U.S. net Travel Channel is to begin airing the series Expedition Unknown in January.
Set to premiere on January 8 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, the 11 x one-hour show follows adventurer host Josh Gates (pictured) as he travels the world investigating unsolved historical mysteries, such as the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart. According to the network, he will track down clues by “immersing himself in different cultures to understand the world as they do.”
In the two-hour premiere, Gates heads to Papua New Guinea and Fiji to investigate new leads in the disappearance of Earhart, who vanished over the central Pacific Ocean while attempting to circumvent the globe in 1937, sparking an intensive sea and air search.
Gates meets with aviation historian and author Ric Gillespie, who recently claimed that an aluminum fuselage fragment discovered on the remote island of Nikumaroro in 1991 belonged to Earhart’s plane. He also examines human remains that were found on Nikumaroro more than 50 years ago and later lost after being shipped to Fiji.