Big news for food television: A+E Networks has announced the launch of FYI, a new network focusing on "personal creativity" and "adventurous approach to viewers' taste, space, look, journey and more." The network will debut on July 7, and has already greenlighted six original series and has two pilots in development, as first noted by the Hollywood Reporter. The slate includes programs featuring Gail Simmons, Marcus Samuelsson, Max Silvestri, as well as Tiffany Derry, Jeffrey Saad, and the Epic Meal Time crew.
Among the new series is a "part road show, part buddy comedy, part talk show" called The Feed, starring Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, NYC chef and The Taste judge Marcus Samuelsson, and comedian and Eater's former Top Chef recapper Max Silvestri. Together the hosts will "anchor a rollicking adventure into the creative world of cooking, food trends and food culture in America." Says Silvestri: "It is high-time Hollywood cashed in on my appeal among upscale women in their early 40s."
The guys behind YouTube's Epic Meal Time will be getting their own series, fittingly called The Epic Meal Show. The premise is similar to the team's YouTube videos, featuring recipes that are "visually mind-blowing spins on food preparation and presentation." Presumably there will be lots of junk food and bacon. FYI will also air World Food Championships, a show that focus on the eponymous cooking competition held for every year in Las Vegas. The series will follow home cooks and chefs competing in the competition and will be hosted by two reality competition veterans, ex-Top Cheftestapant Tiffany Derry and former Next Food Network Star contestant Jeffrey Saad.
And because it's time that there was gluten-free television, FYI has a pilot in development for Jennifer's Way (working title) which follows actress turned bakery owner Jennifer Esposito as she attempts to expand her gluten-free bakery Jennifer's Way "from a single storefront in NYC to an empire of packaged goods, cookbooks and franchise locations across the country." For more details, check out the press release below:
A+E NETWORKS UNVEILS FYI'S FIRST PROGRAMMING SLATE AND JULY 7 LAUNCH DATE
FYI™ UNVEILS FIRST PROGRAMMING SLATE
Greenlights Six Series and Two Pilots to Production
New Lifestyle Network from A+E Networks set to debut July 7, 2014
NEW YORK, February 26, 2014 – Set to launch on July 7, FYI has commissioned its first round of original series and pilots reflecting the network's goal of inspiring personal creativity across all aspects of viewers' lives. The announcement was made today by Jana Bennett, President of FYI and LMN.
FYI offers a more adventurous approach to viewers' taste, space, look, journey and more. The network's programming embraces the way a new generation experiences their lives today, not defined by one passion or interest. Appealing to an upscale audience, FYI is creating inspired entertainment with a younger, more modern sensibility.
"FYI is scouring the globe for new talent and partnering with the industry's top producers to commission thought-provoking and inspirational lifestyle content," said Bennett. "Embracing the network's approach to a personalized experience for each viewer, we are excited to announce our first slate of series and pilots in-development."
New Original Series:
"The Epic Meal Show" (working title) - 16 half-hour episodes
With more than 600 million viewsin weekly webisodes and 6 million YouTube subscribers to date, Harley Morenstein, aka the "Sauce Boss," and his kitchen crew are ready for primetime television. The Epic Meal Time team delivers recipes that are visually mind-blowing spins on food preparation and presentation. This FYI series will follow the ingenious group as they invent spectacular new dishes. Produced for FYI by The Collective and Nexttime Productions. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy, Liz Fine and Audra Smith.
"The Feed" (working title) - 6 one-hour episodes
Part road show, part buddy comedy, part talk show - this is a deliciously inventive new series celebrating food in all its creative, ingenious glory. Three unique and distinctly opinionated hosts - culinary expert and "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons; rock star super-chef and "The Taste" judge Marcus Samuelsson; and comedian and food-blogger Max Silvestri - anchor a rollicking adventure into the creative world of cooking, food trends and food culture in America. Produced for FYI by Giant Pirates. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Lauren Wohl. Ross Jacobson and Troy Searer are Executive Producers for Giants Pirates. Gail Simmons and Marcus Samuelsson serve as Executive Producers.
"World Food Championships" - 6 one-hour episodes
Hosted in Las Vegas, The World Food Championships is one of the most ambitious and authentic food competitions held annually. This series follows talented home cooks and professional chefs from across America as they compete to create dishes mouth-wateringly creative enough to win their food category. From burgers, BBQ, sandwiches, bacon and family recipes - there is a winner for each competition, culminating in a grand finale with a shot at winning a $50,000 prize. Co-hosted by Jeffrey Saad, a chef, author and Chicago-based restaurant owner; and Tiffany Derry, a Dallas-based chef and "Top Chef" alum. Produced for FYI by Sharp Entertainment. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Toby Faulkner. Dan Adler, Jennifer O'Connell, Larry Hochberg and Matt Sharp are Executive Producers for Sharp Entertainment.
