Dave Salmoni to host ABC's new 'Race'-like 'Expedition Impossible'
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/11/2011
ABC has announced television host and zoologist Dave Salmoni will be the host of Expedition Impossible, a new reality competition produced by Mark Burnett and Lisa Hennessy.
Salmoni most recently starred in Animal Planet's Into the Pride, which featured him spending six months living with a pride of lions in Africa, and has previously appeared in Into the Lion's Den, World's Deadliest Towns and Living with Tigers.
Similar to The Amazing Race, Expedition Impossible -- which ABC is dubbing the "next evolution in high adventure and human drama" -- will follow teams solving problems and competing in a 10-leg global competition.
However unlike the long-running CBS reality series, Expedition Impossible will utilize teams of three (not two) and feature a more rugged format in which the contestants will race across deserts, over mountains and through rivers.
While Expedition Impossible will be Burnett's first adventure race program in nearly a decade, it actually represents a return to his television beginnings.
Prior to hitting it big with Survivor in 2000, Burnett created Eco-Challenge, an expedition competition which featured teams of four racing non-stop over a several hundred mile wilderness course. After premiering as a special on MTV in 1995, subsequent Eco-Challenge editions aired annually on Discovery Channel and USA Network until the competition ended in 2002.
In addition, Expedition Impossible's format will likely also invoke comparisons to Treasure Hunters, a real-life National Treasure-like reality competition which aired on NBC in 2006.