Another day, another TV star discovers how fraught with danger is the world of social media.
This time it’s Adam Richman, star of several Travel Channel programs including its new Man Finds Food, which no longer is premiering July 2 as planned, after Richman got into a verbal brawl over a photo he posted to Instagram to show off his svelte new self.
“It’s been postponed” a Travel Channel spokesperson spent the day telling media who asked about the fate of the new series, offering no additional information.
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Travel Channel unveiled eight new shows in development at parent Scripps Networks Interactive’s upfront today in NYC. The greenlit pilots include Breaking Borders (wt), Nigel’s Last Resort (wt) and Watt’s World (wt), which offer a distinct POV of a seasoned explorer with a penchant for discovery. Captivating locations with a focus on the adventure and exploration of subcultures describe Guiding Alaska (wt), Metropolis (wt) and Only In… (wt). Rounding out the development slate is a pilot that examines the business of travel in Adventure Capitalists (wt), while Find My Past (wt) uncovers our personal connections to history’s most extraordinary events, according to the network. Click over for complete descriptions: Read More »
Travel Channel president Shannon O’Neill today unveiled ten new series, one new special and a series in development. New series Big Crazy Family Adventure (wt), Hotel Amazon (wt), World Access (wt) and the special, One Day On Earth (wt), highlight the cultures, landscapes and people that make travel so transformative. Other series, including Big Time RV (wt), Booze Traveler (wt), Expedition Unknown, (wt), Resort Rescue and Tours By Unger (wt), will introduce new talent who share their knowledge on specific topics and places. And for traveling foodies, Travel Channel crisscrosses the country to discover America’s best grillers and BBQ’ers in American Grilled and Underground BBQ Challenge. In addition, the network has greenlit two half-hour episodes for a new series in development called 1 Way Ticket (wt). Here is a description of the greenlit productions:
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Scripps Networks has reached within Travel Channel for the channel’s new president. Shannon O’Neill has been given a president title after serving three years as Travel Channel’s SVP and chief financial officer. He succeeds former Travel Channel president Laureen Ong, who announced her departure in October. O’Neill is being tasked with shepherding Travel Channel’s transformation into a lifestyle network. He will report to Burton Jablin, president of Scripps Networks. “Shannon’s mission as president of Travel Channel will be to deliver programming that embraces and celebrates travel as a video content category, while increasing the network’s audience profile of upscale, educated and highly valued viewers,” Jablin said. Travel Channel reaches more than 96 million U.S. TV households.
Travel Channel has ordered thirteen episodes of the half-hour series Ace The Game, featuring casino consultant Sal Piacente; three episodes of the one-hour, limited series Hotel Amazon (wt), about friends Rusty Johnson and Stephan Jablonski’s efforts to build a resort in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon; and eight episodes of the one-hour series Spy World, which recreates formerly classified spy stories. Here are more details about the projects: Read More »
Travel Channel has unveiled two hosted series, Eat Secrets (working title) with foodie Adam Richman, who takes viewers on a hunt for the most unique dishes across the country, and Resort Recon, hosted by hospitality consultant Shane Green. With the help of hidden cameras, Green exposes problems at various resorts and gives owners an action plan for fixes. The network also ordered three additional series under the Secrets & Legends umbrella: Castle Secrets & Legends, which features visits to castles, manor houses and mansions and reveals the stories behind them; Hotel Secrets & Legends, which recounts mysterious stories from America’s hotels; and National Park Secrets & Legends, which explores stories of intrigue and unexplained phenomena in North America’s National Parks.
It’s been a turbulent last few months in cable with a lot of top executive changes at E!, Tru TV, We TV, VH1, HBO and Logo. Now Scripps’ Travel Channel is joining the list with the departure of president Laureen Ong, which was announced today. She will be stepping down at the end of the month after a three-year stint. “I feel my mission at Travel Channel is complete,” Ong said. “I came here to help transition Travel Channel into the Scripps family of lifestyle brands, put together a great leadership and creative team, and position the network for unprecedented growth,” adding that those objectives have been accomplished. During Ong’s tenure, Travel Channel has expanded its programming schedule, with more than a dozen returning series this year, including franchises Hotel Impossible, Monumental Mysteries and Airport 24/7: Miami, which were launched on her watch. In the most recent third quarter, Travel Channel averaged 970,000 viewers in primetime, down 7% from last year. While a successor is being found, Burton Jablin, president of the Scripps Networks operating division, will oversee Travel Channel’s operations and development on an interim basis. Ong previously was the founding president of the National Geographic Channel.
