The first time Garrett Elting was asked to appear on History Channel's "Forged in Fire" was a few years ago.
Elting of Lincoln makes knives with his father out of his garage at Steel Pig Forge, which the two founded in 2014.
They were set to compete against three other families on the show which challenges bladesmiths to recreate some of history's most iconic edged weapons.
As the Eltings prepared to fly out, they were told the episode was canceled.
"We were pretty let down, just really disappointed," he said.
But Elting will finally get his airtime at 8 p.m. Wednesday when he competes against three other members of the Marine Corps in a "Battle of the Branches" tournament. The champion will take on winners from the other three military branches -- Air Force, Army and Navy -- for a $50,000 prize.
Elting, 28, who works as a contract armed guard, was contacted by the History Channel about the tournament early this year. The episode was shot in Connecticut.
"They said, 'Let's do this,' and I said, 'Alright, let's do it.'"
Elting said around a dozen people filmed the show, many operating multiple cameras.
"It was crazy," he said. "There was so much movement, so many people doing so many different things. But you don't ever see a camera guy (in the finished episode)."
Elting had no experience with forging or knife-making when a friend received a custom knife while the two were serving in Afghanistan in early 2012.
Elting was amazed by the knife and said he had "never seen anything like it."
"I really wanted one like that," he said. "I had only owned just kind of cheapo knives."
After his service ended, he waited in California for six months for his wife to get out of the Navy.
During that time, Elting talked with his father about his growing interest in making knives. His father, who lived in Nebraska, wanted in with his son, who he hadn't seen in years.
"He was excited to do it because it was something that we could kind of do to get to know each other again," Elting said.
When they started the business, he said, there was a lot of trial and error and they gave knives away after they had finished them.
"We would make a knife and then figure out what we did right and what we did wrong, and then try to make a different one that was better," Elting said. "It really picked up 2016, 2017 ... when we started to kind of hit the good spot where we’re making really quality knives at a good price point."
Elting said Steel Pig Forge can do pretty much anything when it comes to forging a knife. He uses a 200-pound Trenton anvil from 1915 that belonged to his grandfather and a power hammer from 1921.
The Eltings make knives that can be used for hunting, fishing or cooking. While some simple knives made of stainless steel can take six to 10 hours to create, a pattern welded steel can take up to 50.
Elting said he'll talk with a customer to make sure they're getting the right knife.
"Each knife has a specific role," he said. "You don't make a chef knife and then have somebody go and try and cut through a cow bone. It's not going to work."
Steel Pig Forge also provides a limited lifetime warranty on its knives. If the knife was chipped or broken using it for its intended purpose, Elting said, the forge will replace or fix it for free.
"Now, if you bring a knife back and it looks like you tried to use it as a screwdriver or a pry bar, that's on you, buddy," he said.
Elting said Steel Pig Forge will continue to make knives, but will also focus more on forging steel billets to sell to other knife-makers. The company also plans to expand and start giving lessons.
"I have a full-time job right now, but hopefully in the near future, I can turn my passion into my job," he said. "I'm excited to see what the future has for us."
Elting said he's eager to get the company's word out to 25 million viewers with Wednesday's episode.
"It was a fun time," he said. "I had never had that much fun forging. I love forging, that's my thing, so being able to go out and do that, that was fantastic."
Troy and Brandy Bishop had long dreamed of moving abroad. When a realistic chance arose, taking them to the European nation of Luxembourg, the Bishops looked to fulfill a second dream in the process: Make it onto HGTV's hit show "House Hunters International."
After going through the application process and several interviews, the Bishops were selected and filmed a re-creation of their home search last summer.
"My wife is a big fan of the show, and she would always half-jokingly say, 'When are we going to be able to live internationally like that?'" Troy Bishop said. "So the joke is we moved internationally so we could be on the show."
The real reason came down to a work opportunity with the professional-services firm KPMG Luxembourg.
"I was looking for a new challenge, work-wise," he said. "We've always wanted to live international. Our son had just turned 5, and we figured if we were going to do it, it was now or never."
Troy Bishop is no stranger to television. After making his film debut in "Terms of Endearment" as a 10-year-old in Lincoln, he went on to have a long career after college in movies and TV, with appearances in "Scream," "General Hospital," "Scrubs" and "Nash Bridges."
After growing up in Lincoln and attending Lincoln High School, Troy and Brandy left Nebraska — him to Stanford and her to several different places — before reconnecting years later.
"We dated for two weeks in junior high, but I broke up with her because she wouldn't kiss me," he said. "We knew each other in high school but didn't reconnect until we were in our 20s after college. We became friends and started dating long-distance. She moved to Santa Monica where I was living, we got married and had our son Lincoln, so we've been married for 15 years and are living happily ever after."
Though Luxembourg's population is only one-fifth that of Denver, their last home, and there are no beaches to rival Santa Monica, California, the Bishops say their new residence has exceeded their expectations.
"We love Luxembourg," Troy Bishop said. "We've felt very lucky, because we did consider some other places in Europe, but I think this is actually the best place we could be. You're at the crossroads of Europe, two hours by train from Paris, a short flight to London — you're two hours from anywhere in Europe. Luxembourg is a hidden gem. It's extremely family-friendly, very safe, a booming economy and beautiful countryside."
On "House Hunters International," participants choose from three homes, typically none of which fulfill all of the preferences on their checklist.
In Thursday's 9:30 p.m. episode, HGTV says Troy Bishop is excited to live in Luxembourg's striking countryside, but with no work visa, Brandy is pushing him to live closer to town.
"At the end of the day, they'll have to agree on the option that's best for their son," according to the network's tease.