U.S. net Travel Channel has greenlit an original series promising an up-close and personal view of South Dakota’s 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a one-hour special set in the Paris Catacombs.
Sturgis 24/7 (working title, 8 x 60 minutes) is produced by Big Fish Entertainment, and promises to shine a light on the bike builders, lawmen and tattoo shops of the titular town during the annual rally. David E. Gerber is the executive producer.
Meanwhile, Netherworld (1 x 60 minutes) sees investigator Zak Bagans (Ghost Adventures) exploring the history, culture and the mysteries of the Catacombs of Paris. The doc is produced by MY Tupelo Entertainment with Daniel A. Schwartz serving as EP.
In addition, Travel is developing a series called Celebrity Layover (working title). The 6 x 30 minutes series features a different celebrity “taking on the place in the world they know and love most, sharing secret hot spots, exclusive know-how and personal insights.” The show is being produced by Marc Summers Productions with Schwartz exec producing.
The network has also announced renewals for Toy Hunter, Trip Flip, Bizarre Foods America and The Dead Files.
“Travel Channel viewers are active trend-setters,” said Travel Channel president Laureen Ong, “they like to try new things, immerse themselves in cultural experiences and expand their knowledge of the world.
“We strive to reinvent the travel experience and look for ways to spotlight destinations from a unique lens – whether it’s from the seat of a motorcycle, or with Zak Bagans as he explores the origin of supernatural-based cultural customs. Our diverse mix of entertaining programs will continue to inspire and inform.”