AD Main Menu

Reality Check: Dallas Seavey unstoppable on TV and on the trail

Emily Fehrenbacher
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the Yukon River village of Kaltag during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey's daughter, Annie, plays in her dad's dog truck. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Villagers watch as Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, cares for his dog team after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Jan Seavey (Dallas' wife) and daughter Annie wait for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Dallas Seavey drives his team downtown. Sixty-nine mushers and their dog teams celebrated the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by greeting fans and taking a ceremonial ride across Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Marc Lester
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the start line on Willow Lake. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Dallas Seavey outlasted the media and fans as he and his Wife Jen Seavey and daughter Annie Seavey wait for his dad Mitch Seavey to come into Nome, AK during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, team dog rests its head on another dog after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey's daughter, Annie, plays in her dad's dog truck. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the Yukon River village of Kaltag during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod race fans collapse around a table after being up most of the night to watch the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, talks about his team and the race at the White Mountain checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014. 140310
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the start line on Willow Lake. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Villagers watch as Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, cares for his dog team after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey gets a kiss from one of his dogs after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Streaks of wind blown snow cover the tundra as a ground blizzard blows outside of Nome during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday afternoon, March 10, 2014. The blizzard made for a surprise ending to the race. Dallas Seavey persisted through the storm for the win.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the Yukon River village of Kaltag during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey outlasted the media and fans as he and his Wife Jen Seavey and daughter Annie Seavey wait for his dad Mitch Seavey to come into Nome, AK during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, team dog rests its head on another dog after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas' wife Jen Seavey greeted him at the finish line.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, of Willow, AK, sits under the burled arch in Nome, having just won one of the closest races ever.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Villagers watch as Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, cares for his dog team after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod race fans collapse around a table after being up most of the night to watch the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, talks about his team and the race at the White Mountain checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014. 140310
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey outlasted the media and fans as he and his Wife Jen Seavey and daughter Annie Seavey wait for his dad Mitch Seavey to come into Nome, AK during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, team dog rests its head on another dog after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey gets a kiss from one of his dogs after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Streaks of wind blown snow cover the tundra as a ground blizzard blows outside of Nome during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday afternoon, March 10, 2014. The blizzard made for a surprise ending to the race. Dallas Seavey persisted through the storm for the win.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod race fans collapse around a table after being up most of the night to watch the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, talks about his team and the race at the White Mountain checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014. 140310
Bob Hallinen
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas' wife Jen Seavey greeted him at the finish line.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, of Willow, AK, sits under the burled arch in Nome, having just won one of the closest races ever.
Bob Hallinen
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Race marshal Mark Nordman is at left and DallasÕ wife Jen Seavey great him.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey gets a kiss from one of his dogs after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Streaks of wind blown snow cover the tundra as a ground blizzard blows outside of Nome during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday afternoon, March 10, 2014. The blizzard made for a surprise ending to the race. Dallas Seavey persisted through the storm for the win.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey interacts with fans gather at Campbell Airstrip during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas' wife Jen Seavey greeted him at the finish line.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, of Willow, AK, sits under the burled arch in Nome, having just won one of the closest races ever.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey interacts with fans gather at Campbell Airstrip during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Race marshal Mark Nordman is at left and DallasÕ wife Jen Seavey great him.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle (left) and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman waits for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey interacts with fans gather at Campbell Airstrip during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Race marshal Mark Nordman is at left and DallasÕ wife Jen Seavey great him.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Dallas Seavey drives his team downtown. Sixty-nine mushers and their dog teams celebrated the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by greeting fans and taking a ceremonial ride across Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Marc Lester
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman waits for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle (left) and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
Jan Seavey (Dallas' wife) and daughter Annie wait for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey's daughter, Annie, plays in her dad's dog truck. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the start line on Willow Lake. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman waits for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle (left) and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
Jan Seavey (Dallas' wife) and daughter Annie wait for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Dallas Seavey drives his team downtown. Sixty-nine mushers and their dog teams celebrated the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by greeting fans and taking a ceremonial ride across Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Marc Lester
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen

I was wrong. I was 100 percent wrong about the finale of "Ultimate Survival Alaska." Dallas Seavey is unstoppable. First, he and teammates Eddie Ahyakak and Sean Burch win "Ultimate Survivor Alaska," and then he wins the Iditarod in an early-morning windstorm and doesn't even know he won. I completely underestimated the power of Seavey.

In the last episode of "Ultimate Survival Alaska," the Endurance Team won the final challenge by being the first ones up Mount Augustine. All the teams reached the volcano at the same time, so it really was anyone's win. But for the first time in the series, everyone seemed to be focused on Ahyakak and Marty Rainey. It was revealed that Ahyakak used to weigh over 300 pounds (!?), and Rainey (as we easily figured out) was old. It made me love Ahyakak, and they totally should have brought that up earlier in the season.

My only disappointment was that there wasn't a montage of those we've lost along the way, so I will create one now: Jimmy Gaydos, leader of the Woodsmen Team, in his denim overalls, starting a fire with a shotgun and a cotton ball; Rudy Reyes, member of the Military Team, in his tunic and scarf looking like the Wolverine. And there were the other Woodsmen: Tina Scheer, rowing a boat with an ax, screaming "Jimmy" with a thick Maine accent; and her teammate Yote Robertson, just being a handy dude from Dillingham.

Now that that's over, here's the spring reality TV preview. As the official network of the Iditarod, the Sportsman Channel will run their "Iditarod Unleashed" special March 25 to April 4. According to some higher-ups at the station, they'll be doing some profile pieces to cover the race. Also, "Amazing America with Sarah Palin" airs on April 3.

There's good news for HGTV fans -- a new series called "Living Alaska" starts this month. The show looks similar to "Buying Alaska" on the Destination America channel, but will feature couples that are moving from Outside to Alaska looking to buy homes. I don't watch that much HGTV, but I'd guess their production quality is a bit higher than Destination America.

Discovery Channel, typically a gold mine of Alaska shows, is instead airing "Amish Mafia," "Clash of the Ozarks," and the classic "Naked and Afraid" in primetime right now. I've never watched these shows, but I'm highly intrigued by "Amish Mafia." The godfather of Alaska reality TV shows, "Deadliest Catch," is rumored to be starting back up next month. There is no official date yet, but it is likely to be mid-April.

Animal Planet is airing "Wild West Alaska" at all hours of the day, every day of the week. In fact, one could watch 12 straight hours of "Wild West Alaska" on Friday, starting at 8 a.m. Why anyone would do that, I have no idea.

We've got three casting calls out there right now. The one for "Ultimate Survival Alaska's" third season is totally legit. The two others are on Craigslist, and one seems real while the other seems sketchy. The seemingly legit casting call is for a "prominent reality television production company" working with "a major network to find the next great host who can speak about the beautiful state of Alaska and the food that makes it special." Warning: they are only looking for men in their 30s and 40s, born in Alaska, who can speak about Alaska Native culture and foods (examples: stink heads, caribou stew and pickled muktuk). Maybe this is Ahyakak's next big break.

Now for the hilarious and sketchy one. "We are developing a new alien-based reality-style show, based in Alaska." You heard it here first, folks. "Are you a UFOlogist? Are you part of a team of alien investigators? Have you ever been abducted? Do you know someone that has? Have you ever witnessed a UFO sighting in Alaska?" If you have ever done any of those things, an unidentified group of people want you to send an email to a nondescript Gmail account so they can Skype with you. Proceed at your own risk.

• Emily Fehrenbacher lives in Anchorage, where she reviews Alaska reality TV. She can be contacted at play@adn.com.

 


Emily Fehrenbacher
Reality Check