Andrew Zimmern/ Star Tribune photo by Jim Gehrz

It's getting harder and harder for Andrew Zimmern to find time to hang out in his Twin Cities home.

Travel Channel announced Wednesday that the host of the enduring "Bizarre Foods" brand will launch a new program next year tentatively titled, "Meter's Running."

The premise: Zimmern taps cabbies to lead him on a locals-only exploration of their cities, from a shikara driver in Kashmir to a taxi driver in the Deep South.

The series has been greenlit for eight episodes. No premiere date has been announced. Zimmern will continue to host "Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations."

Travel Channel's 2016 slate will also include "Could I Live There?" that traces families as they consider relocating to a foreign country,and "I Adventure" in which celebrities like Terry Crews and Eric Stonestreet explore subjects that fascinate them.

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