Scripps Networks-owned Travel Channel said a new extension of the network's top franchise, Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, starring Andrew Zimmern, is coming along with four other new original series in 2015.
At a press breakfast in New York City, channel officials said the new Zimmern show, premiering Monday, Jan. 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, will take viewers behind the scenes at iconic travel and food locations, like finding the best fish and chips in London or Po' Boy in New Orleans. Travel Channel greenlit 13 half-hour episodes from Tremendous Entertainment.
Breaking Borders, pairing correspondent Mariana van Zeller and chef Michael Voltaggio (pictured) in conflict zones in search of great meals and conversation with locals, was greenlit for 13 episodes after being ordered previously as a pilot from MY Tupelo Entertainment.
Guiding Alaska (previously a pilot), set at the Tikchik Narrows Lodge, was greenlit for 13 episodes from Orion Entertainment.
Time Traveling with Brian Unger, using computer animation to tell the stories behind historic sites like Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., was previously greenlit for six episodes from Half Yard Productions but now has been upped to 13 episodes.
And Watt's World, in which ABC News correspondent Nick Watt travels in search of adventure and stories, was greenlit for 13 half-hour episodes from ABC Lincoln Square Productions, up from its previous order as a pilot.
Popular Travel Channel on-air expert Samantha Brown will host two half-hour pilots: 50/50 (working title) with co-host Chris Grundy, taking unsuspecting bystanders on a 50-hour adventure worth $50,000, and Track Down Samantha Brown (working title), with Brown taking viewers to a hidden destination after leaving clues about it.
The channel also slated The Trip: 2015, a third annual multi-platform programming event with a one-hour special premiering on Monday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. A lucky viewer gets to take a dream trip (to the Hawaiian islands) with hosts Samantha Brown, Bert Kreischer, Anthony Melchiorri and Don Wildman.
Travel Channel Star, a one-hour special highlighting an online series in search of a new host or hosts, has also been booked.