COOKING CHANNEL PUMPS PRIMETIME LINEUP
Network Announces Two New Pickups and Seven Renewals
NEW YORK – March 2, 2018 – Cooking Channel is cooking up a steady stream of fresh new programming in 2018 with two new series and seven renewals to date including returning seasons of top-rated originals. From inspirational culinary travelogues and adventures, to food education and revelations from the stars, Cooking Channel’s programming and development team has been busy filling its primetime lineup with a dynamic and diverse array of series.
With the success of inspirational culinary travelogues including fan-favorites Beach Bites with Katie Lee, Carnival Eats, Cheap Eats and Man Fire Food, all of which ranked in the network’s top five original series in 2017, new seasons have been ordered across the board and are slated to roll out this year. The network will further build off the success in the food travel genre with two new series, each with its own unique focus and flavor. The network has picked up the Sabin Lomac-hosted Seaside Snacks & Shacks. The six-episode half-hour series serves up a virtual travel escape for viewers as each episode follows Maine-native Lomac as he crosses the country celebrating America’s tastiest coastal treats. Seaside Snacks & Shacks heads into production this spring and will launch this summer as will the all-new Carnival Kings, which features Michelin-starred chef Richie Farina as he hits the road in search of cutting-edge culinary competition at carnivals across the country. The eight-episode series travels with Farina from location to location as he challenges local experts serving up unique midway treats.
“Cooking Channel has become a destination for viewers looking for culinary entertainment, education and escape with its distinct lineup of series ranging from aspirational food-focused travel to enlightening food facts and history, and extraordinary culinary artistry,” said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. “The team has been busy working to ensure Cooking Channel continues to be the diverse destination our audience so clearly craves by delivering more episodes of fan-favorites along with new and unique flavors sure to spice up the 2018 lineup.”
The network has also found success with its education-as-entertainment programming including Food: Fact or Fiction? hosted by Michael McKean which was also among the network’s top five original series in 2017 and has been picked up for a new season of 20 episodes launching later this year. Rounding out the menu with two sweet offerings, the network has renewed Holiday Cookie Builds and Extreme Cake Makers for new seasons, with each series putting a unique lens on the fascinating world of extraordinary culinary confections. Extreme Cake Makers will return with an all-new season in May while Holiday Cookie Builds will begin production later this year and is targeting a Q4 launch. (Cooking Channel)