Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More Competition Series Coming To Food Network In 2014

Today at the Scripps Network Interactive Upfront (the company that owns Food Network), the Food Network announced that there will be 20 new series among the daytime and primetime lineup for the upcoming months.  Some of the programming announced were shows already known such as Rewrapped, Kitchen Casino, and Chopped: Teen Tournament.

An excerpt from a Variety article says, "In primetime, the network intends to rely heavily on competition programs, building on the introduction of “Guy’s Grocery Games” last season. In the past, Food Network had stocked its programming cabinet with documentary-style features, but in recent months has begun to devise more series that emulate some of the elements of game-show contests or the food-based competitions of its mainstay “Chopped” series."

Additional primetime series announced in the Variety article were:
  • Boss Under Fire - Restaurants nominate their terrible bosses for a makeover, and the owner must perform his employees’ jobs to realize that success starts at the top. Produced by Eyeworks for Food Network
  • Game of Cones -  Ice cream connoisseurs compete to create the most unique  ice cream-based desserts using a selection of mystery ingredients.  Produced by Intuitive Entertainment for Food Network.
  • Diner Death Match -  Four competitive cooks from North America’s best diners, gastropubs and food trucks go head-to-head in a series of culinary challenges. To win they will have to out-cook each other in three short-order classic diner challenges. Produced by Proper TV for Food Network.
Some new daytime series announced were:
  • Bobby’s Grilling Guide - featuring Bobby Flay showcasing expert grilling techniques. Produced by Rock Shrimp for Food Network.
  • The Daphne Brogdon Project - Mom, wife, and home cook, Daphne Brogdon, brings a fresh, fun and humorous approach to feeding the family. Produced by Concentric for Food Network.
  • The Valerie Bertinelli Project -  Valerie and her husband showing off family recipes at dinners prepared for friends and celebrity neighbors. Produced by Bunim Murray (same production company that produces MTV's The Real World).
I am sure there will be more series announced in the coming days, so stay tuned for more.  Looking back at last year's new series announcement, it looks like most shows premiered on the channel with the exception of Extreme Tupperware Ladies, Bossover (It looks like that is now called Boss Under Fire and may premiere this year), Undercover Critics, and Your Dish Is My Command.


  1. Ugh. They should just work on making the shows they already have a bit better. I like "Chopped" and some of the other competitions shows, but really? Now they're just combining all the shows they've already done into three new shows. Plus, I was really disappointed with "Rewrapped" last night. That one was already boring.

  2. Last night well might have been 'Kitchen Casinos' (announced at last year's upfront as 'Chef Roulette') final nail in the coffin: 542,000 viewers/0.27 demo, well below its low rated premiere (852,000/0.4) and the 1.4M Worst Cooks averaged at 9PM and its dragging down Mystery Diners: 2nd straight week of ratings below 1M. Rewrapped also premiered low: 707,000 2-episode average, while DDD/Chopped had 900,000+ viewers at 8PM.

  3. agreed... I saw the first 2 weeks of bad ratings for Kitchen Casino. I think it definitely will not be back for another season. I guess it remains to be seen if they take it out of a night time slot before they air all of the episodes.

  4. They have to move it, like they did with 'Sugar Dome' and 'Buy This Restaurant' to weekend afternoons and 'On The Rocks' to late night. If they don't, they'll drag the 9PM slot further and 'Mystery Diners'. FN should have known that Bill Rancic, which from what I've seen, appears to be more responsible for this flop than the show being bad and over the top (because they could have tweak the format) because he wasn't a good choice for host, given that he isn't a big ratings draw, even with his wife, as it happened with their NBC dating reality.

  5. Yeah... They have been advertising it pretty hard too, and Bill's wife Giuliana has been trying to get her 3.28 million Twitter followers to watch each week. I guess they aren't listening.

  6. Game of Cones? ...

    And it's a pity that Kitchen Casino is tanking. Still gimmicky, but decidedly less annoying than most of their gimmicky fare.

  7. Diner Death Match sounds like it has promise. The others? Not so much.

  8. It felt manic because of the 30 min run time, and I can't take the judges seriously when they are reaming out contestants for failing to make the goldfish shape properly when they have no time and improvised cutters. Throw in the brand stroking and it feels as much an extended commerical as a show.

  9. dwight mannsburdenApril 25, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    I think you could do a show for every consonant in the alphabet:

    Game of Bones: chefs given soup bones and other ingredients, best soup wins
    Game of Drones: Katie Lie hosts this festival of mono-tonous mediocrity ...
    Game of (F)ones: chefs play the old game Telephone, with recipe relayed along the line. Hilarity ensues
    Game of Gones: like CHopped, only different
    Game of Hones: chefs given only power tools to work with and asked to make a 3 course dinner
    Game of Jones: only people named Jones can compete

    And so on and so forth and what have you

  10. Jesus Christ - another fucking Bobby Flay show? I swear we're going to be seeing a show consisting of Flay sitting on a toilet for 30 minutes trying to push out the bourbon glazed, blue corn crusted mango chipotle oatmeal he had for breakfast.

  11. Please get rid of southern at Heart...all this woman does is brag and its all "my recipe...my signature dish..my signature drink..its always mine mine and mine. Talk about a cocky, arrogant person...for sure not watching. Stop the stupid faces.