Travel Channel Highlights for May 2012

by on April 5, 2012

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The Travel Channel If anyone is interested in what the Travel Channel has to offer for the month of May (2012), I thought I’d toss out this press release and see if anyone is interested in this content…

Looking this over, they do seem to hit up some pretty cool locations…

TRAVEL CHANNEL

MAY 2012 HIGHLIGHTS

 

All times ET/PT unless otherwise noted.

All programs are rated TV G unless otherwise noted.

The marking “(wt)” designates a working title and may be subject to change.

ONGOING SERIES

 

MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM

TV-PG

Premiere episodes Tuesdays at 9:00PM

Don Wildman journeys across the United States, going deep into the vaults of the nation’s most revered institutions and unearthing wondrous treasures from the past.  Behind each extraordinary artifact are stories to be told and secrets to be revealed – all brimming with scandal, mystery, murder and intrigue.

 

Tuesday, May 1
9:00PM

Don Wildman visits the Boston Fire Museum in Boston, MA; the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore in Seattle, WA; The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH; the Newseum in Washington, D.C.; the Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe, IL.; and Immaculata University Library in Immaculata, PA.

Tuesday, May 8
9:00PM

Don Wildman visits Pennyroyal Area Museum in Hopkinsville, KY; the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, TX; the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, PA; the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, NY; and Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Tuesday, May 15
9:00PM

Don Wildman visits the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA; the Turn of the Century Electrotherapy Museum in West Palm Beach, FL; Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, CO;; Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI; Old Fort Niagra in Youngstown, NY; and Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, May 22
9:00PM

Don Wildman visits Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, CA; Kansas Historical Society in Topeka, KS; Warren Anatomical Museum in Boston, MA; National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.; Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, WI; and the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, NC.

Tuesday, May 29
9:00PM

Don Wildman visits Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor, WA; Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.; Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD; the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center in Hutchison, KS; the President’s Cottage Museum in White Sulphur Springs, WV; and the Brenau University Library in Gainesville, GA.

OFF LIMITS

Premiere episodes Tuesdays at 10:00PM

Don Wildman crisscrosses the United States, taking viewers behind locked doors to uncover the secrets of the country’s man-made world.  Whether traversing obscure or familiar turf, his journey is full of fun and surprises.

 

Tuesday, May 1
10:00PM

Don Wildman helps fight wildfires in Florida, gets special access to Times Square to unveil the secrets behind the famous New Year’s Eve ball and ventures deep into the mountains above Colorado Springs to headquarters for NORAD. Then, he joins the crew at Big Bear Mountain to make and grew several feet of snow and joins a group of engineers at Picatinny Arsenal to disarm a deadly IED. He also and busts rivets, torches off bolts and scales the rusting towers to see how a burned-out old bridge is turned into a revitalized pedestrian walkway in Louisville.

Tuesday, May 8
10:00PM

Don Wildman gets a behind the scenes look at the making of America’s most famous bourbon at the Jim Beam Distillery and explores the first new subway tunnel built in NYC in 50 years. He also checks the roller coasters with the maintenance crew at Cedar Point, helps rebuild an earthen dam at Herbert Hoover Dike, and visits the ultimate disaster training facility, Disaster City.

Tuesday, May 15
10:00PM

Don Wildman goes to the top of a 525 foot tower to see the new earthquake-safe Bay Bridge, gets special access to the largest sugar mill in the U.S., takes a drive in the Mars Rover at Johnson Space Center and visits the U.S. Mint in Denver to see how millions of coins are made each day. He also handles a deadly shark at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and goes behind the scenes at OC Groundwater in Orange County, California, where more than 70 million gallons of drinking water are produced each day.

Tuesday, May 22
10:00PM

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PARK SECRETS

Premiere episodes Wednesdays at 8:00PM

This new series exposes viewers to parks some may be unaware of and influences future vacation ideas. This fun and fast paced show will keep audiences hooked with the numerous back roads, best eats and secret sites uncovered in each episode. It gives viewers the traveling confidence to transform from tourist to native.

 

Wednesday, May 2
8:00PM

This episode reveals the secrets to finding, exploring and enjoying the best beaches. From Hawaii to Florida and a few hidden spots in between, we’ll uncover the best kept secrets in America’s beach parks.

Wednesday, May 9

8:00PM

This episode explores the legendary land of cowboys, pueblos, deserts, canyons and cactus and reveals the secrets of the Wild West – the best places to visit, stay and relive the excitement of America’s first frontier.

