Robert "Boston Rob" Mariano and Dennis Anderson Are Set to Go "Around the World in 80 Ways"
New Series Premiering 2011 on HISTORY(TM)
NEW YORK, April 25, 2011 - Robert "Boston Rob" Mariano (Survivor, The Amazing Race) and Dennis Anderson (creator of the monster truck Gravedigger) will host the upcoming new series AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAYS, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, Senior Vice President of Development and Programming for HISTORY. In HISTORY's 10-part series slated to premiere later this year, they will take on an epic challenge: to circumnavigate the globe using 80 different modes of travel without repeating any vehicle.
"This series captures HISTORY's commitment to highly compelling entertainment within a historical framework," said Hoogstra. "The dynamic between our two hosts will make for great television, while viewers can journey around the world with them to explore the ingenuity of travel in every era, throughout all stages of technological advances."
Rob and Dennis will have to employ every conceivable means of transportation - blimp and fighter jet, ostrich and canoe, chariot and hitchhiking - and will even have to build their own vehicles. Sometimes they will work together and other times they'll race. But the hosts are notorious for their vicious competitive streaks and have been known to cheat, torment, boast and battle their way to the top. In this extreme expedition, nothing is off limits.
"Boston Rob" Mariano made his first television appearance on Survivor: Marquesas in 2002. Mariano is a four-time Survivor contestant and a two-time competitor, along with his wife Amber Brkich, on The Amazing Race. He has hosted several television events and shows and starred in a regular segment for the CBS Early Show. An avid sportsman, Mariano is Boston-born and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston University.
Four-time Monster Jam world champion Dennis Anderson is the creator and driver of Gravedigger, the world's most recognized monster truck brand in the history of the sport. Anderson has won more than 3000 races and 500 trophies over a three decade career and has appeared on numerous television series such as America's Toughest Jobs, Conan O'Brien and Monster Jam. Anderson also continues to expand the Gravedigger brand through his Muddy Motor Sports Park and restaurant outside Kill Devil Hills, NC.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAYS is produced for HISTORY by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company. Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal are Executive Producers and Jeff Conroy is Co-Executive Producer for Original Productions. Julian P. Hobbs is Executive Producer for HISTORY.
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