Ovation’s AVOD Travel Channel to Present First Season of Darley Newman’s International Adventures
Los Angeles, CA: JOURNY, the free AVOD travel channel from Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, will present the first season of the Daytime Emmy-Nominated show Travels with Darley on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The series follows six-time Emmy Award-nominated host and producer Darley Newman as she travels with local people in beautiful and awe-inspiring locations to experience history, culture, food, music, art and adventure.
As JOURNY is known to focus on immersive experiences and unique storytelling, each episode introduces viewers to diverse cultures and traditions and what makes each location truly unique. Darley’s on-camera local counterparts are the true stars of each episode, as they lead Darley through their world. Viewers learn about places and cultures that are less publicized by traditional media, as well as new things about places they thought they knew, bridging global cultures and inspiring viewers to look at the world in a new way.
“JOURNY’s focus on cultural travel make it the perfect home for our immersive and experiential series,” said Newman. “We film in a style that allows viewers to feel like they are along with me on this global journey. I really got out of my comfort zone for extreme adventures and to share stories that showcase the diversity of our planet.”
Shot in stunning 4K in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and USA, Darley takes viewers swimming with sharks in Dubai, bungee jumping off the world’s highest commercial tower in Macao, skiing in Tahoe with Olympian Jonny Moseley and free diving with a community of women whose centuries old practices in South Korea are recognized by UNESCO. Authentic cuisine is also a focus with Darley learning about sustainable oyster farming in California’s Morro Bay, trying retro street foods in Seoul and Emirati cuisine in Dubai.
Please find episode descriptions below:
101 – “California’s Central Coast”
Join Darley for a classic American road trip along Highway One and California’s Central Coast. Highlights include historic Hearst Castle and the beloved elephant seals in San Simeon, Channel Islands National Park, “California’s Little Denmark” in Solvang, hiking in the Los Padres National Forest, dune buggies on Pismo’s incredible sand dunes, and seafood and sustainability in Morro Bay.
102 – “North Dakota”
Discover North Dakota’s Badlands. Darley bases herself in Watford City for mountain biking along the beautiful Maah Daah Hey Trail, Native American Culture at the Earth Lodge Village, hiking to surprising ice caves in the Little Missouri National Grassland, festivals and food in Watford City, and presidential history in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
103 – “Culpeper, Virginia”
Explore history, culture, nature and great food and drinks in Virginia’s Piedmont. From the small town of Culpeper, Virginia, learn about Civil War history at Brandy Station Battlefield and the Graffiti House, visit James Madison’s Montpelier, try local wine and moonshine, hike along the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park and cycle country roads.
104 – “Brittany, France”
From fabulous crepes, galettes and cider to castles, markets and beaches, Darley leads viewers through Brittany, France with locals as the guides. Join Darley for stand up paddle boarding along the Pink Granite Coast, sailing around a medieval walled city, coastal hikes to lighthouses and Breton cuisine.
105 – “Dubai”
Darley goes big in Dubai to uncover extreme and authentic experiences in this Middle Eastern destination. She’ll swim with sharks, spot wildlife on a desert safari, explore bustling souks and taste local food in historic neighborhoods. It’s the Dubai you haven’t seen.
106 – “Tahoe, Reno & Beyond”
Ski with Olympian Jonny Moseley at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and learn about railroad history in the Tahoe National Forest in California. Climb the world’s highest artificial climbing wall in Reno, Nevada and enjoy a tour of the Reno’s many murals, before kayaking, hiking and exploring Elvis history around South Lake Tahoe in this episode filled with diversity.
107 – “Macao & Hong Kong”
Visit two of the world’s most vibrant destinations that are truly a melting pot of cultures combining Cantonese cuisine and culture with Portuguese influences in Macao and Hong Kong. Darley bungee jumps from the Macao Tower, the world’s highest commercial bungee, hikes in Hong Kong, drives across the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge, tries traditional dim sum and more.
108 – “Adirondacks”
Go snow shoeing, cross country skiing, tubing and downhill skiing with Olympian Andrew Weibrecht around Lake Placid in this winter themed adventure episode in New York’s Adirondacks. Plus, a quirky adventure at the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour and local food and drinks.
109 – “Santa Fe Nature Escape”
Explore wellness and nature in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Darley challenges herself in the Santa Fe Century bike race, taking on Heartbreak Hill in this over 30-year-old, annual cycling event. She meets locals to mountain bike Galisteo Basin Preserve, hike at Nambe Pueblo and learn about New Mexico history at Pecos National Historical Park. She joins the National Park Trust for Kids to Parks Day, explores art by Chiricahua Apache sculptor Allan Houser and more, discovering why Santa Fe continues to be a draw for locals and visitors alike.
110 – “Los Angeles & Beyond”
Dive into LA and beyond, experiencing it from a local’s perspective with Darley. Explore West Hollywood with its cool design scene and rock and roll venues. Feast on Pasadena, where Hollywood’s elite film and live, and hike the Angeles National Forest, LA’s natural playground. Go skateboarding and beer tasting in Costa Mesa, the action sports capital of the area at large.
111 – “Qatar”
Explore the culture of Qatar in the Middle East, ranging from football to falconry. Darley discovers Doha with its desert landscapes and Qatar’s National Museum, experiencing traditions and modern art and cuisine. She’ll take viewers dune bashing, kayaking, horseback riding and to meet a female pioneer who is cooking up Qatari cuisine in the local marketplace.
112 – “Castles of the Rhine”
Cruise from Amsterdam to Switzerland, passing through Germany and France along the iconic Rhine River, discovering medieval villages, romantic castles, historic vineyards and colorful festivals. Darley leads viewers through Strasbourg and the Alsace region, Koblenz and Basel on a historic journey.
113 – “South Korea”
From K-pop to kimchi, Darley takes viewers through vibrant Seoul and to Jeju Island to explore culture, cuisine and adventure in South Korea. She dives into street food, saddles up to ride horses and soaks in music and dance.
All episodes will be available on JOURNY starting Wednesday, July 15th. The free travel channel/app is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Xumo, Vewd, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.