LOS ANGELES, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Travel Channel announced today numerous changes to its primetime programming line-up. Beginning in the Fourth Quarter of 2003, the network will revamp its primetime schedule in one of the first on-air changes implemented by newly appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager, Rick Rodriguez. "After reviewing our schedule, it was clear to me that we had a large amount of great original programming that was being lost in anthologies that were either too broad or too generic. The seven new slots we're introducing will make it easier to find these shows and to navigate our primetime from hour to hour and week to week," said Rodriguez. "These clearly defined programming strands will allow us to deliver more consistent content and will afford us the opportunity to expand upon the depth and the quality of our story telling. Further, the new schedule will also serve as a launching pad for a slate of new series that we will premiere throughout 2004." The new Fourth Quarter 2003 strands include: KINGS OF THE ROAD (WT): Every weekend in America, legions of fans gather across the country to celebrate the joys of owning and operating the classic road machine. Whether it is automobile or motorcycle, the KINGS OF THE ROAD anthology explores this high-octane passion from every possible angle -- offering viewers a variety of collectors, modifiers, and customizers from all over the country and the world. ENDS OF THE EARTH (WT): This anthology will take viewers to the most remote places on the planet where they can experience the rich cultures, diversity and natural wonders that the world has to offer. Whether it is the South Pacific, or the Secrets of Ancient China, ENDS OF THE EARTH will make the television a viewer's window to the world. WEIRD TRAVELS (WT): Viewers be warned -- watch if you dare. WEIRD TRAVELS is filled with ghost-laden castles, spine-chilling lore, strange phenomena and haunted highways. Viewers will witness the tales of ghouls and spirits come alive as Travel Channel climbs creaking stairs to America's most haunted places, the top 10 spooky places, and to haunted hotels where locks and keys can't keep out unexpected guests. HIDDEN (WT): The Travel Channel cameras capture the intriguing sub- cultures found all across America. From the psychic community of Sedona, Arizona to the bodybuilders of Venice Beach, California, Travel Channel brings viewers into these unique worlds. TRAVEL CHANNEL'S GREAT OUTDOORS (WT): From Yellowstone to Yosemite, from the Canadian Rockies to the Great Barrier Reef, THE GREAT OUTDOORS celebrates the world's most breath-taking natural parks, and provides viewers a treasure trove of natural beauty and splendor that has been preserved for the enjoyment of all. FOOD CRAZY (WT): This anthology will take viewers on a culinary journey to the world's most delicious destinations. From the most exotic fares, to the traditional staples of the American diet, Travel Channel's FOOD CRAZY will serve up a little something for every palate. Viewers will go behind the scenes to find out everything from where these culinary delights are made, to how they're made, and best of all, the Travel Channel will showcase the best places to satisfy cravings. GET PACKING: Imagine going on vacation with a stranger, and all you know about your traveling companion is what you derive from a quick search of their home. Based on that information alone, contestants will have only a few hours to work with a "shopping coordinator" to purchase everything they will need for a vacation for two -- everything, that is, that can fit into one suitcase. Meanwhile, another contestant is doing the very same thing; trying to win the trip by filling a suitcase with items that convey their own creativity and imagination. The traveling companion picks the winner by selecting which bag best represents his or her individual personality and style. The Travel Channel is the only television network devoted exclusively to travel entertainment. Capturing the fascination, freedom and fun of travel, Travel Channel delivers insightful stories from the world's most popular destinations and inspiring diversions. It is available in more than 70 million homes and is a service of Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., operates and manages the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, the Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery Home & Leisure Channel, Discovery Wings Channel, Discovery en Espanol and The Health Network. The unit also distributes BBC AMERICA.
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