Discovery Channel exposes the insular world of a handful of backwoods moonshiners and the law enforcement officials trying to stop them in the hit series “Moonshiners,” which returns for a second season on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
One of the stars of the series is Southwestern Virginia native Tim Smith, a living legend in those parts, who’s been brewing “good liquor” considered a “whole lot stronger” than what you’d find on any liquor store shelf — according to his sidekick, Tickle. Last season, both men allowed cameras to follow their step-by-step process of secretly brewing shine and shared what potential profits could be.
“He exposed his world for the opportunity, for hopefully, potentially, he can go legal,” says Matt Ostrom, the series’ executive producer. Tim’s dream is to open his own distillery and launch his own brand. Season 2 promises a full dose of Tim and Tickle, as well as some new characters, in its 12-episode run, with two “After the Shine”-like specials planned.
“We’re all really, really excited to share this new group of people, as well as Tim and Tickle,” Ostrom tells Zap2it. “We did an amazing job of building on last season — being dramatic, compelling and funny at times. This season we have taken that and multiplied that by 10. We added fantastic characters in very, very unique worlds, and viewers are going to get a peek into a slice of life where no one has been able to look behind the curtain before.”
A few of the newbies include seventh-generation moonshiner Jeff Waldroup from North Carolina, along with his sidekick, Mark, described as a true mountain boy.
“He does not need a supermarket, to say the least,” Ostrom says, laughing. “He’s very comfortable living in the woods.”
The legendary Jim Tom Hedrick, a retired Graham County moonshiner, is another character featured.
“Jim Tom is literally a moonshine legend,” Ostrom says. “He’s a very charismatic, over-the-top moonshiner who’s been making moonshine his whole life.” And behind all this moonshining expertise are the law and the individuals tracking them. A lot is brewing for Season 2 as cameras document both sides of the story.