Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will be coming to the small screen as a series of 10 hour-long episodes on the Travel Channel. The series will be hosted by actor Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) from Ripley’s Warehouse in Orlando, Florida. The Orlando “Odditorium” is just one of the museums housing Ripley curiosities worldwide. Campbell is also an executive producer on the series.
“Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” was started 100 years ago by Robert L. Ripley. He originally did a cartoon feature on sports feats called “Champs and Chumps” for the New York Globe. He changed the name to “Believe It or Not” in October 1919 when the feature began to include non-sports-related items. In addition to published features and books, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has been on television a number of times. The first series on NBC was hosted by Robert L. Ripley from 1949-1950 until his death. Another series was hosted by Jack Palance on ABC from 1982-1986, and yet another on TBS was hosted by Dean Cain from 2000-2003.
The Travel Channel series is said to feature “awe-inspiring talents, unusual objects, strange phenomena and mind-boggling feats” and incredible stories from all over the world. It is scheduled to debut on June 9.