Unscripted

Travel Channel reboots “America Unearthed”; orders two unscripted series

Discovery-owned lifestyle and adventure network Travel Channel has bolstered its 2019 programming line up with the scheduling of three new unscripted series, including the revival of America Unearthed. Produced by Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Committee ...
February 12, 2019

Discovery-owned lifestyle and adventure network Travel Channel has bolstered its 2019 programming line up with the scheduling of three new unscripted series, including the revival of America Unearthed.

Produced by Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Committee Films, the rebooted America Unearthed will see the return of forensic geologist Scott Wolter (pictured) to broadcast television’s airwaves.

Season four’s 10 x 60-minute episode order will feature Wolter as he attempts to set the record straight by investigating various artifacts and strange finds believed to reveal an alternative history of American continent prior to the formation of the United States.

Committee’s Andy Awes and Maria Awes serve as executive producers alongside Travel Channel’s Daniel A. Schwartz.

The rebooted version of America Unearthed will debut Summer 2019. The series previously aired on A+E Networks channel H2, airing from December 2012 until its cancellation in January 2015.

“With a serious built-in fanbase, Scott is ready to get to the bottom of a whole new batch of mysteries and build on the success of the earlier seasons,” said Travel Channel GM Jane Latman in a statement. “Adding America Unearthed to the Travel Channel slate is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and ratings driver.”

Travel Channel unveiled the news during its TCA presentation on Tuesday (Feb. 12), with additional upcoming series — Mission Declassified and Portals to Hell — slated to premiere this spring.

The Karga Seven Pictures-made Mission Declassified will trace award-winning investigative reporter Christof Putzel as he travels the globe to explore some of history’s most legendary and notorious mysteries.

By decoding recently declassified documents, Putzel discovers new, or simply missed, clues and connections that could finally unlock decades-long mysteries surrounding legendary cold cases.

Episodes of the 9 x 60-minute series will reveal new information from such unsolved cases as the escape from Alcatraz, when three prisoners escaped from the island prison off of San Francisco in 1962; the hunt for D.B. Cooper, who, in 1971, extorted US$200,000 in ransom money and highjacked a Boeing 727 before parachuting to an uncertain fate; and the kidnapping and killing of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s baby in 1932.

Mission Declassified debuts March 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel.

Mission Declassified is exec produced by Karga Seven’s Kelly McPherson, Emre Sahin, Sarah Wetherbee, Jason Wolf and Chris Bray. For Travel Channel, Christine Shuler executive produces.

Elsewhere, Portals to Hell from Osbourne Media and Critical Content will shadow television personality Jack Osbourne and paranormal researcher and investigator Katrina Weidman as they explore sinister locations with sordid pasts and dark histories purported to be doorways to the shadow realm.

The 8 x 60-minute series will document Osbourne and Weidman as they investigate each haunted location with specialized technology and a network of experts in an attempt to find “irrefutable evidence that a spirit world exists, and death is not the end,” according to a Travel Channel release.

Featured spooky locales in Portals to Hell include New Orleans’ infamous LaLaurie Mansion; Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Kentucky; Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania; the Alaskan Hotel in Juneau; and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia; among others.

Portals to Hell launches April 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Osbourne Media’s Jack Osbourne and Peter Glowski executive produce alongside Critical Content’s Jenny Daly and Tom Forman. Elaine White executive produces for both Osbourne Media and Critical Content. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Anna Geddes.

“For over a decade, my work in the paranormal field has brought me to the edge of the unknown,” said Katrina Weidman in a statement. “As we explore these disturbing locations, these potential portals, Jack and I are determined to document as much as we can to try and uncover the source of these hauntings.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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