U.S. net Travel Channel is to introduce audiences to hidden cultures, culinary adventures and new travel personalities via a roster of 10 new series, one special, and a series which is in development.
Culture-focused series being rolled out by the channel includethe 8 x 60-minute Big Crazy Family Adventure (working title), which follows explorer-writer Bruce Kirkby (pictured above) as he treks from Vancouver to the Himalayas with his wife and two children; 6 x 60-minute series Hotel Amazon (working title), on longtime friends Rusty Johnson and Stephan Jablonski who leave New York to realize their dream of building a world-class resort in the Peruvian Amazon; 7 x 60-minute series World Access (working title), in which a team of experts and journalists lead viewers through landscapes and strange tourist destinations; and the one-hour special One Day on Earth (working title), which shows the sights and sounds in countries from all over the globe, captured all on the same day.
Travel Channel will introduce new personalities in the 6 x 30-minute series Big Time RV (working title), which will profile America’s largest and most prestigious RV dealership in Florida; 8 x 60-minute series Booze Traveler (working title), where cocktail connoisseur Jack Maxwell will travel around the world tasting drinks; 6 x 60-minute series Expedition Unknown (working title), in which traveler Josh Gates will investigate the world’s iconic mysteries; 13 x 60-minute series Resort Rescue, where hospitality consultant Shane Green helps hotel and resort owners figure out where they’re going wrong with their businesses; and 6 x 30-minute series Tours by Unger (working title), where host Brian Unger pulls back the veil on America’s hidden history.
Meanwhile, programming catering to food enthusiasts include 13 x 60-minute series American Grilled (working title), which pits grill masters from various backgrounds against one another in an outdoor cooking challenge, and 8 x 60-minute series Underground BBQ Challenge, where neighbors face off across the U.S. in a BBQ cooking contest.
Finally, the net has greenlit two half-hour episodes of 1 Way Ticket (working title), a series in development that focuses on last-minute travel planning.