NBC is finalizing a deal to order an eight-episode summer
reality series that pits families against each other in a race across the
country, competing for a "life-changing" prize.
Great American Road Trip would mark the fourth
project the network's new
head of alternative programming Paul Telegdy has given the go-ahead to
since joining the company in January as Executive Vice President, Alternative
Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
The proposed series makes stops at U.S. landmarks, such as the Grand
Canyon, as well as more eccentric roadside attractions, such as
the world's largest chair.
Seven families compete in themed challenges played largely
for laughs. One clan is eliminated each week.
BBC Worldwide developed the show, which is a new format, and
will produce it if it goes forward. The format would premiere on NBC.
The other projects Telegdy has on tap are: a show starring
"peak performance" guru Tony Robbins; The Marriage Ref (working title),
a comedy-reality series from Jerry Seinfeld and Oprah Winfrey Show
veteran Ellen Rakieten; and a new version of the I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out
of Here format, which aired briefly in the U.S. on ABC.
NBC and BBC Worldwide declined to comment.