U.S. cable network Travel Channel has ordered six unscripted series, covering topics ranging from culinary and travel to competition and reality, to air in primetime next year.
All Forked Up (6 x 30 minutes) from O’Mally Productions is billed as a food feud, featuring bickering stars and Las Vegas food critics Al Mancini and John Curtas; while Burger Land (11 x 30 minutes) from Magilla Entertainment is a culinary road trip series all about the hamburger, which stars host George Motz; and Digfellas (6 x 30 minutes) from Kinetic Content stars relic hunters Bill Ladd and Howard Hewitt as they search for historical treasures.
Elsewhere, Fortune Diggers (working title, 6 x 30 minutes) from Sharp Entertainment is a relic hunter competition series in which teams armed with metal detectors must unearth buried artifacts; Gem Hunt (7 x 60 minutes) from NHNZ takes viewers to remote regions of the world, to explore key sites in the world’s gem trade; and Monumental Mysteries (13 x 60 minutes) from Optomen Productions visits American monuments to investigate their back stories.
“Our 2013 series demonstrate the expansive directions we are taking travel entertainment,” Andy Singer, Travel Channel’s general manager, said in a statement. “We’re actively developing in our category with unique and fresh ways that are resonating with our audience, and attracting new, entertaining talent who offer expertise in their spaces.”
UPDATE: Travel Channel will also debut the adventure series Armed & Ready (six x 30 minutes) starring author and photographer Kevin Michael Connolly, the network confirmed on Wednesday (December 12) . The series will follow Connolly, who was born without legs, as he rigs up homemade contraptions to tackle challenges such as wakeboarding, street luging and jousting. Two back to back episodes will premiere on the network on February 26.
Armed & Ready is produced by Crazy Legs Productions, with Tom Cappello and Kelly Hefner serving as executive producers.