TV Speak: Fayette County hunter launches season two of ‘MTN TOP Outdoor’

Jeremiah “Jay” Voithofer of Farmington, Fayette County, remembers going to a Vacation Inn in Uniontown at age 8 to satisfy Terry Drury, a bunch of TV reveals about searching.

“I made a turkey sound name and he gave me – and signed – his field name,” Voithofer mentioned. “It’s simply little issues like that alongside the way in which the place I’d suppose, ‘I’d like to be like that man sometime.’”

And now he’s.

Voithofer produces and stars in “MTN Prime Outdoor,” which debuts its second season at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 on Sportsman Channel, carried regionally on Comcast (Channel 917), Consolidated Communications (43), DirecTV (605), DISH Community (395, 9483) and on OTT providers DirecTV Stream, Frndly TV, fuboTV, Hulu Dwell TV and Sling TV. Episodes are additionally obtainable on the present’s YouTube web page at

The sequence follows Voithofer on searching expeditions throughout the U.S. and in Western Pennsylvania. Every episode features a cooking phase starring Voithofer’s neighbor, Jeremy “Hunt Chef” Critchfield.

A life-long hunter, Voithofer remembers utilizing the household video digicam at age 14 to report himself calling and catching a turkey so he might present his grandfather. In 2018, he created an MTN TOP Outdoor YouTube web page and social media channels, posting movies from when he would information hunts within the Midwest, attending to know a number of individuals within the business.

In September 2019, he was provided the chance to purchase a time slot on Sportsman Channel, which led to the creation of the “MTN TOP Outdoor” TV present. (Not like most tv applications the place a studio produces a program {that a} community basically leases the rights to air, the Sportsman Channel and its bigger sister community, Outside Channel, use a unique enterprise mannequin the place present creators purchase time for his or her applications. Present creators then drum up their very own sponsors to cowl the price of air time and sequence manufacturing.)

The primary 13-episode season of “MTN TOP Outdoor” aired in early 2021 as Voithofer hit the highway to report episodes for season two.

“We’re the working man’s TV present,” Voithofer mentioned, noting that different applications on Sportsman Channel typically characteristic full-time hunters. “We work common jobs. It’s about households and getting that chance to get pleasure from your time within the subject and telling these tales. If I encompass myself with good individuals and good tales, then individuals will again that and watch it and tune in. That’s my hope.”

Tamara Tunie narrates

Actress Tamara Tunie (“Cowboy Bebop”), a 1981 Carnegie Mellon College drama program grad who was born in McKeesport and raised in Homestead, narrates PBS’s “Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a Extra Excellent Union” (9 p.m. Jan. 6, WQED-TV), a two-hour documentary about political divisiveness, regression and progress within the aftermath of this 12 months’s tried rebel on the U.S. Capitol.

‘Blue Eye’ seeks amputee

Netflix film “The Pale Blue Eye,” now filming in Western Pennsylvania, seeks a male amputee (leg, above or under the knee, or arm, above or under the elbow), age 55 and older for a featured further function.

Necessities embody availability for filming Jan. 20, 21 and 24 in Beaver County; consolation not sporting a prosthetic within the scene; a willingness to let hair, facial hair and sideburns develop between now and filming; and a automobile to get to becoming, testing and filming. The movie is ready within the 1800s, so a lean physique is important (waist dimension 30-34).

Pay is $500 per day plus resort and gasoline for 12-hour or much less workdays. Proof of covid-19 vaccination required.

Ship submissions, together with one waist-up and one full-body photograph, to [email protected] and embody title, telephone quantity, age, location, top and weight.


Forward of its third-season premiere on Jan. 21, Apple TV+ renewed “Servant” for a fourth and closing season.

CBS will deliver again “CSI: Vegas” for a second season; Showtime will do the identical for “Yellowjackets.”

Paramount+ renewed anthology drama “Why Girls Kill” for a 3rd season.

TBS renewed “American Dad” for its 18th and nineteenth seasons forward of its 10 p.m. Jan. 24 seventeenth season premiere.

Netflix canceled musical comedy “Julie and the Phantoms” after a single season; HBO Max did the identical with its little-publicized “Head of the Class” reboot.

Premiere dates

Pittsburgh native Jeff Goldblum is again with the second and closing batch of season-two episodes of “The World In response to Jeff Goldblum,” exploring bikes, backyards, puzzles, birthdays and tiny issues, Jan. 19 on Disney+.

Walt Disney Studios’ “Encanto” debuts on Disney+ Dec. 24.

“Marvel’s Eternals” will probably be obtainable on Disney+ on Jan. 12 with “Free Man,” which begins with a scene of a personality falling into Pittsburgh’s golden triangle, arriving on the streaming service Feb. 23.

Peacock’s reimagined-as-a-drama “Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air” remake, “Bel Air,” debuts on the streaming service Feb. 13.

Ovation TV’s “Murdoch Mysteries” is again for its fifteenth season at 7 p.m. Feb. 26.

The ultimate season of BBC America’s “Killing Eve” premieres at 8 p.m. Feb. 27.

FX comedy “Higher Issues” returns for its fifth and closing season at 10 p.m. Feb. 28.

Channel browsing

WQED-TV’s Rick Sebak will be part of WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham for 3 hours of vacation music and storytelling, 5-8 p.m. Saturday on WQED-FM, 89.3. … Premium Nordic streaming service Viaplay ($5 per thirty days) is offered on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex platforms. … Brief-lived “Golden Women” spin-off sequence “The Golden Palace” involves Hulu Jan. 10. … When “Legislation & Order” returns for its seventeenth season (8 p.m. Feb. 24), actor Sam Waterston will reprise his function as district lawyer Jack McCoy. … Late Tuesday, Fox scrapped its deliberate “New 12 months’s Eve Toast Roast 2022,” which was to be hosted by Ken Jeong and Joel McHale from Instances Sq., because of the surge in covid-19 Omicron circumstances.

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