HGTV’S Scott Brothers Stage Ultimate Sibling Rivalry in 'Brother vs Brother
Also on the table, tasty offerings from FoodNetwork.com & CookingChannelTV.com to satisfy any entertaining and meal-planning needs.
NEW YORK – Food Network and Cooking Channel deliver a bountiful menu of sweet and savory programming sure to satisfy every appetite and craving. The 2015 line-up showcases over 40 new series and more than 30 returning favorites, plus an extra serving of 15 specials all presented during Scripps Networks Interactive’s seven-city upfront tour. Additionally, FoodNetwork.com and CookingChannelTV.com continue to serve as the online destinations for audiences and users for all their culinary and entertaining needs, highlighting evergreen and convergent digital packages and programs built specifically for the digital space.
“Entertaining and engaging are at the forefront of our 2015 development plans for both Food Network and Cooking Channel,” said Brooke Johnson, President Food Network & Cooking Channel. “Food Network will continue to build off the success of fan-favorites with more eventized and exciting stunts, including some sweet additions to the menu with new baking and holiday-themed programming. Cooking Channel is packing its lineup with even more passionate foodies that share recipes as well as glimpses into their lives, while both networks will continue to push the boundaries of food exploration with exciting food travelogues sure to engage and inspire viewers, offering up more of the programming they love.”
Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious
Series Premiere: April 2015
It is an evilicious fight-to-the-finish when sixteen of the most cunning, conniving and memorable chefs from previous seasons return to do battle in a five-round tournament. Host Alton Brown will be unveiling new challenges to test even the craftiest of competitors, and determine who will go head-to-head for a spot in the not-to-be-missed finale and the chance to win up to $75,000 in this Evilicious tournament. Produced by Embassy Row for Food Network
Spring Baking Championship
Series Premiere: April 2015
It is time for the country's top bakers to take on springtime treats as eight bakers enter the kitchen to show off their superb baking skills and know-how. In order to survive the challenges week-to-week and win the $50,000 grand prize, they must prove their abilities in front of tough-love judges: Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. From Mother’s Day brunches and family picnics to birthday parties and weddings, there is a lot of spring baking to do. Hosted by Bobby Deen, this baking championship is the sweetest way to kick off spring! Produced by Triage Entertainment for Food Network
American Diner Revival
Series Premiere: May 2015
Ty Pennington and Amanda Freitag are on a mission to revive classic American diners across the country. Heading to Main Streets across the U.S. they are empowering locals to save their own struggling diner. With only days to transform a cherished diner in desperate need of a physical and menu makeover, they’ll hit the ground to rally the locals and help ambush the unsuspecting owner with a surprise of a lifetime. It's a good old-fashioned barn raising – let the American Diner Revival begin! Produced by Bray Entertainment for Food Network
Series Premiere: May 2015
In Guilty Pleasures, your favorite Food Network stars reveal their best kept, most intimate, guilty pleasure food secrets for the first time ever! We visit the locations and meet the chefs who make these crazy, ooey-gooey, "I-can't-believe-I'm-eating-this” food masterpieces! From a 24-layer chocolate cake, to a mega-bacon cheeseburger, to a filet mignon covered in fried oysters, Guilty Pleasures shows off dishes whose very names make your stomach rumble. Produced by Authentic Entertainment for Food Network
Craziest Restaurants in America
Series Premiere: June 2015
Craziest Restaurants in America travels coast to coast to count down the most unique, most outrageous, m
Travel Channel and The New York Times Collaborate On New Series 36 Hours Based On Popular Weekly Column
Six One-Hour Episodes To Be Hosted By Top Chef Winner Kristen Kish and Former U.S. Professional Soccer Player Kyle Martino
Premiere Episodes Will Be Timed To Coincide With 36 Hours Newspaper Columns
CHEVY CHASE, MD/NEW YORK – Travel Channel and The New York Times are bringing the hit Times travel column 36 Hours to television.
