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McGregor Ready to Ride Reality Trail

Mar 1, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Actor Ewan McGregor will ride his motorcycle around the world in a new reality series on Bravo, sources said.
The program, “The Long Way Around,” will feature Mr. McGregor (“Trainspotting,” “Big Fish,” “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones”) traveling across the globe with his best friend, actor Charley Boorman, son of director John Boorman.
The series is currently in production shooting Mr. McGregor’s training for the journey, which will take him through remote locations such as Siberia. Mr. McGregor owns several motorcycles and is involved with a racing team in England.
The title “The Long Way Around” is an apt description of McGregor’s planned backcountry route, but it also is the title of a 1994 episode of “ER” in which Mr. McGregor guest starred as a convenience store robber. Though he has several U.S. television guest appearances to his credit, “The Long Way Around” will be the Scottish actor’s first starring role in a series. The deal was packaged by the William Morris Agency.
Showcase for Upfront
Bravo has made a six-episode commitment for the show and plans to showcase it at this year’s upfront. The series will likely air in the fourth quarter of this year or first quarter 2005, sources said.
“Long Way Around” could work well with Bravo’s other reality fare by offering an adventurous, travelogue-style show as a counterpart to “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “Celebrity Poker Showdown.” Other upcoming Bravo reality series include “Straight Dates by Gay Mates” (a “Queer Eye”-esque venture in which gay relationship specialists help a straight woman find romance) and “His & Hers” (in which a couple gets suggestions from friends on refreshing their relationship).
Bravo would not comment on the series.