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Mar 30, 2012 10:09 AM

Food Network & Cooking Channel 2012 Season Upfront Announcement

From their Press Release at :


Food Network and Cooking Channel, both part of Scripps Networks Interactive, offered up their 2012 lineups of new and returning series with a total of 22 new series and 35 returning series between the two networks.

Food Network new primetime series:
• Meat Men is a previously-announced series highlighting well-known New York butcher and meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda. Premieres April 9 at 11p.
• Cupcake Champions pits 16 of Cupcake Wars' best and most memorable winners against each other in a competition to name the top cupcake champ. Premieres May 13 at 8p.
• Invention Hunters follows Steve Greenberg and Patrick Raymond who are "invention scouts" as they search America for the next great kitchen gadget invention. Debuts May 14 at 9p.
• Mystery Diners shadows a group of undercover operatives as they go into restaurants, bars and food service establishments with hidden cameras to find out what is really going on when the boss is not around. Premieres May 25 at 10p.
• The New Anne Burrell Project (wt) sees Anne putting four executive chef candidates through the toughest job interview of their lives with the goal to see which one is ready to run the restaurant. Premieres in June 2012.
• Bobby Flay's Opening Night (wt) has Flay offering advice to first-time restaurateurs to help make their crucial opening night a success. Debuts July 2012.
• Chopped: Grill Masters goes to the Arizona desert where 16 grilling pros are pitted against each other in this five-part tournament series. Premieres July 22 at 10p.
• $24 in 24 Hours (wt) in this new series Jeff Mauro (Sandwich King) visits cities across America to show viewers how to experience great food by spending only $24 in one day. Debuts August 2012.
• Undercover Critics follows Alex Guarnaschelli (Chopped), Troy Johnson (Crave) and Simon Majumdar (Next Iron Chef) as they go undercover as restaurant critics with hidden cameras to reveal the good and the bad of established restaurants. Launches September 2012.
• Sugar Dome follows three teams comprised of three artists working in different mediums battle to create never-before-seen food art masterpieces. Premieres October 2012.
• Blind Dinner Party is hosted by comedian Margaret Cho where seven strangers of diverse backgrounds join together to break bread and see if they can reach common ground through food. Debuts October 2012.
Food Network new daytime series:
• Trisha's Southern Kitchen is a previously-announced six-episode series featuring country music superstar and cookbook author, Trisha Yearwood as she prepares favorite meals in her own kitchen. Premieres April 14 at 1030a.
• Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen features Paula Deen's son as he creates family dinners. Debuts June 16 at 1030a.
• Sunny Travels (wt) follows Sunny Anderson traveling the country to find the best home-cooked recipes. Debuts July 2012.
• The New Sandra Lee Project (wt) features Sandra Lee offering her fans a new take on her cooking and entertaining tips. Premieres fall 2012.
Food Network returning primetime series:
• Chopped All-Stars season two opens April 8 at 9p.
• Food Network Star makes an eighth season comeback on May 13 at 9p.
• Extreme Chef season two launches August 2012.
• The Great Food Truck Race is back for a third season August 19 at 9p.
• Halloween Wars is set to debut a second season October 7 at 9p.
• The Next Iron Chef: Redemption debuts a fifth season November 4 at 9p.
Food Network returning daytime series:
• The Best Thing I Ever Made is back for a second season April 8 at 1130a.
• The Pioneer Woman returns with a third season in fall 2012.
Cooking Channel new primetime series:
• Roadtrip with G. Garvin travels with Chef Gerry Garvin (aka 'G') as he takes viewers on a tour of his native South and its food specialties. Premieres May 29 at 9p.
• The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia features Baron Ambrosia, the self-styled "Culinary Ambassador to the Bronx" as he travels beyond the Bronx to discover culinary delights in other cities. Debuts June 1 at 10p.
• Eden Eats follows Eden Grinshpan who travels throughout America discovering the global culinary scene in each new US city within a 24-hour period. Premieres August 2012.
• Cheap Bites is hosted by New York City chef and food writer Eddie Huang as he locates the best food deals in different Americas places. Debuts August 2012.
• Eat the Street discovers in each city the single street where one can find restaurant after restaurant with host Chuck Hughes. Premieres September 2012.
• Man, Fire, Food features Roger Mooking (Everyday Exotic, Heat Seekers) as he explores cooking at its most basic. Premieres September 2012.
• My Grandmother's Ravioli is hosted by Mo Rocca who, though he is a foodie, doesn't know how to cook. Mo will discover treasured recipes by visiting America's Grandmothers and Grandfathers. Debuts fall 2012.
Cooking Channel returning primetime series:
• Easy Chinese is back with a second season June 2 at 830p.
• Not My Mama's Meals makes a second season return in August 2012.
• Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen returns for a third season in September 2012.
• Symon's Suppers is set for a second season in September 2012.
• Unique Sweets has a third season on tap starting October 2012.
• Extra Virgin returns for a third season in fall 2012.
Cooking Channel returning daytime series:
• The Perfect Three is back with a second season beginning May 12 at 230p.
• Kelsey's Essentials returns for a fourth season in fall 2012.
• Drop 5lbs With Good Housekeeping has a second season set for January 2013.

