Food Network has a ton of new shows in the works, and like it or not, one of them involves Yelp reviewers. The upcoming series is called 12 Hungry Yelpers — a play, of course, on the title of 1950s film 12 Angry Men.
Forbes says the series "will use those terrible, and hilarious, reviews to help restaurants discover and fix their problems." According to an executive from Food Network parent company Scripps, the show represents a partnership with Yelp Inc. and will be hosted by Monti Carlo, a MasterChef season three finalist who also hosts a food show on the FYI Network.
No premiere date for the show has been announced yet; Eater has reached out to Food Network for more information. At any rate, 12 Hungry Yelpers will surely paint online reviewers in a more flattering light than a recent Yelp-focused episode of South Park that featured reviewers with overblown egos, Cartman threatening one-star reviews unless he gets free dessert, and a slightly less true-to-life plot line of an actual war between Yelpers and restaurant owners.
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