A new season of Alaskan Bush People was recently confirmed by Discovery, and after months of waiting, we finally have a premiere date! A sneak peek was released by the network and revealed that the family of nine will be back on August 19.
“It’s a miracle is what it is,” Billy Brown said in the promo, in regards to their year of setbacks. “We’ve gone through a lot of adversity. It was like everything was closing in on us, darkness all around and it was over. Then, Washington came into view.”
Billy’s wife, Ami Brown, was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and was only given a three percent chance of survival. The reality TV patriarch picked up his family and moved from rural Alaska to Southern California, where Ami was receiving treatment, before putting roots down in the Pacific Northwest.
“It’s almost like being born again and starting life a new,” Ami said in the clip, after finding out she was in remission. “The good Lord has given me a second chance.”
Back in April, a Discovery Channel spokesperson revealed that the cast was 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 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.”
Alaskan Bush People returns Sunday, August 19 at 9 p.m. EST on Discovery.