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Travel Channel greenlights eight docu-series

Eight new docu-series will join Travel Channel's line-up next year, including a series on the auction specialists of the lost luggage world; a series set in Miami International airport; and a show starring hotel "fixer" Anthony Melchiorri.
November 29, 2011

Eight new docu-series will join Travel Channel’s line-up next year, including a series on the auction specialists of the lost luggage world; a series set in Miami International airport; and a show starring hotel “fixer” Anthony Melchiorri.

The U.S. network has greenlit six half-hour episodes of Baggage Battles, from My Tupelo Entertainment, which will follow three teams of “auction specialists” of the lost luggage world; and Hotel Impossible, from Atlas Media Corporation.

The latter eight-part, one-hour series looks at the fierce competition among the hotel business, with hotel fixer Anthony Melchiorri turning one hotel around per episode.

Also getting the greenlight is Miami International Airport (w/t), from 2CMedia. The six-part, half-hour series goes behind the scenes at one of the busiest airports in the country, and is the second airplane-focused docu-series announced in the past month.

Elsewhere, clip show America Caught on Camera showcases videos from by-standers and surveillance cameras that captured people at their wildest on vacation. The Brad Lachman Productions series will have 12 half-hour episodes; while Park Secrets, from Lusid Media, will go off the beaten path at the nation’s park destinations, in 12 half-hour episodes.

In High Noon Entertainment’s Trip Flip, host Bert Kreischer surprises Americans and takes them on a vacation they weren’t expecting in this 13-part, 30-minute series.

Travel Channel also heads to Vegas in Left Field Productions’ Vegas Stripped. The six-part, half-hour series takes a peek behind a Vegas casino, while Tremendous! Entertainment digs up revelations about popular destinations in the six half-hour episode series Unpacked.

In addition to the eight docu-series, Travel Channel has two shows in development: Slice of Brooklyn, featuring Tony Muia, his neighborhood buddies, and their Brooklyn pizza tour company; and Vacation Hunters, a twist on how to pick a perfect vacation. Slice of Brooklyn is produced by Happy Owl Media and Vacation Hunters is from Leopard Films.

The network has also renewed six series: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Ghost Adventures, The Dead Files, Truck Stop USA (formerly Truck Stop Missouri), Off Limits, Mysteries at the Museum and Sand Masters.

Andy Singer, Travel Channel’s senior VP of programming and production, said: “Our viewers are passionate about discovering new unique destinations and embrace the surprise of rediscovering the places found just around the corner – but from fresh angles.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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