Wednesday, May 16
8:00PM

From the Big Easy to the bayou, this episode takes viewers on a tour of America’s swampiest parks and gets up close and personal with the places, critters and people that make them so unique.

 

BAGGAGE BATTLES

TV-PG

Premiere episodes Wednesdays 10:00PM

In this new original series, viewers get a glimpse into the very profitable business of bidding, buying and reselling unclaimed luggage and other items. The weekly half-hour series follows three teams of savvy “auction specialists” who travel to some of the most important and unknown auctions where their bids are based on sight-unseen instincts. Laurence and Sally Martin, a married couple, have been in the antique business for over twenty years co-owning Studio Antiques in El Segundo, California. Mark Meyer is a young entrepreneur and owner of Long Island, New York’s The Nifty Thrifty store. And, Billy Leroy is the owner of the iconic Billy’s Antiques and Props, one of the last eclectic props and antique stores in New York City.  With dozens of auctions to visit, thousands of bags to explore, and millions of dollars at stake, these auction specialists need both skill and luck to hit the jackpot. They don’t know if it’s junk or a jackpot until they win the bid and open the suitcase.

 

Wednesday, May 2
10:00PM

Every day, about one million international travelers enter the U.S. by land, sea or air at over 300 ports. From that, roughly $200 million worth of personal property is left behind or seized every year — and sold to the general public at federal government auctions. Antiques, jewelry, and designer clothing are just some of items sharp-eyed bidders can find at the bi-annual U.S. Customs and Border Protection Auction in New Jersey.  Billy Leroy puts years of auction experience to the test in order to win the bid and cash in big over Mark Meyer, Laurence & Sally Martin and the other buyers.

Wednesday, May 9

10:00PM

Named after a police “Property & Evidence Room,” the Property Room is a massive monthly auction in Los Angeles that sells lost, seized and unclaimed personal property culled from over a dozen airports and police departments around the country, including JFK Airport, Newark Airport, the L.A.P.D, and the City of New Orleans. With thousands of expensive and rare items, such as fine jewelry, designer clothes and furs, and even gold bullion—the potential for uncovering a hidden gem in a “sight unseen” purchase is high. Mark Meyer, Billy Leroy and Laurence & Sally Martin explore the Property Room to scope out the best items to bid on in an effort to snatch up the best items to turn huge profits.

Wednesday, May 30
10:00PM

Just outside of Glasgow, Scotland, the Lothian and Borders Police sells unclaimed items that are handed in to the force’s lost property office. High-end cameras, sporting equipment, and diamond necklaces are just some the items that Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer and Laurence & Sally Martin will have a chance to bid on at this bi-monthly auction.

 

TRUCK STOP USA

TV-PG

Premiere episodes Thursdays at 8:00PM

The second season of “Truck Stop USA” returns with more quirky characters and stories. In this 13 episode weekly half-hour series, Midway Truck Stop proprietor, Joe Bechtold, pulls out all the stops to make his truck stop the next great American tourist destination.

 

Thursday, May 3
8:00PM

110-Cowboy Up

 

Thursday, May 10
8:00PM

With its prime location between St. Louis and Kansas City, Midway hosts its first-ever barbecue competition. While Missouri’s top barbecue talent take to their smokers, Joe Bechtold preps for an eating competition.

Thursday, May 17

8:00PM

Midway is hosting an antique auction featuring legendary auctioneer Ed Mast. Joe Bechtold will have his hands full with a trucker ticked off by some “adult” antiques, while Ben Muzzey helps one eccentric baker make cakes for the auction crowd.

Thursday, May 24

8:00PM

To make Midway a destination for hunters, Joe Bechtold is hosting a Deer Camp. He’ll have a hunting clinic for novices, a taxidermist for those who want trophies and a deer roast for what he calls an end-of-hunt “redneck luau.”

Thursday, May 31

8:00PM

Joe Bechtold is extending the Fearfest season past Halloween, hoping to make the Midway haunted house a year-round attraction. To bring in the crowds, he’ll hire an acting coach, a zombie mob and a medium to make contact with a dead girl.

 

SAND MASTERS

TV-PG

Premiere episodes Thursdays at 9:00PM

A group of artists travel the world creating unimaginable sand masterpieces on a massive scale.  Not only do they build colossal works of art that defy gravity, but the artists battle challenges of unpredictable weather, wildly ambitious designs, demanding clients and a ticking clock along the way.

