Now, a new network TV called Moonshiners show will premiere Dec. 6, at 10 pm EST tonight about some real moonshiners in Climax, Virginia.
The new Discovery TV show Moonshiners introduces authentic characters in Appalachia keeping the tradition alive including Moonshiner expert Tim Smith, the late Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton Moonshine Legend, along with law enforcement agent Jesse Tate trying to keep them honest.
You may be wonder how Marvin Popcorn Sutton is going to be on Moonshiners as he died by suicide in 2009 reportedly to avoid a federal prison term due to begin a few days later. It seems the footage of Popcorn was filmed either specifically for this show or simply to be used for documentary purposes archiving the man known for bootlegging (and for getting caught for it).
Though like many “reality type” TV shows the question remains, “How much reality is there here?”
The answer most likely lies in the trend we continue to see on television with a recipe of “part reality” and “part scripted” which equals “entertainment.”
In fact, Alcoholic Beverage Control Agent Jesse Tate tells a Lynchburg, Virginia based ABC affiliate 13 News in the video report below, “Nobody in the whole series was actually making any liquor, we wouldn’t allow that. If we knew somebody was making liquor they would have been in the next episode in handcuffs.”
For anyone who wants to learn to make moonshine, this new show may offer some helpful hints. However, both the show and this article strongly must suggest do not try this at home. While BourbonBlog.com undertands that moonshine may be your thing, one character on this show is convinced it is a part of patriotism.
“If you really love your country, you’re gonna have to love moonshine,” says a character named Tickle who is referred to as the “Sidekick.”
According to Discovery’s official description of episode 1 “As the season approaches, moonshiner Tim and his partner Tickle search Appalachia for the perfect site to set up his operation. Law enforcement agent Jesse Tate is on the hunt for his first big arrest, but runs into a dangerous web of counter-surveillance.”
Moonshiner’s Executive Producer is Matthew Ostrom. Check your local listings to learn what time Moonshiners will be airing Discovery Channel.