July 11, 2011 8:34am PT by Marisa Guthrie
A&E Schedules Thom Beers' 'American Hoggers'
A&E will bow Thom Beers’ American Hoggers, about a real-life Texas hog-hunting family, Aug. 16 at 10 p.m.
The series follows the same formula of Beers' Ice Road Truckers; quirky people doing dangerous work. American Hoggers revolves around former Texas ranger Jerry Campbell, 64, and his son Robert, 28 and daughter Krystal, 23, as they round up feral hogs. Apparently, the hog scourge in Texas is even more troublesome than, say, the rat infestation in New York City. According to press material supplied by A&E, “half of the wild boar population in America lives on the Texas countryside. Their populations are growing exponentially into the millions, and they’re tearing up ranchland, feasting on valuable crops and maiming or even killing livestock. They have insatiable appetites, violent temperaments and can grow up to 400 pounds. Feral hogs have caused over $50 million per year in damage to the state of Texas alone. Farms have had to shut down and families have been left scared to step outside their own homes.”
A&E has ordered nine half-hour episodes of American Hoggers.
It’s produced by Beers’ Original Productions. Beers and Philip D. Segal are executive producers. Jeff Conroy serves as co-executive producer and Brandon Killion serves as series producer. A&E executive producers are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Lily Neumeyer.