10:06am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Animal Planet Greenlights Documentary Series Set in Alaskan Wilderness (Exclusive)
Animal Planet is traveling to the Alaskan wilderness.
The cable network has ordered a new eight-part documentary series dubbed The Last Alaskans that is set in the state's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
In 1980, the U.S. government banned new human occupation in the protected area, which is home to thousands of native animals and pristine terrain and is roughly the size of South Carolina. Currently, only a handful of families spread across seven permitted cabins are allowed to remain in the refuge.Within fewer than 100 years, all remaining permits will reach expiration and there will be no human presence left.
The Last Alaskans will put a spotlight on the four families living there in isolation as they overcome harsh arctic conditions, frustrating setbacks and aggressive wildlife, while surviving in one of the last great unspoiled and unforgiving wildernesses on the planet.
The Last Alaskans is set to premiere at 10 p.m. Monday, May 25, with new hourlong episodes airing at 8 p.m. Sundays starting May 31. Watch an exclusive clip above.
"This series beautifully portrays the core values of Animal Planet's Surprisingly Human brand: authenticity, great characters and the constantly changing relationship between man and the wild," said Rick Holzman, general manager and executive vp at Animal Planet. "The Last Alaskans is not only a game changer for Animal Planet, but for the entire off-the-grid genre — both visually and editorially."
The Last Alaskans is produced for Animal Planet by Half Yard Productions. John Jones, Abby Greensfelder and Sean Gallagher are the executive producers, John Collin is the supervising producer, and Jared McGilliard is the showrunner and co-executive producer for Half Yard. For Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman is the executive producer, and Sarah Russell is the associate producer. The series was developed by Animal Planet's Kurt Tondorf.