For a long time, Duck Dynasty was a hugely popular program on the A&E network, spurred by the Robertson clan, a crew of fun-loving Southerners known for their wild antics and strange sayings. Last fall, A&E had a bonafide hit on its hands, airing a fall premiere that broke records for the cable station.
Phil Robertson, familial patriarch and star of A&E’s astoundingly successful and crazy-popular reality television series, Duck Dynasty has been indefinitely suspended from the program following a day of controversy. Robertson’s future on the series was put into question following an interview in GQ Magazine wherein the outspoken owner of the most popular duck call-makers denounced homosexuality in a very brusque and graphic manner — pissing quite a few people off in the process.
The Duck Dynasty clan has found its way into millions of hearts, and the new season of the show will soon be headed into homes. Lionsgate Home Entertainment is putting together Blu-ray and DVD releases for Duck Dynasty: Season 4. Unfortunately, the set won’t be out in time to buy a copy for someone as a holiday gift. Duck Dynasty: Season 4 will street on January 7.
Season 4 of Duck Dynasty got underway on Wednesday night, following the resolution of a salary dispute that also locked in the Robertson clans for future seasons on A&E . It turns out the channel was smart to both offer more money to the Duck Dynasty clan and sign the group on for more episodes. Last’s night’s Season 4 premiere crushed in the ratings.
A&E’s hit show Duck Dynasty has finally earned a Season 4 premiere date. Fans have known the series would return to A&E’s lineup for a while, but some contract snafus prevented A&E from announcing an official return date for quite some time. Luckily, the turnaround from announcement to premiere won’t be too long. Season 4 of Duck Dynasty is already well into the throes of filming and will hit the schedule on August 14.
New seasons of Duck Dynasty seem to pop up on A&E frequently. Despite this, the series is still pulling in a loyal following for new episodes. Season 3’s finale aired last night and pulled in higher ratings than any other program on A&E, ever. Last night’s finale did a 4.3 rating and pulled in 9.6 million total viewers—which is certainly enough to bring the series back for a fourth season.
The Duck Dynasty cast is back in the saddle, or in camouflage, as it were. A&E’s hit reality series returned on Wednesday night for its Season 3 premiere and, as it turns out, an inflated number of viewers has now decided the series is worth a watch. In fact, 8.6 million total viewers signed on for last night’s episode of Duck Dynasty.
I’m not really sure what makes A&E’s Duck Dynasty so compelling. Is it the rags to riches story? The absurdity that duck calls could bring in so much wealth? The ridiculous costumes and beards the Robertson family chooses? Whatever the reason, Duck Dynasty brings really nice ratings to the table, and fans can choose to bring Season 2 episodes into their own homes starting on March 5.
If you have ever found yourself sitting in a room and wondering why networks like Lifetime, History, and A&E continually produce low budget reality series with wacky premises, the answer is not simply that they are cheap to produce, although I’m sure that is a factor. Occasionally, a low budget reality series will spread like wildfire, and currently, A&E is enjoying that sort of success with Duck Dynasty.