An Article by Amanda Rosenblatt
Josh Gates is a man who is accustomed to change. As the host of 'Destination Truth' on Syfy and a member of The Explorer's Club, he travels for a living and has cameras following him and his crew for a better part of the year.
'Destination Truth' has recently begun airing Season 4 and he decided to sit down on BlogTalkRadio for a talk with fans about the show before it aired. Not even five minutes into the call, it was right down to business.
"We're excited for our new time slot on Thursday nights on Syfy," executive producer Brad Kuhlman, who attended the call, stated. "I'm sure we're gonna beat the pants off of Thursday night football, but we'll see how that works out."
Gates laughs in the background at that statement, adding to the conversation further changes for the program. "We have a new paramedic, a new field producer and a new camera operator, as well."
"Probably one of the more difficult parts of the trip…obviously Siberia lived up to it's name," says the host. "We had some shorter trips that were also just difficult, but some of the trips were easier than others."
There were some rough patches for the investigative team during filming for Season 4. One of the crew members was significantly injured (the details have been asked to be kept off-record and were discussed before the BTR special occurred) and the host was down for the count when struck with an illness.
"We've the last couple of weeks here have been having a lot of discussions back and forth with the channel as to exactly how much of that we should be showing," Gates utters with a laugh. "I have been a proponent of as much vomiting as possible on 'Destination Truth,' but standards and practices don't always agree with me."
Executive producer Kuhlman runs Ping Pong Productions, the home office of 'DT' as well as the show 'The Othersiders.' He claims that while he loves his job, it prevents him from having a social life. His top movie of the year is Syfy's Original Movie "Sharktopus," which their office got an advanced copy of before airing.
It's universally known that every man has a bragging point, and it is apparent that Gates' are his frequent flier miles. He even went online to confirm the exact amount as 585,803 miles while stating that he's aiming for 1 million.
"I went home [to his Massachusetts hometown of Manchester-by-the-Sea] recently…and my mother was like 'Why don't you just use some miles to come home?' And I was like 'What, are you crazy? I'm not using my miles, those are my miles,'" Gates says. "I can't go using my miles!"
Aside from shooting the show, the intrepid host of 'DT' has undertaken a myriad of other projects. One of his tasks has been writing a novel on his travels, which he has until as of now kept mum about.
"I have been writing a book…this is the first that it's ever been mentioned," he states coyly. "Last September, I was asked by the channel if I would like to write a book about the show and about my travels."
"I made the mistake of thinking that I could write it without any help," Gates says while he agreed that he should have taken Kuhlman's advice to use a ghostwriter. "I am happy to announce that I am very close to completing the manuscript - it has been a truly awful experience, in the best way possible!"
Gates has recently shot a few promos for the campaign of 'The More You Know' and aspires to be part of the NOH8 photography project. He would rather, in a hypothetical situation, fight a Borg rather than a Cylon and would prefer to have a celebrity cameo by pop singer Lady Gaga on 'DT' rather than Snooki of 'Jersey Shore,' if forced to choose.
Fans will have to wait for a release date on the 'DT' book, due out sometime in Spring 2011, but for now, they can enjoy new episodes of the show airing on Syfy Thursday nights at 9/8c p.m. The crew is due out of the country to film more episodes in October.
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