Travel Channel Explores Some of the Wildest, Funniest and Most Popular Television Programs from Around the Globe
Dated: October 29, 2015
Travel Channel, is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it's around the world or around the block. Travel Channel is launching its all-new series “Planet Primetime,” premiering with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, December 1 at 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
"In ‘Planet Primetime,’ Karla Cavalli throws herself into hilarious and incredible situations, as she takes on the world – one TV show at a time,” says Ross Babbit, senior vice president, programming and development, Travel Channel. “Sharing her passion for entertainment with those she meets, Cavalli takes viewers behind the scenes. Along the way, she has a blast learning about all the crazy TV shows out there, while experiencing the local cultures.”
In every episode, Cavalli is thrown into a wide variety of situations in each country she visits including stand-up comedy in Colombia, an ice skating competition in Russia and a supporting role in a South African sitcom.
Throughout the season, Cavalli must learn several languages on the fly, as she plays parts in many countries’ native tongue. She appears as a guest on hit talk shows and finds her competitive spirit on a number of crazy game shows. To gain a true understanding of each stop along the way, Cavalli enlists help from some of the countries’ biggest stars who explain their homeland’s trends in pop culture entertainment and prep Cavalli for her guest TV appearances. Cavalli travels to Japan in the series premiere (11:00 p.m. ET/PT), where she explores the paradox between Japan’s structured society and its fascination with over-the-top physical comedy on TV.
Cavalli is invited to the set of “World Rankings,” to compete in some crazy challenges against the famous emcee, Imoto, for the title of “World’s Best TV Host.” Then, she gets a lesson in Japanese humor at the N.S.C School of Comedy, where some of Japan's best comedians are born and bred. All of this prepares Cavalli for the ultimate appearance on “Gaki No Tsukai,” an extreme sketch comedy show in which the stars perform disgusting and painful challenges for a laugh. Cavalli is in for quite the contest as she plays “rock, paper, scissors” with a major twist.
“Planet Primetime” is produced by Zodiak USA. For Zodiak, the executive producers are Esther Reyes, Terence Michael, Tony Yates, Glenn Stickley, Dave Shikiar, Joel Karsberg and Cem Yeter. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Doug Bailey.