This morning, Food Network — which is owned by Scripps Networks — confirmed a staggering line up of 20 new shows. Several programs are renewals or re-imagined takes on Food Network success stories like Worst Cook in America, Guy's Grocery Games, and Chopped. Others are brand new, as Variety notes, including Beach Eats, which stars celebrity chef Curtis Stone as he "travels to paradise locations all over the map to track down culinary treasures and hidden gems." Beach Eats will air this July.
Paula Deen's sons are toeing the line between healthy and heart attack-worthy. As previously reported, the Deen brothers are returning to the Food Network for a series titled Southern Fried Road Trip. Bobby Deen will also serve as a host on a show called Spring Baking Championship which stars judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller, and Lorraine Pascale.
Confirming yesterday's rumor, chef Michael Symon is indeed filming a new show for the network. Titled Burgers, Brew and ‘Que, the show will follow Symon as he "takes a summer road trip to taste the best of the American classics: burgers and BBQ - and beer to wash it all down."
Next month, the network will air two new series: American Diner Revival, which stars Ty Pennington and Amanda Freitag as they "empower locals to save struggling diners," and Guilty Pleasures, in which the usual suspects/Food Network "stars reveal their most intimate, guilty food pleasures." One wonders if the network has plans to hire new talent.
In June, the network will take a page from magazine publishing and air a series called Top Five Restaurants in which "Food Network names America's top five burger spots, the ultimate five steakhouses, the best five BBQ joints and more."
Alton Brown returns for Camp Cutthroat, a show that has Brown visit "the most elite Cutthroat Kitchen alumni [in] a secret location deep in the wilderness for an extreme culinary throw down." It airs this August. Guy Fieri's Guys Grocery Games All-Stars also airs this August.
Rachael Ray returns with Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off this August, and Chopped: After Hours will air this September, though the network has not confirmed a host for the show. In October, Chopped: Impossible stars Robert Irvine. A new show titled Deep Fried America also airs this September, and though Paula Deen would be the perfect host she is not involved.
The Food Network has also picked Bobby Flay Fit, originally a web series, for next January.
Finally, Scripps announced that at some point this year Food Network will air an as-yet untitled series that "brings together a committee of the toughest online contributors to a struggling restaurant to help identify the issues, make plans, and help execute solutions to guide these flailing restaurants to success." Will Elite Yelpers finally get their time in the limelight?
Worst Cooks in America, Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious, Craziest Restaurants in America, and Cake Wars round out the 2015 schedule.