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[03/21/13 - 06:46 AM]
Travel Channel Heats Up the Summer with Six Hot Shows That Celebrate the Season Under the "We Are Summer" Banner
"Rock My RV with Bret Michaels," "Bikinis & Boardwalks" and "RIDE-iculous" will join returning series "Xtreme Waterparks," "Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination" and "Bizarre Foods America."

[via press release from Travel Channel]

TRAVEL CHANNEL HEATS UP THE SUMMER WITH SIX HOT SHOWS THAT CELEBRATE THE SEASON UNDER THE "WE ARE SUMMER" BANNER

All-New Original Series "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels," "Bikinis & Boardwalks" and "RIDE-iculous," Plus Returning Favorites "Bizarre Foods America," "Xtreme Waterparks" and "Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination" Provide Lots of Fun When the Sun Goes Down

Network to Air Over 100 Hours of New Original Programming All Summer Long

CHEVY CHASE, MD (March 21, 2013) -Travel Channel announces today the launch of "We Are Summer," a multi-platform programming initiative that celebrates all the fun and adventure that the summer season offers. As part of the Network's continued mission to re-imagine the travel entertainment genre, three new original series and three returning series will roll out under this new banner, and will complement the rest of Travel Channel's summer programming schedule.

"We Are Summer" kicks off Memorial Day weekend with the new original series "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels," the ultimate transformation show that takes well-worn RVs and overhauls them into the most tricked out trailers on the road. Viewers will also head to the beach for "Bikinis & Boardwalks," a coast-to-coast wet and wild trip to the hottest shoreline playgrounds in the country, and "RIDE-iculous," which celebrates all those amazing thrill rides and adrenaline attractions that range from tandem base-jumping to the world's tallest human slingshot. Returning with all-new episodes is "Bizarre Foods America" with Andrew Zimmern, who continues his quest across the United States exploring the bizarre foods and cultures in our own backyard. Additionally, two fan favorites from last summer are back for another season, but this time they are going global: "Xtreme Waterparks," an action-packed, soaked adventure down some of the world's most intense water slides; and "Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination," which takes viewers around the globe to some of the most hair-raising, pulse-pounding thrill rides on the planet.

Over 100 hours of new original programming will be complemented by multiple on- and off-air programming events including the "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels: Epic RV Giveaway" contest on TravelChannel.com. Additional online summer-themed travel content includes vacation and hotel planning tips, summer festivals and events, insane roller coaster polls, road trip planning tips, extreme RV photos, a Rate-My-Beach community, grilling tips, national parks info and more will be featured on the site. Plus, get Travel Channel hosts' summer favorites - from beaches and summer road trips, to ice cream and theme parks.

"Summer is the biggest time for travel and this season we are packing our schedule with shows that will inspire our viewers to head out for some thrills of their own," said Laureen Ong, President, Travel Channel. "Whether it's hitting the beach, strolling the boardwalk, riding coasters and water flumes at amusement parks or hitting the road for a big cross-country road trip, our shows capture the fun and excitement of the season that we dream of all year long."

"WE ARE SUMMER" NEW ORIGINAL SERIES:

"Rock My RV with Bret Michaels"

Premieres Sunday, May 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with Two Back-to-Back Premieres

(15 half-hour episodes, plus a one-hour finale special)

In "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels," rock icon and RV enthusiast Bret Michaels leads a highly skilled design/build team as they transform well-worn, outdated RVs into the most luxurious, over-the-top, hooked up mobile mansions on the road. Each vehicle is outfitted with deluxe amenities, state-of-the-art technology and pushes the bar on RV design - creating groundbreaking tailor-made vehicles that open road dreams are made of.

Produced by BCII Productions with Travel Channel's Patrick McManamee as Executive Producer.

