"Original programming" on the History Channel. And some of the writing thereof.
Okay, we get it! Cajuns talk funny and do nothing but go around killing gators. American truckers do nothing but negotiate deadly mountain roads in India, and cuss. Loggers do nothing but fight and cuss. "Contrivance," anyone? It's NOT compelling TV.
And for that matter, how are hunting in outboard motor boats, or going overseas to drive a truck, or using big machinery in logging "history?"
As for the writing: uh, what has happened to the past tense of the English language used in modern TV, and most noticeably on something called the History Channel?
Notice how they seem to studiously avoid the past tense in any narration on their own shows; for examples, these "So-and-So War in HD" series. Ex: "By September 1967, there are 285,000 American troops in South Vietnam. They are dying at a rate of 20 a day." Or "Hitler tells his generals that there will be no retreat from the Moscow sector. On the front, ill-equipped German troops are dying by the thousands, but they are holding the line." It's such an obvious contrivance that I can only conclude that they want you to notice it. I imagine something like genius 22-year-old producers thinking "the past tense isn't cool" or something, so everything has to be told in the present tense, to be "more immediate" and thus "more engaging" to hip young Americans. Or something.