‘Ice Road Truckers’ television series on thin ice

| Friday, January 11, 2008

The producers of the popular TV show “Ice Road Truckers” are going to have to find a different ice road to shoot their series on. The Canadian Broadcasting Channel reports that The History Channel is looking at other options, including shooting on some of the ice roads between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories.

In the series, truckers drove the “ice road” to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to deliver supplies to a diamond mine. The CBC reported that the mining company, part of a joint venture of mining companies that build the ice road, has pulled out of the production. Officials from the mine told CBC that the series makes driving a truck on the ice road look a lot riskier than it actually is.

Meanwhile, NBC has signed a deal with the producers to bring a similar program to that broadcast network as part of a three-series package deal.

“Ice Road Truckers” debuted on the History Channel cable television network in the summer of 2007. It quickly became the most popular program for the network.

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