Discovery Channel — cancellation of tv show: the last alaskans
I understand that running a TV channel is a business, and that a business's goal is to earn money. Cancellations or extensions of existing shows are primarily based on the number of viewers who watch a show. The more viewers, the more money that can be charged for advertisements. I know that no filming for The Last Alaskans was done during the trapping season 2018/2019. I have heard that those of you at Discovery haven't decided whether to revive the show in 2020, or to cancel it, but the lack of filming last winter is indicates that you are tending towards cancelling TLA.
Here's my elevator pitch to you. You have an opportunity to continue to broadcast a documentary that presents the most accurate view of how a few families survive in ANWR . As I understand it, there's no plot, and there is no voice-over. The show is about how these people adapt to the unforgiving climate in order to trap for a living. It's about what they think, what they talk about, and how they solve problems. In other words, it's about their lives. TLA is one of the very best TV shows (hopefully) running currently. It's wonderful, the photography is beautiful. and the characters [not actors] are thought provoking.
I know you need to make money to pay yourselves and your employees, but you also have a responsibility to the TV watching public to produce and transmit some excellent shows, even if they are not as profitable as the average show. TLA is a Rembrandt, it's a vanGogh. It is history that we need to retain. When oil and natural gas wells proliferate in ANWR, when roads are built to move parts and labor to these wells, when a port(s) is built to haul petroleum products to Canada or the Lower-48, when sewage and garbage plug up the Hulahula, Porcupine, Coleen, Kavik, and Kongacut Rivers the ANWR as it exists today will be gone. But by continuing to televise new TLA episodes will document historically the land, climate, and people who made their living in ANWR, as well as documenting the hard work that goes into trapping in true wilderness, such as splitting wood, repairing cabins, dragging water from a river to a cabin, etc.
How could you look at yourself in a mirror if you let TLA just fade away?
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