8:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'Last Alaskans' Moves to Discovery Channel for Season 2 (Exclusive)
The Last Alaskans is headed to Discovery Channel.
The Animal Planet series, which was renewed by the network for a second season last summer, is now set to premiere April 12 on sibling channel Discovery. Eight new episodes of season two will air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT following Deadliest Catch.
Last Alaskans documents the lives of some of the most isolated people in America as they struggle to survive in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its surrounding wilderness, a protected area home to thousands of native animals and pristine terrain roughly the size of South Carolina. In 1980, the U.S. government banned new human occupation in the refuge and currently only a handful of families spread across seven permitted cabins remain. In fewer than 100 years, all permits will reach expiration, and there will be no human presence left.
The first season of the docuseries ranked as Animal Planet's No. 1 new series in 2015 in key demos (including adults 25-52 and males 25-54), with the season finale drawing 1.8 million viewers.
In season two, extended family members join the show, with some traveling to the refuge by boat for the first time in 20 years. From Discovery:
— Bob Harte and his daughter, Talicia, embark on a dangerous river journey from Fairbanks to the cabin where she was raised decades ago.
— Heimo Korth breaks ground on a new cabin with wife Edna, his daughters and grandchildren.
— The Lewis family journeys back to its old homestead, navigating upriver through Alaska's interior on a houseboat constructed over the past decade by patriarch Ray.
— Tyler and Ashley Selden continue to gain experience in the wilderness and contemplate adding a new member to their family.
— Nineteen-year-old Charlie Jagow, who was born in the refuge and remains one of the youngest permit-holders there, returns to build his first cabin.
The Last Alaskans is produced for Discovery Channel by Half Yard Productions.