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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:
Set your DVRs or create an iCal alarm as TONIGHT at 9pm EST The Travel Channel debuts their newest show, "Airport 24/7: Miami." It's only scheduled to run for 6 episodes, but the press release promises that viewers will see behind-the-scenes how airport personnel "fight terrorism, intercept drug smugglers, secure a presidential landing, manage severe weather and much more."
In case you need a little nudge over whether or not it's worth a watch, here's the details on the main people profiled:
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YES. Excellent news! It is actually happening, and by "it" we mean that TV show that's supposedly spent the last few months filming within Miami International Airport.
We first heard of it all the way back in December, then warned that you could appear as an extra, but it looks like the project has been completed and stuck to a premiere date: October 2, 9pm EST on Travel Channel.
The seriescalled "Airport 24/7: Miami"will only run for 6 episodes and the official press release describes it thus:
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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· Travel Channel Layover Guide with Anthony Bourdain
Big fan of Anthony Bourdain? Looking for great places to eat and hang out, Bourdain-style, in cities around the world? This app was made with exactly you in mind. The Layover Guide ties in with the popular Travel Channel show by giving users photos, videos and tidbits from Anthony on his top spots in Miami, New York, LA, SF, Montreal, Singapore, Hong Kong, Rome and Amsterdamplus the promise of 10 more cities coming soon.
There's the addition of a little Foursquare-like action in the app, earning badges as you "check in" at the venues, but to us, the real value of this app comes from the ability to quickly decide on a cool place, get Bourdain's two cents and then head off directly using the location info.
Buy on iTunes: $1.99
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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.
We already hinted at it, but now there's a few additional details. Fly through MIA this month and you may just wind up on a new show being filmed at the terminal for the Travel Channel. It doesn't have a title yet, but the show will take viewers behind the scenes of the airport, one of the country's biggest. Producers claim that the show will: "...feature an unprecedented cross section of an exciting airport staff as they deal with the stresses of getting over 100,000 strangers through its airport safely, every day."
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It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2011 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics, encompassing everything from nudie scans to tarmac delays. Needless to say, we're ready for 2012, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2011 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
We've had it with the Kim Kardashians and Angelina Jolies of the celebrity First Class flyer ranks; 2011's honoree is not only a consummate traveler who knows his way around airports, but he's entertaining and real. He's Anthony Bourdain, chef, author, tv show host and overindulger.
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Do you recall the first ever time you watched The Travel Channel? We do. It was a special moment where we went from being stuck in a Sedona, AZ hotel on an uncharacteristically rainy day to being obsessed with watching the room TV for hours and hours. Nothing has changed; the Travel Channel still produces some of the most inspiring programming as far as armchair traveling goes (once they got over that summer where it was like, Las Vegas show after Las Vegas show).
For 2012, the outlook for addictive series looks very good. Of a slew of leaked shows to debut next year, we're mostly salivating over two:
“Baggage Battles” (six half-hour episodes)
This half hour series follows three teams of savvy “auction specialists,” who travel the world looking to snatch up unclaimed and lost personal property in an attempt to turn huge profits. Follow these specialists as they travel to some of the most important and unknown auctions, where pickers and resale experts bid on everything from lost luggage to abandoned personal property to seized goods of unusual merchandise.
“Miami International Airport” (working title) (six half-hour episodes)
Go behind the scenes at one of the busiest airports in the country. “Miami International Airport” features an unprecedented cross section of an exciting airport staff as they deal with the stresses of getting over 100,000 strangers through its airport safely, every day.
A ha! So it looks like BWI won't be the only airport to have their own show in 2012. And if you're into hotel shows as well, HotelChatter has the hot goss on another of Travel Channel's upcoming offerings: "Hotel Impossible."
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Inside Keen's in NYC
What makes a restaurant "manly?" Well, it's probably got leather booths and lots of red meat, and a cosmo probably won't be the first thing the bartender recommends. Of course all of this is spot-on for a certain class New York City dining institutionKeen's Steakhouseand last night, the Travel Channel named it the Manliest Restaurant in the Northeast.
The testosterone didn't stop there, however; the Travel Channel dedicated an entire episode of their Food Paradise series to manly restaurant across the entire United States, bestowing such an illustrious title on an eatery in each region of the continental 48. Even though Men's Health Magazine was involved in the process (and the December issue has more on these places), the winners all had one thing in common: their love for meat.
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Tonight's the night.
Anthony Bourdain is back. And instead of being in the kitchen or in the middle of a meal, he's on airplanes and on streets around the world, sharing the places he thinks are cool and worthy of a visit when you're on a limited time and limited budget. That's the entire gist of his new Travel Channel series The Layover, which premieres this evening at 9pm EST/8pm CST.
His first stop is Singapore, where he'll be drinking (duh) and eating (duh x 2), but also stopping in the red-light district and at the Thieves Market. Will we see a whole new side of the lovable curmudgeon? It's likely, but there still seems to be quite a bit of eating going on in The Layover, which could just as easily feature in his other series, No Reservations.
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From meat to ice cream and baseball bats
The Travel Channel is doing it again! That is, making a TV series out of a blog series we did, like years ago. Okay so maybe it's not totally inspired by us (or maybe it is?). This fall will welcome "Made in America, " a round-the-country tour of 39 factories still making good old, Made-in-the-USA products, something we've been documenting since early 2009.
According to our buddies over at Eater National, the show will be hosted by George Motz, he of burger connoisseur fame and author of two volumes on the meaty topic. His destinations? Oh just the "Jack Daniels factory in Tennessee and Krispy Kreme headquarters in North Carolina, but also places like the New Balance factory in Maine and the Louisville Slugger factory."