Exploration and adventures on land, sea and even beyond the skies will drive Travel Channel’s programming itinerary in 2017. The network has commissioned more than 390 new hours of programming this year, including several freshman series and more than 18 pilots.
After the success of his search for the Yeti, Josh Gates (Expedition Unknown) will return this October in Expedition Unknown: Hunt For Extra Terrestrials – a four-part investigative journey to four continents. Gates also will host Legend Has It (w/t), a new show that unlocks the experiences travelers will discover when they visit ancient global hotspots.
Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, and his journalist wife, Ashlan, will explore the world’s most beautiful waters and uncover incredible stories in Caribbean Pirate Treasure, a new series about sailors, pirates and the trail they left behind.
“Travel Channel’s 11% year-over-year primetime ratings growth is a strong indicator that the programming themes we’re developing appeal to the target audience,” said Kathleen Finch, chief programming, content and brand officer for HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, in a statement. “Our emphasis on smart scheduling strategy and super serving viewers with content featuring the hosts they love, paid off with significant ratings increases across the board.”
Travel Channel also has additional returning hit series starring more of its fan-favorite experts, including cocktail connoisseur Jack Maxwell (pictured) (Booze Traveler), hotel expert Anthony Melchiorri (Hotel Impossible) and culinary traveler Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods). A companion series to Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, The Zimmern List (w/t) will take viewers to a new city where Zimmern will reveal his favorite eateries and dishes. In Booze Traveler: Best Bars, Maxwell is on a fun-filled mission to find the best U.S. bars and drinks.
Travel Channel’s Dive In is back in June with warm weather escapes that celebrate water thrills, beautiful beach destinations and over-the-top water slides. Featured such as Top Secret Swimming Holes, Top Secret Beaches and Top Secret Waterfalls and Xtreme Waterparks. Ultimate Pools and Pools With a View will take viewers to extraordinary places to take a dip on the planet. Two new specials, Xtreme Cruise Ships and Xtreme Underwater, will reveal the most unique and outrageous luxury liners and underwater locations.
Travel Channel also has a cache of new pilots featuring road trips, hotel stays, tasty treats and off-the-beaten-path places to visit. Social media star Ricky Smith is Travel Channel’s Yes Man, traveling the country to learn about the wildest, craziest, coolest and sometimes flat-out dumbest things to do for fun. In Weird America, Irish comedian Kevin McGahern discovers America for the first time on the ultimate road trip.
Pilot, adventurer and travel writer Kellee Edwards is an Island Explorer – on the hunt to find the best bargains, private beaches and magical experiences on the planet’s lesser-known islands. $1K Getaway follows expert couples that know how to stretch their vacation dollars in the world’s top destinations. Vantastic is for anyone who wants to find a dream weekend warrior machine, then deck it out to maximize good times and avoid blowing money on hotels.