'Duck Dynasty' to Return for Ninth Season in January

The new 9-episode season will premiere on A and E January 13 with back-to-back episodes.

AceShowbiz - The Robertsons are back. A&E announced on Tuesday, December 22, via Deadline, that "Duck Dynasty" would return to the network next month. The series' upcoming season 9 is scheduled to kick off on January 13 with back-to-back episodes starting at 09:00 P.M.

The nine-episode new season will see the Robertson clan facing new challenges, including Alan and %cWillie Robertson% helping Miss Kay open her own bakery, the family members trying to settle an old dodgeball rivalry and pro wrestler %cKurt Angle% helping %cJep Robertson% with his wrestling.

The season will conclude on February 17 with a one-hour episode featuring a family road trip to move Mary Kate and %cJohn Luke Robertson% into Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Once a hit, "Duck Dynasty" became the biggest nonfiction series telecast in cable history following the premiere of its fourth season in August 2013. After %cPhil Robertson% made harsh anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ later in the year, the family patriarch was suspended by A&E and the show's ratings began to dip.

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