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  • Associated Press Stars, from left, Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw, Jeff Dye, George Foreman and William Shatner, star in the NBC series “Better Late Than Never.”

Monday, January 01, 2018 1:00 am

Stars on road again in new 'Better Late' season

SANDY COHEN | Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – George Foreman connected with the family of his first Olympic opponent in Lithuania. Henry Winkler made peace with his family history in Berlin. William Shatner rode majestic horses in Madrid. And Terry Bradshaw strode through a Munich city park wearing nothing but a cowboy hat and sneakers.

“That was not a good moment for me,” the 69-year-old former football star said.

After traipsing across Asia in the first season of their travelogue reality show, “Better Late Than Never,” the sports and entertainment icons, along with comedian Jeff Dye, reunite for a tour of Europe in season two, which premieres today on NBC.

The five-some has such a friendly chemistry that corralling them for a conversation about their travel experiences is a comic endeavor.

“The first shows, we were, in effect, being paid to be friends... Essentially, nobody knew each other,” Shatner, 86, said. “This time, everybody suddenly relaxed. And now, if we were to do it again, it would go to another level.”

All five said they'd do a third season without hesitation.

“This is like a gift out of the heavens that fell in our laps,” 72-year-old Winkler said. “We got to do things in the last two years that we would never have done.”

Modeled after an unscripted Korean TV series called “Grandpas Over Flowers,” the US version was a hit when it premiered in the summer of 2016.

There are twice as many episodes – eight – in season two.

“I've traveled all over the place, but I never saw the world the way we saw it together,” Foreman, 68, said. “The difference is we saw things.”

Sometimes they saw more than they wanted, as Bradshaw wasn't the only one to get naked (or “nekkid,” as he pronounces it). Winkler also went nude as an art-class model during one of their outings.

“It's all about getting these guys in the middle of an adventure and letting them react to that in the best way possible,” said executive producer Jason Ehrlich.