Talktvworld.com reported Monday that Discovery’s Ragin’ Cajuns is among four new TV shows dropped by their respective networks. Discovery’s new reality series debuted in mid-January, following the livelihood of South Louisiana shrimpers.
The website reported that just 671,000 viewers tuned into Ragin’ Cajuns’ most recent airing, the fourth of seven planned episodes. The show got UL Lafayette’s attention, as Ragin’ Cajuns is a federally registered trademark and service mark, just like Xerox. Because the nickname is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, UL has certain ownership and protection rights to the moniker, and its communications and marketing department had been looking into a possible infringement.
UL has continuously used the Ragin' Cajuns moniker since first adopting it in the 1960s; however, the nickname was used as early as 1950 by a U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadron.
"Because the Discovery Channel did not produce 'Ragin' Cajuns' retail items and announced that they are canceling the show, we are not pursuing trademark violations at this time," says UL Director of Communications and Marketing Aaron Martin.
TLC has likewise pulled Sorority Girls from its Tuesday lineup, after one airing, and Animal Planet canceled its Thursday duo of Snake Man of Appalachia and American Stuffers, Talktvworld.com reports.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.