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Travel Channel readies “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” reboot

Iconic factual franchise Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is once again slated to return to the television landscape this summer. Discovery-owned Travel Channel will be the latest network to revive the docuseries, ...
January 3, 2019

Iconic factual franchise Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is once again slated to return to the television landscape this summer.

Discovery-owned Travel Channel will be the latest network to revive the docuseries, produced by Texas Crew Productions, with actor Bruce Campbell (pictured) serving as host and executive producer.

Currently in production, the 10 x 60-minute series will be shot on location at the Ripley Warehouse in Orlando, Florida, and will showcase “the most astonishing, real and one-of-a-kind stories”, according to the network.

Texas Crew’s Brad Bernstein, David Karabinas, Ron Bowman and Bruce Campbell serve as executive producers on the series. For Travel Channel, Daniel A. Schwartz is executive producer; Jane Latman is GM; and Henry Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is scheduled to premiere in summer 2019 across Travel Channel.

“Travel Channel fans have an insatiable curiosity about the world and sharing this wonderful and weird series with the next generation of fans is a thrill,” said Latman in a statement. “This entirely new version of Ripley’s is a fresh contemporary approach to the odd and unusual and will be jam-packed with larger-than-life characters, cool facts, history and science.”

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has a long history of television shows, dating back to the first one hosted by Robert Ripley himself in 1949,” added Norm Deska, EVP of intellectual property at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. “We could not be more excited to return to television in 2019 with an all-new show on the Travel Channel.”

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! first broadcast across NBC from 1949 to 1950, which was hosted by Robert L. Ripley until his death. The series would then be revived on ABC with host Jack Palance between 1982 and 1986. The most recent revival, meanwhile, was launched in 2000 on TBS with actor Dean Cain as host until its end in 2003.

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