The Travel Channel's revival of Ripley's Believe It or Not! with Bruce Campbell has been given an official release date for this summer. On Sunday, June 9, at 9 p.m. ET, the 10-episode season will premiere its first episode, with each hour-long episode airing in the following weeks. As with any TV series, overall viewership will determine if a follow-up season will be ordered by the network. Campbell will serve as the host for all ten episodes of the revival, and it seems likely he would return if the Travel Channel offers to bring him back should the series be successful.
Several details have also been revealed about the premiere episode of the show. Bruce Campbell will highlight six different persons with their own unique talents, referring to them as "Natural Born Thrillers." Some of the people we'll be seeing on Ripley reboot include Ohioan Rick Smith, who can use playing cards as weapons by hurling them at 92 miles per hour; "master of pain" and curved-sword swallower Dai Andrews; chin-balancer Tyler Scheuer, who's capable of balancing practically anything on his face; Twisty Troy, the "human pretzel," who was born with extraordinary flexibility; and an marrying couple "walking down the aisle" on a dangerously-thin net 800 feet above a canyon.
Known to horror fans for playing the one-handed hero Ash Williams from The Evil Dead and its two sequels, Bruce Campbell reprised the role decades later for the Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead. The show ran for three seasons, continuing the story established from Sam Raimi's original movie trilogy. After Starz put an end to the series last year, Campbell formally retired from playing Ash, vowing to never pick up the boomstick on the big or small screen again. However, Campbell is still open to providing the voice of the character for other projects, as the character was recently added as a playable survivor in Dead by Daylight. As the game features voice acting from Campbell, it remains possible the actor still may continue to voice Ash in other animated projects or video games.
Campbell is not the only beloved horror star to be given a new gig on the Travel Channel. Recently, it was reported that the network signed on A Nightmare on Elm Street star Robert Englund to host the upcoming series Shadows of History. The show will focus on some of the strangest stories to be found in American newspapers from the past, with Englund investigating each one with the help of historians and other experts. The premiere season will consist of six episodes, but a release date has not yet been set by the Travel Channel. Englund was last seen on television just this past fall with a special appearance as Freddy Krueger on the Halloween episode of The Goldbergs.
The Travel Channel's Ripley's Believe It or Not! will premiere on June 9. Whether he's playing a character or just merely being himself as the host of a TV series, it will be awesome for Campbell's fans to see the Evil Dead star back on television. He may be through as Ash, but his career is still far from finished. The Travel Channel has unveiled the first three episodes.
Invisible Worlds - Premieres Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: We rely on our vision for up to 80 percent of the information we take in, and yet there are "Invisible Worlds" around us, hidden in plain sight. Host Bruce Campbell takes us on a wild trip into the unseen where we meet Vic Invades, a New York photographer and urban explorer, who climbs skyscrapers to walk in the clouds - and capture a bird's eye view of the city. In Louisiana, a family of stuntmen create an illusion using explosives that requires split-second timing to avert death. In California, the rock band "OK Go" films their latest music video in only 4.3 seconds, but has it slowed down 20,000 percent to make the video last over three minutes, revealing moments invisible to the naked eye. In Colorado, Michael Grab can feel vibrations within rocks, allowing him to balance the rocks in impossible towers and sculptures with "gravity glue."
Showstoppers - Premieres Sunday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: Host Bruce Campbell celebrates the "Showstoppers" - the folks who produce unbelievable spectacles through their daring skill and years of practice. The Lords of Lightning, three British lads channeling electricity through tesla coils, fling millions of volts of electricity at each other as they duel. Domino master Lily Hevish creates a thank you to her million-plus social media followers with her most difficult challenge ever - 39,000 dominoes that must all fall perfectly to succeed. In California, Michael Gump is many things - father, prop manager and a man of many faces - employing his prop-making background to create over a thousand unique and fascinating facial disguises. In Illinois, we meet April Choi, a woman who uses her engineering background in fluid dynamics to master the art of whipping. In the episode she'll attempt her most daring feat yet - wrapping herself in her own whip - while it's set on fire.
Forces of Nature - Premieres Sunday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: Host Bruce Campbell introduces us to people "Beyond Nature" - individuals who live lives that seem unreal or accomplish feats so crazy they seem like fiction. In Boston, we meet John "Hammerhead" Ferraro, whose head doubles as a hammer. Ferraro can break wood planks and hammer nails ... all with his forehead. In Texas, Luis Slayton connects with honeybees on an emotional level. He's able to tend to his hives without even wearing a suit. In the episode, he takes his obsession even further as he completely covers his face with bees. In Mexico, Chuy the "Wolfman" and his family are some of only a handful of people on the planet who live with hypertrichosis - a condition that causes hair to grow everywhere, covering even their face. Back in America, we visit Ayanna Williams in Houston, who holds the world-record for being the woman with the longest nails on earth. With nails over 25 inches long, Williams shows us her unique and challenging daily life.