Upfronts: Travel Channel Greenlights 10 Original Series

Travel Channel will expand its original programming lineup with 10 new original series that encompass numerous genres including exploration and cooking, the network announced Wednesday.

The new series for the Scripps Networks-owned service include American Grilled, which pits grill masters from various backgrounds against one another in an outdoor cooking competition;  Big Crazy Family Adventure, which follows adventurer Bruce Kirkby and his family as they trek from Vancouver to the Himalayas; Big Time RV, which chronicles a Florida-based RV dealership; Booze Traveler(wt), which follows cocktail connoisseur Jack Maxwell as he samples specialty cocktails from around the world; and Expedition Unknown (wt) which chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe.

Other shows include Hotel Amazon (wt), chronicling longtime friends seeking to build a world-class resort within the Peruvian Amazon; Resort Rescue, which follows hospitality consultant Shane Green as he helps rescue struggling hotel and resorts;  Tours by Unger, which showcases the exploits of American tour guide Brian Unger; Underground BBQ Challenge, a cooking competition show starring chef G Garvin (pictured); and World Access (wt) which uncovers fascinating sites and hidden locations.

In addition, the network has greenlit a special, One Day on Earth (wt) featuring sights and sounds from various countries collected during the same day. Through the new series and specials, Travel is hoping to continue to build on its ratings: the network posted a 2% increase in primetime during 1st quarter 2014, according to Nielsen.

“We believe in travel’s inherent ability to connect us with people from different places and cultures,” said Shannon O’Neill, President, Travel Channel. “Our mission is to provide our viewers with transformative programming that provides a gateway and personal portal to experience the world.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.