Take a ‘Parent Trip’

(Above: Jennie Garth in Alaska. Source: YouTube video)

Based on series titles alone, would you prefer 50 Ways to Kill Your Mum or The Parent Trip?

As you might suspect, BYUtv — the free family-targeted streamer and cable channel from Brigham Young University – will show The Parent Trip, which gently calls to mind that classic family film The Parent Trap, and not 50 Ways to Kill Your Mum, which sounds like a pretty gory horror movie.

Surprise! The Parent Trip and How to Kill Your Mum are one-and-the-same: a humorous 10-episode, hour-long adventure travel series in which celebrities take their parents or children on “bucket list” adventures. Under the former title, it will debut as a weekly show on BYUtv next Thursday, September 19, at 8 pm ET. Under the latter title, it’s been running on Canada’s VisionTV since July.

BYUtv will kick off The Parent Trip next week with Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills 90210, What I Like About You) taking her daughter to Alaska where they’ll race sled dogs, try out winter biking and snowmobiling, and take a “polar bear dip.”

Other celebrities who will undertake such adventures as zip lining across the Niagara Gorge and shark fishing in the Atlantic include Jaleel White (Urkel on Family Matters), Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy on The Cosby Show), Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek), Monica Potter (Parenthood) and James Maslow (Big Time Rush).

The Parent Trip/How to Kill Your Mum was adapted by Peacock Alley Entertainment from a UK series called 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy, which ran for three seasons over Sky One starting in 2014. Seasons two and three (six episodes each) of the British show can be streamed by Amazon Prime subscribers, and season two can be seen free if your local library is part of Hoopla.

A non-commercial channel from Utah’s Brigham Young University, BYUtv streams free at byutv.org./livetv. Shows can also be seen on demand. For the live schedule, visit http://byutv.org/schedule. To browse all shows, go to byutv.org/programaz.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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