via press release:
Sportsman Channel’s “Amazing America with Sarah Palin” Announces Co-Hosts
Popular co-host Jerry Carroll returns for Season Two, joined by Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner
NEW BERLIN, WI (January 5, 2015) – Sportsman Channel’s Amazing America with Sarah Palin, produced by Pilgrim Studios, has announced its two co-hosts for the second season of the network original series premiering on January 15, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Jerry Carroll, returning host from the first season, will be joined by Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner in the field. The announcement was made today by Marc Fein, executive vice president of programming and production for Sportsman Channel.
Carroll, a stand-up comedian, speaker and farmer based in Raleigh, North Carolina, returns for his second season as a field host of Amazing America. Carroll’s infectious attitude and “down home, familiar style” was a big hit with viewers last season.
Conner, an actress and model, was Miss USA 2006. During the last several years, the Russell Springs, Kentucky native has been seen on MTV, CMT, Lifetime’s Project Runway and has modeled for Body Glove. “Growing up in Kentucky, I grew to appreciate and love the outdoors,” said Conner. “I would tag along with my dad and uncles when they would go fishing, and those memories are some of my favorites. I may live in Los Angeles now, but I’m still a Kentucky girl at heart.”
The second season of Amazing America with Sarah Palin will include 12 episodes featuring more exciting and inspiring stories about outdoor enthusiasts/personalities, businesses, organizations and more. Craig Piligian, Jake Shelton and Brett Boydstun are executive producers for Pilgrim Studios.
Palin, the original “Mama Grizzly” and “First Lady of the Outdoors,” took viewers across the United States into what Sportsman Channel calls “Red, Wild and Blue America.” The show helped propel the network to triple-digit, year-over-year growth in households and key male demographics during its first season run.
“Having Jerry return for the second season is great,” said Palin. “His personal connection with the people he met was evident in every episode he was in.”
“We’re also thrilled to welcome Tara to the team. She is a great addition to the show,” continued Palin. “Her personal story could be an episode on the show and we’re so happy she will be with us to help tell the inspiring stories of other Americans.”
“The network and producers are gearing up for another exciting season of Amazing America,” said Fein. “We have the ‘Voice of America’ back leading the show, along with Jerry Carroll and Tara Conner helping tell the incredible stories that are the signature of the series.”
Palin has been a dynamic figure in the media since her run in 2008 as Senator John McCain’s vice presidential running mate. She is a three-time New York Times best-selling author (Going Rogue, America By Heart and Good Tidings and Great Joy), has generated almost 100 million Google hits and has more than 5.5 million organic and engaged social media followers. Time Magazine also has named her as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” twice (2009, 2010). Governor Palin has been married to four-time Iron Dog champion Todd Palin for 26 years. They reside in Wasilla, Alaska, and have five children and two grandchildren.
Sportsman Channel is dedicated to provide the most entertaining and informative hunting, shooting and fishing multimedia content while also promoting conservation and the tradition of the sportsman lifestyle.
About Pilgrim Studios: Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted programming for television, including hit series Fast N’ Loud, Misfit Garage and Street Outlaws for Discovery; Ghost Hunters for Syfy; The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Down East Dickering for History; Orange County Choppers and Swamp Pawn for CMT; Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley for OWN; David Tutera’s CELEBrations for WEtv; Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna: North vs. South for National Geographic Channel; Amazing America with Sarah Palin, Camp Stew and Saving Private K-9 for Sportsman Channel; Bring It! for Lifetime; Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe for CNN; and the recently announced Kings of Cue for TruTV. The company also produced the breakout movie Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives for Discovery’s 2013 Shark Week, as well as the movie Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine and the special Megalodon: The New Evidence for the channel’s Shark Week 2014. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim has produced the pilot Recovery Road ABC Family. The company’s original movies for Lifetime include Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy; Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers.
About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of KSE Outdoor Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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