First off, I have to ask forgiveness for putting up this type of post, since it has to do with a part-time gig I’m working on right now. Secondly, I have some bad news to break to you, the faithful readers who have come to know Bayou Fabio through stories I’ve written about him over the years on this blog. Last Friday I received a call from a producer of Swamp People confirming what I already suspected: Bayou Fabio will not be appearing in this season of Swamp People. Even though the producers and writers really like him, the head honchos at the network level (who have the final say) decided that they would not introduce yet one more new character. I know it’s vague, but now you know as much as I do.
Suffice it to say the producer was as disappointed as I was, but the network has the final say since it’s their show, and they pay the bills. You do need to know that I told him that it is a shame that America is being denied the chance to see a rare human throwback to a simpler time. He is the real deal, and there isn’t a pretentious bone in his sinewy body. It’s their loss AND America’s loss.
Now, if you’re not a fan of the show or reality TV in general, then this post isn’t for you. Click away and hopefully you won’t feel the need to leave criticisms in the comment section. If you do, just remember, it’s nothing personal, but I do have the power of delete and I’m not afraid to use it!
Moving on. Here’s the deal. The Casting Firm has hired me to help them find new characters for the show, and I’m not just looking for gator hunters.
I am looking for people who live off the land/wetlands/swamp/marsh and live simple lives and are very happy doing so. This can be an individual or a family.
I’m also looking for alligator hunters who might not do things the way everyone else does.
Maybe you know someone who hunts from a pirogue. Maybe you know of someone who hauls the gators out with a four-wheeler. Maybe you’ve heard of family that lives in the backwoods and hunts, fishes, and gardens to survive. Maybe you even know an outstanding alligator hunter who lost his lease and no longer has tags but is such an outstanding hunter and personality that you just KNOW he/she belongs on the show. THAT is the person I want to discover. Having no tags isn’t a problem. This can even be a family or a team of gator hunters, not just individuals.
So, what say ye? Do you know anybody that might fit the bill? If so, please have them use the contact box below with the following information:
- Name, age, location, and contact information
- Tell me if you are an alligator hunter and whether or not you have tags and how many
- Tell me if you are a person who lives off the land and/or makes a living off the wetlands
- In a couple sentences, tell me what you have that would make you the next star of Swamp People.
If I think you might have what it takes, then I will call you. We will set up a time for an on-camera interview sometime between now and June 29th.
Time is short, so can you help me get the word out ASAP?
At this point you might be thinking that I would be a little hesitant to put myself and someone else “out there” again. Honestly, Bayou Fabio took the news better than I, because his life will go on the same with or without being on the show. However, my problem was more of a pride issue because I felt like I had some serious egg on my face. Never in a million years did I think that the network would not see how much America would love this one-of-a-kind being. Who knows? They might wise up and use him in a future season. Regardless, he got paid, so it’s not as though anyone took advantage of his generous nature. He and I both enjoyed the two-week filming experience. We enjoyed meeting the cameramen who do all the filming for the show, and they were all touched by his hard-working but simple life in one way or another. So, there’s a reason for everything.
Comments and ideas are welcome even if you don’t know anyone who has the potential to be the next new character on the show.
Let me hear from you, okay?