Ice road reality series returns, may become a movie

| 4/7/2008

The producers of the popular documentary-style TV show “Ice Road Truckers” have announced that the second season will air this summer. The first season, which launched in June 2007 on The History Channel, had record high ratings of 3.4 million overall.

On this second season, the drivers and camera crew are in the remote communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, more than 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. In a period of about two months, two clients collaborate with three competitive trucking companies to move hundreds of heavy, oversized loads across frozen water through frigid, often dangerous conditions.

Obvious dangers are cracks in the road, which road maintenance teams scramble to cover with rig mats. Like speed bumps, the rig mats can take out an oil pan, which is not a minor problem when it’s 40 below zero outside the cab.

Four familiar faces will return from last season. One of them, we’re told, won’t even make it through one day on the job. Another will have to deal with not being his own boss for the first time in more than 20 years.

In related news, Twentieth Century Fox has closed a rights deal to use the premise of “Ice Road Truckers” as the basis for an action feature.

For more information on the TV series, click here.

– By Elizabeth Andersen, staff editor