Map of TV reality shows and filming locations in Louisiana ... see larger map below on this page
Louisiana is a popular setting for the movie industry, and several hit reality TV shows on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E, CMT, and other cable networks.
The Bayou State has become an exciting location featuring a diversity of towns and subjects for reality television for three main reasons: 1) tax credits and incentives, 2) mild year-round weather, and 3) interesting, likable, real-world characters.
According to a report prepared by the Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development, Louisiana has had five consecutive years of economic growth in the film and music industry.
The report also recognizes Louisiana as ranked third in film and television production nationwide behind only California and New York. See map of Louisiana below showing TV show filming locations in Louisiana cities
The Duck Dynasty TV series on the A&E Network features the Robertsons, a Louisiana bayou family living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while staying true to their family values and lifestyle. Led by Phil Robertson who created the Duck Commander brand, the family and its exploits have become a top-rated show on TV.
Photo courtesy of the A&E Network
Season 4 premiers on Wednesday August 14, 2013 at 10pm/9C.
A homegrown mom-and-pop operation, Duck Commander has become a sporting empire by manufacturing high quality duck calls and duck decoys out of salvaged swamp wood.
The company dates back to the 1970s, and is located in West Monroe, Louisiana.
The Robertson family has been in production for the new show almost constantly for the past 18 months, shooting at locations throughout Ouachita Parish.
This new multimillionaire family is kept in line by business-savvy Willie, who runs Duck Commander with the help of his brother Jase, their respective wives Korie and Missy, patriarch and founder of the company, Phil, and uncle Si.
Together they run a booming business that employs half their neighborhood, but at the end of the day, you can find the whole family around matriarch Miss Kay's dinner table.
|The Louisiana Alligator
(courtesy of the Louisiana Office of Tourism)
Currently over 2,000 licensed alligator hunters harvest 30,000 to 35,000 wild alligators annually in Louisiana!
Today, the story of alligator hunting in Louisiana is being told on the TV series "Swamp People" on the History Channel. Swamp People debuted in August of 2012, and has become a runaway hit ever since.
Season 4 of Swamp People began on Thursday February, 14, 2013 at 9pm/8C.
Various segments of "Swamp People" are filmed around South Louisiana, including Bayou Sorrel, Pecan Island, Bayou Pigeon, Pierre part, Morgan City, Houma and other locales.
Several of the alligator hunters have become celebrities, including Troy and Jacob Landry, Elizabeth Cavalier Choate, Bruce Mitchell, Junior Edwards, Kristi Broussard, R.J. Molinere and Jay Paul Molinere, Joe LaFont and Tommy Chauvin, and others.
"Choot 'em" is a phrase heard often on Swamp People, voiced by gator hunter Troy Landry of Pierre Part, a small community in the swamp close to the cities of Donaldsonville and Thibodaux, and Lake Verret. To learn more, visit Troy Landry's website at ChootEm.com
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On January 21, 2012, CMT launched the new show "Bayou Billionaires," meant for everyone who has ever dreamed of striking it rich overnight. The show focuses on the Dowden family of Shreveport who struck it rich from oil money from the Haynesville Shale natural gas play in northwest Louisiana.
The Dowdens' home sits right on top of this huge deposit of natural gas. They live on 80 acres of land off Fly Low Lane near the small town of Frierson, located south of Shreveport, off I-40 between Stonewall and Caspiana in DeSoto Parish.
The show features several members of the Dowden family, including the dad, Gerald Dowden and his wife Kitten. Also appearing are daughter Valerie, daughter Chantel and her live-in boyfriend Albert, son Gerald Jr. and his wife Peggy, and the youngest son Thomas.
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CMT also launched another new series in January of 2012, "My Big Redneck Vacation," featuring several North Louisiana families. The script portrays a countrified, loud-mouthed family from Louisiana as they move into a $4 million home in the Hamptons of New York. Episodes include polo lessons, wine-tasting, and a wedding.
The families in the show are from the small town of Keachi, Louisiana, just southwest of Shreveport, and near Keithville and Stonewall. Cast members include couples Chris & Aimee Pitts, Doug & Wendy, Jared & Michelle, Tommy & Tammy, and other members of their families.
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Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center on Lee Street in Alexandria Louisiana, site of the filming of the History Channel's Cajun Pawn Stars
The new "Cajun Pawn Stars" series on the History Channel is being filmed in Alexandria at the Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center, and debuted on January 8, 2012. The 2nd season begins June 6.
"Cajun Pawn Stars" features Alexandria's Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center, and its owner Jimmie DeRamus and his family-owned business. Jimmie, also known as "Big Daddy", is joined on the show by his daughter Tammie and his younger brother Johnnie.
Several employees of the store are also featured on screen, including Louisiana bayou pawn brokers Robby Friend, Walt Piper, Tina Journet, and Fred "Yankee" Howell.
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A&E Network is launching a new real life series, "The Governor's Wife". The series follows former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and his 34-year-old wife, Trina, and other family members.
The show is scheduled to premiere during the summer of 2013, and is being produced by Leftfield Pictures ("Pawn Stars") and SSS Entertainment.
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Baton Rouge ... site of the Sons of Guns TV Series on the Discovery Channel
(photograph by the author)
Our former hometown Baton Rouge has received national attention as the locale of Red Jacket Firearms, the Baton Rouge business that is the subject of the exciting hit TV show Sons of Guns on the Discovery Channel.
The TV series centers on Red Jacket Firearms which builds and sells custom weapons such as the AK-47, and also deals in classic and historic weaponry as well.
Will Hayden is the founder and owner of the shop, and his daughter Stephanie Hayden manages the office as Business Manager. Will, a native of Baton Rouge, has been building weapons since the age of 17.
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The cable reality TV series "Ragin Cajuns" appears on the Discovery Channel. Working out of Venice, Louisiana, at the mouth of the Mississippi River, a group of bayou fishermen are ready to take on the 3-month long white shrimp season. After dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and then the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the shrimp boats and their crews are struggling for existence.
Other new shows are either planned or are now filming in Louisiana, including "Cajun Blue" on the A&E Network. Filmed in Terrebonne Parish, the show features Terrebonne Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois Jr. and his deputies.
The show, according to the cable network, is a “real-life series” in which Terrebonne sheriff’s deputies cover “2,000 square miles of Louisiana swampland as they investigate thousands of violent crimes every year in the creepy, eerie bayou."