Americans on the go in ABC reality series


ABC is going abroad for its next reality series.

The network has ordered a new unscripted show from the producer of "Hell's Kitchen" in which Americans go to a foreign country to compete in challenges.

The project has been circulating the creative community under the title "Big in Japan." The title might change because producers are considering several different countries, including Japan. The network has given the show a series order for an unspecified number of episodes.

The series will mix reality and game show elements as contestants adapt to another culture while competing

The project is from executive producer Arthur Smith of A. Smith & Co. ("The Swan," "Kitchen Nightmares").

News broke this month that NBC is developing "I Can Do That," a competition series that also involves contestants traveling and competing in challenges. "I Can Do That," however, plans to confine itself to the U.S..

ABC recently said that its game show "Duel" will return this month but has yet to reveal its summer reality slate.