INTERVIEW: Officers stop poachers in their tracks on new season of ‘Rugged Justice’

INTERVIEW: Officers stop poachers in their tracks on new season of ‘Rugged Justice’

On the hit reality series Rugged Justice, which premieres new episodes Thursday, Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet, officers with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife head into More »

INTERVIEW: ‘Naked and Afraid’ alumni test their skills on ‘Dual Survival’

INTERVIEW: ‘Naked and Afraid’ alumni test their skills on ‘Dual Survival’

Dual Survival stands out among reality programs for its showcase of different terrains and many survival skills on display. However, note to viewers: It’s probably best to keep this type of surviving to the professionals. More »

INTERVIEW: In ‘Toucan Nation,’ abused toucan receives new beak, starts a movement

INTERVIEW: In ‘Toucan Nation,’ abused toucan receives new beak, starts a movement

The story of Grecia, a toucan from Costa Rica, is simultaneously tragic and uplifting. The iconic bird was horribly abused and saw its beak chopped off. A bloody stump and the prospects More »

INTERVIEW: Badia Farha brings ‘Broadway Bounty Hunter’ to Barrington

INTERVIEW: Badia Farha brings ‘Broadway Bounty Hunter’ to Barrington

Broadway Bounty Hunter, the new musical from Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin and Jason Sweettooth Williams, recently premiered at Barrington Stage Company in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The show, heavily influenced by 1970s exploitation More »

REVIEW: Black Sabbath begin final North American tour with a metallic bang

REVIEW: Black Sabbath begin final North American tour with a metallic bang

WANTAGH, N.Y. — It almost appeared that Ozzy Osbourne’s iconic eye makeup might streak a bit from thankful tears. The lead singer of Black Sabbath constantly and wholeheartedly thanked the crowd at More »

REVIEW: Christine Carbo’s ‘The Wild Inside’ builds suspense around grizzly case

REVIEW: Christine Carbo’s ‘The Wild Inside’ builds suspense around grizzly case

Christine Carbo is a welcome literary addition to the ever-crowded world of suspense writers. Her debut novel, The Wild Inside, follows a group of investigators brought into Glacier National Park in northwest Montana More »

INTERVIEW: New documentary explores Amazonian conflict in Peru

INTERVIEW: New documentary explores Amazonian conflict in Peru

When Two Worlds Collide, which recently premiered at Film Forum in New York City, is a documentary that follows the clash of corporate and indigenous interests in Peru’s portion of the Amazon. More »

REVIEW: ‘Sudden Fear’ features Joan Crawford, Jack Palance in noir classic

REVIEW: ‘Sudden Fear’ features Joan Crawford, Jack Palance in noir classic

Even though the foreshadowing in David Miller’s Sudden Fear is obvious, there are still many well-earned twists and turns to make this Joan Crawford flick a fun noirish jaunt. The intricately woven plot More »

 

INTERVIEW: Officers stop poachers in their tracks on new season of ‘Rugged Justice’

On Rugged Justice, Sgt. Erik Olson patrols the streets and piers of Seattle. Photo courtesy of Animal Planet.

On Rugged Justice, Sgt. Erik Olson patrols the streets and piers of Seattle. Photo courtesy of Animal Planet.

On the hit reality series Rugged Justice, which premieres new episodes Thursday, Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet, officers with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife head into rural and urban areas to stop poachers, protect resources and keep wildlife and humans from having an unwanted encounter. Their “rugged” job is readymade for reality television.

One of the show’s subjects is Sgt. Erik Olson, who said the new season captures some interesting clientele and events. “This particular season, man, there’s quite a bit of activity,” Olson said recently in a phone interview. “We’ve got everything from habitual crab poachers to basically cougar cubs that we’re trying to capture that are running through cities. We’ve got obviously a whole lot of fish and wildlife cases but also the interactions that we see with humans interacting with fish and wildlife as well. It always creates interesting situations obviously when you’ve got things like cougars and bears in metropolitan areas or encroaching upon those areas.”

INTERVIEW: ‘Naked and Afraid’ alumni test their skills on ‘Dual Survival’

EJ Snyder and Jeff Zausch sit next to a fire they built on the new season of Dual Survival. Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel.

EJ Snyder and Jeff Zausch sit next to a fire they built on the new season of Dual Survival. Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel.

Dual Survival stands out among reality programs for its showcase of different terrains and many survival skills on display. However, note to viewers: It’s probably best to keep this type of surviving to the professionals.

The new season of Dual Survival kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel. This set of episodes will see alumni of the Naked and Afraid franchise, EJ Snyder and Jeff Zausch, teaming up to brave the wilds of a desert in Brazil, swamps in Louisiana and the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, among other locations. Both survivors were seen on Naked and Afraid, which finds two people surviving in the wild for three weeks, and Naked and Afraid XL, which documents a larger group of survivalists in the wild for 40 days.