Renewed and returning: “Labor Games,” “Booze Traveler”

In this week's round-up, renewals are on the way for Travel Channel's Booze Traveler and Bizarre Foods as well as TLC's Labor Games (pictured).
August 28, 2015

In this week’s round-up, renewals are on the way for series on U.S. nets TLC and Travel Channel as well as Dutch pubcaster EO.

U.S. net TLC is going into Labor for a second time with the renewal of the Lighthearted Entertainment-produced show, Labor Games. The series, hosted by comedian and actor Lisa Arch, surprises parents-to-be in the hospital with baby-themed trivia and challenges in order to win a nursery full of prizes ahead of their delivery. The program, which is filmed at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, California, is set to return on September 15 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

Meanwhile, Travel Channel has ordered another round of Booze Traveler. The second season of the series, produced by Karga Seven Pictures in association with White Reindeer Productions, finds host Jack Maxwell traveling through countries including Argentina, Finland and Guatemala and sampling the local spirits and culture. The season has received a 16 x 60-minute episode order and will debut on September 28 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

In other Travel Channel news, the net has signed up for a ninth season of the Tremendous! Entertainment-produced Bizarre Foods. The 8 x 60-minute episode order kicks off on September 28 at 9 p.m. EST/PST and finds host Andrew Zimmern highlight some of the world’s most unique culinary offerings. The series celebrates its 200th episode with a trip to Philadelphia on October 19 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Over in the Netherlands, pubcaster EO has commissioned a second series of the format Go Back to Where You Came From, which challenges beliefs on immigrants and asylum seekers. Produced by Dutch producer Tuvalu Media, the 6 x 30-minute series will air on channel NPO3 in early 2016. The original version of the program – produced by CJZ for Australia broadcaster SBS – aired its third series last month.


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