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:
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:
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:
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 …
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 …
Mipcom Briefs: Travel Channel On ‘RV Rampage’; ‘Cambodian Idol’ Tunes Up; ITV ‘Keeping The Nation Alive’; ‘Wentworth’ Sales; MipTV’s Digital Fronts
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.
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:
Global Showbiz Briefs: UK, Australia Set ‘Homeland’ Season Bows; Travel Channel Orders Jonathan Phang Series; 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.
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‘ …
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).
Here’s a look at the networks’ new and returning shows:
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 …
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:
CHEVY CHASE,MD - October 18, 2012 — Is there anyone else who has logged more miles in a custom RV than Bret Michaels? Travel Channel has inked a talent deal with the legendary rocker to host the new original series “Rock My RV” with Bret Michaels. The eight half-hour episode series has been greenlit for production beginning November 2012. Fans of Michaels know him as a long time RV devotee, and now Travel Channel is revealing for the first time just how deep his passion runs. Michaels, a hands-on enthusiast, leads a hand-picked team of skilled, custom RV designers and fabricators who transform travelers’ ordinary RVs into the most outrageous, badass, hooked-up mobile mansions on the road. The series is slated to premiere in 2013.
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 …
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: