rob mariano 320 Rob Mariano's 'Around the World in 80 Ways' starts production immediatelyDespite filming months ago, “Boston” Rob Mariano just won the million dollar prize on “Survivor: Redemption Island” Sunday night (May 15). What’s next for this reality TV star? Starting his own show on the History Channel. Immediately.

“I’m on a plane tonight going to Los Angeles and I start production in the morning on a new show that I’m doing,” says Mariano. “It’s called ‘Around the World in 80 Ways,’ it’s adrenaline-style TV, which is perfect for me. I love adventure, so I’m excited to be working on something new and making the transition from reality show contestant to host.”

“The basic premise of the show is me and a co-host are going to travel around the world, from point A to point B, but you can never repeat any of the forms of transportation,” he continues. “If you use a commercial airline once, you can’t use it again. You need to take a fighter jet or a blimp or a hot air balloon. Within that context, we’re goign to try to use transportation that is indigenous to the area. If we’re in the desert, we’ll ride camels.”

Unlike “Survivor,” it’s not a competition, per se – but in standard Boston Rob style, there may be some competitive parts to the show.

“At certain times my co-host and I will wager or race. It’s not all set in stone, there are still things to be determined, but I’m looking forward to it, whatever we’re going to be doing. The twists and turns,” says Mariano.

“Around the World in 80 Ways” will premiere on the History Channel sometime later in 2011.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."