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August 22, 2008

Celeb Travel Show Roundup

    Luda's rollin' with his
    eco-conscious homies.

    AP Photo

by Beata Loyfman

From sneakers to designer water, celebs will hawk just about anything, for a price (Travolta, paging John Travolta). But can they influence your travel plans as well? TV producers are betting on it. That's why you'll soon see several travel shows starring famous faces.

Here's a rundown of the hits and misses:

When you hear the words "Spanish food," naturally the first thing that comes to mind is...Gwyneth Paltrow. Well, no, she doesn't really eat. But you know who does? Portly über-chef Mario Batali. Together, this odd couple shot a documentary series called "Spain...On the Road Again" in which they travel the country tasting its food, meeting the locals, and generally pretending to be normal folks like us. The series will air on PBS in September, but you can get a sneak preview here.

In another obvious collaboration, rapper/actor Ludacris and Pamela Anderson baby-daddy Tommy Lee have teamed up for a ten-episode series called Battleground Earth currently airing on TLC. The challenge: Who can be the most "green" on his cross-country tour? Naturally, shenanigans ensue. Celebrity friends P. Diddy and Meatloaf drop by. But the spotlight is on recycling, building solar panels, and reducing the carbon footprint of those giant tour buses. Hats off, boys.

To commemorate Tommy Hilfiger's new book Iconic America, the designer will undertake a trip across our great land, stopping off at the unique, out-of-the-way places that make America tick. Hilfiger's co-host will be Israeli model Bar Rafaeli, whose claim to fame is that she dates actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The one-off special will air on Bravo this fall.

On the lowest rung of celebrity self-aggrandizement is Kanye West, who has recently launched a travel Web site called, cleverly, Kanye Travel Ventures. The site is meant to help fans book travel arrangements to see Kanye's shows, however it fails to provide a schedule of any upcoming appearances. Instead it's just a low-budget version of Expedia where you can book discount vacation packages. Mamma Mia! tickets anyone?

What do you think about these collaborations? Drop us a note in comments.


Um, wow. What will they think of next? I do like foodie shows however...

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