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Travel sets May air date for “Monumental Mysteries”

Travel/history series Monumental Mysteries starring host Don Wildman (pictured) will premiere on the U.S. cable network on May 9.
March 27, 2013

U.S. cable network Travel Channel will begin airing Monumental Mysteries on May 9 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

The 13-episode series, which was greenlit last December,was produced by Optomen Productions and follows history explorer and museum enthusiast Don Wildman (pictured) as he travels the U.S. to explain little-known back-stories behind iconic buildings, bridges, memorials, national parks, statues, sculptures and gravestones.

Some of the mysteries tackled in the series include why New York’s Ellis Island served as a beacon of hope for the Von Trapp family, why the hands of a huge clock on the island of Hawaii are frozen in time, and how a newlywed couple vanished in the Grand Canyon.

“Monuments are popular destinations for summer travel,” said Wildman. “How many statues, plaques, and landmarks have I walked or driven by without thinking of the amazing stories and legends behind every one of them? There’s a compelling reason that marker exists in the world.”

Executive producers on the series are Nicola Moody and Dominic Stobart for Optomen and David E. Gerber for Travel Channel. The series producer is Eve Rodrick.

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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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