‘Buying the Bayou’ series makes debut

Destination America is heading south for its new series, “Buying the Bayou,” patterned after “Buying Alaska,” a show about what it takes to purchase a piece of the untamed north.

In the new series, buyers are looking for their dream escapes in much warmer locales — the waterways of Louisiana and Mississippi.

In the first episode, viewers will meet three alligator hunters from the West Monroe area who are looking for a hunting camp close to home. Lathan Shivers, Flip Woodall and Duck Campbell tour three places.

Will they stay in their $75,000 budget and choose the $59,900 “fixer-upper” in the Boeuf Wildlife Management Area near Columbia, or go for broke on the $125,000 listing that features a pier, boat ramp and shed?

The second episode has Slidell couple Bryan Fassbender and Stephanie Robichaux on the hunt for a weekend getaway that floats, specifically on the Pearl River.

The two clearly have different priorities for their second home. While Fassbender is looking for a place with a satellite hookup for football watching, outdoorsy Robichaux says running water is a plus.

With their $15,000, will they find the houseboat of their dreams?

“Buying the Bayou” debuts with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Destination America (cable Channel 102).