Jim Morley, Shane Reynolds, Kinga Philipps in Malibu

(L to R): Jim Morley, Shane Reynolds, Kinga Philipps. Photo by Sean Murphy.

Travel Channel’s Director of Digital Programming Jim Morley traveled to Malibu, CA, last week to film one of TravelChannel.com’s newest original series, tentatively called Underbellies. Having lived in Southern California for 10 years, we knew that Jim could tell us a thing or two about what to do in Malibu.

Here’s what Jim had to say about Malibu:

What brought you to Malibu?

I’m doing a pilot that explores the less glamorous side of popular resort towns. Malibu has this postcard perfect image — coastal homes of household names, Baywatch, fish tacos and whatnot. But there’s a far more interesting tale to be told here. I assembled a uniquely talented team in my host Kinga Philipps and filmmaker Shane Reynolds. They’re both thoughtful and gifted in their respective crafts.

Kinga Philipps in Malibu

Kinga Philipps. Photo by Sean Murphy.

What were your expectations while filming in Malibu?

I assumed I’d be the ugliest person there and I was right. On the upside, I expected it to be gloomy in June and we were blessed with blue skies everyday.

What were some unforgettable moments?

The crew finished up on Zuma Beach as the crowds were clearing and the sun was setting. Within minutes, our 4-person crew had this massive expanse of beachfront all to ourselves. We were able to savor the ideal conditions and the consensus that we had just shot something special.

Do you have recommendations on things to do in Malibu?

Try venturing off the beach and tackling one of the hikes that lead into the canyons. Many don’t have distinct trail markings so you need to do a little exploring to stumble upon them. You’ll escape both the crowds and the fog. Cholada Thai and Howdy’s Taqueria Malibu are “go-to’s” for food.

Any tips for planning a trip to Malibu?

Like most of LA, parking in Malibu is a nightmare, so try to hit it mid-week when the locals are at work.


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9 Responses

  1. DBCoop says:

    As Travel Channel's Jim Morley points out, while Malibu is both a locals hangout and tourist trap, look beyond the obvious facade and you'll find something of interest regardless of activity level or inclination and plenty of great places to explore.

    And yes, forget the weekends, unless you like bumper to bumper, both in traffic and on the beach.

  2. Kate says:

    I can't wait for this show!

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  5. Libby says:

    Can't wait to see this one! Malibu brings back so many wonderful memories.

  6. Brian says:

    I'll make it there one of these days!

  7. amazing view! I wanna visit this place!

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