TV series to hit the ice roads again

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The second season of “Ice Road Truckers,” the popular History Channel documentary series about hauling through the Canadian Arctic, begins at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 8.

Returning from the previous season are Alex Debogorski, Hugh Rowland, Drew Sherwood and Rick Yemm, joined by newcomers Erik DuFresne and Jerry Dusdal.

DuFresne is described by the producers as a safety-minded and environmentally conscious French Canadian with a lot of experience behind the wheel, while Dusdal is a former driver now responsible for the safety and supervision of the ice road truckers at Mullen’s Trucking.

The premiere of the first season of “Ice Road Truckers” was the History Channel’s top-rated original show to date, and 20th Century Fox plans to turn the series into a fictional feature film. But the owners of the ice routes spotlighted in the first season reportedly disliked the way the show portrayed the profession, and a change of venue has been announced for the second season.

“This year, we’ve moved from the harsh and isolated environment around Yellowknife to a place even colder and more desolate — the small Arctic town of Inuvik, over 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle,” says the show’s website, www.history.com/iceroadtruckers. Winter temperatures along the storm-lashed Mackenzie River can dip as low as 60 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

The website features profiles of the truckers, full episodes, short videos, interviews, custom wallpapers and even a Cold Weather Survival Guide.