10:03am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Travel Channel Picks Up Three Unscripted Series
Travel Channel is expanding its unscripted offerings with three new series exploring the world of entertainment, surprising eateries and a personal journey of a man born without legs.
The first, Edge of America, will follow entertainment journalist Geoff Edgers as he travels the country in search of all-American fun on a quest to see what constitutes entertainment. Patrick McManamee will executive produce the Magilla Productions' effort, with the network ordering six half-hour installments.
Second, Feed the Beast, produced by Sharp Entertainment with Daniel A. Schwartz exec producing, follows host Mikey Roe as he searches America for the best late-night food. Each of the six half-hour episodes will feature a different city and nightlife and see Roe visit after-hours joins where he samples crazy concoctions.
Third, author/photographer Kevin Michael Connolly, who was born without legs, will travel the world in search of thrills and adventures in the Kevin Michael Connolly Project (working title). With the help of backyard engineers and scientists, Connolly will cliff dive in Hawaii, climb towering pines with lumberjacks in the Smokies and experience zero gravity with astronauts in Houston. Travel Channel has picked up six half-hour episodes.
“These exciting new shows and talent offer our viewers highly entertaining, fresh perspectives on travel,” Travel Channel GM Andy Singer said in a statement announcing the news. “Their authentic points-of-views provide a diverse range of programming that reinforce our mission in reimagining travel entertainment.”
Production on all three series has already begun with premiere dates yet to be determined. The series join current Travel fare including Hotel Impossible and Toy Hunter.