One of the news items inadvertently uncovered while reporting a story about the profusion of “redneck” and “hillbilly” shows for the Washington Post was the revelation that “American Stuffers” won’t be back
The unusual Animal Planet series about an Arkansas taxidermy shop that specialized in freeze-drying pets for their mourning owners was certainly “an example of stretching the brand,” Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet, told me.
And while it showed a group of people who certainly loved their dead pets, sometimes to a questionable degree, the show itself, which showed the Ross family having problems of any normal Arkansas household. Like the time Daniel was burning off flesh of a cow horn in the house oven and leaving a terrible stink, driving his wife LeDawn crazy.
People loved the characters on the show, but ratings-wise, Kaplan says,
“It didn’t work for us. I’m hard pressed to say why.”
The other news from Animal Planet is that there might be a celebrity edition of “Hillbilly Handfishing,” a show doing so well, it’s spawned a copycat. Kristin Chenoweth, a native of Oklahoma, where the odd stick-your-fist-in-the-throat-of-a-catfish practice originates, is dying to do it, if her talk show chatter can believed, and Joel McHale, who has frequently run footage from the show on “The Soup” seems as if he really wants to try it himself.