"Tiny House Nation" (working title) - 10 one-hour episodes
From micro-apartments in Manhattan to exquisite tiny row homes in Savannah, "Tiny House Nation" (W.T.) is a series that celebrates the exploding movement of tiny houses. From high price to low cost, this is not your normal design show, but one that proves size doesn't always matter - it's creativity that counts. Viewers will meet a new family in each episode as they burst open the doors to the trend of extreme downsizing. Our expert host and team of tiny house builders will help each family design and construct a new mini-dream home no larger than 300 square feet. Traveling far and wide, our host will also show viewers the best and most ingenious small spaces America has to offer. Produced for FYI by Loud TV. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Toby Faulkner. Brent Montgomery, Nick Rigg and Shawn Witt are Executive Producers for Loud TV.
"Renovation Row" (working title) - 10 one-hour episodes
Each episode of this series follows three new teams - from first-time homebuyer's to talented renovation experts - as they battle it out through a transformation showdown of identical urban homes. Taking on dilapidated houses in distressed neighborhoods, the teams will renovate one home each - while also living together - in a bid to raise the property value of the community surrounding them. The team, who increases the value of their home to the max, goes home with a grand prize. Produced for FYI by Jane Street Entertainment. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy, James Bolosh and Toby Faulkner. Donna MacLetchie and Linda Leeare are Executive Producers for Jane Street Entertainment.
"B.O.R.N. to Style" - 10 one-hour episodes
"B.O.R.N. to Style" is a lifestyle makeover series centered on a "fierce" team from New York, and their larger than life boss, Jonathan Bodrick. Springing from the Harlem-based eclectic boutique, B.O.R.N. (borrowed, old, refurbished and new), the style super heroes land at the door of those desperately in need of some "color in their lives." By rifling through their client's belongings and asking blunt questions, the team at B.O.R.N. gets to the root of their fashion malaise, before whisking them away for a transformation that goes beyond just their look. In each episode, viewers will see them offer up their own brand of therapy and inspiration to clients as they transform them into their best possible selves. Produced for FYI by Left/Right. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy, Liz Fine and Lauren Wohl. Banks Tarver, Dean Slotar, Ken Druckerman and Tracey Kemble are Executive Producers for Left/Right.
Pilots in Development:
"Jennifer's Way" (working title) - half-hour pilot
Viewers will follow Jennifer Esposito, an actress-turned-entrepreneur and advocate for Celiac disease, as she strives to expand her gluten-free bakery, Jennifer's Way, from a single storefront in NYC to an empire of packaged goods, cookbooks and franchise locations across the country. On a mission to inspire and help meet the needs of others who suffer from gluten intolerance and food allergies like herself - Jennifer spends countless late night's recipe testing for her new cookbook and bakery. Surrounded by her rambunctious team, model boyfriend and outrageous mom – it's no small task for an actress from Staten Island who is learning the business as she goes along. Produced for FYI by Atlas Media. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Lauren Wohl. Bruce David Klein is Executive Producer and Lorri Leighton is Co-Executive Producer for Atlas Media.
"Red Hot Design" (working title) - half-hour pilot
Shasta Smith is the Queen of "upscaling." This fiery redhead is chief designer, welder, creator and entrepreneur of a successful furniture and artworks shop based in California. Shasta and her crew take unusual and unique materials - from motorcycle hubcaps to airplane wings - and transform them into amazing upscale pieces of furniture and artwork for demanding clients.
Produced for FYI by Cineflix Productions. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Toby Faulkner. Charles Tremayne is Executive Producer and Mary Swanhaus is Co-Executive Producer for Cineflix Productions.
FYI™ is a contemporary lifestyle network set to debut on July 7, 2014. For your inspiration, for your imagination or for your innovation, the network embraces an adventurous, personalized and non-prescriptive approach to lifestyle content. From our viewer's taste, space, look, journey and more – FYI covers a range of experiences that reflect how people actually live their lives today, not defined by one passion or interest. FYI is a division of A+E Networks, a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation. For press information and photography please visit us on the web at: press.aenetworks.com.