Cabler renews Bourdain show, picks up 8 new series
Travel Channel has picked up eight new unscripted series for 2012 and renewed six, including “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” which will return for its eighth season, and “Ghost Adventures” (its sixth). Net is also developing two new skeins.Original series upcoming on Travel include “Hotel Impossible,” greenlit for eight hourlong segs, which takes the fix-my-restaurant-show formula and applies it to the hotel industry. Series is produced by Atlas Media. The net’s other hourlong greenlight is “Baggage Battles,” produced by My Tupelo Entertainment and following bargain hunters around the world to lost property auctions over the course of six segs. The net also picked up several half-hour series, including High Noon Entertainment’s “Trip Flip,” a new vacation show in which host Bert Kreischer directs sightseers to unconventional locations. Series has been greenlit for 13 episodes. Other greenlights include Lusid Media’s “Park Secrets,” about little-known activities and locations at U.S. national parks (12 segs); and Brad Lachman’s candid video show “America Caught on Camera” (another 12). Left Field’s casino-insider skein “Vegas Stripped” and Tremendous! Entertainment’s “Unpacked” have both been ordered at six half-hours. Travel’s development slate includes Happy Own Media’s “Slice of Brooklyn,” which follows a company that offers pizza-joint tours of the New York borough; and budget-centric “Vacation Hunters,” from “House Hunters International” shingle Leopard Films.