 

Thursday, May 3
9:00PM

207 The Firewalkers of Fiji

Thursday, May 10

9:00PM

208 South Pacific Sharks

Thursday, May 17
9:00PM

209 Daytona 500

Thursday, May 24
9:00PM

210 Kona Brewfest

Thursday, May 31

9:00PM

211 World’s Strongest Man

 

THE DEAD FILES

TV-PG

Premiere episodes Fridays at 10:00PM

They are a paranormal team like no other, combining their unique, eclectic and often-conflicting skills to solve unexplained paranormal phenomena in haunted locations across America. Our team approaches every case from their two specific areas of expertise: Steve DiSchiavi is a Homicide Detective and Amy Allan is a medium.  Each investigator’s methods and findings remain hidden from the other team member to preserve the integrity of their findings, until the shocking results are revealed to the homeowner in the compelling conclusion of each episode. Steve and Amy come together, with the homeowner, and all of the team’s findings gel into one undeniable – and often terrifying – conclusion.

 

Friday, May 4
10:00PM

Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi investigate disturbing reports of paranormal activity at a family-owned restaurant in Santaquin, Utah.

Friday, May 11
10:00PM

Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi investigate a home in Elizabeth City, NC that houses a tragic past.

Friday, May 18
10:00PM

Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi investigate the Slocum House Theater in Vancouver, WA, where increasingly odd unexplained activity and ghostly apparitions have left its staff fearful for their safety.

Friday, May 25
10:00PM

Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi investigate a home in Wichita, KS that is the center of a bone-chilling paranormal mystery dating back to the cowboy days of the 1800s.

 

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS

TV-PG-DL

Premiere episodes Mondays at 9:00PM

Expect the unexpected from the eighth season of the Emmy award-winning series, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” Throughout the weekly one-hour series, Anthony Bourdain takes viewers to 15 locations, across six continents, which surprise him and defy his expectations – for better or for worse. He visits some locations for the first time and continues to try new things that sometimes challenge his better judgment.  Bourdain plays with a still fully-venomed King Cobra snake in Penang; eats a pre-made egg salad sandwich from a convenience store in Japan; and is even kidnapped by The Black Keys rock band and tailgates with his friend and sidekick Zamir in Kansas City. His adventures are quite varied and even include being gouged, cupped and drained of blood by a Finnish massage therapist, playing chinquilho and drinking ginjinha liquor in Lisbon; and riding a BMX bike on a Mexican beach. In some cases, he will be challenged by what he sees, and in others, he is there to just soak in the good life.

 

Monday, May 7
9:00PM

Anthony Bourdain travels back to Japan, this time to Cook it Raw, an event that brings the world’s leading chefs together annually to exchange ideas and gain knowledge from local farmers, fishermen and artisans.

Monday, May 14
9:00PM

Against his own best instincts, Anthony Bourdain goes to Finland in the middle of winter.  Minimal daylight and the cold weather aren’t the big draws here; Tony has a huge fan following in Finland and he needs to know why.

Monday, May 21

9:00PM

809 – Penang

 

Monday, May 28

9:00PM

Anthony Bourdain travels to Baja and is surprised to find that it has its own extraordinary renaissance of food, wine, artisanal products and culture.

 

HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE

TV-PG

Premiere episodes Mondays at 10:00PM

In this new original series, Anthony Melchiorri, a hotel “fixer,” turns struggling hotels into bustling tourist destinations. Each episode features a hotel in trouble or not living up to its potential. Melchiorri secretly scouts the property and identifies its biggest problems. He then meets with the staff, from front desk receptionists to housekeeping, to the owners themselves to determine the key operation issues. These owners could risk losing their hotels if Melchiorri’s renovations do not work!  After coming up with a plan and prescribing the changes that need to be made, Melchiorri revamps and re-motivates the staff and transforms the hotel. Whether it is demonstrating the proper way to pour a glass of wine or gutting and redecorating a lobby, Melchiorri knows how to turn any establishment around. Melchiorri’s tough-love style can be hard to swallow, and overhauling a business is a painful and often emotional task, but the potential reward of a fully booked hotel with excellent customer reviews makes it all worth it.

 

Monday, May 7
10:00PM

Anthony Melchiorri transforms Ocean Manor in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 

Monday, May 14

10:00PM

Anthony Melchiorri transforms Hotel Corpus Christi Bayfront in Corpus Christi, TX.

 

Monday, May 21
10:00PM

Anthony Melchiorri transforms La Jolla Cove Suites in La Jolla, CA.

 

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