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--Premiering with a sneak peek on Sunday, March 30, New Series Roams the Globe with Celebrities in Each Field Leading the Way --

Have you ever wished you could… follow (carefully!) in the footsteps of those wiseguys in The Sopranos? through the glorious hills that captivated audiences in The Sound of Music?... touch one of Babe Ruth’s famed “home run” baseball bats?... or discover the secret of how Harry Houdini escaped his straightjackets? On the heels of last year’s highly successful TV Road Trip special, Travel Channel broadens the genre with a new series ROAD TRIP that maps out an entire season of memorable, globe-hopping, nostalgic tours tailored especially for TV fans, movie buffs, sports enthusiasts, magic mavens, ghost busters and much more. On Travel Channel’s Opening Night, Sunday, March 30, viewers will get a sneak peek at the ROAD TRIP series with an all-new episode of TV Road Trip airing from 10- 11 PM (ET/PT). The ROAD TRIP series officially begins on Thursday, April 3, with a special two-hour premiere of Movie Lover’s Road Trip from 9-11 PM (ET/PT). The one-hour series will air regularly on Thursdays from 10 -11 PM (ET/PT). “When TV Road Trip premiered in April 2002, it received an enormous response from our viewers,” says Steve Cheskin, president of Travel Channel. “In fact, it was the highest rated program among our target audience -- ever. With this in mind, we are delighted to introduce an expanded version that taps into our audience’s many different interests and travel wish-lists.”

No ordinary by-the-book tours, these genre-specific journeys are populated by a mix of unforgettable personalities who breathe life into each destination. For example, viewers will find themselves drag racing down “Paradise Road” with Candy Clark “Debbie” from American Graffiti…following the Yellow Brick Road to the annual Wizard of Oz festival with some of the original munchkins from the movie… roaming through Camden Yards with Cal Ripken and Texas Stadium with Tony Dorsett…setting sail on the real Love Boat with Gavin MacLeod, the fastidious “Captain Stubing”… or visiting Homicide’s gritty Baltimore precinct with actor Peter Gerety who played “Detective Stu Gharty” on the series So, pack your bag for these ROAD TRIP second quarter premieres:

(Please note that episodes do not necessarily air in sequence)

Movie Lover’s Road Trip

Veteran actor Kevin Pollak (Casino, A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects) hosts these two one-hour specials as he heads to the sites where some of Hollywood’s most memorable movies were filmed. Among the locales visited are: the tiny cornfield in Dyersville, Iowa, where the Field of Dreams still draws fans for pick-up games, Austria’s Leopoldskron Castle, home of The Sound of Music’s von Trapp family, Martha’s Vineyard, where the summer blockbuster Jaws led to a nationwide “beach panic,” Eugene, Oregon where the University of Oregon’s Sigma Nu frat house played host to Animal House’s infamous toga party, San Francisco, California to follow in the footsteps of the Scorpio Killer from Dirty Harry, the actual Bridges of Madison County, Iowa where Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood brought Robert James Waller’s famous novel to life and much more!  Movie Lover’s Road Trip Episodes 1 and 2 Premiere Thursday, April 3 from 9-11 PM (ET/PT) Two one-hour specials air back-to-back (American Graffiti, Animal House, Wizard of Oz, Jaws, The Sound of Music, Dirty Harry, Ground Hog Day, Bridges of Madison County, Field of Dreams, and more.)

TV Road Trip

Grab your remote control and join host Christopher Knight (“Peter” from The Brady Bunch) as he travels from the past to the present for a look at classic TV settings with some of the cast members who brought them to life. Viewers can check out who really sleeps with the fishes with a tour of Sopranos mob hangouts in Northern, New Jersey and in Little Italy in NYC, get bowled over in the real “Stuckeyville” (Northvale, New Jersey) with Ed cast members Tom Cavanaugh and Michael Ian Black, and step back in time to Plum Creek, Minnesota and Simi Valley, California with Little House on the Prairie’s Alison Arngrim “Nellie Oleson” and Dean Butler “Almanzo Wilder.”  OPENING NIGHT (series sneak peek) TV Road Trip Episode 4 Premieres on Sunday, March 30 from 10-11 PM (Sopranos, Homicide, Twin Peaks, Saturday Night Live and more.)  TV Road Trip Episode 5 Premieres Thursday, April 10 from 10-11 PM (Ed, Love Boat, Dawson’s Creek, Little House on the Prairie, Gunsmoke.)

The new ROAD TRIP series is produced for Travel Channel by Nash Entertainment Productions. Executive Producer is Bruce Nash. Andrew Jebb is Supervising Producer, and Matt Harris is Producer. Debra Weeks is co-executive producer on the TV Road Trip, Movie Road Trip, Fireworks Road Trip and Haunted Road Trip episodes. Kathleen Cromley is Executive Producer for the Travel Channel. Steve Cheskin is the executive in charge of production.

Travel Channel is the only television network devoted exclusively to travel entertainment. Capturing the fascination, freedom and fun of travel, Travel Channel delivers insightful stories from the world's most popular destinations and inspiring diversions. It is available in more than 70 million homes and is a service of Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., owns and operates the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, the Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids Channel, The Science Channel™, Discovery Home & Leisure Channel, Discovery Civilization Channel, Discovery Wings Channel, and Discovery en Español. The unit also distributes BBC America. Visit Travel Channel on the Web at

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