Travel Channel greenlights “Booze Traveler,” “Street Cred”

U.S. cable network Travel Channel has greenlit three pilots, featuring entrepreneur Jack Maxwell, escape artist Steve Santini and magician Penn Jillette (pictured left to right).
January 8, 2014

Scripps Networks Interactive’s Travel Channel has greenlit three pilots, featuring entrepreneur Jack Maxwell, escape artist Steve Santini and comedian/magician Penn Jillette (pictured left to right).

Booze Traveler (working title) is a one-hour pilot following Maxwell as he tastes specialty cocktails around the globe. Produced by Karga Seven Pictures, in association with White Reindeer Productions, the program will follow the cocktail connoisseur as he finds the people, places, customs and cultures behind some of the world’s best drinks.

Half-hour pilot Great Escapes (w/t) follows Santini as he explores famous locations of notorious confinements. He’ll also meet with experts and look at how history would’ve changed if a breakout had occurred, and attempts his own escapes in the Paper Route Productions pilot.

High Noon Entertainment’s half-hour Street Cred (w/t) is a hidden camera talent show hosted by Jillette. Seeking out the best street performers in the country, Jillette and his team of experts go undercover to reward the top unsuspecting contestant with a US$10 million tip.

“Travel Channel continues to explore the world through fresh hosts and provocative programming,” said Andy Singer, general manager of Travel Channel. “Our clever formats, fascinating personalities and unique points-of-view provide viewers with entertaining and exciting spins on the travel category.”

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