"Bikinis & Boardwalks"

Premieres Sunday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT with Two Back-to-Back Premieres

(Five half-hour episodes, plus a one-hour finale special)

Nothing says "vacation" like a beach boardwalk, where millions of travelers flock to indulge in their favorite guilty pleasures every year. In "Bikinis & Boardwalks," specialty cameras will be mounted on everything, from surfers braving the waves to the helmets of active Army Parachute Specialists, as they rain down from over 12,000 feet above the boardwalk at the annual Atlantic City Air Show. We'll go behind the scenes and meet the world famous candy makers as they go through 10,000 pounds of taffy a day trying to satisfy tourists' insatiable sweet tooth! And just when you think you've seen it all, viewers will get an insider entrée to the country's last Circus Sideshow at Coney Island's Boardwalk - with never-before-given access to the sword swallowers, sorcerers, fire-eaters and more! From the sinfully delicious foods and adrenaline-pumping thrill rides, to the unexpected nearby attractions and miles of gorgeous beach - this will be an all-access pass to summer's most sizzling destinations, and the inside scoop on what makes these playgrounds the ultimate summer hotspots.

Produced by Indigo Films with Travel Channel's Patrick McManamee as Executive Producer.

"RIDE-iculous"

Premieres Sunday, August 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

(13 half-hour episodes)

Strap in for the most insane, gut-wrenching rides and adrenaline attractions, as "extreme" is taken to a whole new level. "RIDE-iculous" is an action-packed, just-can't-believe-what-you're-seeing series that celebrates the craziest thrill rides and adrenaline attractions - from the tallest human slingshot on the planet (400 feet!) and Europe's highest bungee jump, to an underground zip line and kite snowboarding. The series travels around the globe and features the most hair-raising, gravity-defying rides, and viewers will be put right in the middle of the action!

Produced by High Noon Entertainment with Travel Channel's Patrick McManamee as Executive Producer.

RETURNING SERIES:

"Xtreme Waterparks"

Premieres Sunday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

(Ten half-hour episodes)

Hold on to your trunks, "Xtreme Waterparks" is back and wetter than ever! Just when you thought we found the best of summer fun we're back for another all-access, adrenaline-filled ride on the wildest, over-the-top, and exhilarating water rides in the world. From America's only slide with a completely horizontal loop in Saco, Maine, to a homemade backyard slide in Vail, Colorado, to a jungle slide in Costa Rica that winds more than a quarter mile down the side of an active volcano, we're showcasing water slides that will thrill even the craziest adrenaline junkies!

Produced by High Noon Entertainment with Travel Channel's Patrick McManamee as Executive Producer.

"Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination"

Premieres Sunday, June 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

(Seven half-hour episodes)

This time we're taking the world by storm! In "Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination," we're jetting around the world on a quest to find the most terrifying rides full of death-defying drops, spine-torqueing twists and impossible inversions - from the world's fastest roller coaster in Abu Dhabi (149 mph!) and the world's tallest wooden coaster in Germany (197 feet), to the world's longest and tallest flying coaster in America. Strap in and get ready for a wild ride around the globe to some of the most insane, pulse-pounding thrill rides on the planet.

Produced by Indigo Films with Travel Channel's Patrick McManamee as Executive Producer.

"Bizarre Foods America"

Premieres Monday, July 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

(Ten one-hour episodes)

This summer, Andrew Zimmern - the two-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher - crisscrosses the country once again to find the nation's most bizarre foods in all-new episodes of "Bizarre Foods America" with Andrew Zimmern. From slow roasted steer head in Houston, dried octopus bile sac in Hawaii and dry-aged dove in Louisville, Zimmern continues to explore the bizarre foods and cultures in our own backyard.

Produced by Tremendous! Entertainment, Inc. with Travel Channel's David E. Gerber as Executive Producer.

TRAVEL CHANNEL (http://www.travelchannel.com) is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it's around the world or around the block.

A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world's leading travel media brand, and is available in over 94 million U.S. cable homes. Owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Chevy Chase, MD, and New York, NY. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.





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· BIKINIS & BOARDWALKS (TRAVEL)
· BIZARRE FOODS AMERICA (TRAVEL)
· INSANE COASTER WARS (TRAVEL)
· RIDE-ICULOUS (TRAVEL)
· ROCK MY RV (TRAVEL)
· XTREME WATERPARKS (TRAVEL)





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