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Food Network & Cooking Channel 2012 Season Upfront Announcement

acgold7 | Mar 30, 201210:09 AM

From their Press Release at :



Food Network and Cooking Channel, both part of Scripps Networks Interactive, offered up their 2012 lineups of new and returning series with a total of 22 new series and 35 returning series between the two networks.

Food Network new primetime series:
• Meat Men is a previously-announced series highlighting well-known New York butcher and meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda. Premieres April 9 at 11p.
• Cupcake Champions pits 16 of Cupcake Wars' best and most memorable winners against each other in a competition to name the top cupcake champ. Premieres May 13 at 8p.
• Invention Hunters follows Steve Greenberg and Patrick Raymond who are "invention scouts" as they search America for the next great kitchen gadget invention. Debuts May 14 at 9p.
• Mystery Diners shadows a group of undercover operatives as they go into restaurants, bars and food service establishments with hidden cameras to find out what is really going on when the boss is not around. Premieres May 25 at 10p.
• The New Anne Burrell Project (wt) sees Anne putting four executive chef candidates through the toughest job interview of their lives with the goal to see which one is ready to run the restaurant. Premieres in June 2012.
• Bobby Flay's Opening Night (wt) has Flay offering advice to first-time restaurateurs to help make their crucial opening night a success. Debuts July 2012.
• Chopped: Grill Masters goes to the Arizona desert where 16 grilling pros are pitted against each other in this five-part tournament series. Premieres July 22 at 10p.
• $24 in 24 Hours (wt) in this new series Jeff Mauro (Sandwich King) visits cities across America to show viewers how to experience great food by spending only $24 in one day. Debuts August 2012.
• Undercover Critics follows Alex Guarnaschelli (Chopped), Troy Johnson (Crave) and Simon Majumdar (Next Iron Chef) as they go undercover as restaurant critics with hidden cameras to reveal the good and the bad of established restaurants. Launches September 2012.
• Sugar Dome follows three teams comprised of three artists working in different mediums battle to create never-before-seen food art masterpieces. Premieres October 2012.
• Blind Dinner Party is hosted by comedian Margaret Cho where seven strangers of diverse backgrounds join together to break bread and see if they can reach common ground through food. Debuts October 2012.
Food Network new daytime series:
• Trisha's Southern Kitchen is a previously-announced six-episode series featuring country music superstar and cookbook author, Trisha Yearwood as she prepares favorite meals in her own kitchen. Premieres April 14 at 1030a.
• Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen features Paula Deen's son as he creates family dinners. Debuts June 16 at 1030a.
• Sunny Travels (wt) follows Sunny Anderson traveling the country to find the best home-cooked recipes. Debuts July 2012.
• The New Sandra Lee Project (wt) features Sandra Lee offering her fans a new take on her cooking and entertaining tips. Premieres fall 2012.
Food Network returning primetime series:
• Chopped All-Stars season two opens April 8 at 9p.
• Food Network Star makes an eighth season comeback on May 13 at 9p.
• Extreme Chef season two launches August 2012.
• The Great Food Truck Race is back for a third season August 19 at 9p.
• Halloween Wars is set to debut a second season October 7 at 9p.
• The Next Iron Chef: Redemption debuts a fifth season November 4 at 9p.
Food Network returning daytime series:
• The Best Thing I Ever Made is back for a second season April 8 at 1130a.
• The Pioneer Woman returns with a third season in fall 2012.
Cooking Channel new primetime series:
• Roadtrip with G. Garvin travels with Chef Gerry Garvin (aka 'G') as he takes viewers on a tour of his native South and its food specialties. Premieres May 29 at 9p.
• The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia features Baron Ambrosia, the self-styled "Culinary Ambassador to the Bronx" as he travels beyond the Bronx to discover culinary delights in other cities. Debuts June 1 at 10p.
• Eden Eats follows Eden Grinshpan who travels throughout America discovering the global culinary scene in each new US city within a 24-hour period. Premieres August 2012.
• Cheap Bites is hosted by New York City chef and food writer Eddie Huang as he locates the best food deals in different Americas places. Debuts August 2012.
• Eat the Street discovers in each city the single street where one can find restaurant after restaurant with host Chuck Hughes. Premieres September 2012.
• Man, Fire, Food features Roger Mooking (Everyday Exotic, Heat Seekers) as he explores cooking at its most basic. Premieres September 2012.
• My Grandmother's Ravioli is hosted by Mo Rocca who, though he is a foodie, doesn't know how to cook. Mo will discover treasured recipes by visiting America's Grandmothers and Grandfathers. Debuts fall 2012.
Cooking Channel returning primetime series:
• Easy Chinese is back with a second season June 2 at 830p.
• Not My Mama's Meals makes a second season return in August 2012.
• Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen returns for a third season in September 2012.
• Symon's Suppers is set for a second season in September 2012.
• Unique Sweets has a third season on tap starting October 2012.
• Extra Virgin returns for a third season in fall 2012.
Cooking Channel returning daytime series:
• The Perfect Three is back with a second season beginning May 12 at 230p.
• Kelsey's Essentials returns for a fourth season in fall 2012.
• Drop 5lbs With Good Housekeeping has a second season set for January 2013.

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