Upcoming Programming Notes for TRAVEL CHANNEL, June 2016

via press release



You've never seen swimming holes like these! We’re on a mission to uncover the world's most secluded, sexy and extreme natural places to cool off. We'll hike, climb, boat and even dog sled our way around the globe to track down the most amazing places to take a dip, jump off a cliff or explore underwater caves. From a crystal blue 100-foot waterfall buried deep in an Arizona Native American reservation and the ancient Mayan underwater caves of Mexico to America’s oldest commercial quarry in Vermont and the only place on Earth where you can share your swim with a manatee, "Top Secret Swimming Holes" gives you the keys to unlock the adventure of a lifetime. [Hour-long episodes]

SERIES PREMIERE: “Slippery Slides in Arizona’s Red Rocks” – Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

Let the scenic adventures begin! From a natural slide in the red rocks of Arizona to discovering a hidden world deep below a Minnesota lake, we explore 10 of the nation's best-kept secret swimming holes.

“Cliff Jumper’s Paradise in Hawaii” – Premieres Sunday, June 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

Let the scenic adventures begin. From the red rocks of Utah and a hidden world deep inside an ancient Oregon forest to the former home of a ballistic nuclear missile in Texas, we explore the nation's best-kept swimming hole secrets.

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Across the world, resorts are constantly redefining the pool experience to draw in more guests and up the wow factor with water features. From high-octane waterslides in Florida and lazy rivers in Hawaii to panoramic infinity edges in Jamaica and full service swim-up bars in Mexico, these clear pools are an integral part of the vacation industry. On “7 Water Wonders,” we dive into seven resort pools per episode highlighting over-the-top amenities and breathtaking design. So whether you are looking to soak, slide, sunbathe or swim, we’ve got your next aquatic vacation destination. [Half-hour episodes]

SERIES PREMIERE: “Over the Top” – Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT

From a water elevator to a swimmable aquarium, come dive in as we check out the most over-the-top resort pools on the planet.

“VIP Experience” – Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT

From a $5,000 rock star experience to an exclusive 24-mile-per-hour ride, come dive in as we check out the most VIP resort pools on the planet.

“Wet and Wild” – Premieres Sunday, June 26 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT

From an endless waterslide to the ultimate waterpark for kids, come dive in as we check out the wettest and wildest resort pools on the planet.

“Grown-Up Getaways” – Premieres Sunday, June 26 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT

From cocktail service by boat to the biggest pool party in all of Mexico, come dive in as we check out the best adults-only resort pools on the planet.

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We're serving up hefty plates of the country's tastiest, most mouthwatering and decadent meals. We're talking BBQ bliss, super stuffed sandwiches, boatloads of bacon, incredible Italian entrees and finger-licking deep fried dishes – and that's only the beginning. Travelers love to eat their way across America and we’re giving them a guide, counting down all the must-eat spots across the country to have a one-of-a-kind dining experience. So bring your appetite and your stretchy pants as we dive into a healthy portion of “Food Paradise!” [Hour-long episodes]

SEASON PREMIERE: “Minnesota State Fair” – Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

“Food Paradise” travels to the Twin Cities and says “you betcha” to the fabulous food found at the Minnesota State Fair. The annual event is a celebration of creative comfort food like meatloaf on a stick and beer gelato.

“Steak-Stravaganza” – Premieres Sunday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

America’s most rare steaks featuring -- a smoky center-cut sirloin in Malibu, Calif., a mouthwatering rib-eye topped with spicy chimichurri sauce in Miami and a tender flank steak stuffed with gooey cheese and hard boiled eggs in Austin, Texas.


Get ready for a wet and wild adventure! “Xtreme Waterparks” takes viewers on an all-access, adrenaline-filled ride on the wettest, wildest, most over-the-top and exhilarating water rides in the world. Race down a dueling gravity-defying water coaster with side-by-side tracks in Phoenix – the first and only ride of its kind in America; ride the dizzying swells of the world’s largest man-made wave in Las Vegas; shoot down the fastest, most powerful water coaster on Earth in the Canary Islands – with raft speeds up to 40 mph; and harness your courage for a ride on America’s first nearly vertical waterslide loop in Wisconsin – at 10 stories tall and nearly 400 feet long, it plummets more than 50 feet per second! Season Five showcases some of the most insane waterslides and waterparks that will thrill even the craziest adrenaline junkies. [Half-hour episodes]

ONE-HOUR SPECIAL: “Jeff Henry: The Madness Continues” – Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Waterslide visionary and designer Jeff Henry is back, and what he does will blow your mind. Not satisfied with holding the record for the world's tallest slide, he’s dreaming of something bigger and even wilder while racing to open the newest Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Corpus Christi, Texas.

SEASON PREMIERE: “Sliding with Sharks” – Premieres Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Take a voyage to experience a shark-infested slide in the Canary Islands, the first dueling Master Blasters in Phoenix, the world's longest thermal waterslide in the Swiss Alps and the largest indoor waterpark in North America.


