Travel Channel Journeys Into New Shows at the 2013 Travel Channel Upfronts
ADAM RICHMAN'S FANDEMONIUM“ (formerly “Tailgate Takeover”) - Premiers on Sunday, July 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
In “Adam Richman’s Fandemonium,” Adam Richman is on a mission to find the wildest fan events in America and meet the fanatics of anything worshipped, watched or celebrated. On his quest to discover the ultimate fans, Richman samples the tastiest foods, discovers the finest tailgate innovations and uncovers the storied history and insider secrets to what being a diehard fan is all about. Richman immerses himself into events that have a legendary base of obsessed, passionate fans – from the Daytona 500 to the Kentucky Derby.
GET LOST - Premieres 2013
In “Get Lost,” former U.S. Army Special Forces survival expert, Mykel Hawke, and his journalist wife, Ruth England, face their biggest adventure yet. In this new original series, the married couple put their skills and relationship to the ultimate test as they are dropped blindly into the wilderness, with limited supplies and precious few clues as to where they actually are. They must rely on instinct, expertise and each other, to figure out where they are and how to get out. Each journey will test the strength of their relationship and depth of their survival skills as they climb, crawl and claw their way through forbidding landscapes to find their way back to civilization. Locations include the treacherous jungles of Latin America, the desolate swamps of the Southern U.S., deserted islands in the Caribbean, and other challenging and remote spots in the far reaches of the planet.
BEST DAYM TAKEOUT - Premieres 2013 Daymon Patterson is not your typical food critic. Every bit of his 6-foot-5-inch, 390-pound frame is filled with a lot of love – for both food and comedy! A certified YouTube sensation with tens of millions of views, he delivers a mouthful of commentary with larger-than-life personality from the driver’s seat of his car. In “Best Daym Takeout,” Patterson continues to give fans his unique reviews and off-the-wall commentary while traveling the country in search of the best carryout in each town he visits. From big city eats to small town shops, Patterson’s blend of comically poetic descriptions will have viewers craving delicious takeout all over America.
BACKROAD GOLD - Premieres 2013
“Backroad Gold” follows antique car expert Corky Coker as he scours the highways, back roads and small towns of America, wheeling and dealing for hidden riches such as antique cars, motorcycles, trucks, gas pumps and road signs. This is Coker’s life-long passion and his business – he is constantly on the road hunting for the next big find. Together with his expert team of restorers – which includes his father, son-in-law and daughter – Coker buys, restores, and sells all finds from his shop, Honest Charley’s Speedshop in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
ANNOUNCED RETURNING SERIES
HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE - Premiers Monday, August 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
Hotel “fixer,” Anthony Melchiorri returns for a third season to turn struggling hotels into bustling tourist destinations. Each episode features a hotel either not living up to its potential, or on the verge of closing. Melchiorri assesses each property and identifies its biggest problems. He then meets with the staff, from front desk receptionists to housekeeping to the owners themselves, to determine the key operation issues. Joining Melchiorri on location are a variety of highly experienced designers including Blanche Garcia, Casey Noble and new to this season, Carrie Drosnes, who will help transform key spaces in each hotel. Melchiorri has just days to convince the hotel staff and owners to let go of the reins, formulate a plan, revamp the hotel and re-motivate its staff. For some hotel owners, this is their last hope.
MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM - Premiers Monday, August 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
In the fifth season of “Mysteries at the Museum,” the series continues to span the country, exploring local archives, storefront collections and the hallowed halls of stately institutions, to uncover the objects and artifacts that reveal the nation’s hidden secrets. History explorer and museum enthusiast Don Wildman scours a range of museums in search of extraordinary relics at the heart of tales that shock and amaze. From the U.S. Secret Service Museum in Washington, D.C. that displays the printing press used by one of the greatest con men in America, to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan that houses a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol that almost ended Ford’s presidential term far sooner than anyone would have expected, these are a few of the sites that celebrate our nation’s distinguished past. Through gripping interviews, rich archival footage and arresting reenactments, “Mysteries at the Museum” brings to life the amazing artifacts from the center of the nation’s most notorious crimes and scandals, unexplained encounters, bizarre inventions and the most enthralling events of all time.
The Travel channel helps to ensure that you are never really lost no matter where you travel around the world. The Travel channel can easily be described as an escape, a way of traveling around the world without ever leaving your couch. It is the quintessential idea of globalization, now nowhere is truly to far away. The travel channel is offering some behind the scenes adventures to places and continents most Americans only dream of visiting. Will you be watching the travel channel? Where do you want to go? Will you be watching the new shows set to premiere on the Travel Channel this year? Planning a stay-cation let me know in the comments section.