For what it's worth....

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  1. You lost me after "Cupcake Champions". Snore.

    1. when they are deciding what the idea for a new show will be, do they just throw all the descriptions of their current shows in one hat, and the names of their chefs in the other, and then draw one from each and put them together?

      1. $24 in 24? Really? That is just NOT a way that I want to visit a new place!

        The only thing that sounds interesting to me is Next Iron Chef: Redemption. Sounds like it might have former contestants who were eliminated. I hope Anne Burrell is in this group because I truly believe she is the only FN personality who could actually be an Iron Chef. She'd sure as hell be more interesting and entertaining than Garces, Forgione, and Zakarian combined!

        1. I don't see Chuck Hughes, David Rocco or Bill Cooking Channel is off my radar and FN hasn't surprised me in five years. What began as two distinct food channels (even with the same home office) has quickly blurred into one predictable lineup. Sad day for me.

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          1. re: HillJ

            looks like chuck is taking on eat the street?

            thats an unfortunate change for him if true.... he's too good in the kitchen for that

            1. re: HillJ

              Notice that there are only 3 shows listed for daytime Cooking Channel. Surely that isn't all that they are playing during those hours. I expect that they will continue to play the FN Canada shows, if only as repeats of the ones they have already shown.

              Don't write off the channel until you have actually seen the daily lineup.

              1. re: paulj

                Good point, paulj. I hope you're right! New episodes of those shows would be wonderful.

                1. re: paulj

                  id also think that they wouldnt be able to play Triple D marathons for 4 hours in a row during primetime two nights a week, buuuuuuuuutt....

                2. re: HillJ

                  David Rocco has a new show on right now, called Amalfi Getaway. It started last month.

                3. What does (wt) mean in your descriptions?

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                  1. re: dmjordan

                    I believe it stands for the entertainment industry's term "working title" for projects that may end up having a different name when they premiere.

                    1. re: Justpaula

                      Yep, it means Working Title. I just copied from their Press Release and I should have explained that, sorry.

                      Inside joke: there is a production company in Hollywood called Working Title Productions. Okay, so it's not all that funny.

                      1. re: acgold7

                        I have no doubt that there is a CH or two out there who is dreaming up titles for "The New Sandra Lee Project" just to entertain themselves and giggle.

                        Anyway, I think I might give Bobby Flay's show a look-see. Years ago he really grated on my nerves. Yet, despite being so over-exposed on FN that I have no idea how he has time to do anything else, he somehow sort of grew on me. He has built successful restaurants and seems like a pretty down-to-earth guy, so I am curious what he advice he will have. I know my DH will want to check-out the show about Pat LaFrieda. We do enjoy Chopped so the Grill Masters will be some nice light Summer fare . I really wish Anne Burrell would have just won Next ICA so she doesn't have to do a show that sounds EXACTLY like another show. Although, she probably would anyway. I have a thing for gadgets and inventions (I mean I even watched that show with the infomercial guys), so I have to admit I will see what the Invention show is about.

                        The thing I don't get about FN is why they use the same people over and over. I understand that these seem to be fan favorites, but aren't there other celebrity chef type wannabees out there???? I guess it comes down to attracting advertisers?

                      2. re: Justpaula

                        Learn something new every day. Thanks!