Travel Channel hunting down 'Worst Driver'
New reality series based on an overseas formatTravel Channel has picked up a reality competition series where motorists compete for the title of "worst driver."
"The Streets of America: The Search for America's Worst Driver," from A. Smith & Co. and Mentron USA, is based on a successful overseas format that Travel has tweaked to closer fit its brand.
Each week during the show, bad drivers will compete in challenges in different cities. Although the "winner" is crowed the worst driver, the runners-up who prove more successful are the ones who win "driving-related" prizes.
"We are thrilled to bring this international hit to the Travel Channel," said Michael Klein, senior vp at Travel Channel. "We at the Travel Channel celebrate every aspect of travel and know that exploring a city by car is one of the most universal experiences. We look forward to exposing the best, and sometimes the worst, a city has to offer from the view of the driver's seat."
The format has been making the rounds for a couple of years, with NBC producing a pilot in 2004. Some reportedly were concerned the show would seem to condone reckless driving. The order comes after A. Smith's auto-obstacle reality competition "Crash Course" was greenlighted by ABC.