Move over Real Housewives, Norfolk County has the newest type of reality TV star.
The debut episode of the 13-part The Real Pigs of Norfolk County, featuring Kara Burrow and the animals at the Ralphy’s Retreat Animal Sanctuary, aired on May 9.
Ron Mervis, Southern Ontario’s regional manager with Eastlink, said the show came to be as part of the company’s community programming, which creates content relevant to their local viewers.
“We’re trying to highlight our rural areas, and Norfolk is very beautiful and has a lot going on,” said Mervis. “We worked with Clerisy and got very creative.”
Clerisy Entertainment, based in Nova Scotia, pitched the idea of a show around an animal sanctuary, which is when they found Ralphy’s Retreat in St. Williams.
“We hit the lottery finding Kara and Ralphy’s Retreat,” said Mervis. “She’s awesome.”
Burrow said she expected a small documentary, but after meeting with Eastlink and Clerisy she realized it was going to be a whole lot more.