With “Duck Dynasty” beards expected to be one of this year’s most sought-after Halloween accessories, the real wearers of TV’s most iconic facial hair will celebrate Halloween this week to close out their fourth smash season.
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But there’s no official word yet on whether the show will be back for Season Five following a Season Four that A&E says has been the series’ best so far.
Since “Duck Dynasty” returned for its fourth season Aug. 14 for a run of 10 episodes, the show has averaged 9.7 million viewers per episode, according to data provided by A&E — a tally which likely places the show in the top spot among unscripted shows on cable.
And for those who are demographically inclined, the show is averaging 5.3 million viewers 25-54 and the same, 5.3 million, for the 18-49 age group.
If anything is fueling a sense of uncertainty about a fifth season, it’s that the last round of negotiations had the show’s Robertson clan digging in their heels for pay increases and various “options,” which weren’t specified in the many news reports about their new contract that circulated last August.
In fact, the news of their new deal — in which they reportedly won the enhancements they asked for — broke practically on the eve of last summer’s fourth-season premiere. The stories said the new deal called “for an unspecified number of additional seasons.” Our guess is: There will be a Season Five.
Meanwhile, the Robertsons and their friends decide to convert the duck-call warehouse into a Haunted House attraction for this week’s Halloween season-ender (airing Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10/9c on A&E).
Among the highlights: Patriarch Phil Robertson “puts his own twist on Halloween decorating by making a jack-o-lantern with a shotgun,” according to an episode description provided by A&E.
What does that mean exactly? Guess we’ll have to tune in and see.