A new season of Alaskan Bush People has been confirmed by Discovery, but fans are still anxiously awaiting its premiere. Unfortunately, we don't know an exact date just yet, but we do know a bit about what to expect during Season 8.
Last month, a Discovery Channel spokesperson revealed that the cast is currently filming new episodes. "The rumors of the cancelation of Alaskan Bush People are totally fabricated and completely untrue," Executive Vice President of Public Relations for Discovery, Laurie Goldberg, told Radar Online last month. "We are filming for the new season as we speak."
Laurie went on to explain that there were several factors that caused a delay in production, including weather-related issues. "First of all, this has been the longest winter in the region where the upcoming season is being filmed," she said. "It is incredibly remote and all of the access roads to the area are closed. It really has been the worst winter ever." Unlike previous seasons, the upcoming one will reportedly take place in their new home state of Washington.
Laurie added that a few members of the Brown family had been sick, which also contributed to the delay. "Secondly, there have been severe health issues with several members of the Brown family. Noah had emergency gallbladder surgery and Gabe has had an awful flu-like illness for weeks. Basically, every single element that could possibly work against the Brown family and the production of the show has been. But Billy, Ami and all of their children are incredibly excited to be filming for the new season right now, as are we at Discovery."
Ami was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and was only given a three percent chance of survival. Fortunately, she is now in remission. In a recent interview with People, the 54-year-old opened up about what it was like to receive the results of her latest scans, just days before Christmas. "I was expecting great news," the mother of seven said. "I could just feel it."
And she was right. Her cancer — which spread throughout her chest and back — is now gone. "The doctors were as shocked as we were," she told the mag.
Since chemotherapy ended, a source told Radar that Ami will "most definitely be starring in the upcoming season." And with a confirmation from the network already, fans can most likely expect a premiere date this summer. Can't. Wait.