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The Food Network Announces a Bunch of New Shows

Yesterday Scripps Networks Interactive — the parent of the Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, and HGTV — held its upfronts and announced a bevy of new shows for the coming year and 2012. Via the fine folk at the Times, TBI, Multichannel, and Variety, here's what's the Food Network has planned:

· Guy vs. Rachael's Celebrity Smackdown: A series with Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray. Do they, uh, smack down celebrities?
· Sugar High: Cakeman Duff Goldman "riding around the country on a motorcycle, testing and critiquing different desserts." As he said, "Basically, its Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, but for desserts." (Premieres August 8, 10:30 pm)
· Pioneer Women: A daytime series with food blogger Ree Drummond aka the Pioneer Woman. (August 2011)
· A daytime series with country music star Trish Yearwood (September 2011)
· Tough Cookies: A "docu-soap about a multi-generational family running a bakery in New Jersey." Sounds a little bit like TLC's Cake Boss? (July 2011)

· Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
· Have Cake, Will Travel: "A cake decorator traveling the country to create cakes for special events" (April 26, 9 pm)
· Heat Seekers: "Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking searching for the spiciest food in the country" (July 2011)
· Best In Smoke: "Six of the best barbecue masters meet in New York City to face off for a $50,000 prize and the right to claim the title Best in Smoke" (May 8, 10 pm)
· Crave: Food-obsessed journalist "sheds light on how a particular dish or trend started, how it's made, the science behind it" (June 20, 10 pm)
· Chef Hunter: Every week, a culinary head-hunter "brings together four rising-star chefs from across the country to compete for an executive chef position at a prestigious restaurant" (August 2011)
· Halloween Wars: "Five teams of cake decorators, candy makers and amazing pumpkin carvers compete to prove they are the top in Halloween treats" (October 2011)
· Supersizers: A retread of the BBC series The Supersizers Go... and The Supersizers Eat..., two "foodies" "explore the history of cusine in different eras and receive medical exams to see how the diets of days past affect their bodies." (January 2012)

According to TBI, the Cooking Channel is also launching a bunch of shows:
· Eat St.: "A lip-smacking celebration of North America's tastiest, messiest, and most irresistible street food" where "the real stars are the street food mavericks themselves" (April 12, 8 pm)
· Unique Sweets: "an insider's peek into innovative eateries across America that are creating the most unique and exciting desserts today" (April 24, 10:30 pm)
· From Spain With Love: "Gastronomad and host Annie Sibonney uses food as a window into Spain and its many characters, the series uncovers the rich contradictions of the country"
· The Originals with Emeril: Emeril Lagasse tours the "iconic food establishments that have helped shape the country's culinary landscape" (May 5, 10:30 pm).
· Hook, Line & Dinner: "Expert fisherman and obsessed seafoodie" Ben Sargent "meets local fishermen who show him how they battle the elements to bring in the catch of the day - and then he follows that catch straight through to the kitchen" (June 7, 10:30 pm)
· Ching-He Huang Series: The Chinese Food Made Easy host explores authentic but approachable Chinese recipes (July 2011)
· Baking Made Easy: UK chef Lorraine Pascale "shares her secrets, passion and knowledge on baking sweet and savory recipes" (Fall 2011)
· The Perfect 3: "Cooking Channel's favorite faces spotlight the perfect three dishes in 13 classic categories" and webisodes highlight winning viewer recipe submissions (July 2011)

The Travel Channel announced Diplo Is Never Going Home, a series with the deejay known as Diplo, and Man v Food Nation. Sadly, there was no word of Anthony Bourdain's Komrads.

· A Host of New Shows From Scripps Networks [Media Decoder/NYT]
· Scripps launches close to 50 series [TBI]
· Food Network, Cooking Channel To Debut 20 New Series [Multichannel]
· Scripps unscripted [Variety]
· All Food Network Coverage on Eater [-E-]
· All Cooking Channel Coverage on Eater [-E-]