National Geographic Channel heads to the farm with Family Beef, a down-home, fun-loving series about the rambunctious Buchanans, a multigenerational family of cattle farmers in rural Virginia premiered August 7th on National Geographic Channel.
Keeping a 2,000-acre farm on its feet in 21st-century America is no easy task, especially with corporate-owned farms “ruling the roost.” But the Buchanans, led by father Big Tom, son Bo and patriarch “Poppy,” are doing everything they can to preserve their family legacy and hang on to their way of life. And in the face of demanding work, tight profit margins and the knowledge that any mishap could bury them financially, their sense of humor and entrepreneurial spirit – in the form of a myriad of side businesses – helps to carry them through.
Family Beef has heart that will keep viewers engaged, inspired and falling in love with the Buchanan family and their farm in Rich Valley, Virginia. Family Beef is produced by Authentic Entertainment in association with TuffCubby Entertainment for National Geographic Television.
Typically dressed in his trademark bib overalls, “Big Tom” Buchannan, 58, is a walking set of contradictions: equal parts hardworking farmer, dealmaker, father, son, husband and hilarious cartoon character. He raised son Bo on hardcore tough-love, a parenting style that has often put him at odds with his high-school-sweetheart-turned-wife Sandy. Big Tom gained instant fame as a contestant on CBS’s SURVIVOR AFRICA & ALL STARS.
Bucky “Bo” Buchanan, 30, is the young buck and self-proclaimed brains of the outfit – a full-time job with the added stress of earning respect from his Dad and grandpa. Bo was the local high school football hero and went on to University of Cumberlands and became an All-American football star. Now married to Desiree, he is the father of two young children.
Raymond “Poppy” Buchanan, 80, is the patriarch of the family and a mountain of a man with a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. Poppy loves to eat and fortunately his wife, Janavee, is a master in the kitchen. Steeped in old-school values, Poppy never takes a day off – and expects the same of Tom and Bo.
Emmy® Award-winning production company Authentic Entertainment has brought its creative vision to multiple networks and produced many outstanding reality and documentary programming including “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” “Ace of Cakes,” “Flipping Out!,” “Toddlers & Tiaras” and “The Best Thing I Ever Made.” In 2010, Authentic joined Endemol, a worldwide leader in multi-platform entertainment programming.
About TuffCubby Entertainment: TuffCubby Entertainment is a creator of a growing list of reality and documentary programming. The team behind Tam Communications, a well-known television and digital production studio located in Northern California, founded TuffCubby in 2002. TuffCubby’s programming has been syndicated throughout the U. S. and has also aired on the Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery Health, The Military Channel, and PBS. Internationally, series and specials have aired on France 2 (France), Canal V (Canada), Discovery Europe and Latin America, the BBC and B Sky B (United Kingdom).
National Geographic Television:
National Geographic Television (NGT) is the documentary TV production arm of the National Geographic Society (NGS), known around the world for its remarkable visuals and compelling stories. NGS is one of the largest global scientific and educational organizations, supporting field science on every continent. In 1963 NGT broke ground by broadcasting on American network television the first moving pictures from the summit of Everest. Since then, NGT has continued to push technology to its limits to bring great stories to television audiences worldwide. With 146 Emmy Awards and nearly 1,000 other industry accolades, including recognition from the Peabody Awards, DuPont Columbia Awards and highest honors from natural history film festivals, NGT programming can be seen globally on the National Geographic Channels, as well as terrestrial and other cable and satellite broadcasters worldwide, and also on PBS in the United States. Globally, National Geographic Channels are received by more than 440 million households in 38 languages in 171 countries.