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We’re suckers for a good airline or airport reality show, and that’s why we’re excited to hear about the latest offering from the good people over at the BBC. They’ve been following around their hometown—or home country—airline for quite some time, and now it looks like the very first episodes of A Very British Airline are hitting the airwaves.
The series promises to show all the ins and outs of running an airline, but it also reveals a behind the scenes look at some of the business and branding of the airline. It’s not just all runways and airplanes, as the cameras also hit the boardroom to check on operational choices and other big deal decisions.
The summer may be time for TV show re-runs, but behind the scenes it's actually the most creative season as new TV shows develop and film pilot episodes. Our eyes are on Travel Channel, as they typically have quite a variety of shows to sample come autumn and it looks like 2014 won't disappoint.
Details Hollywood has the full scoop on all six shows in production, but we're most excited for two in particular:
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It's nearly July and, thus, time for the TV networks to roll out their light and fluffy summer series. Over at Bravo that means a quick slew of episodes following to lives and loves of a suitably good-looking crew onboard a private luxury yacht. Premiering July 1 at 10pm ET/PT, Below Deck is Bravo's attempt at a reality TV show exploring the drama of the upstairs/downstairs world when that world is no larger than a 164' megayacht out to sea.
There's technically six episodes if you count a preview aired on June 10, but the five upcoming shows should be plenty to convince Bravo viewers that dropping six figures for a week in the exclusive yachting world is the only way to have fun. For a dose of the real deal, we recommend following "yachties" "Arielle at Sea" (a nanny onboard a yacht) on Twitter and @hud5on (a superyacht engineer) on Instagram.
Here's the full synopsis and video preview for the show:
It's been nearly one full year since chef/author/badass Anthony Bourdain announced he'd be leaving his successful Travel Channel show "No Reservations" for a totally new series on CNN. Well that series now has a name, "Parts Unknown," and also a premiere date.
Mark your iCal: Parts Unknown airs on CNN this upcoming Sunday night, April 14, at 9pm EST/8pm CST.
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Emeril Lagasse is taking a break from his day job in New Orleans and hitting the road for a new series, Emeril's Florida.
The famous TV chef will crisscross the Sunshine State to find its best cuisine. “Florida is not only about theme parks and water slides,” Lagasse said. “Sure we’ve got a little bit of that, but we’ve really mixed it up here, we’re following wine, food and farmers.”
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Look, we're only going to say this once: Anthony Bourdain has done more to make traveling with the locals, eating like the locals and, most importantly, respecting a country's culture while savoring its most succulent bits, than most travel writers. It's pretty much a fact, though everyone likes to claim that they impact the world for the good, even in the tiniest amount, Bourdain has the platform of a popular TV show to force a-typical tourism episode by episode. And it's worked.
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Watch out. On your next trip down under, you could end up on TV before even getting through to baggage claim. Just like in America, international travelers to Australia get their passports stamped, collect their baggage and then head off to quarantine to declare anything which might not be welcome on Aussie shores. And now all this is a TV show called "Border Security."
The 30-minute guilty pleasure is filmed primarily in Sydney and Melbourne, but the chance of catching a glimpse of the reality show being filmed elsewhere is pretty good. It has also stopped to film in Brisbane, Perth and some seaports across the nation.
There's still a little time before the Travel Channel's new show "Baggage Battles" debutsApril 11 at 10pmbut a preview has already hit YouTube and it's already freaking us out.
"Baggage Battles," a show obviously named by the least creative person at Travel Channel, is Travel Channel's stab at stealing some of the popularity and viewership of History Channel's "Pawn Stars" and "American Pickers," plus "Storage Wars" on A&E. In fact, one could describe it as the American Pickers...of the sky.
The show follows three wheeling and dealing brokers who frequent auctions to bring home the goods to their resell shops on both coasts. We're introduced to Billy Leroy of New York City, Mark Meyer from Long Island and Laurence and Sally Martin of Los Angeles.
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Not that long ago we mentioned that TLC—the network that used to teach you stuff, but now just has Jon and Kate reruns—was looking to film a new reality television show starring Southwest Airlines. It looks like filming has already begun, and crews will be roaming the terminals and concourses of Tampa International Airport as soon as this week.
That means if you’re flying through Tampa—or to Tampa—now’s your chance to score fifteen minutes of reality show fame. We’d recommend causing a scene or just totally being rude and flipping out at a gate agent, because that should definitely get the attention of anyone with a camera—especially some fancy pants TV cameras. Of course we’re kidding, but the crew should be doing their thing at the airport this week so be on the lookout.
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According to the Travel Channel, David Arquette will be joining the Mile High club later this year. The actor and his buddy Mike McGuiness, owner of PR firm McGuiness and Feinstein, will star in a weekly half-hour reality series for the Travel Channel that will follow them as they squeeze "spontaneous" adventures into their weekend travel. Each week the pair will also use social media connections to get the “hook up” for the ultimate getaway. Mile High is being produced by Coquette Productions, the production company David runs with his ex, Courteney Cox.
Travel Channel is also working on three more new shows for 2012. Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America will feature the Man Vs. Food host traveling across the U.S. to find the country's best sandwiches, Toy Hunters will follow toy collector Jordan Hembrough as he searches the country for the rarest (and most profitable) toys, and a Hawaii-set pilot called Aloha Gold which will center around Discover Hawaii Tours, one of the island’s biggest tour companies.
Laura asks for a loan from Amanda
Read our past Pan Am episode recaps here.
Let us first say that this is the episode where the girls have looked their best so far. Kate, Colette and Maggie all attended a fancy foreign party and thus donned killer cocktail dresses, while Laura and Amanda showed off in figure-hugging sweater sets. When will Pan Am inspire a retail collaboration like Mad Men did with Banana Republic? Oh, probably never, but a girl can dream.
Anywhomost of the gang was off to Rome this week, but Bridget (pilot Dean's old/new flame) was conspicuously absent and Ted stayed home to begin playing house with his new fiance, the bi-curious Amanda (played by Ashley Greene). Filling the gap was the newish character Captain Broyles (aka "Sky God"), who we learned last episode moonlights as a smuggler of goods, a fact which comes heavier into play this episode.
Broyles crashes Dean's Moscow pep talk
Read our past Pan Am episode recaps here.
This episode picks up exactly where we left off last week, with pilot Dean and newly returned stewardess/former MI6 spy Bridget hopping into bed with each other. Bridget still loves Dean and wants to pick up where things left off (with her as his fiance), but Dean has moved on to Colette and would rather just bed Bridget one last time. Maybe she's so irresistible again because he just found out she's a spy, and spies are hot? That's just our guess.
Regardless, Dean and Bridget part that morning in London for good (here's hoping), as Dean reveals again how hurt he's been over all the lies: "So everything I didn't understand was because you were a spy and I was in the dark?"
Ring ring ring! Dean picks up the hotel room phone to discover he's been summoned back to New York for a meeting with Pan Am's chief Juan Trippe. About what? Oh well, after a nice computer-generated panorama of the Pan Am Worldport at JFK, we find out it's all concerning PAA being the first western airline to return to the Soviet Union, and Trippe wants Dean in the captain's seatthe "face of the Jet Age" and whatnot. Wait, we thought that was Laura on the cover of LIFE? Anyways, the plane leaves ASAP.