The History Channel is debuting a brand-new show, “Around the World in 80 Ways,” which stars “Survivor” alum Rob Mariano and Big Foot monster truck creator Dennis Anderson. The pair will try to circumnavigate the globe using 80 different ways of transportation.
When Zap2it spoke to the two men, who hadn’t really known each other before the show started filming, it was evident they had become good friends – though they did point out this interview was six weeks removed from filming.
The exact exchange is as follows:
Dennis: “On some of the missions, some days, I really didn’t care for Rob at all,
but then the days when we were getting along good and after the show, I
really respect Rob a lot more and I really kinda miss him sometimes
Rob: [laughs] “Oh, my goodness!”
Dennis: “There’s some days when I’m goofing off I’d like to have Rob riding in my pick-up.”
Rob: “24 hours a day, 7 days a week is a long time to spend with someone. It
made for some great interaction. I’m going to have to echo Dennis’
sentiment. I definitely respect him too, and I had a great time doing the
adventure. [laughs] But we’ve been home for six weeks. Had we done this interview the
day after we got home, you might have got a little bit of a different
But it sounds like overall, they had an amazing time, which was the main goal.
“I just wanted to do the show because I’ve never been around the world. The main goal I had in life was to go to African, so I thought this show should be perfect for me,” says Anderson.
“The main thing that intrigued me about the show was the adventure aspect. Could we do it? Could we circumnavigate the globe using 80 different forms of transportation?” says Mariano. “The challenge of it. Traveling around the world again is always – you never know what you’re gonna get.”
The 80 different modes of transportation are part of the surprise of watching the show, but we did have to ask what their favorite and least favorite modes were that they used.
“My favorite would be the old dhow boat. There were so many things I enjoyed, like the Ferrari and the dune buggies in the [United Arab Emirates], they were awesome,” says Dennis. “But I really enjoyed that dhow boat ’cause I never thought I’d be the guy who’d like a sail boat.”
“One of the things I really liked was when they arranged to have a hot-air balloon pick us up in the middle of the Serengeti. We got up before dawn and launched a hot-air balloon and were able to catch the great migration that was going by. Unbelievable experience, something that I’ll never forget,” says Rob.
We can’t wait to see it. “Around the World in 80 Ways” premieres Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. ET on History.