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Shades of Swamp People – Louisiana – Hot Spot for Reality TV

I think it’s pretty amazing that there are so many TV shows right now based in Louisiana. Not only do we have a dramatic show about vampires, True Blood set and much of it filmed in Louisiana as well as the quirky and cool Treme filmed entirely in New Orleans, but we also have a host of reality shows filmed all around the state.

These include Billy the Exterminator and Swamp People as well as Bayou Billionaires, Son of Guns, Trashmen, Ragin’ Cajuns, Gator Queen, My Big Redneck Vacation, the now cancelled Steven Seagal: Lawman, and Pit Bulls and Parolees

Recently my nephew Albert met the stars of Swamp People at the Louisiana Sportsman Show In Gonzales. I haven’t watched this show much but what I have seen is pretty impressive. It’s beautifully filmed. The overhead shots of the boats plying the swampy waters, sunlight glistening off the surface, shots in a boat that display the lush tangle of the vines and leaves and old cypress trees. They call that in the film industry high production values. And this show’s got ’em.

In looking at this photo of my nephew and RJ and Jay Paul I’m amazed at the guy on the right’s arms. They look like arms of someone much younger. I think it shows that amazing amount of physical work these guys do to wrestle into the boat these massive gators which can often net them $10,000 a pop.

Why do we have so many of these shows? I imagine it’s because Louisiana is perhaps the most interesting state in the country. We have our own way of doing things, our own food, our own culture, politics, music, language, customs, people and architecture all mixed in with our own unique “joie de vivre.” Louisiana is truly a world apart.

Please leave a comment. Tell me what you think.

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  1. Harry says

    Interesting picture. I presume your nephew is the youngster in the red shirt. He doesn’t appear to be big enough to wrestle with an alligator.

  2. Richard Bienvenu says

    Yep, the kid in the red shirt is my nephew. But perhaps he will aspire to hunt gators in his spare time. One never knows about these things.

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