TV Notes: La.-shot ‘Snakehead Swamp’ debuts on Syfy

Syfy viewers get another look at Louisiana on “Snakehead Swamp,” debuting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

A production of Baton Rouge-based Active Entertainment, which has filmed several such television movies for Syfy in the state, “Snakehead Swamp” was shot in St. Amant and French Settlement.

“When a delivery truck carrying a cargo of dangerous genetically altered snakehead fish crashes in the Louisiana swamps, it seems the local Blackbriar voodoo curse has struck again,” a synopsis of the film from Active says. “Loosed into the ecosystem, the fish quickly stake their claim, rising to the top of the food chain before setting their sights on devouring the human population. Trapped on the water during a weekend getaway, Chris Hardin and his friends are forced to overcome their differences in order to fend against the mutated snakeheads. Meanwhile, Chris’ mother, Ranger Carly Hardin, races to save him — but will she be too late?”

Starring in the movie are veteran actor Antonio Vargas (Starsky & Hutch”), Ayla Kell (“Make It or Break It”) and New Orleans native Dave Davis (“True Detective”).

Syfy is on cable Channel 59 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette and Channel 45 in New Orleans.

Family stories sought

The PBS series “Genealogy Roadshow,” is seeking Louisiana participants to share their families’ stories for its second season. Some of these stories could be part of two episodes taping in New Orleans on Sept. 5-6.

Part detective story, part emotional journey, “Genealogy Roadshow” combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. The producers are looking for Louisiana residents with an interesting story who want to explore their family’s history.

Chosen stories will be researched by a team of local experts and will be linked to the larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of Louisiana and America.

Individuals with intriguing stories are encouraged to submit them online at genealogyroadshow.org/tell-your-story. The episodes, which will be filmed before a live audience, will air on WLPB in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, and WYES in New Orleans in 2015.

The filming location, airdate and a list of the other cities being featured in season two will be announced at a later date.

After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information.

These experts will enlist the help of local historians to add color and context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes a clue in solving the mystery.

Many answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to the cities — and the participants’ — histories, a news release said.

Bo, Luke reunite

The Duke boys are on the run again.

Tom Wopat and John Schneider, the original actors from “The Dukes of Hazzard” series, reprised their roles as Luke and Bo recently to shoot a TV commercial in the area for AutoTrader.com.

In the commercial, the duo are again running from the county sheriff, and realize they are in need of a new vehicle.

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Janusz Kaminski, the commercial was shot in Covington, Amite, Folsom, Loranger, Husser and Slidell.

Louisiana transplant Schneider opened a film studio in Holden earlier this year. He also stars on the OWN drama “The Haves and the Have Nots.”