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“Great American Road Trip” premieres Tuesday July 2, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in Restaurants, Road trips, Television.
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Comedian Reno Collier is the host of "The Great American Road Trip." (Courtesy of NBC)

NBC’s newest reality-television show, “The Great American Road Trip,” which reportedly takes place on Route 66, is ginning up publicity for the series that begins at 8 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday.

In case you haven’t heard, the premise is that seven families are given an RV in which to travel. During their journeys, they have to go through physical challenges. One family each week will be eliminated. Eventually, one family will win an unnamed “ultimate” prize to complement their summer vacation.

I had last checked on the show’s Web site about a month ago, when it was just bare-bones. Now, “The Great American Road Trip” site has photos, video, bios about host Reno Collier and the families, games and other goodies. Roadies probably would like the Happy Trails section — between the goofy stuff such as suggested songs to “drive parents nuts,” it contains sound advice for enhancing your dining experiences and a good list of strange roadside attractions, including Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo.

Looking over the still photographs and videos from the show, I spied the Round Barn in Arcadia, Okla.; Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Mo.; and downtown Atlanta, Ill.

Also, this Reality Wanted interview of host Collier was interesting in this exchange:

Q. Where did you stop on Route 66?
A. Reno: We’d stop at a lot of iconic landmarks, like the Great Archway in St. Louis and the Grand Canyon. We also stopped at this really cool place called the Midpoint Cafe. It was what the movie “Cars” was apparently modeled after. We met a couple people that had characters modeled after them in the movie, too, and they were really interesting. I think stopping at these places and meeting the people was just as great as seeing the landmarks themselves.

Collier also noted that the families, even when they were eliminated, wanted to continue their trip — which is a good sign.

UPDATE: This story from Zap2It has a few more details about the show. This part stuck out:

The first challenge is being deprived of iPods, portable DVD players and cell phones. For most teens, this is akin to cutting off oxygen. [...]

As magnificent as the sights are, Pollard says the trip made her realize “how much your day-to-day reaction with each other is limited because of technology. When all of that is taken away, there is so much for your family. We would lie in bed at night and tell jokes, and we would be laughing out loud in the dark in the RV. As adults, we get so wrapped up in careers and our jobs and all the things that don’t matter.”

This is becoming quite intriguing.

Comments»

1. Brenda - July 8, 2009

How do you become a contestant for Great American
Road Trip?

Ron - July 8, 2009

Taped auditions.

Anthony and Norma Sano - July 12, 2009

Yes I would like to know about being a contestant.. But while we are seniors and have had a small motor home. I think this would be great for seniors, to get to see the country..

2. cortney - August 11, 2009

How do you become a contestant for Great American
Road Trip? and could you do a familey of five????

Ron - August 11, 2009

I don’t anticipate there being a second season of “Road Trip,” Cortney, because the show has been slammed by the critics and poor ratings.

Gloria - August 17, 2009

I’m so sorry ro har that. I believe that this is a show that will take a while to catch on. I realize “time is money,” but how is it possible to to let the producer’s know…they have a hit on their hands?

3. Cindy Scott - August 24, 2009

How do you become a contestant on the Great American Road trip. Our family currently loves to camp and feel this would be a great experience for our family. We have also really enjoyed watching this how as a family.

4. Anonymous - August 24, 2009

i come from a very competitive west virginia family we are the real hatfields we would love to be on this reality show. thanks nancy hatfield mounts we are a very happy fanily i am sure we could boost your ratings.

5. nancy ann justus - August 24, 2009

we are a competitive family from the mountains os west virginia we are the real hatfields. i am sure we could boost your ratings thanks nancy hatfield justus

6. Linda - August 24, 2009

You made the statement tonight on the last episode, “See you on the next season of Great American Road Trip”. I haven’t been able to find any information as to where or how to apply. We loved the show and it really made Monday nights fun.

Will they be taking video auditions soon? If so when would they post the information on the NBC Website?

7. lanette - August 24, 2009

whens the auditions

8. Pua - August 24, 2009

Loved your show, the sights and the competitions between the families. Please let us know when the next show will be on. Couldn’t wait until Monday nights to watch the show and see who would go on. Also like everyone else would like to know when you’ll be taking video auditions…our family would love to try out….

laurel ann mabe - August 31, 2009

Imissed the last episode between the salvio family and the coote’s family. who won:

9. lanette - September 2, 2009

M family would also want to audition


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