episode series is set to air later this summer, the cable channel said.
The show is based in California. Animal Planet put out a casting call for competitors over the summer, seeking "competitive, outgoing and skilled anglers, spear fisherman, game fisherman, fly fisherman, trawlers and trappers from all walks of life."
Animal Planet, owned by Discovery Communications, said it has also completed production on two other new reality shows -- "Money Barn," which is about treasure auctioneers who search for treasures stashed in people's barns and premieres in February, and "Swamp'd," which centers around an owner of a bait shack in Louisiana, named P'Maw," That show debuts in the spring.
Currently, the most-watched reality shows include the History Channel's "Pawn Stars," "American Pickers" and "Ax Men," the Discovery Channel's "Gold Rush," truTV's "Hardcore Pawn" and Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta."
Meanwhile, Animal Planet is gearing up to air its ninth annual Puppy Bowl, which will be broadcast on February 3 -- Super Bowl Sunday -- from 3 to 5 p.m. ET and will feature 63 puppy contestants.
Meanwhile, the channel has posted a Puppy Cam ahead of the festivities. Watch the cuteness below.
Pictured above: Anglers fish for salmon in Anchorage, Alaska in August 2011. They are not affiliated with "Top Hooker.")