Travel Channel Renews 5 Series


Scripps-owned Travel Channel ordered has second seasons of four new shows – and a seventh season of network staple Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods America.

New original series Baggage Battles, Hotel Impossible (with Anthony Melchiorri, pictured), Toy Hunter and Trip Flip have had new seasons ordered. And in addition to the 13-episode second season of Toy Hunter, six additional new episodes have been added to the current run of the show – including a holiday special to air in December.  

Baggage Battles, premiering on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. has begun filming 14 half-hour episodes, and Hotel Impossible, premiering on Monday, Dec. 3, at 10 p.m., has begun filming 13 one-hour episodes.

Thirteen new half-hour episodes of Trip Flip have also begun production and will air in 2013.

Andrew Zimmern will continue to explore the strange foods and cultures in America’s backyard in the Bizarre Foods America premiering in 2013. 

"We are seeing a lot of success with our popular new shows,” Andy Singer, general manager at Travel Channel, said in a release. “Whether we are revealing the secrets of how a hotel should run or what amazing finds are hidden in unclaimed baggage and property, or taking unsuspecting people on an exhilarating vacation they never saw coming, our viewers tune in to Travel Channel to be entertained, informed and inspired. Our diverse selection of fun new programming coupled with talent who have strong and unique points-of-view, are helping redefine travel entertainment.”

The second season of “Toy Hunter,” scheduled to premiere in 2013, will continue to follow acclaimed toy and collectible expert Jordan Hembrough as he travels across the country searching for the most sought after pieces.  Throughout the new season, Hembrough will continue his quest to convince reluctant sellers, abate budgets and avoid the unforeseen roadblocks as he tracks down the holy grail of vintage toys and collectibles.

The six new episodes of Toy Hunter being added to the current freshman run will feature host Jordan Hembrough in Atlanta, Boston, Houston, New York, Phoenix, Tampa and Maryland (holiday special), where he continues to rummage through cramped attics and forgotten collections on the hunt for his next big find.