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Renewals round-up: “Hotel Impossible,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Full Throttle Saloon”

Reality shows Hotel Impossible (pictured), Baggage Battles, BBQ Pitmasters and Full Throttle Saloon were among the titles receiving renewals this week.
June 29, 2012

Reality series about baggage, barbequing and buxom biker bar babes are to return to U.S. television screens.

U.S. cable net Travel Channel has greenlit second seasons for Hotel Impossible (13 x 60-minutes) and Baggage Battles (14 x 30-minutes). Produced by Atlas Media Corp, Hotel Impossible follows fixer Anthony Melchiorri (pictured above) as he attempts to turn around failing hotels.

Meanwhile, MY Tupelo Entertainment-produced Baggage Battles stars married auction experts Laurence and Sally Martin, thrift shop owner Mark Meyer, and antique store owner Billy Leroy as they as search for finds at auctions around the world. Production on both series will begin next month.

Discovery-owned Destination America has picked up Original Media’s BBQ Pitmasters for a third season. The first two seasons of the reality series aired on sister station TLC. In the show, hardcore barbecue grillers square off against each other in a cooking competition that is blind-judged by three professionals, including series veteran Myron Mixon.

Finally, TruTV has ordered a 12-episode second season of Full Throttle Saloon, a reality show about the world’s largest biker bar, which is staffed by buxom go-go dancing bartenders. The series is a coproduction between A. Smith & Co. Productions, Mighty Loud Entertainment and Cheyenne Enterprises.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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