is a new reality pilot that will air on Country Music Television this
weekend. The premise of the show has the ever-adventurous Travis
Pastrana and his friends meeting up in Oklahoma to try and pull off a
car/hydroplane stunt that has never been attempted. Never been
attempted? That has “Pastrana” written all over it! The pilot will
highlight just what Travis and crew are capable of when the put their
minds—and idle hands—to work.
"This show has been four years in the making and finally, a network has
given us a chance,” says executive producer Troy Adamitis. “Back in
2002, No Fear MX and I did a movie called Chapter 2. It was shot
in a reality-TV style. After reviewing our footage while making the
movie, I thought, Travis Pastrana is a walking TV show and the guy
needs his own show! So we pitched the idea to a number of executives,
but we didn’t have the right connections in the TV world at that point
and no one wanted to finance the show.
“After two years of rejection,” Adamitis continues, “I partnered up
with Marcel Wolthers and we scrounged up some money and a crew that
included producers Mahira Amir Khan and Darrin Rolls and DPs Jessica
Young and John Rushton. We decided to make the show ourselves. Then we
went out and shopped it around.”
Pastrana's non-moto antics will be captured on Travis TV, which could become a regular series
photo: Paul Buckley
where CMT comes into the picture. “Country Music Television saw the
show and embraced it immediately,” Adamitis says. “We really need to
thank Melanie Moreau and Paul Villadolid at CMT for sharing the vision
we had. It's a great network to call home for Travis TV. CMT
gives us the freedom we need for Travis and his friends to be creative.
The idea of the show is not really about the guys pulling the stunt off
or not; it’s more about their journey along the way. Travis, Kenny
Bartram, Cam McQueen, and Greg Powell all have a unique chemistry that
is engaging. I really think the viewers will pick up on it right away.
The cool thing about the show is that it’s not a huge concept; it’s
just what these guys do on a day-to-day basis. It is amazing how these
down-to-earth, clean-cut guys have huge balls of steel and are not
afraid of anything.”
Will Travis TV fly? Tune in and find out. We know Travis will.
“We are all excited to see what will happen next because, if the pilot
does well, Travis TV will go to series and air in the fall,” Adamitis
Troy Adamitis (right) is the series' executive producer
photo: Simon Cudby
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