In each one-hour episode of 36 Hours, co-hosts Kristen Kish and Kyle Martino arrive in a new city where they’ll have 36 hours to explore the most delicious foods and hot spots, meet fascinating local insiders and experience the best attractions unique to each destination. Their itineraries will be informed by New York Times editors and contributors who bring extensive research and expertise in each locale. Six episodes are green-lit for production.
Episodes will be timed to coincide with new or updated New York Times 36 Hours newspaper columns. There also will be companion editorial and video content across platforms on NYTimes.com and Travel Channel digital properties.
The joint announcement was made today by Shannon O’Neill, president, Travel Channel and Rebecca Howard, general manager, video, The New York Times.
“Reading the 36 Hours column is a weekend ritual for many seasoned travelers,” says O’Neill. "We jumped at the chance to work with The New York Times on this series knowing viewers and travelers alike will benefit from these two brands coming together. This show brings the popular column to life, and is designed to get at the soul of each city in a way that will inspire people to travel and experience the world.”
Adds Howard, “From the print column to the popular book series to our weekly digital video show, travelers look to The New York Times to guide them to the most interesting spot as seen through our lens. We are looking forward to working with Travel Channel and bringing 36 Hours to their adventurous audience.”
36 Hours co-host Kristen Kish is the winner of Top Chef season 10, and the second woman to earn that title. She served as chef de cuisine at Menton, one of Boston’s premiere restaurants; is known for creating daring and innovative dishes; and has recently appeared at culinary events in Spain, London and Portugal. Co-host Kyle Martino was a professional soccer player on the U.S. National Team, and is currently a studio analyst for NBC Sports Premiere League soccer coverage. He has traveled the world from a very young age playing soccer in places like Russia, Argentina, Panama and across Europe. While soccer is his passion, it also has been his passport to explore the food, people and cultures of all the cities he's visited.
36 Hours is produced by Bungalow Media & Entertainment. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Tina Nguyen.
About Travel Channel
Travel Channel is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it's around the world or around the block. A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand, and is available in over 94 million U.S. cable homes. Owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Chevy Chase, Md., and New York, N.Y. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.
The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. The company includes The New York Times, International New York Times, NYTimes.com, INYT.com and related properties. It is known globally for excellence in its journalism, and innovation in its print and digital storytelling and its business model.
Travel Channel Expands 2015 Programming Lineup With Seven New Greenlit Series, Two Acquisitions and One New Pilot
50/50, Boy to Man, Majestic America (wt), Five Star Secrets, Follow Your Past, Hello Goodbye and Rev Runs Around the World Begin Shooting Across the Globe and NFL Sportscaster Curt Menefee Named as Host of Hello Goodbye
Plus: Network Greenlit Season Three of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan and Re-Ups Booze Traveler and Expedition Unknown for Sophomore Seasons
NEW YORK – Travel Channel has greenlit seven new series and one new pilot that illustrate the network’s vision for its travel entertainment programming – to connect viewers to the world and share its amazing places, people and stories. Three of the new series will inspire viewers to experience new locations and cultures around the globe: 50/50, with Samantha Brown and Chris Grundy, is a spontaneous adventure with a twist, Five Star Secrets, hosted by hotel expert Anthony Melchiorri, is a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s best hotels and Rev Runs Around the World joins international icon Rev Run and his family on a worldwide journey as they test their limits with no set itinerary. Adventure and world exploration are the focus of the coming-of-age docu-series Boy to Man, with award-winning filmmaker Tim Noonan, and Majestic America, (wt) which showcases the breathtaking footage of America’s most beloved national parks. Host Curt Menefee of Hello Goodbye discovers travelers’ stories as they come and go from America’s busy airports, and host, acclaimed journalist and author Alison Stewart of Follow Your Past reveals American’s personal connections to history and extraordinary events. The network has also greenlit two half-hour episodes of a new pilot, Relocated, which follows professionals and their families as they consider one of the hardest decisions of their lives.
Additionally, Travel Channel has begun production on Season Three of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, the adventure series that follows actor and wildlife enthusiast Monaghan as he searches for the world’s most exotic animals. The first two seasons of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan and the first two seasons of An Idiot Abroad have both been acquired by the network. Finally, the two popular series Booze Traveler, hosted by Jack Maxwell, and Expedition Unknown, hosted by Josh Gates, have both been renewed for a second season. The announcement was made today by Shannon O’Neill, president, Travel Channel.
