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
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.
SOURCE Travel Channel