EXCLUSIVE: National Geographic Channel has ordered a fourth season on its tuna fisherman reality docu series Wicked Tuna. Produced by Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios, the series wrapped its third season in June as the highest rated in the network’s history with a 0.7 rating in adults 25-52 across 16 premiere episodes; the program also logged an average of more than 1.1 million viewers. The new season of Wicked Tuna is expected to premiere worldwide in 2015; the program is seen in 170 countries and 45 languages.
Additionally, the network has set an August 17 10 PM ET/PT start date for its spinoff, Wicked Tuna North Vs. South. (Watch the exclusive trailer below.) It’s really the second Wicked Tuna spinoff, the show already having spawned the network’s first live talk show Reel Talk Live.
From Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios, Wicked Tuna follows a group of fishermen from Gloucester, Mass., as they make their living navigating the waters of the North Atlantic in search of bluefin tuna. One catch can bring in as much as $20,000, but with a limited fishing season and dwindling tuna populations, the fishermen are fighting for their economic survival every time they set sail. In Wicked Tuna: North Vs. South, the producers are mining a fish-out-of-water storyline, in which several Wicked Tunafan faves, and some newbies, are sent south to fish for bluefin tuna in unfamiliar Carolina waters before the experienced locals beat them to the catch. The Northern captains must conquer new styles of fishing, treacherous waters, and the wrath of the Outer Banks’ top fishermen, as they gamble on what could be a massive payday, or a big financial loss. Dangerous waters aren’t the only challenge with which the New England captains have to contend — they must also grapple with the fleet from Wanchese, N.C.
Wicked Tuna: North vs. South includes Captain Dave Marciano and first mate Jay Muenzner of the fishing vessel the Hard Merchandise; the young, hot-headed Captain Tyler McLaughlin from the Pin Wheel; and Season 3 newcomer Captain TJ Ott of the Hot Tuna.