Crew of 'Hotel Impossible' shooting in Myrtle Beach this week

(Myrtle Beach) Sun-NewsJanuary 20, 2014 

— Another TV crew is in town -- this time documenting a hotel makeover for a Travel Channel show to air later this year.

Crews are capturing the transformation of the 24-room Carnival Motor Inn for “Hotel Impossible,” which features “hotel fixer” Anthony Melchiorri getting struggling hotels back on track.

An air date for this Myrtle Beach episode hasn’t yet been set. The filming is on a closed set, so few details were available Monday.

The Myrtle Beach episode will be part of the show’s third season, which has 13 episodes. The new season kicks off at 10 p.m. Jan. 27 featuring the 100-year-old Alaskan Hotel & Bar in Alaska. Other episodes this season will be filmed in destinations such as Estes Park, Co.; Hollywood, Calif.; Homestead, Fla., and Las Vegas.

“Hotel Impossible” decided to film in Myrtle Beach after George Brickwedde, who bought the hotel in 2012, completed a questionnaire for the show. Brickwedde said last month that the national TV exposure from the show, as well as the advice from experts could help the family owned and operated hotel. This is the first time “Hotel Impossible” has filmed along the Grand Strand.

The Travel Channel also filmed along the Grand Strand in 2008 when host Samantha Brown showcased the area for her “Passport” series.

“Hotel Impossible” is the latest in a number of national TV shows that have filmed recently along the Grand Strand, including The Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible,” HGTV’s “House Hunters” and a new show called “Holy Smokers” that will air on Discovery networks.

The filming for “Hotel Impossible” this week comes just days after two national TV series based on and filmed along the Grand Strand kicked off their seasons at 10 p.m. Thursday: The second season of “Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor” on TLC and the first season of “Party Down South” on CMT.

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