Discovery Channel Orders ‘Expedition Unknown’ Spinoff, ‘Expedition X’ (Exclusive)

Spinoff will focus on “supernatural encounters, mysterious creatures, and astonishing extraterrestrial phenomena”

Discovery Channel has ordered “Expedition Unknown” spinoff series “Expedition X,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Like “Unknown,” “X” will be hosted by Josh Gates.

“Expedition X” premieres Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT after a new episode of “Expedition Unknown,” which has its season premiere on Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel. Gates will dig deeper into the mysteries on “Expedition Unknown: After the Hunt,” which comes on directly after “Expedition Unknown” starting on Feb. 5, and will move to the slot after “Expedition X” from the 12th onward.

You can watch an exclusive clip from the new season of “Expedition Unknown” above, in which Gates explores a Nazi bunker in Normandy, France.

In “Expedition X,” the search for adventure continues with Gates as well as scientist Phil Torres and paranormal researcher Jessica Chobot, who will investigate reports of supernatural encounters, mysterious creatures, and astonishing extraterrestrial phenomena, according to Discovery. Other adventures will include trekking through the remote jungles of Cambodia in search of a legendary ape-man or exploring the secrets of the world’s largest cave system.

Here is Discovery’s description of the new season of “Expedition Unknown”:

In an epic, two-hour season premiere, Gates travels to the D-Day battlefields and the beaches of Normandy where he joins investigators making history-changing discoveries about the Longest Day. Josh explores alongside military historians using cutting edge technology to uncover shocking secrets about the invasion, including a never-before-discovered complex of Nazi bunkers as well as an unexploded bomb frozen in time in the waters off Normandy’s coast. Josh’s in-depth investigation reveals forgotten mysteries surrounding the most important battle in modern history.

Throughout the season, Gates takes viewers on thrilling global adventures including a trek across the U.K.  in the footsteps of a Celtic warrior queen and a journey to the islands of the Seychelles to decipher a cryptic code that may lead to lost pirate treasure. Finally, in a two-part season finale, Josh will sail in to the enigma that is the Bermuda Triangle on a dangerous voyage of discovery.

“Expedition Unknown” and “Expedition X” are both produced for Discovery Channel by Ping Pong Productions. For Ping Pong Productions, executive producers are Brad Kuhlman, Casey Brumels and Gates, and co-executive producers are Roger Roddy and Matthew Meltzer. For “Expedition X,” Scot Hartford is executive producer. For Discovery Channel, Michael Gara is executive producer and associate producer is Olivia Ghersen.