Falling into the category of “he makes more money than me but still hasn’t given me any” comes this announcement: Steerpike’s older and more successful brother Marcus is hosting a new show called Hidden City on the Travel Channel. It premieres December 6, so set your Tivos!
Hidden City is about exploring common urban destinations with an eye toward their dark sides – the crimes and misdemeanors that shaped our cities. The first episode, set in Marcus’s adopted hometown of Chicago, does the 1968 riots, Dillinger, and a bunch of other stuff I can’t remember.
The key thing to remember, though, is that because it’s Marcus and Marcus once climbed a mountain “for the hell of it,” he gets to do all kinds of adventurous things on the show. Oh sure, in the Chicago episode he drinks with a retired police detective, hangs out with a retired rabble-rouser, and learns how to operate a riot baton, but for reasons clear only to him, he also asks to be pepper-sprayed. I’ve seen the episode, and I can tell you, it didn’t go that well for him.
In future episodes, Marcus fires a tommy gun, gets tased, and is attacked by wild dogs. I shit you not. And he writes the show in addition to hosting. He asks for this stuff. They’re not doing it to him, they’re doing it because he wants it done.
Travel is running a full 12-episode season of Hidden City, with visits to Boston, New Orleans, Anchorage, and many more. December 6! Travel Channel!
You’ll also get to enjoy his very fluffy hairdo, which I must admit I never fail to enjoy.