Season two of ice road documentary put on ice (January 08, 2008)

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YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. — A popular TV documentary series on trucking on the Contwoyto ice road in the Northwest Territories will not be repeated, because the series made the job appear riskier than it is, according to a report by the CBC.

Ice Road Truckers was shown last year on the History Channel. It showcased the lives of truck drivers who haul loads to the diamond mines along the ice road. The series was viewed by more than 3.4 million viewers. Producers of the series wanted to shoot a follow-up, but the company that builds the winter road featured in the documentary say they want no part of the sequel.

According to a report by the CBC, producers sought permission to film a second season but were turned away by the mining companies responsible for building the road.

“It’s a TV series built around this romantic notion of people making a dash for money and doing it at a very high risk,” Tom Hoefer, a spokesman with Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., told the CBC. “It’s very far, far from the reality of how we operate the road, and so we just didn’t see any value in continuing that message.”

The History Channel is now reportedly looking at shooting the sequel on other ice roads.

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