Reality TV

History’s Alone Season 3 Starts in December With a New Location

(UPDATED 12/7/16) History’s hit survival series Alone will return with a new season in December. Alone Season 3 begins Thursday, Dec. 8, at 9pm ET/PT. The new season will be tag-teamed with History’s new series The Selection: Special Operations Experiment, which will air Thursdays at 10pm ET /PT beginning after the Alone Season 3 premiere on Dec. 8. RELATED: HISTORY ANNOUNCES ALONE SEASON 4 As we reported earlier this year, Alone Season 3 will be moving its competitors to a new location — Patagonia in South America. Again, there will be 10 competitors, both male and female, who face the cold, isolated region of Patagonia with one mission […]

Reality TV

Recap: Milwaukee Blacksmith Episode 1, “The Forge Awakens”

Ozzie, you shouldn’t call your older brother that on national TV! Ozzie and Miles butt heads and egos while making a Death Star fire pit in the first episode of Milwaukee Blacksmith. Boys will be boys, right? Kent Knapp, father of six and owner of Milwaukee Blacksmith, has his work cut out. Kent built the business from the ground up and wants to pass the skills he’s learned — and the business — to his kids. We meet three of the Knapp kids in the first episode: Miles (21) is the foreman of the shop. He’s intelligent, analytical, responsible and […]

Interview

History’s Milwaukee Blacksmith Kent Knapp Talks About the New Show and His Craft

I met Kent Knapp at a block party in downtown Milwaukee last month. Milwaukee Blacksmith’s mobile set is a regular feature at festivals in the area. A crowd formed in awe around the blacksmiths hammering and twisting hot metal. Kent, tattoo-clad and enjoying one of the city’s finest beverages, handed me a slip of paper. “We offer classes if you’re interested,” he said. “The School of Iron,” advertised on the paper, was created because there’s so much interest in the craft around town. Now Kent and his family of blacksmiths are going to be on a national stage. Milwaukee Blacksmith […]

Interview

On Set With History’s New Milwaukee Blacksmith

Kent Knapp is a family man first and foremost, then a blacksmith and walking encyclopedia of Milwaukee history. He also plays a mean bass in a local blues band. Kent and his wife Shannon own Milwaukee Blacksmith, a small business hidden on Erie Street in the city’s Historic Third Ward. Kent, Shannon and their six children are the subject of Milwaukee Blacksmith, a new series on History. The combination of craft and family dynamics has the potential to be some very good TV. The show is about a tight-knit, hardworking family trying to make a living from an ancient craft. […]