Magazine article Variety

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Magazine article Variety

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Alaska: Reality's North Star

America's 49th state, Alaska, boasts two dozen or so shows, from NatGeo's surging "Life Below Zero" to Discovery's "Alaskan Bush People " "Alaska: The Last Frontier" and "Bering Sea Gold," among others.

Chris Dorsey, president of Orion Entertainment - whose 150 Alaskathemed hours include DIY's "Building Alaska" and HGTV's "Living Alaska" - says, "Alaska is the most beautiful place on Earth, and it's one of the deadliest. That combination, along with selfreliant people living a frontier existence, makes for captivating TV."

Says Christo Doyle, executive producer of Discovery's "Gold Rush": "What I've found through producing shows in Alaska is that there are two types of people: those that would actually quit their jobs, walk out of their cubicles and move north to live like the free spirits in our shows, and then there are those that are perfectly fine with sitting back on their couch living vicariously. Either way, Alaska works." - Kate O'Hare

Kids in the Kitchen Children's cooking competitions are heating up TV and viewer appetites are still growing. In addition to the success of Fox's "MasterChef Junior" - the No. 1-rated cooking show last season among adults 18-49 and total viewers - the flavorful offerings range from Food Network's "Rachel A Guy's Kids Challenge," "Kids Baking Championship," "Chopped Teen Tournament" and upcoming "Chopped Junior" to FYl's newbie "Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown. …

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