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Brandon Anstey
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Tiller, Bridger talk about the feedback to Cold Water Cowboys

Now that the premiere has finally been aired, cast members Paul Tiller and Justin Bridger are reeling in the excitement of sitting down with family and friends to watch Cold water Cowboys.

The show captivated hundreds of thousands of viewers when it premiered on the Discovery Channel on Feb. 25, and Mr. Bridger, a fishing captain from Carmanville, said watching the show at home with family was a surreal experience.

“It’s a well put-together show, I can tell you that,” said Mr. Bridger. “It was real good to be honest, and according to Twitter and the number of viewers, I can guarantee it was a good show. It’s hard to believe that it turned out that good.”

Mr. Tiller, who is from Valleyfield, had a somewhat different experience than Mr. Bridger for the premiere, as he flew to Toronto for a premiere party, mingling with the people who worked behind the scenes to get the show on its feet.

“It was a bit different, for sure, being up in Toronto at a premiere party watching a new show,” said Mr. Tiller. “It’s not too often you get invited to something like that, so we just hopped on plane and went on. It was great: we watched the show, had a few drinks, and a few laughs. We met a nice few people that worked on the show. So, it was interesting.”

Watching the show with people who worked on the making of Cold Water Cowboys gave him full appreciation of how much work actually went into the series on both ends of the rope.

“They went through a lot trouble to make the show and it seems to be quite the success for them, so I guess it was worth their effort to make it,” said Mr. Tiller. “I couldn’t believe the amount of people at the premiere party that worked on the show. There were, at least, 50 of them there.

The trip was well worth it, said the Valleyfield fisherman.

“We met a few people from Discovery,” he said. “It was pretty interesting trip, and we met some pretty interesting people, for sure. It was a good time.”

Mr. Bridger had a more subtle experience watching the premiere at home with his family. The reaction to the show has been nothing but positive, said the Carmanville fishing captain.

“It seemed like everyone took to the show,” said Mr. Bridger. “I’ve seen and heard a lot of positive feedback on Facebook and Twitter. Everybody can’t wait for the show to come on, so I must say, it’s real nice.”

Mr. Tiller agreed, as he too has heard nothing but good about the series’ opening show.

“There’s a lot of people here who really enjoyed the show,” said Mr. Tiller. “Everything I’ve heard is positive. The fisherman here all enjoyed the show from what I hear. Everybody I’ve talked enjoyed the show, and they can’t wait for the next one.”

banstey@ganderbeacon.ca

Organizations: Discovery Channel

Geographic location: Carmanville, Valleyfield, Toronto

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