Travel Channel Greenlights Pilots, Announces New Series in Development

The Scripps-owned cable network has five new shows in the works for the 2012 programming slate.

Travel Channel has greenlit three pilots and announced development of two new original series. Network GM Andy Singer discussed the plans on Thursday.

Among the pilots is Barn Finds, produced by BCII, which follows car expert Corky Coker on a roadtrip through the American south, looking for automotive bargains. Another auto-centric project, Power Trip with Jason Harper (Departure Films), has the host touring different countries behind the wheel of different famous (and pricey) cars. Kevin Michael Connolly Project, from Crazy Leg Productions, takes the titular thrill seeker and noted author and photographer, born without legs, around the globe.

In development, Travel is pursing Coffee Hunter and City Swappers. The first, from Nancy Glass Productions, takes a peek into the world of premium coffee peddlers, focusing on Philadelphia-based La Colombe Torrefaction. City Swappers comes from Stone Circle Films and explores what happens when two couples swap homes, cars, friends, etc. when they go on vacation.

"Our programming mission is to continue to provide a myriad of travel perspectives that not only entertain and inspire, but will take viewers beyond the guidebook," said Singer. “We’re excited about our new shows in development which feature a group of new talent who each weave their own personal experiences and stories through each show’s unique travel lens.”

The titles of all of these projects are tentative.

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