ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from Animal Planet's press release, July 2012) Animal Planet, the first network to introduce viewers to the world of HILLBILLY HANDFISHIN', announces a three-part miniseries that's also first of its kind. Premiering this October, HILLBILLY HANDFISHIN' WORLD SERIES features Texas noodler and jack-of-all-trades Brady Knowlton, 31, as master of ceremonies who leads Animal Planet's inaugural, cross-state handfishing tournament. With noodling duos and trios representing Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, this competition isn't just about winning the prestigious Catfish Cup Grand Prize...more importantly, it's about regional pride for these catfish cowboys. Filmed in the murky waters of the great state of Texas, each one-hour episode features teams competing in bracket-structured rounds complete with eliminations and increasingly difficult noodling challenges for a chance to bring home gold for the winner's state and, of course, receive bragging rights.