boston rob mariano 320 Boston Rob Mariano has a new show: 'Around the World in 80 Ways' on HistoryWhile Boston Rob Mariano is still sweating it out on “Survivor: Redemption Island,” in real life he is about to launch a new series in the History Channel called “Around the World in 80 Ways.” Mariano and Dennis Anderson (creator of Gravedigger, a famous monster truck) will host the 10-part series that premieres later this year.

The hook is they will circumnavigate the globe using 80 different modes of transportation without repeating a single vehicle. The travel modes will include a blimp, a fighter jet, an ostrich, a canoe, a chariot and sometimes they’ll have to build their own vehicles. Sometimes they’ll work cooperatively and sometimes they’ll race. Cool.

Dick Hoogstra, Senior VP of Development and Programming for the channel, says, “This series captures History’s commitment to highly compelling
entertainment within a historical framework. The
dynamic between our two hosts will make for great television, while
viewers can journey around the world with them to explore the ingenuity
of travel in every era, throughout all stages of technological

Boston Rob will be the third “Survivor” alum to have a show on the History Channel. Colby Donaldson, runner-up on “Survivor: The Australian Outback,” currently hosts the channel’s trick shooting show “Top Shot” and Hunter Ellis of “Marquesas” has hosted several shows for History including “Tactical to Practical.”  Thanks to alert commenter J for the tip.

What say you, “Survivor” fans? Looking forward to it?

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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."