Travel Channel has ordered 10-episode New Zealand-set series, RV Rampage. The show will be produced by Tuesday’s Child, the UK indie set up by former Shine TV joint MD Karen Smith. RV Rampage sees five couples from around the world travel from one end of the country to the other in a mobile home as they face cultural, physical and mental challenges. Henry Cole and Amanda Byram will host. Smith and Steph Harris are exec producing for Tuesday’s Child.
Cambodia and Myanmar are getting their first-ever global talent formats, via a new deal with FremantleMedia International. Hang Meas Group will produce multiple seasons of Cambodian Idol and Cambodia’s Got Talent for air on Hang Meas HDTV, Fremantle said today. In Myanmar, Forever BEC-Tero has licensed the Got Talent format for Channel 7 and MRTV-4.
ITV Studios acquired UK producer The Garden in April this year and has just announced deals on its medical documentary series Keeping The Nation Alive. ITV Studios Nordic has been commissioned by TV Norge to produce Keeping Norway Alive, a six-part series to air next year, and ITV Studios France will make Keeping France Alive for pubcaster France 2, also for air in 2014. The original BBC Two series has also been sold to BBC Knowledge in Australia. The series provides a behind-the-scenes snapshot of 24-hours in the nation’s healthcare system; from emergencies and cardiac operations to tattoo removals and plastic surgery. Read More »
Travel Channel announced the renewal of four series for the first quarter of ’14. The channel, available in over 94 million U.S. cable homes and owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive, renewed Season 6 of Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern; the second season of Dangerous Grounds with Todd Carmichael; Season 4 of Hotel Impossible with Anthony Melchiorri; and Season 6 of Mysteries At The Museum hosted by Don Wildman. This is in addition to the previously announced renewals of season three of Toy Hunter with Jordan Hembrough; and season three of Trip Flip with Bert Kreischer. The Network has also greenlit productions of 13 half-hour episodes of the new original series Chow Masters, produced by Paperny Entertainment; and the return of the successful second annual multi-platform programming event, The Trip: 2014, a one-hour special produced by High Noon, featuring Samantha Brown, Anthony Melchiorri, Adam Richman and Don Wildman. Click over for the complete list and series’ descriptions: Read More »
UK, Australia Won’t Wait Long For Season 3 Of ‘Homeland’
The UK’s Channel 4 has set an October 6 start for Season 3 of Homeland. The show airs at 9 PM and will get to Britain one week after its U.S. debut on Showtime on September 29. Meanwhile, folks in Australia will get to stream the first episode online while it’s airing in the States. Oz newspaper The Age says that Network Ten is using the stunt to launch its new streaming platform, tenplay. Ten will stream the episode from 2.15 PM Sydney time on Monday, September 30, to any internet user in Australia. That’s 9:15 PM Sunday night in LA, so the show will be on a 15-minute delay. So far the experiment only covers the first episode with the broadcaster waiting to gauge response before making plans for further first-run streaming. The regular season is planned for 8:30 PM Mondays.
Travel Channel Orders ‘Jonathan Phang’s Gourmet Express’
Travel Channel has commissioned new six-part series, Jonathan Phang’s Gourmet Express. The cooking show will follow Phang as he journeys on some of the world’s most iconic trains, including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the Eastern & Orient Express, for a series of culinary adventures. Each episode will feature stops along the route to explore different foods and cultures. The series premieres in February and rolls out on Food Network in various markets later in the year. Transparent Television produces. Read More »
Travel Channel president Laureen Ong today unveiled a trio of new projects along with the renewal of four primetime series and additional episodes for Airport 24/7: Miami, extending the show through August. In a reteam with Ghost Adventures‘ Zak Bagans, Travel Channel has ordered Netherworld, a one-hour special that follows Bagans down into the Paris catacombs. The network has also greenlit new series Sturgis: 24/7 which will focus on South Dakota’s 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Further, the net is developing Celebrity Layover, a new series to feature famous folk giving a local perspective on a destination they know and love. Along with the new series, Travel Channel has renewed four shows. Bizarre Foods America and The Dead Files are each getting a fifth season; Toy Hunter and Trip Flip are moving to their third seasons and Airport 24/7: Miami is getting an additional six episodes for its current second season.
