Travel Channel Greenlights Original Series ADAM RICHMAN'S BEST SANDWICH IN AMERICA
Travel Channel has greenlit two new original unscripted series and announces the development of two original travel series to complement the Network's robust programming slate for 2012. New series include ADAM RICHMAN'S BEST SANDWICH IN AMERICA featuring popular host and "comfort food czar" Richman as he travels from coast to coast on his personal quest to find the BEST sandwiches made in the U.S.A., and "Toy Hunters," showcasing toy collector Jordan Hembrough, as he searches throughout the country for the rarest toys and turns them into big profit.
Travel Channel's new series in development provide two very unique perspectives of travel. "Mile High" (wt) provides the unique perspective from the traveler's POV, and follows best friends Mike McGuiness and David Arquette as they embark on a string of spontaneous, improvised adventures around the world. The Network will partner with executive producers David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Omar Epps and Mike McGuiness for Coquette Productions, Inc. to develop this new original travel series. "Aloha Gold" (wt) provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the wild world of one of the biggest independent tour companies in Hawaii, and the unique perspective of those who work hard to make vacations memorable.
In addition, the critically acclaimed original series "The Layover" hosted by Anthony Bourdain has been re-upped for a second season. In season two, Bourdain explores new jet-setting hubs proving that layovers are opportunities for travelers to mingle with locals, crash parties, dine on local cuisine and explore cultures.
"We have a dynamic programming slate rolling out this year, where we will be providing a diverse array of perspectives from a new team of travel experts and pros who will inspire and engage our viewers through their personal lens," said Andy Singer, SVP, Programming & Production, Travel Channel. "Making the unfamiliar familiar is our aim this year, and we remain committed to providing compelling programming that moves our travelcentric audience beyond their every day destinations."
NEW GREENLIT SERIES:
"Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America" (wt) has been greenlit as an eleven-episode (ten half-hour with a one-hour finale) weekly series featuring one man's quest - Adam Richman - to find the best thing since sliced bread ON sliced bread. Richman will sample the three most mouthwatering masterpieces a region has to offer, and then name one "supreme." Production of the "Man v. Food" franchise, hosted by Richman, which had a four-year successful run on the Network, will be rested. Travel Channel will continue to air past seasons of the popular series. "Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America" (wt) is based on an idea by Adam Richman and will be produced by Sharp Entertainment for Travel Channel. For Sharp, the executive producers are Matt Sharp, Dan Adler, Bob Larson and Adam Richman, and the series producer is Bonnie Biggs. The executive producer for Travel Channel is Daniel A. Schwartz.
"Toy Hunters" will be a weekly half-hour series which follows toy and collectibles dealer Jordan Hembrough as he scours the country for hidden treasures to sell to his buyers around the world. Originally a special that aired on the Network last month, this original series centers on Hembrough and his quest to claim the status as the ultimate toy collector. In each of the twelve episodes, Hembrough travels from city to city strategically maneuvering around reluctant sellers, abating budgets and avoiding unforeseen roadblocks. For this toy hunter, poking through cramped attics and rummaging around dirty garages to score rare vintage items is all in a day's work. "Toy Hunters" will be produced by Sharp Entertainment with Travel Channel's Stone Roberts as executive producer.