TRAVEL CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS PRODUCTION OF FIVE NEW ORIGINAL SERIES FEATURING EXPLORERS, EXPERTS AND EXPERIENCERS
'Hello Goodbye' (wt), 'Hotel Showdown' and 'TV Planet' (wt),
To Join the Network's Line-up
'Metropolis' and 'Only Happens In...' To Be Developed As Series of Specials
CHEVY CHASE, MD (September 4, 2014) - Travel Channel has greenlit five new series that will focus on connecting viewers to a world of cultural experiences, adventures and explorations. The Network picks up three new series: "Hello Goodbye" (wt), an eight episode, half-hour series that illuminates the personal and emotional stories surrounding arriving and departing travelers at airports; "Hotel Showdown," a 13 episode one-hour series featuring four hotel owners who compete for bragging rights as the "best hotel;" and "TV Planet" (wt), a six episode, one-hour series exploring the wildest and most popular television shows around the world. Additionally, two previously-announced pilots "Metropolis" and "Only Happens In..." are to be developed into a series of specials. The announcement was made today by Shannon O'Neill, president, Travel Channel.
"We believe that our new series illustrate the expansive range of travel entertainment by informing, engaging and inspiring our audience. Our shows not only introduce viewers to new places and cultures around the world, they spotlight the surprising similarities that connect us all," said O'Neill. "Our mission is to provide our audience with transformative programming that provides a gateway and personal portal to experience the world."
New Series/Specials Greenlit For Production (brief descriptions, in alphabetical order):
"Hello Goodbye" (wt) captures some of life's most precious moments as regular, everyday people arrive and depart from an airport terminal. The show highlights heart-warming - and sometimes heart-wrenching - stories of love, sorrow, family and friendship from travelers of all cultures and walks of life. These stories reveal the raw emotions and real moments that take place every minute at airports across the world. "Hello Goodbye" (wt) is greenlit for eight half-hour episodes produced by Ellen DeGeneres' A Very Good Production in association with Telepictures. "Hello Goodbye" (wt) is based on the original format and hit international program "Hello Goodbye" by BlazHoffski Productions BV.
"Hotel Showdown" squares off four different hotels against one another in a winner- take-all competition. Representatives from the competing hotels spend the night at each other's property, and with an exacting eye for detail, award points for every aspect of their experience. The highest-rated hotel wins a coveted $25,000 prize. "Hotel Showdown" is greenlit for 13 one-hour episodes produced by Loud TV.
"Metropolis" spotlights iconic cities around the world with the goal of reimagining everything travelers know about these destinations. From hidden secrets to signature foods to cultural idiosyncrasies, viewers are granted extraordinary access to each location through stunning graphics, stylized re-enactments and interviews with famous locals. "Metropolis" is greenlit for six one-hour specials produced by Nutopia.
"Only Happens In..." takes viewers on a crazy and visual ride around the globe to discover the places, people and events that are so unique, they can only be experienced side-by-side with the locals. From robot waiters serving dinner in Tokyo to runners competing in a minus-50-degree Ice Marathon on frozen Lake Baikal in Russia, audiences will experience amazing cultures and venture far off the beaten path. "Only Happens In..." is greenlit for four one-hour specials produced by PSG Films & Symply Entertainment.
"TV Planet" (wt) explores the weirdest, wildest and most dangerous television programs this planet has to offer. Journalist and TV fanatic Karla Cavalli immerses herself by examining and even participating in these global television events. From Brazil's Miss Bum Bum contest to Japan's game show where blindfolded contestants attempt to find a single chair in a large empty room, Cavalli reveals how television acts as a cultural touchstone to provide a window into the soul of a nation. "TV Planet" (wt) is greenlit for six one-hour episodes produced by Zodiak Americas.
TRAVEL CHANNEL (http://www.TravelChannel.com) is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it's around the world or around the block. A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world's leading travel media brand, and is available in over 94 million U.S. cable homes. Owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Chevy Chase, MD, and New York, NY. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.