Most of you have heard of Steven Rinella, who it seems is best known for the show The Wild Within, which aired on the Travel Channel. Many fans of the show have been wondering about the next season of the show, which if it was on schedule would have already started airing. Well, the bad news is that The Wild Within is over. The good, no the great news, is that Steve is coming back to your screen in a big way.
Steven explains the new show in a recent announcement…
As some of you have probably figured out by now, Zero Point Zero Production and I are no longer making our show for The Travel Channel. While it was great experience to be working with that network, and while they gave us a lot of room to make the show we wanted to make, we had to part ways. Ultimately that’s turned out to be a very good thing, because for the past four or five months I’ve been working with the same crew to make a show that’s better than anything The Wild Within could have dreamed of being. This new show, Meat Eater, will premiere this coming January on Sportsman Channel. It has the same look and feel as The Wild Within, the same non-stop action, the same philosophical approach, but it’s even more authentic and gritty and gorgeous. During the creative process of putting the show together, we used the slogan “Killer Hunts, Killer Food” as our rallying cry. And that’s exactly what Meat Eater will deliver to you. If you don’t believe me, check out some of these choice new photos that were taken while we filmed.
This new show sounds great, but as someone who doesn’t get the Sportsman Channel, here is what gets me really excited! Steven continues…
And it gets even better. When you’re working with a network like Travel Channel, they end up owning all your footage. You might shoot 60 hours of tape on a hunt, which gets pared down to about forty-five minutes in the edit. The rest of that material ends up in a sort of video graveyard, doing no good for anyone. But now, with our new setup at Sportsman Channel, we own our own stuff. It’s ours to be greedy or generous with, whatever we choose. And we’ve chosen generosity. We’re in the process of building an on-line community where we pour out our hearts and souls (and our footage) for anyone who wants to see what’s up. At anytime. So if you’re sitting around in the middle of the night, 1) wondering what to do with the bullfrogs you just speared; 2) wondering how to properly grill a venison loin; 3) wondering which knives are worth the money and which knives aren’t; 4) wondering what next fall’s crop of presidential candidates might mean for hunting; 5) wondering what happened on past episodes or what might happen on future episodes; or 6) just wanting some wild and wooly entertainment, you can come visit the Meat Eater site and satisfy all your curiosities and desires. Or, if you just want a t-shirt with our sweet new logo on it, we might be able to help you with that as well.
I could lose 2 or 3 fingers and still count the number of hunting shows that I love on one hand. This show will definitely be joining that list. Also, if you haven’t had a chance to read any of Steven’s books, I can’t recommend The Scavenger’s Guide To Haute Cuisine enough.
To stay up to date on Meat Eater, please check out the new Meat Eater Facebook Page.
A big thanks to Al of SoCal Bowhunter for alerting me to this great news. Be sure to check out Al’s blog – he is a good blogger, a good friend, and an all-around great guy!