“With over 20 new shows this year, Travel Channel is going everywhere – every state, every continent and nearly 100 countries – challenging ourselves to find new places, try things we never thought we’d try, and connect with fascinating people,” said O’Neill. “The faces of our network – our hosts – are some of the most passionate and authentic travelers on the planet. Curious, provocative and engaging, they are always hungry for finding unique cultures and meeting amazing people from all walks of life.”
Greenlit Productions (brief descriptions, in alphabetical order):
50/50 is an action-packed show that starts with two Travel Channel hosts, unsuspecting people on the street and a simple premise: Would you like an extreme getaway for 50 hours, worth $50,000 dollars? Can you leave immediately? Travel Channel expert Samantha Brown and her adventurous pal Chris Grundy are heading to a town near you and they’re doing the asking. If you say "yes," it’s wheels up on an unforgettable two-day getaway worth $50,000 dollars – and you’ll get to choose where you go, what you do, what you eat and when you sleep. But there’s one catch – you must drop everything and leave right now! 50 hours. 50 grand. One spontaneous adventure! 50/50 is greenlit for eight half-hour episodes produced by Big Table Media.
In Boy to Man, adventurer and filmmaker Tim Noonan embarks on a solo journey of self-discovery to worlds beyond his imagination to try and unlock the mysteries of what it means to be the u
Diverse Roster Of Lifestyle Series Help Great American Country Increase Its Prime Ratings
NEW YORK - Road trips, flea markets, retro RVs and unexpected characters helped Great American Country (GAC) deliver ratings that are 14% higher than last year. GAC’s 400 hours of lifestyle programming, which includes the Emmy-nominated Flea Market Flip, starring design enthusiast and Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer, is up 19% versus last season and is on track for its best season yet. The hit series showcases duos who compete to repurpose flea market finds for a profit.
Junk Gypsies, with siblings Amie and Jolie Sikes, also continues to build a fan base on the network. Ratings for the most recent season of the series grew 71% among viewers P25-54 versus the prior season. A third season, which counts musical artists Miranda Lambert and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong among featured stars, is on tap for premiere Monday, June 1, at 8 p.m. ET. Another strong performer, Flippin' RVs, which highlights the restoration of vintage recreational vehicles, has been renewed for a second season.
“Our ratings are at a six-year high, so we are very focused on building our awareness and sustaining our growth,” said Allison Page, general manager, Great American Country, HGTV and DIY Network. “GAC just ended its most upscale quarter ever with a median income that is at an all-time high, so we are delivering an audience that advertisers covet.”
In the first quarter of 2015, the network generated significant pop culture and social media buzz with premieres of original series featuring celebrities with well-established fan bases experiencing life around the country. Off the Map with Shannen & Holly followed actors Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs as they participated in extraordinary local activities during an excursion through six states in the Southeast. A Very Barry Branson showcased entertainer Barry Williams, well known for his role as oldest brother Greg Brady on the classic family sitcom The Brady Bunch, as he launched a 70s-inspired variety show and tried to assimilate into the distinctive local community of Branson, Missouri.
GAC expects the newest addition to its programming lineup, Made from America, premiering on Thursday, April 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, to help broaden its audience. The series follows retro T-shirt entrepreneur Gabe Johnson as he travels the country seeking design inspiration from small businesses—including independent bars, diners and retail establishments. Once the T-shirt design is complete, Gabe gifts a portion of the proceeds from the sales to the local business to help bolster its long-term success.
Made from America joins a programming slate that includes ratings drivers Barnwood Builders featuring master craftsmen from West Virginia who salvage antique barns or cabins and reuse the wood to build modern homes and Living Alaska, which captures the lifestyles of people who appreciate the state for its unspoiled beauty. In March, Pinks All Out, a series about the best drag racers in the country, premiered with ratings that were 25% higher than the prior year.
“We’re clearly on the right track with our programming strategy,” laughed Page.
