Travel Channel Sched for the Week of Jan 20, 2014

If you're curious about the Travel Channel Schedule for the Week of Jan 20, 2014...

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NEW SPECIALS (Listed in chronological order) 


“Holbrooke Hotel Undercover” – New Special Premieres Monday, January 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

Anthony Melchiorri sends covert guests in to check up on the historic Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, CA and its musician-owner. Upon his return, Melchiorri finds issues still remain, but is shocked when he witnesses a big blow up between the chef and the owner.

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“Ocean Manor Undercover” – New Special Premieres Monday, January 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

Anthony Melchiorri watches secret footage from Fort Lauderdale, FL’s Ocean Manor Resort, exposing a housekeeping staff that continues to underperform. When he returns, he cuts through the owner's inadequate excuses to get to the root of the hotel’s many remaining problems.

Series Synopsis: On “Hotel Impossible Undercover,” “hotel fixer” Anthony Melchiorri returns to six properties he previously transformed on past seasons of “Hotel Impossible.” He gave these hotels the tools they needed to improve, succeed and make money – but what happened after he left? Melchiorri  sends in undercover hotel investigators with hidden cameras to find out. If the hotel owners took his advice – renovating rooms, making repairs, improving their service and procedures and keeping everything clean – they should have happy customers and a balance sheet in the black. But if the hoteliers went back to their old ways, Melchiorri's undercover spies' secret footage will reveal what's going wrong – and Melchiorri will really get to the bottom of it when he checks back into the hotels to hold the owners' and GMs' feet to the fire. Season four of “Hotel Impossible” premieres Monday, January 27 at 10p.m. ET/PT.

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NEW EPISODES   (Listed in chronological order) 


SEASON FINALE:  “Amethyst and Emerald – Zambia” – New Episode Premieres Tuesday, January 21 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

Zambia is famous for its emeralds – their color and clarity are perfect for the North American market.  But despite Zambia’s large deposits of the green gemstone, finding it on the street is a difficult mission. Ron LeBlanc, Diane Robinson and Bernie Gaboury will have to search high and low to get what they want. Along the way, they discover that the color purple delivers more profit than the color green.

Series Synopsis: “Gem Hunt” takes viewers inside the high-stakes business of the gems industry, traveling directly to world’s busiest and riskiest trading regions. Fascinating, exciting, unpredictable and embedded in some of the most remote locations, each episode follows gem dealer Ron LeBlanc, jewelry expert Diane Robinson and geologist Bernie Gaboury as they maneuver through mines, markets and tense negotiations in search of the world’s biggest, brightest and most profitable jewels.

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“The Lost Episode” – New Episode Premieres Wednesday, January 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Bikers push the limits as Sturgis PD keep watch. Riders go vertical in an adrenaline-pumping hill climb. Babes on bikes show off their metal.  Bikes go old school at a vintage show, and appetites are stoked with the ultimate BBQ.

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SEASON FINALE:“Final Frenzy” – New Episode Premieres Wednesday, January 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

Bikers gear up for the biggest blowout party yet. Sturgis PD are on hand to keep everyone safe. Squid Wheelies keeps the crowds pumped. One-Eyed Jack’s hopes to hit its money goal, as everyone makes it a last night to remember.

Series Synopsis: The preparation, chaos and problems of running an $800 million party are nonstop. Welcome to Sturgis, a normally quiet little town nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota. But for one week a year, it explodes. Like a swarm of locusts, a half million bikers from all across the country invade this town of six thousand. How does this sleepy little town do it? “Sturgis Raw” is a 360-view of the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  In each episode, viewers follow the bar owners and staff at One Eyed Jack’s Saloon, who must work around the clock to make their money; the Sturgis PD who will deputize nearly a hundred new officers brought in from around the country to help manage the madness; Sturgis Tattoo, who inks as many as 30 customers a day and more.  Throw in the bikes, the bikers, bikini contests and beer...and it’s utter mayhem. From bike builders and bike babes, to Sturgis Lawmen and the largest biker bar in the world – it’s an around-the-clock chronology of the most outrageous party on the planet.  Throw on your chaps, grab a stiff drink and hang-on for the biggest, baddest Sturgis blowout yet!

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“Funhouse Mummy, Playboy’s Gold, Lawn Chair in the Sky”– New Episode Premieres Thursday, January 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

History explorer Don Wildman examines a pistol that’s tied to one of the most freakish and bizarre series of events in the history of the Wild West, a Model B Wright Brothers Flyer that belonged to a wealthy scoundrel on the run, and an ordinary lawn chair that soared to unimaginable heights.

Series Synopsis: In the sixth season of “Mysteries at the Museum,” history explorer Don Wildman leaves no artifact unturned as he scours America’s archives, uncovering objects that bear witness to some of history’s most astonishing secrets.  These relics range from an armonica – a 16th century musical contraption made of glass – that mesmerized the world of medicine at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the shotgun of a once beloved Wild West lawman that perpetrated an unthinkable deception in Topeka’s Kansas Historical Society.  Whether Wildman is exploring the most celebrated institutions or the dusty backrooms of rarely visited collections, a treasure trove of captivating objects awaits.  Each artifact reveals an amazing story at the center of the nation’s most notorious crimes, unexplained encounters, bizarre inventions and the most enthralling events of all time.

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“Innocent Blood” – Rome, NY – New Episode Premieres Friday, January 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

Retired NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and physical medium Amy Allan investigate paranormal activity so terrifying that it’s threatening the children of a Rome, NY family apart. Their client, Sue, only wanted to make a fresh start when she moved her family to her husbands’ grandparents old house.  But as soon as they moved in, startling unexplained activity began.  Now, with the paranormal attacks becoming more severe, Sue is frightened that her kids may be in danger. During their separate, intense investigations, DiSchiavi discovers past evidence of the property’s devastating history, including a brutal Revolutionary War ambush that left scores of British soldiers dead.  Meanwhile, Allan confronts numerous entities, including a menacing creature that preys on living children.

Series Synopsis: In each hour-long episode of the paranormal investigative series “The Dead Files,” retired NYPD Homicide Detective Steve DiSchiavi and physical medium Amy Allan explore all-new frightening cases of unexplained paranormal activity. The duo investigates each case separately, coming together only at the end to reveal their results. Season five highlights include an investigation of Iowa’s Villisca Axe Murder House – site of a gruesome century-old mass murder whose case still remains unsolved; a Chicago home where a woman has returned to confront childhood nightmares; violent forces terrorizing a family home in St. Clair Shores, MI, that leaves the team questioning the safety of the house; a special “Dead Files Revisited” episode in which a violent exorcism was recorded in a Flint, MI home after the duo uncovered malicious entities; and more.

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“Crown Jewels Heist, Marquis de Sade, Enigma of Kaspar Hauser”– New Episode Premieres Sunday, January 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

We tour England’s iconic Tower of London, which was the site of a legendary heist; explore an impenetrable bastion in the South of France where a controversial literary giant was jailed; and visit an ancient German castle that may hold a centuries-old secret about the true identity of a mysterious feral child.

Series Synopsis: Behind the gates of the world's most impressive castles, manor houses and mansions are secrets waiting to be revealed. See these amazing structures in all their glory and hear the remarkable, mysterious and bizarre tales tied to the rich and powerful who once resided there. From a German castle where a real life Dr. Frankenstein tried to breathe life into the dead to the magnificent Highclere Castle, now the setting for “Downton Abbey” but once the home of an English Lord who was cursed after unearthing King Tut’s tomb, these stories will captivate and amaze.

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