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Cable Channel Moving Forward With Six New Prime-Time Series TVWeek

Six new original series are under way at one cable channel, targeted to air in prime time. The six unscripted shows got the green light from Travel Channel.

The programs are “All Forked Up,” “Burger Land,” “DigFellas,” “Fortune Diggers” (working title), “Gem Hunt” and “Monumental Mysteries.”

Making the announcement today was Laureen Ong, president of Travel Channel. The channel said in its release: “The new lineup of shows transports viewers to the far reaches of the world, guided by the most entertaining, original and knowledgeable experts in their given fields.”

Ong added: “From the untold stories of our monuments and the buried history uncovered by our relic hunters, to discovering some of our nation's most interesting places to chow down, and even trekking the world in search of rare gems -- our new shows prove we are the leader in travel entertainment. Our hosts are all authorities in their fields -- and they take us along on their global thrill rides, doing what they know best."

Here’s how the channel summed up the shows in its announcement:

“All Forked Up” pairs polar opposite food critics, Al Mancini and John Curtas, in a food feud, while exploring a city’s unique culinary flavors, and in "Burger Land,” viewers accompany host George Motz on his quest for the ultimate burger. "DigFellas" introduces relic hunters on a quest to excavate history-rich locations, while in the competition series “Fortune Diggers” (wt), three teams face off with metal detectors to unearth valuable artifacts. In "Gem Hunt," gem dealer Ron LeBlanc investigates remote regions of the world searching for precious stones. Additionally, America’s great landmarks are rediscovered with host Don Wildman as he reveals hidden “Monumental Mysteries.”