The Duck Dynasty Season 5 premiere will be broadcast on Wednesday night, with the hit A&E reality TV show set to break even more records following recent media hype about the show. Season 5 Episode 1 will be broadcast on Wednesday Jan. 15, 2014 on the A&E network at 10 p.m. ET, and the premiere can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Rumors have been swirling about the new season for weeks now, and it has been confirmed that some new members of the Robertson Family will be introduced. In particular, fans will be able to get their first glimpse of Willie and Korie's adopted daughter Rebecca Robertson, who has not be a main feature on the show until now.
A&E has provided a synopsis of the new episode and describes that Rebecca Robertson will be returning home from an internship in Los Angeles. To welcome her back, the Duck Dynasty regulars will be planning a big welcome home surprise party for her.
Rebecca is 24-years-old, and is the adopted daughter of Willie and Korie. John, Sadie and Bella are Willie's biological children, but Will was adopted at birth and Rebecca is technically their foster daughter. She initially stayed with the family as an exchange student from Taiwan, but the Robertson family fell in love with her and took her in as one of their own.
Korie describes herself as: "Mom to four awesome kids plus a sweet exchange student who became ours. Love my big family. Thankful. God is good."
Korie Robertson and Rebecca recently launched a clothing boutique together called Duck & Dressing.
Rebecca Robertson wrote on her blog recently: "Welcome to the Duck & Dressing blog! Its a new year and just wanted to start a new adventure so that maybe I can share some of the fun behind the scenes stuff that goes on around the store and also share some of the styles that we are featuring. We've been working around the clock getting the store running but we've been having some fun too!"
In tonight's episode, it has also been revealed on the synopsis that Willie initially has concerns about how Rebecca plans to earn her keep as a member of the household. But he is left pleasantly surprised with how she reacts.
Also in the episode, Uncle Si gets sick, and needs Ms. Kay to take care of him.
The new season is set to be the most popular yet, as the family has been in the spotlight a lot recently building up to the new season.
Phil Robertson was "indefinitely suspended" by A&E recently after he stated in an interview that he believed homosexuality is sin. He referred to the Bible, and made some comments that the family later admitted were coarse, but which they also said they generally supported.
As soon as Phil made the comments, GLAAD and other gay activist groups rallied to call for A&E to drop the Duck Dynasty show from the network. The network gave in soon after and suspended Phil Robertson.
However, that suspension caused an even greater outcry from fans of the show, with hundreds of thousands signing online petitions calling for his reinstatement, many of whom said they would boycott A&E for its treatment of Phil.
Just nine days later, the A&E network caved in and reinstated Phil Robertson, and confirmed the entire family would be back together when filming restarted in spring 2015.
Sadie has said the family decided not to address the controversy surrounding Phil. "We will say we're really glad for us all to be back together as a family because (he's) the leader. We couldn't do anything without him," said Sadie.
As for the new season, Sadie has said, "I laughed so hard I cried a couple of times. Coming up, we have this paintball gun episode and it is hilarious, by far my favorite episode, probably."
The Duck Dynasty Season 5 Premiere can be watched on A&E from 10 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream after it airs on TV on the A&E website by clicking here.