Yep! We’re Up for Three Lone Star Emmy® Awards! Here’s the Official Press Release…

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2017

Texas Couple’s Adventure Travel Show Receives Three Regional Emmy® Nominations

PBS & Create TV Program “Two for the Road” Nabs Lone Star Emmy® Nods in Initial Run

Amarillo, Texas — Fresh on the heels of its initial first-season run on Create TV and public television (PBS) stations nationwide, the husband-wife produced adventure travel television show “Two for the Road” has been nominated for three Lone Star Regional Emmy® awards, including Outstanding Program, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Photography. The nominations were announced Friday by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards will be presented at the 15th Annual Lone Star Emmy Awards ceremony November 11th at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio.

“Two for the Road” follows the real-life adventures of Nikki and Dusty Green, a married couple from the Texas Panhandle who made the decision in 2007 to quit their jobs, sell their possessions, and follow their dreams of a life of travel. The Greens themselves host, produce, edit and market the show, which is produced out of their home in the tiny town of Howardwick, Texas, about an hour southeast of Amarillo.

“It’s an incredible honor,” said Dusty. “To be recognized by academy members in this way, to be nominated at all especially for our very first season, is an extremely humbling and exciting surprise. We’re just thrilled.”

The show is the brainchild of the Greens, who say it all began with a travel blog they created when they made the decision to reinvent their lives and leave their jobs, possessions and the “rat race” behind a decade ago.

“It’s crazy,” said Nikki. “We started the ‘Two for the Road’ travel blog when we hit the road back in 2007, really just to keep friends and family up to date on where we were and what we were doing. We’d write posts for the blog and share photos and create short videos about our travels. And over the years the blog sort of evolved into this idea for a TV show.”

The Greens took that idea – and a few episodes they produced themselves “on spec” – to Panhandle PBS, their local public television station in Amarillo, Texas, with the hopes of landing a spot on the station’s schedule. Panhandle PBS agreed not only to air the show locally, but to serve as the show’s presenting station to help promote Two for the Road to PBS stations across the country.

“Panhandle PBS was the first station to air ‘Two for the Road.’ It’s been awesome to see ‘Two for the Road’ launch onto the national scene. We love working with Nikki and Dusty and are really honored to be part of the history of the exciting series they continue to develop,” said Kyle Arrant, Director of Station Operations and one the show’s original technical advisors.

“Panhandle PBS is proud to be partners with Dusty and Nikki Green. Their chemistry and adventurist personalities are exactly what public television media audiences want to experience,” said Kevin Ball, CEO of Panhandle PBS.  “We are so proud to be part of the energy they create as they bring their experiences to all throughout the country”.

And bringing those experiences to viewers around the country is exactly what the Greens are now doing. Soon after its debut on Panhandle PBS, ‘Two for the Road” was accepted for national distribution throughout the public television system by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), which is the country’s second-largest distributor of independent public television programs. And in August 2017 the show was picked up by the Create TV channel, a national subchannel of PBS, which rocketed ‘Two for the Road’ onto the national stage and helped make the show available to more than 90% of television households in America.

“‘Two for the Road’ has been a welcome addition to Create TV’s schedule since its premiere in August,” said Chris Funkhouser, VP of Exchange Programming and Multicast Services for American Public Television.  “The series’ concept — a married couple embarking on worldwide adventures together — has resonated with Create viewers and is unique among our travel shows. We’re pleased to have it as part of the channel’s line-up and look forward to seeing more seasons.:”

“It’s been a crazy ride,” said Dusty. “It’s been an unbelievable amount of work, traveling, shooting and producing the show and getting it out there. But it’s incredibly gratifying to know not only that the show is growing so quickly, but the response from people – from the viewing public – has been absolutely amazing. So many people across the country are connecting with the show, with our stories, and with us as just regular people following a dream. Everyone’s been so supportive, and we just keep getting amazing feedback from folks in every part of the country.”

And Nikki says being nominated for three Emmy awards is nothing short of a dream come true.

“We were just blown away to get that news,” she said. “We were really hopeful we’d get a nomination of course, but being our very first season – realistically, we honestly just didn’t expect it. Especially when you think about all the amazing shows out there and all the super talented people behind them. So to get not just one, but three nominations, was beyond our wildest expectations.”

The Greens say they are planning to attend the awards ceremony in San Antonio in November, and are currently in the process of completing production on season two of Two for the Road, which will premiere on public television stations nationwide in January, and on Create TV in the following months.

“Season one was kind of our training season,” said Dusty. “We had eight episodes in season one, and we used them to really try to find our groove and figure out how exactly to make the show work with just the two of us doing it all. But I think we’ve really found our groove now with season two. It’ll be a full season of thirteen episodes and it’s incredible stuff. We can’t wait to get it out there.”

In those upcoming thirteen episodes, Nikki says the Greens will highlight eight countries on four continents and include some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. But it’s not just the destinations themselves that continue to inspire them.

“If our travels have shown us anything,” she says,”it’s that the world is a beautiful, beautiful place full of really, really great people. You see and hear so many negative things about the world these days, and we hope to show people through our travels and experiences that the world really is a wonderful place.”

 

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About the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

In June 2002, the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) unanimously approved the formation of the Lone Star Chapter in Texas, the chapter has grown to become one of the largest in the country. The statewide Lone Star Chapter serves all 19 television markets in Texas, and includes members from TV-related fields including: news and non-news broadcasting; production; post production; education; advertising; and public relations. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was founded in 1957. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the distinguished Emmy Award.

About Create TV:

More often called “do-it-yourself”, the program genres seen on Create® TV include viewers’ favorite public television series and specials on cooking, travel, home improvement, gardening, arts and crafts, and other lifestyle interests. The programs seen on Create TV come from American Public Television, The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Create TV was launched in 2006 to serve viewers’ increasing interest in these “do-it-yourself” programs. Create was designed for round-the-clock* broadcast of the most popular lifestyle and how-to programming seen on public television – where lifestyle programming got its start! Create annually reaches 46 million viewers nationwide. The channel is produced and distributed by APT, WNET New York and WGBH Boston in association with NETA and PBS.

About Panhandle PBS:

Panhandle PBS began operation in August, 1988 as the Panhandle’s PBS member station. Licensed to Amarillo College the station extends the community college philosophy of improving the quality of life for all residents. Panhandle PBS operates digital channels 2.1 and 2.2  –  24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to providing quality PBS Programming, Panhandle PBS has a long history of producing local programs that address timely concerns and celebrate the region. KACV has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Edward R. Murrow and Barbara Jordan citations.

4 Comments

  1. Terra Lehtinen

    So awesome! It was such a great time meeting you on the Safari Voyager. We can’t wait to see season 3 and the amazing shots you got at Granito de Oro. We hope that you win! You totally deserve it! – Terra, Erika, Spencer and Jaron.

    • Hey Terra! Thanks so much! That’s awesome! So great meeting you guys as well… and wasn’t that whole trip just the BEST? Just UN-believable. 🙂 We can’t wait to put the episode together and share it with everybody. Tell the gang we said hi, and y’all take care! We’ll be sure and holler when the episode rolls around!

  2. Milton Delaney

    I discovered “Two for the Road” as I was surfing the PBS sub channels and stopped on “Create” which has mostly cooking shows. I was immediately hooked by the locations they visited and by the genuine nature of Nikki and Dusty. They are REALLY having fun! I look forward to seeing more episodes and I “kinda” envy them for having the opportunity to travel to these exciting and exotic places!

    • Hey Milton! That is just awwesome. Thank you so much for the kind words, and thank you for watching! We’re glad to have you along for the ride. 🙂 Cheers!

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