Three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and culinary explorer Andrew Zimmern is back in the 10th season of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” with Andrew Zimmern. Zimmern continues his worldwide quest to taste unique foods in every corner of the globe. Whether it’s braving the Atlantic seas in an African fishing canoe, deboning poisonous sea snakes or stuffing a pig’s appendix, Zimmern knows the best way to explore other cultures is by sharing food. [Hour-long episodes]

SEASON PREMIERE: “Madrid: Pig Heads, Organ Omelets and Duck Liver Jewelry” – Premieres Tuesday, June 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Andrew Zimmern travels to Madrid and ventures off the beaten path to discover some new spins on some old classics – snail soup, whole baby pig head, rabbit paella and beef fat bonbon. Madrid is just the first stop on Zimmern’s culinary adventure that features a wide range of ethnic cuisine in locations around the world. From sheep’s brain in Senegal, smoked herring sperm in Sweden to coconut stew with opossum meat in the Bronx, New York, Zimmern is always game to try what the locals eat.

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“Hotel Impossible” host Anthony Melchiorri is relentless when it comes to getting struggling hotels all over the world back on their feet and on the path to success. His no-nonsense approach may put some owners off, but his advice can transform even the most down-and-out properties. Yet, it’s ultimately up to the hotel owners to implement and maintain his changes. Armed with a design team to help with some much-needed renovations, hotel “fixer” Melchiorri makes critical changes that may include getting a stubborn owner with no business sense to listen or getting a lazy staff to step it up. Utilizing special experts and the latest gadgets and technology that test, evaluate and measure different aspects of the hotel, it won’t always be pretty and it will never be easy, but Melchiorri pushes these owners and GMs to get it right. He's determined to bring back hotels from the brink with tough love, proven procedures and transformative renovations. For many, this is their last hope. [Hour-long episodes]

“Going Poconowhere” – Premieres Monday, June 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

Anthony Melchiorri visits The Bradford Inn in Towanda, Pa., where the owner's inexperience and lack of motivation are tearing his relationships and business apart. Melchiorri must get through to the owner before he loses more than just his business.

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Professional fun-seeker and travel enthusiast Bert Kreischer is back in Season Three of “Bert the Conqueror,” braving some of the wildest, tallest, most adrenaline-pumping rides, and competing in some of the wackiest challenges in North America. This season, the thrills and excitement are bigger and more daring than ever as Kreischer showcases the fun and ingenious side of the continent with a smile, a laugh and more than a few screams. [Half-hour and hour-long episodes]

“Mind-blowing Michigan” – Premieres Tuesday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Bert Kreischer tackles Michigan's best thrills, including jetblading, riding sand dunes and wooden coasters. Kreischer’s journey ends outside of Detroit, where he visits a collection of daring, homemade backyard thrills at the "Abusement Park."

“Seeing Red” – Premieres Tuesday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Bert Kreischer journeys up the West Coast en route to the great Seattle Tomato Battle, where combatants fling 15 tons of tomatoes at each other inside a confined space. Will Kreischer endure the onslaught of flying tomatoes?

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In the hit series “Expedition Unknown,” Travel Channel’s witty explorer Josh Gates seeks answers to some of the world’s most captivating unsolved stories and legends. Gates is on a mission to find the truth behind each iconic legend, digging through years of historical evidence, facts and myths. Leaving no stone unturned, his adventures take him around the globe as he immerses himself in the core locales linked to each tale. From excavating ruins in search of the real Robin Hood to sailing the high seas investigating Christopher Columbus and exploring Nepal’s “sky caves” for Shangri La, Gates’ archaeological background and ubiquitous sense of humor generate a new take on age-old stories. [Hour-long episodes]

“Nazi Gold Train” – Premieres Wednesday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Josh Gates travels to Europe to expose the last secrets of the Nazi empire. He searches for a buried train filled with stolen gold, explores the tunnels of the notorious Project Riese and hunts for a lost fortune at the bottom of a lake.

“Hitler’s Atomic Secrets” – Premieres Wednesday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Josh Gates travels to Austria to expose the secrets of the Third Reich. During his expedition, he dives into an Alpine lake to locate a lost fortune and goes underground to search for a top secret Nazi nuclear laboratory.

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Host Don Wildman digs into the world’s greatest institutions to unearth extraordinary relics that reveal incredible secrets from the past. Through compelling interviews, rare archival footage and arresting recreations, “Mysteries at the Museum” illuminates the hidden treasures at the heart of history’s most incredible triumphs, sensational crimes and bizarre encounters. [Hour-long episodes]

“Pigeon Bra, Alpine Air Rescue, Her Promised Land” – Premieres Thursday, June 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Don Wildman examines a hat that inspired a shocking act of deception, a medal belonging to a woman who was behind the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and an ingenious contraption that saved pigeons and helped win World War II.

SEASON FINALE: “Bobbed Hair Bandit, A Deadly Substitution, Escape from the Jungle” – Premieres Thursday, June 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Don Wildman examines an elegant dress linked to a fashionable felon, a jar filled with a poisonous powder that recalls a bittersweet event and a giant plane that speaks to an incredible survival tale.

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