National Geographic Channel has announced a spinoff program for its popular fishing program “Wicked Tuna.” The working title is “Wicked Tuna: North vs. South” and will begin filming off the coast of North Carolina this winter, with a premiere scheduled for this summer.
Producer Craig Piligian tells the 2014 TCA press tour that the spinoff will be a competition between the guys of “Wicked Tuna” and the fishermen of the Outer Banks in the Carolinas — but those Southerns ain’t got nothin’ on the “Wicked” captains.
“There will be a lot of tensions and a lot of guys saying some funny stuff,” says Piligian. “They’re decent fishermen, but not as good as these guys.”
The cast for the spinoff includes “Wicked Tuna” fan-faves Hard Merchandise captain Dave Marciano and Hot Tuna captain T.J. Ott, who will battle the local Outer Banks fishermen for bluefin tuna.
NatGeo has also announced a premiere date for “Wicked Tuna,” which returns on Sunday, Feb. 16.