Covering Louisiana

Feb 1, 2012 10:50 AM by AP

Reality TV booms in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Alligator hunters, raccoon wranglers and crawfish catchers in Louisiana's critter-filled swamps and bayous are increasingly becoming a common sight on television.
Since the introduction of the History Channel series "Swamp People" in 2010, roughly a dozen other Louisiana-based reality shows have made their television debuts, among them the Travel Channel's "Girls, Guns and Gators," CMT's "Crawfish Cowboys" and the Discovery Channel's "Ragin' Cajuns."
While some shows are far-fetched, partly scripted or have very little to do with Louisiana culture, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne says some are positives for the state's image, capturing aspects of Louisiana's rich lifestyle that can't be found anywhere else. Also drawing production companies to Louisiana is the state's generous TV and film tax credit program.

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