Cult movie star and character actor Bruce Campbell is rebooting the TV series Ripley’s Believe It Or Not for The Travel Channel. The channel has ordered 10 episodes, one hour each, that will be hosted by Campbell. He’s also serving as executive producer.
The new episodes will be shot on location at the Ripley Warehouse in Florida and will tell “astonishing, real, and one-of-a-kind stories” from around the globe. It’s set to premiere in Summer 2019. The launch this year makes it mark the 100-year anniversary of the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not brand.
This will be the fifth series in all. The first aired on NBC in 1949 and was hosted by Robert L. Ripley, the namesake of the show. It has since been revived or rebooted by several networks over the years, with hosts like Jack Palance and Dean Cain. It even had an animated series.
Most recently, Campbell has appeared as a series regular on the AMC series Lodge 49, and reprised his iconic role as the monster-hunter in the Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead.
“Travel Channel fans have an insatiable curiosity about the world and sharing this wonderful and weird series with the next generation of fans is a thrill,” said general manager Jane Latman, in the announcement. “This entirely new version of Ripley’s is a fresh contemporary approach to the odd and unusual and will be jam-packed with larger-than-life characters, cool facts, history and science.”