Last night on the 2-hour season premiere of the all-new Travel Channel series Expedition Unknown, host Josh Gates embarked on an expedition to investigate what might be the most iconic unsolved case in history, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.
Josh began his exploration in Papua New Guinea, the last takeoff point for Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan’s plane. Before heading off to Fiji, Josh connected with a remote tribe, which helped lead him through the jungle in an attempt to recover potential pieces of evidence.
Once he arrived in Fiji, the real adventure began. Tracking down the latest and most shocking piece of evidence to date, Josh turned his attention to a small piece of aluminum that washed up on the remote island of Nikumaroro in 1991. Historians believe this could be a unique piece of sheeting installed on Earhart’s plane before her ill-fated flight.
Could Josh’s find, which led to a new article in this month’s issue of Smithsonian magazine, be the key to determining what happened to Earhart?
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Travel Channel’s director of marketing and partnerships, Marika Kelderman, shares her experiences from being on location for the filming of Trip Flip’s The Hobbit special in New Zealand.
What brought you to New Zealand?
I went to New Zealand to film a special 1-hour episode of Trip Flip with host Bert Kreischer. The episode is built around The Hobbit and is set to air just before the third and final Hobbit movie, The Battle of the Five Armies, premieres in the US. We surprised 2 Hobbit super-fans with a trip. New Zealand is the real-life Middle-earth of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. READ MORE
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Travel Channel executive producer Sean McKnight (not pictured) traveled to Istanbul for the filming of the upcoming series Booze Traveler. With the crew and host Jack Maxwell by his side, Sean shares his insights into the City of the World’s Desire.
Open letter to the CIA:
Seriously. If you want to really shake things up at a grassroots level, teach more kids how to play baseball — or at least how to throw a decent split-finger.
Our man on the ground in Istanbul (pictured above with Jack — whose name is withheld here, just in case President Erdogan and his pals are doing a bit of light reading in their spare time) got mixed up in last year’s rioting but couldn’t quite go the distance.
After throwing many stones, a high percentage of which were high and/or outside, our guy would retire to the bar for a beer or 6, so he might live to throw another day.
Fortunately for us, things got (a little) better, and our guy stuck around to help us navigate Turkey.
What brought you to Turkey?
The crew of Booze Traveler traveled there in April 2014 to shoot our premiere episode (coming Nov. 24 at 10|9c on Travel Channel), and with some expert local knowledge, we found our way through a country that exceeded our expectations. READ MORE
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Recently back from filming an episode of the upcoming series Booze Traveler in South Africa, cocktail connoisseur, adventurer and host Jack Maxwell shares some of his favorite memories from the Rainbow nation.
What brought you to South Africa?
When you think of a place like South Africa, different kinds of drinks are probably not the first thing that pops into your head. I thought that would really be worth exploring and figured it would be a great surprise, which it was, and of course, that’s what the show is all about.
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By Anna Garwood, Director of Programming & Talent Relations
What brought you to Coney Island?
I’m overseeing a general casting search for Travel Channel to find unique personalities who are passionate about travel and we can potentially develop shows around. After reviewing an initial round of Skype interviews of potential candidates, I narrowed it down to a short list and brought them to Coney Island in New York City to shoot in-field casting reels. Arthur Hsu and Will McKinley from Travel Channel were there as well to help me produce and shoot the reels. READ MORE
Recently back from filming an episode of Expedition Unknown in Peru, global explorer and host Josh Gates shares his tips for traveling to a country best known for its iconic ruins.
What brought you to Peru?
We’re here filming an upcoming episode of Expedition Unknown for Travel Channel. The series deals with historic mysteries around the world, and in this case, we’re diving into the grand culture of the Inca and the legend of one of their lost cities. It’s a thrilling story, and documenting the rugged beauty (and rugged challenges) of traveling into the jungles of Peru is going to make for an awesome episode!
What were your expectations while filming/visiting Peru?
Due to Peru’s largely “vertical geography” (a whole lot of mountains), each part of the country is wildly distinct from the next. One day you’re enjoying the warm ocean air in Lima, the next you’re shivering and trying to catch your breath in the high-altitude city of Cusco. Tomorrow, you might be kicking snow off your shoes in the Andes or sweating bullets in the verdant jungles of the Amazon. In other words, you never know what to expect here!
A great example is Lima, which, on the surface, is an easy place to dislike. After all, it’s essentially a desert — a city teetering on dusty cliffs with gridlocked traffic and a perennially gray sky. After centuries of earthquakes, Lima is also a maze of tumbledown buildings that seem to be in a constant state of disrepair. But then, you round a corner and get stopped in your tracks by a stunning colonial cathedral or a spirited local festival. A little exploration will take you into charming neighborhoods such as Miraflores. Great restaurants, live music and a pulsing nightlife are just waiting to be found. Like all of Peru, Lima is full of amazing surprises. READ MORE
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“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out to the crowd …”
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack … it’s time for Major League Baseball’s 85th annual Midsummer Classic!
The festivities kick off at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins, on Friday, July 11, with All-Star Fan Fest. Whether you wanna scoop up a 2014 All-Star jersey of your favorite player, or take part in a clinic hosted by some of baseball’s top coaches and players, this one-stop-shop is the perfect place for any baseball fanatic.
The actual baseball begins on Sunday, July 13, with the MLB Futures Game. The Futures Game shows how truly deep the MLB pipelines run, when up-and-coming stars from all over the globe, from every MLB farm team (minor league), are divided into 2 teams — US vs. The World — to showcase their skills and claim bragging rights for the future of baseball. READ MORE
Tonight, on the all new-series American Grilled, we’re traveling across America to discover the best and boldest flavors competitors can fire up on their grills in this ultimate, outdoor cooking challenge.
Host David Guas is in Asheville, NC, as 4 rough-and-tumble grillers battle it out using local cuisine including scuppernongs, a large grape native to the Southern United States, and liver mush, for the opportunity to take home $10,000 and the honorary title of “Grill Master.”
In this episode, Will Smith, a self-proclaimed refined redneck caterer, Shawn “Tiny” Townsend, a part-time caterer and full-time grill lover, Jeff Banister, a process server who hunts and grills whole animals, and Dillon Black, the youngest in the group but perhaps the most experienced on the BBQ circuit, battle it out for grilling supremacy.
Who will take home the cash prize and the ultimate bragging rights of being the master griller of North Carolina? Find out in the all-new episode, You Hear That Sizzle?, tonight at 9|8c.
Hold on to your sorting hats Harry Potter fans, tonight on an all-new episode of Trip Flip, host Bert Kreischer surprises one lucky family with the adventure of a lifetime to Universal Studios Orlando.
Not only do our lucky winners get a whole day to enjoy the park, but they also receive an exclusive opportunity to be the first guests to walk the grounds of the latest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley.
Diagon Alley has everything a wizard could ever want: select a wand at Ollivander’s (or let it select you, really), collect novelty items from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and pick out your Hogwarts threads at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. And for those of you who dabble in the Dark Arts, there is no better place for you then Borgin and Burkes, located down Knockturn Alley. READ MORE
On the season finale of Hotel Impossible, host Anthony Melchiorri is in Glenwood Springs, CO, to help hotel owner Josie Fit get out of the laundry room and assume true leadership of the 45-room Glenwood Motor Inn.
Upon arriving at the property, Anthony is pleasantly surprised at how clean the exterior is. But after further inspection, Anthony discovers a very small, cluttered and drab lobby, outdated guestrooms and filthy guest bathrooms. READ MORE