A&E is reviving the Duck Dynasty franchise with a new audience in mind, according to sources familiar with the project.
The series is undergoing what is being called a “fabulous makeover” and will be moved from West Monroe to rural St. Martin Parish, near the village of Henderson. In keeping with the original TV show’s rural, Bible Belt, family values theme, A&E’s revival of Duck Dynasty will feature two Cajun families with a 21st-century twist.
Thad and Jake Boudreaux — a gay couple with three children — along with lesbian/trans couple Marge and Zelie Thibodeaux, and their two children, will star in the reboot. The new iteration of Duck Dynasty will reportedly feature guest appearances by the stars of Swamp People.
While other details of the new show are closely guarded, sources close to the network revealed some specific plotlines of the show, which centers around LGBT families trying to get by in the swamps of Louisiana.
They will fight swarms of mosquitoes as well as Attorney General Jeff Landry, who roams the swamps (with cameo appearances by Wayne Toups) while looking for his roommate’s lost stash of cocaine and vowing to arrest Hillary Clinton.
One episode will feature Marge and Zelie struggling with Marge’s decision to transition into becoming a man, with Zelie imploring Marge to put off hormone therapy until after duck season is over and men’s camo gear goes on sale at Academy.
Another episode will feature Thad and Jake juggling the responsibilities of crawfish farming while also trying to raise their three daughters, and the monster gator that keeps taking their pet opossums that hang out around the family dock in Butte La Rose.
Along the way, both families will deal with prejudice and persecution from their neighbors. They will fight swarms of mosquitoes as well as Attorney General Jeff Landry, who roams the swamps (with cameo appearances by Wayne Toups) while looking for his roommate’s lost stash of cocaine and vowing to arrest Hillary Clinton.
In later episodes, both families share good times and great recipes. Thad cooks his fabulous andouille and duck gumbo, and Zelie’s daughter Evangeline talks about her quest to become the next Cajun music superstar.
Filming is scheduled to start this fall, or whenever film producers can finally get through the backups on the Basin bridge.