01 March 2017
NEW YORK (March 1, 2017) – “The Best Place To Be,” a new Travel Channel mini-series from Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere at Flavor Unit, is an invitation to discover the world through the eyes and access of Hollywood's most adventurous. In the premiere episode on Sunday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT, Queen Latifah hops on a motorcycle and traverses the winding roads through Rio de Janeiro like a carioca – instantly connecting with the pulse of the city and leaving no doubt that viewers are in for a mind-blowing travel experience.   Each of the four one-hour episodes of “The Best Place To Be” follow a noted personality as they share the best places to eat, drink, shop and sightsee at their favorite international destinations. Anthony Anderson discovers the amazing architecture and nightlife of Barcelona; Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen explore Hong Kong’s hidden hot spots; and Mary-Louise Parker goes on safari in Kenya.

“This is a fun show that gives a true glimpse into how to really escape and explore,” says Shakim Compere of Flavor Unit.  “Actors and performers are fortunate enough to travel around the globe for work and fun.  But there’s always places that stay with them --- these are the cities they keep going back to.”  

“Did I tell you they call me Queen La-chief-a?” says Queen Latifah of her friends in Rio. “If there's one thing that represents everything I love about this city, it's the music. You can feel that African drum everywhere you go. The music energizes me, recharges me, and I feel a real, true connection.”

The mini-series will premiere two episodes in April and two in May as follows:

“Rio, Fit for a Queen” - Premieres Sunday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT
Queen Latifah and her friends explore Rio de Janeiro, taking mototaxis to the favelas, trying local dishes and dancing the samba. From footvolley on the beach to hunting for waterfalls in the rainforest, they discover why Rio is the best place to be.

“Anthony Anderson’s Barcelona” - Premieres Sunday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT
Actor Anthony Anderson and his friend Jeff Sanchez head to Barcelona, Spain, where they catch a soccer game, check out architect Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece, join a St. Jordi's Day celebration and try Spain's traditional dishes.

“Jason Biggs’ Hong Kong” - Premieres Sunday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT
Actor Jason Biggs and his wife, Jenny Mollen, return to Hong Kong six years after their first trip there. Along the way, they hit up an old-school dim sum restaurant, take the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak and try their hand at street art.

“Mary-Louise Parker’s Kenya” - Premieres Sunday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT
Actress Mary-Louise Parker and her daughter bring their friend Nikki on her first visit to Kenya. They stay at Giraffe Manor, visit an elephant orphanage and encounter a dangerous rhino on safari before making it to Pride Rock.

Check out “The Best Place To Be” on TravelChannel.com for special show extras from Queen Latifah, Anthony Anderson, Mary-Louise Parker, Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen. Follow @TravelChannel and #BestPlacetoBe for more exclusive content and updates. Follow each of the stars on Instagram: @queenlatifah @anthonyanderson @biggsjason @jennyandteets2 and Twitter: @iamqueenlatifah @anthonyanderson @jasonbiggs @jennyandteets

ABOUT TRAVEL CHANNEL
For virtual and active travelers who want to go on a thrilling quest; taste other cultures; enjoy the mystery of the unexplored; get a dose of epic adventure or a splash of wacky fun; there is no better daily escape than Travel Channel. Reaching more than 85 million U.S. cable homes, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand. Fans also can visit Travel Channel for more information or interact with other fans through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Travel Channel is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

ABOUT FLAVOR UNIT ENTERTAINMENT
Flavor Unit Entertainment is a production company owned and operated by Queen Latifah and her partner, Shakim Compere and is quickly establishing itself as one of the most important production companies in the film industry. They began by executive producing Disney’s box office # 1 hit Bringing Down the House and then continued with Beauty Shop for MGM and The Perfect Holiday for Paramount. They have also produced The Cookout with Lionsgate, as well as the film Just Wright with Fox Searchlight. On the small screen, they executive produced HBO’s critically acclaimed film Life Support which garnered a number of awards including an Emmy nomination and Golden Globe win for Queen Latifah. Flavor Unit also co¬-produced HBO’s original movie Bessie, which premiered in May 2016. Most recently, they produced The Real MVP: The Wanda Pratt Story, The Best Place to Be; Curvy Style with Timothy Snell, and The Perfect Match. Flavor Unit also recently produced VH1’s one-hour special event “Dear Mama” which premiered on Mother’s Day, shining the spotlight on mothers. VH1 recently renewed “Dear Mama” as an annual special.
  
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