Travel Channel is embarking on its post-Anthony Bourdain life by adding four new series to its 2013 programming slate, which was unveiled today as part of Scripps Networks Interactive‘s upfront presentation today in NY. The lineup includes a new show from host Adam Richman, Adam Richman’s Fandemonium, which will premiere July 14. The other three greenlighted shows are the wilderness survival series Get Lost, the take-out food series Best Daym Takeout starring YouTube food critic Daymon Patterson, and the antique car restoration show Backroad Gold. Travel Channel also set premiere dates for Season 3 of Hotel Impossible (August 12) and Season 5 of Mysteries At The Museum (August 15).
Food Network is celebrating its 20th anniversary and along with sibling Cooking Channel will add more than 20 new series to its lineup, Scripps said today. HGTV unveiled nine new original series.
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Travel Channel has renewed eight series for its 2013 schedule, which network president Laureen Ong said is moving away from travelogues and “more towards a lean forward experience”. The renewed series are Airport 24/7: Miami, Baggage Battles, Bizarre Foods America, Dangerous Grounds, The Dead Files, Hotel Impossible, Mysteries At The Museum and Ghost Adventures, the latter of which is returning for its eighth season, the longest-running of the renewed shows.
TV One has renewed R&B Divas, the network’s most-watched reality series that premiered over the summer, for a second season, and ordered a spinoff series R&B Divas: LA. Eight episodes have been ordered for both shows, with the original series set for a spring debut and the spinoff coming in Q3. R&B Divas followed Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt working together to produce a compilation album. All are returning. R&B Divas: LA‘s cast has not been announced. R&B Divas is produced by ThinkFactory Media.
In September, Travel Channel added a trio of original unscripted series to its lineup. That same month, it renewed five series for second seasons. Today, the network says it has greenlit production on a group of six new original series that “transports viewers to the far reaches of the world.” The shows are food/travel series All Forked Up with food critics Al Mancini and John Curtas; Burger Land, hosted by George Motz on his quest for the ultimate hamburger; relic-hunters show DigFellas; competition series Fortune Diggers; Gem Hunt with Ron LeBlanc and Monumental Mysteries about America’s great landmarks and hosted by Don Wildman. Following are descriptions of the six new 2013 projects: Read More »
Talk about a full flight. Travel Channel today announced that five of its shows will be returning: Baggage Battles (November 14), Hotel Impossible (December 3) and Trip Flip (TBA in 2013) are coming back for second seasons. Also returning for a 13-episode run in 2013 is Toy Hunter. The collectables series, which debuted August 15, will have six more episodes added to its first run, including a December holiday special. Bizarre Foods America will be returning in 2013 too for a seventh season.
Related: Travel Channel’s ‘Travel Life A President’ Launches Series Of Specials
Politics is in the air, literally. With the first of its Travel Like A .. limited series of specials, Travel Channel is going backstage and wheels up with Air Force One on Travel Like A President, which debuts October 2. Hosted by NBC News’ Peter Alexander, the show aims to reveal what really goes into to getting the commander-in-chief around — from the planes and cars to the hotels and advance work. Future Travel Like A .. specials are expected to be about an icon and a movie star, as yet unnamed. Peacock Productions is producing Travel Like A President.
The network has added a trio of original unscripted series that have already begun filming. The are journalist Geoff Edgers’ Edge Of America, which showcases the nation’s more bizarre forms of entertainment; Feed The Beast, which takes a look at places to get a late-night meal; and the Kevin Michael Connelly Project, which follows the author-photographer, who was born without legs, as he travels the world and overcomes his physical limitations. Six episodes have been ordered of each series. Here’ s Travel Channel‘s descriptions of the projects: Read More »