Here are more details about upcoming premieres and new episodes on GAC:
New Series Premieres:
Made from America
Series premiere: Thursday, April 30, at 9 p.m. ET
Retro T-shirt designer Gabe Johnson crisscrosses America in search of iconic restaurants, mom-and-pop shops and other classic haunts to find inspiration for his custom tees in Made from America. We’ll meet the heroes behind these small-town businesses and witness how one man with a vintage t-shirt vision is giving back.
New episodes premiere: Wednesday, April 1, at 9 p.m. ET
Flippin' RVs follows young married couple Justin and Anna Scribner as they scour the countryside looking for vintage RVs and trailers to return to their former glory. These RV pickers will stop at nothing
Mr. T, Belushi Among Celebrity Series And Viewer Favorite Programs On DIY Network's 2015 Roster
NEW YORK - Swinging hammers, knocking down walls and rebuilding spaces helped DIY Network end 2014 with its highest-rated and most-watched year ever among viewers P25-54. Now the network, which attracts 13 million viewers on average each month, has teed up more than 400 hours of original programming in 2015, including 16 new series with such themes as building, renovation and restoration. Making a name for itself by featuring unexpected celebrities like Vanilla Ice, William Shatner and Rev Run, DIY Network is premiering new celebrity-driven series such as I Pity the Tool, which showcases the iconic Mr. T as he demolishes and renovates homes, and Building Belushi, which stars performer, actor, comedian and musician Jim Belushi as he builds his riverfront cabin in Eagle Point, Oregon. New series Attic Gold, a spin-off of the top-rated Garage Gold, features a pair of junk pickers who clean out people's attics looking for treasures, while Miami Flip and First Time Flippers will be among the first flipping-themed series on DIY Network.
DIY Network’s more than 35 returning hits include The Vanilla Ice Project, a series that follows pop icon Vanilla Ice and his crew of contractors as they renovate outdated Florida mansions one gaudy floor at a time. Premiering for a fifth season earlier this month, The Vanilla Ice Project delivered 32% more P25-54 audience impressions than its season four premiere. In August, Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall returns with new episodes. The series stars Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Daryl Hall of the American musical duo Daryl Hall and John Oates, as he continues the restoration of his 18th century Connecticut home. Fresh episodes of other fan favorites will hit the air this year, including Holmes Makes It Right (Mike Holmes); Rehab Addict (Nicole Curtis); Sledgehammer (Jason Cameron) and Building Alaska. Nearly 100 new episodes of the immensely popular Crashers franchise—Kitchen Crashers (Alison Victoria), Bath Crashers (Matt Muenster), Yard Crashers (Chris Lambton) and House Crashers (Josh Temple)—also will premiere.
“With a strong lineup of returning series, powerhouse expert talent and some surprising celebrities on the horizon, we pity the fool who doubts that DIY Network will perform strongly in 2015,” said Kathleen Finch, president, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country.
Below are the new series on the DIY Network spring/summer 2015 programming roster:
First Time Flippers
Series premiere: Saturday, May 2, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
First Time Flippers showcases the home renovation and flipping process from a beginner’s perspective. Each episode features novice flippers as they use their basic home improvement skills to renovate a dilapidated property and attempt to turn a disaster house into a high dollar flip.
Series premiere: Tuesday, May 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Lake Life follows the Herman family, owners of a business that specializes in constructing fantasy waterfront creations, including fully loaded floating man caves, super slides and spectacular decks for lakeside entertaining.
American Rehab: Virginia
Series premiere: Thursday, May 21, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The Mount Airy home has been in Tayloe Emery’s family for 10 generations—and some of its rooms haven’t been touched since it was built more than 250 years ago. Now, Tayloe and his wife Catherine are tackling a full restoration of the Virginia estate while preserving its beauty and history.
Series premiere: May TBD
Miami’s Carolina Sullivan, a resourceful renovator with a keen eye for flipping houses, restoring properties and selling them for a profit, pulls no punches when it comes to completing a renovation on time and on budget.
Series premiere: Saturday, July 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The series follows one of America’s most beloved performers, Jim Belushi, as the actor, comedian and musician, along with
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