A&E tries to cash in with “Country Buck$”

Country Buck$ Ryan Berenz

So how many reality shows about country folk who run multimillion-dollar outdoor sporting goods companies can fit on one TV network? A&E thinks at least two, and they’re going to test the theory with Country Buck$, premiering Wednesday, Nov. 19, following Duck Dynasty.

Country Buck$ follows the Busbice family, proprietors of Wildgame Innovations, a company that specializes in nutritional supplements and attractants to support quality deer herd management. They also run a sportsman fantasy camp on more than 50,000 acres in Louisiana that also serves as a testing ground for their sporting-goods products in development, the more interesting of which include a silent crossbow, gator bait and 5-D camouflage.

The series features visits from singer Jason Aldean, Duck Dynasty‘s Willie Robertson and Swamp People‘s Troy Landry.

Country Buck$ premieres on A&E with back-to-back new episodes. In “Sac-Attack,” Duck Dynasty‘s Willie Robertson visits the Busbice ranch, the boys have to remove an infestation of bees from a block of deer food, and Uncle Hard Luck creates and tests new underpants you’ll have to see to believe. Then in “Fishing Crossbow,” Matt develops an idea for a crossbow with a fishing reel system that will let arrow-anglers haul in their catches. Then Ryan, Uncle Hard Luck and T-Carr “stinkify” themselves to test out a new deer-attractant formula.

UPDATE: We’ve received a few complaints, so we’re trying to figure out why A&E sent us (and electronic program guides) an incorrect program listings update for Duck Dynasty/Country Buck$. The only thing we can think of is that A&E intentionally tried to deceive viewers by listing a two-hour episode of Duck Dynasty. DVRs would then record two hours: one hour of DD and an hour of Country Buck$. Viewers DVRing DD were forced to also record Country Buck$, thereby manipulating its total audience. This is the first instance we’ve seen in which a network appears to have deliberately misled viewers to increase a show’s exposure or ratings. It’s troubling to us, and should be troubling to pay-TV providers who use interactive program guides as well as the Neilsen Co. which measures live and time-shifted audiences. Contrast the A&E update with what actually aired:

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Photo: (C) 2014 A&E. Credit: Richard Knapp

3 Comments

  1. Worst thing I’ve seen since Wahlburgers tripe. There is no comparison to Duck Dynasty, these folks don’t have the heart of the Robertson’s, not even close! I was also shocked with the scenes destroying the already endangered honey bees, this is shameful at best. I set my DVR to record the season premier of Duck Dynasty (a fine episode, but A&E has skirted paying royalties to ZZ Top by using a terrible “Foghat-ish” new theme song, a real stinker in place of the appropriate “Sharp Dressed Man”) The new DD episode was listed as 2 hours, little did I realize they linked the lame Country Buck$ episodes so there was no way of escaping recording that rubbish! Wake up A&E and smell the 104 degree deer urine…

    • We’re trying to figure out why A&E sent us (and electronic program guides) an incorrect program listings update for Duck Dynasty/Country Buck$. The only thing we can think of is that A&E intentionally tried to deceive viewers by listing a two-hour episode of Duck Dynasty. DVRs would then record two hours: one hour of DD and an hour of Country Buck$. Viewers DVRing DD were forced to also record Country Buck$, thereby manipulating its total audience.
      This is the first instance we’ve seen in which a network appears to have deliberately misled viewers to increase a show’s exposure or ratings. It’s troubling to us, and should be troubling to pay-TV providers who use interactive program guides as well as the Neilsen Co. which measures live and time-shifted audiences.

  2. Can’t believe I wasted 10 minutes of my life watching this dribble! I’m moving down below tomorrow if this it what it takes to run a successful business in the south.

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