Another TV series about Alaska — this one for Discovery Communications’ TLC. Only this one isn’t about huntin,’ or fishin’, or last great frontiers, or Sarah Palin – this one’s about a bunch of people who want to get the heck out.
Escaping Alaska is a six-episode order about young eskimos who “plot their escape” to San Diego, TLC said in today’s announcement. The new series is the first from Discovery Networks International’s production unit, making it’s U.S. premiere on TLC ahead of its worldwide rollout.
The series follows a group of five young people of Inuit, Inupiaq and Yupik descent who risk leaving their Alaskan homes for sunny San Diego. The series will make its global debut on TLC on Sunday, July 27 at 9 PM ET/PT, before rolling out internationally to more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Hot Snakes Media is producing the series for DNI.
The series chronicles the dramatic and emotional journey of Mary, Frank, Tamara, Qituvituag (also known as “Q”) and Nuala, as they embark on their high-stakes “escape” from Alaska to explore the world outside their villages and small towns. “Although they love their families and take pride in their heritage, they are yearning for more fulfilment and different experiences,” the network said in today’s announcement.
TLC said Eskimo communities being “very insular,” these young people must mislead their families about their intentions and instead of telling them they’re going to California, each creates some deceptive cover story. Cameras roll as they try to figure things out in San Diego, which may include returning home.
“Escaping Alaska provides a rare window into a remote world that is quite foreign to many of TLC viewers – a look at the lives of an endangered culture and private community that is seldom seen by the lower 48,” said Jon Sechrist, vice president, production and development for DNI, who commissioned and executive produced the series.