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Ice Road Truckers heads north to Alaska for third season

by John Scott Lewinski, posted May 20th 2009 5:12PM
Hugh (The Polar Bear) Rowland will lead the Ice Road Trucker to Alaska in the show's third season.The History Channel has updated its website and schedule for the the return of one of its toughest and most popular reality series, Ice Road Truckers.

Set to return Sunday nights on May 31, new episodes of Ice Road Truckers take the show's cameras from the diamond mines and frozen highways of Canada's Northwest Territories north to the oil fields of Alaska.

Previous seasons featured rugged truck drivers (like Hugh "The Polar Bear" Rowland, right) braving subzero temperatures to drive rigs weighing thousands of tons over ice pathways smoothed out over frozen lakes.

It's proved a rare treat for reality TV fans (especially guys) looking to escape the whining of America's Next Top Model or the tired scheming of Survivor. The contest on Ice Road Truckers is simple. The toughest driver who most skillfully carries the most tonnage over the ice before the highway beneath his wheels melts away wins. Just keep your tired truck on the road and out of the deadly water, and you have a good chance of getting home with some good money.

The upcoming third season adds some new faces to the chilly convoy, including the lovely and talented Lisa Kelly and Cajun Carey Hall. We'll see how producers handle the potential fireworks over including the show's first beautiful woman and African American drivers in a very butch and very white part of the world.

They may not need to "handle it" at all as one of Ice Road Truckers' top selling points is its genuine reality. If this show was fixed, we'd have semis falling through the ice and stacking up on the bottom of frozen lakes like cord wood. Instead, we get to see the honest struggles of hard working men and women in a brutal environment. And, for any viewers born in the Midwest or the Great White North, it's like watching your crazier relatives on TV.

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Like all so called Reality Shows, this one lacks in honesty. I helped build the Trans Alaska Pipeline, and drove the Haul Road (Now called the Dalton Hwy.) as a teamster. While it can be treacherous at times, it is nowhere as bad as depicted. Most of the "situations" are planned for Drama. I enjoy watching because I miss Alaska, and it brings back the sights and memories of a great time in my life. But statements like this one made in the most recent show, "The Ice Road Season is almost over, so there is a rush to make deliveries" is very phony. The Dalton Hwy is open year round, and obviously safer in the summer than the winter.

July 28 2009 at 2:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joel Keller

To those who may have already commented on this story: I pushed it out too early, and it wasn't ready to go. So I decided to delete whatever comments were there and get it more polished and ready to roll. Sorry 'bout that, folks...

May 20 2009 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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