Reality TV shows — whatever that term means these days — have long been a burr under my saddle. They’re inane, contrived and populated with unlikable egotists. Even the ones I watch.
If you’re of an outdoors bent, these nontraditional outdoors shows might serve to pass some time on a night of disagreeable weather (or end up your next DVR marathon):
1. Mantracker. Teams of two (almost always Canadians) try to elude search-and-rescue expert Terry Grant (aka Mantracker) over 36 hours on a 20-some mile dash through the wilderness (usually Canadian) to a finish line only the prey know. An adult hide-and-seek game you will want to play. Not a bad way for hunters to learn a few things about the behavior and sign of prey, either. Tuesdays, 10 p.m., Science Channel.
2. Storm Chasers. If you’re a serious hunter or angler, you’ll understand the mania obvious in the subjects’ pursuit of tornadoes, and the satisfaction, fear and adrenalin surge they get upon finding them. The storm footage can be mesmerizing, the chases tantalizing, even if the chase teams get more whiny and self-indulgent by the episode. Wednesdays, 10 p.m., Discovery Channel.
3. Deadliest Catch. And you thought fishing for steelhead at Walnut Creek Access was tough. After six TV seasons, a seventh was no gimme. The Bering Sea crab boat captains, some of whom are now household names, were no sure things to sign on again. They did, and the franchise ought to reappear for a new season in April 2011 on the Discovery Channel.
What’s on your DVR?