Travel Channel has renewed Bert The Conqueror, Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, Hotel Impossible & Xtreme Waterparks for new seasons in 2016.
TRAVEL CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS PRODUCTION ON THREE NEW TRAVEL ENTERTAINMENT SERIES: ‘COULD I LIVE THERE?,’
‘I ADVENTURE’ (wt) AND ‘METER’S RUNNING’ (wt) WITH ANDREW ZIMMERN
Plus: Network Renews Four of Its Most Popular Shows:
‘Bert The Conqueror;’ ‘Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations,’ ‘Hotel Impossible’
and ‘Xtreme Waterparks’
CHEVY CHASE, MD (Sept. 30, 2015) – Travel Channel is expanding its 2016 slate to include two new series that showcase popular personalities with a passion for travel and exploration. “I Adventure” (wt) is an intimate glimpse into the true enthusiasm for a special destination with actors Terry Crews, Jon Cryer and Eric Stonestreet; and “Meter’s Running” (wt) with host Andrew Zimmern, the three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and culinary explorer, is a drive-along with a local that knows the best-kept secrets in a city, the taxi driver. The new series “Could I Live There?” follows real people faced with a life-changing decision – should I pick up the family and relocate to a new foreign city? Returning from a four-year hiatus, “Bert the Conqueror,” starring reluctant daredevil Bert Kreischer, is back for its third season.
The network is also renewing three of its most popular series: “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations,” hosted by Zimmern, samples more mouth-watering and not-to-be-missed foods that define a location in its third season; hotel fixer Anthony Melchiorri’s “Hotel Impossible” is transforming struggling hotels and owners for a seventh season; and the fifth season of “Xtreme Waterparks” takes viewers on a wet and wild ride down some of the world’s most extreme waterslides.
“Travel Channel’s shows explore the world’s most beautiful and fascinating locales and connect with our audience by informing, inspiring and, perhaps most importantly –entertaining,” says Ross Babbit, senior vice president, programming and development, Travel Channel. “What makes these series so much fun to watch are the surprises that our viewers discover along the way. We head out on remarkable and well-planned adventures that somehow turn into the unexpected.”
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
“Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations,” an extension of the long-running and popular “Bizarre Foods” franchise, is back for a third season. Hosted by renowned chef and culinary explorer Andrew Zimmern, this series features the not-to-be-missed foods that define a location. Most travelers want to experience the local favorites, whether it’s deep-dish pizza in Chicago, souvlaki in Athens, stone crab claws in Miami or sushi in Tokyo. But how many really know the origins of these foods, how they are prepared and the best places to eat them? The destinations explored in the new season will include Bogota, Charleston, Honolulu, the Philippines, Providence, Seattle, Singapore and Tel Aviv. “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations” is greenlit for seven half-hour and six one-hour episodes and is produced by Tremendous! Entertainment.
Hotel expert Anthony Melchiorri is back with an all-new season of the popular series “Hotel Impossible.” This hotel fixer is relentless when it comes to getting struggling and under-performing hotels all over the world back on their feet and on the path to success. In Season Seven, viewers will see more special experts, new designers, hidden cameras, gadgets and technology that test, evaluate and measure different aspects of each hotel. “Hotel Impossible” will return to the network with 13 all-new, one-hour episodes and is produced by Atlas Media Corp.
Bert the Conqueror
Host Bert Kreischer is back for another exciting season of “Bert the Conqueror.” This season, the thrills and excitement are bigger and more daring than ever as Bert scours the country to take on the most exciting rides and challenges. The series showcases the fun and ingenious side of America, all through the eyes of a man who throws himself into everything with a smile, a laugh and a scream. “Bert the Conqueror” returns to the network for its third season with six half-hour and seven one-hour episodes and is produced by Sharp Entertainment.
Back with Season Five, “Xtreme Waterparks” continues to give viewers an exclusive, adrenaline-filled spin on the wildest, over-the-top and exhilarating water rides in the world! From high-speed, gravity-defying water rides, to the world’s tallest waterslides, this series reveals the most insane, nail-biting waterparks around the globe. This season, we’re taking you to the world’s tallest and fastest body slide in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the largest funnel slide on the planet in Yongin, South Korea; and a homemade slide that uses ATVs to launch rafts and turn you into a human slingshot in Quebec, Canada. “Xtreme Waterparks” will return to the network with seven all-new, half-hour episodes. The series is produced by High Noon Entertainment.
Greenlit Productions (brief descriptions, in alphabetical order):
Could I Live There?
“Could I Live There?” follows the lives of professionals and their families as they face a tremendous opportunity – AND the biggest decision they’ll ever make. Is a life-changing job offer worth leaving behind everything to live abroad in a strange new city thousands of miles away? Each episode features the story of a family faced with relocating to a foreign country. They hop a jet and take three days to experience the sights and sounds of their prospective new home city. An insightful relocation expert tailors a whirlwind tour to their client’s specific needs and lifestyle. At the end, after they’ve seen what the city has to offer, the families have to reveal their choice – stay or go? “Could I Live There?” is greenlit for 13 half-hour episodes and is produced by Karga 7 Pictures.
I Adventure (wt)
“I Adventure” (wt) hands the camera to some of the most fascinating people in the world and asks them to explore what compels and inspires them. Celebrities travel around the world to take viewers on an intimate adventure of discovery and exploration on a variety of subjects including the marvels of space exploration with Jon Cryer, the rebirth of Motor City with Terry Crews and the intrigue of World War II espionage with Eric Stonestreet. “I Adventure” (wt) is greenlit for three one-hour episodes and is produced by Herzog & Company.
Meter’s Running (wt)
Chef Andrew Zimmern believes the best way to explore a town is to get to know the locals first and the first local he usually meets is his cabbie. In “Meter’s Running” (wt), Zimmern discovers the streets behind Main Street, the off-the-grid dives and the fun only insiders know how to find. With his guide – whether it’s a shikara driver in Kashmir, a gondolier in Venice or a taxi driver in the Deep South, Zimmern shares a locals-only experience, discovering the uniqueness of every destination. Never staying in the back seat for long, Zimmern and his driver take viewers on an entertaining behind-the-scenes adventure, exploring food and culture from a whole new perspective. “Meter’s Running” (wt) is greenlit for eight one-hour episodes and is produced by Intuitive Content.
TRAVEL CHANNEL is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it’s around the world or around the block. A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand, and is available in over 94 million U.S. cable homes. Owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Chevy Chase, Md., and New York, N.Y. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.
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