Hey, Lowe's: Now that you have some advertising dollars you won't be devoting to TLC's "All-American Muslim," maybe you'd like to think about backing a very different "American" show:
Sure, it sounds like a turkey, but "Stuffers," which premieres Jan. 5 on Animal Planet, is actually "reality" television's latest study of a subculture few of us probably think about.
At least until the dog dies.
Turns out "American Stuffers" is about taxidermy, and specifically about the preservation of pets.
Set in Romance, Ark. — a comfortable distance from the Dearborn, Mich., setting of "All-American Muslim" — the show, according to an Animal Planet press release (no, I haven't seen it yet) focuses on a taxidermist named Daniel Ross and his co-workers.
"Nothing can bring back a furry family member, but Daniel and his team come as close as science and art will permit. Some people travel more than a thousand miles to Daniel's shop, and at the end of nearly a yearlong process, Daniel's clients go home with their preserved pets, experiencing them in their final, life-long repose.
"Unfortunately, what happens at Xtreme Taxidermy doesn't always stay in the shop, much to the aggravation of Daniel's sassy wife, LaDawn, who steps in as the company's bookkeeper. As the shop is in the family's backyard, it's no wonder that the Rosses consider themselves the Addams Family of the South - they are exposed to dead animal parts at every turn. LaDawn puts her foot down when Daniel's work invades her kitchen, giving him the stink eye when she smells something foul coming from the oven she uses to bake cinnamon toast."
A sassy wife, cinnamon toast and dead animal parts? What could possibly go wrong?