Discovery-owned Travel Channel has greenlit two new UFO-centric specials, timed to coincide with the upcoming Alienstock festival in Rachel, Nevada, where UFO aficionados have been planning the alien celebration along with a viral #StormArea51 event, a campaign to expose government secrets at the famed Area 51, long thought to hold evidence of human contact with aliens.
The first project is the the one-off special Storming Area 51, part of Discovery’s ‘instamentary’ strand which covers cases making headlines within weeks of the initial incident. The special will follow the UFO Bros (Joe and Emmett Hayes; pictured) as they pack up their RV and road trip from Northern California to Nevada to explore all things Area 51.
The brothers will meet with various experts to discuss alien life and the history of Area 51. Guests include filmmaker Jeremy Corbell, Penn State professor Greg Eghigian, Mutual UFO Network investigator Earl Anderson, UFO eye-witness Shawn Johnson and former government employee Rick Doty.
Storming Area 51 is produced for Travel Channel by Anomaly Entertainment. For Anomaly Entertainment, Matt Kelly and Mike Sorensen are executive producers. Chris Pizzi, Bennett Webber and John Gunn also serve as executive producers. For Travel Channel, Angela Freedman and Vaibhav Bhatt are executive producers, Julie Meisner Eagle is VP of production and development, Matthew Butler is GM and Henry Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
The special airs Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel.
Elsewhere, Travel Channel will produce live digital coverage of Alienstock and the ostensible storming of Area 51 as a series of Facebook Live events hosted by veteran of live paranormal experiences James McDaniel. The live coverage will roll out throughout the day on Sept. 20 on Travel Channel’s Facebook page.
“The event surrounding Storming Area 51 is one of the most talked-about experiences this year and, of course, Travel Channel will be there for our unique perspective on the that moment and its fascinating history through the lens of our alien experts, The UFO Bros,” said Matthew Butler, general manager of Travel Channel, in a statement. “We can’t wait to share their enthusiasm for all things alien as they bring our audience along for this once-in-a-lifetime road trip to the ultimate alien community celebration.”