Upfronts 2013: Scripps Nets Add Projects with Vanilla Ice, Adam RichmanChannels to Roll Out Authenticated TV Everywhere Apps This Summer 4/23/2013 10:57 AM Eastern
Food Network, this year celebrating its 20th anniversary, will introduce more than 20 new series in 2013. The channel previewed four of those shows at its upfront presentation to press: Giving You the Business, where CEOs of well-known food chains secretly enter employees into a hidden camera competition and reward one with their own franchise; The Joe B. Project, where restaurants nominate their terrible bosses for a makeover from Joe Bastianich; The Shed, about a Mississippi family that owns a chain of barbeque restaurants; and Chef Marks the Spot, where three chefs compete for the chance to challenge Bobby Flay in a cook-off.
The network's younger sister Cooking Channel will have eight returning primetime series in 2013, like Chuck's Eat the Street and Road Trip with G. Garvin and seven new series including The Alie and Georgia Show, which takes the channel's Classy Ladies web series and makes a TV show about traveling with your best friend.
HGTV, which touted its audience as the most upscale in cable, highlighted two new series joining its lineup - Renovation Raiders, where licensed contractor Amy Matthews and a crew complete a major renovation while the homeowners are out to dinner; and Property Brothers spinoff Brother vs. Brother, where twin hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott are pitted against each other to mentor a team of five home improvement experts competing for $50,000.
Sister net DIY is currently in production on four new series including The Rev. Run Project, where the former Run DMC member renovates his 9,000-square-foot home; and Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, where the rapper turned home construction expert lives with and learns from Amish builders. The network also has projects with character actor Bronson Pinchot and singer/songwriter Daryl Hall.
Travel Channel is also adding four new series, including a new show for network personality Adam Richman titled Fandemonium where he searches the country for the biggest fan events. Also greenlit are the husband/wife adventure series Get Lost, Best Daym Takeout hosted by YouTube star Daymon Patterson, and Backroad Gold with antique car expert Corky Coker. The network has also renewed Hotel Impossible and Mysteries at the Museum for additional seasons.
Great American Country has ordered a second season of Farm Kings and will premiere The Willis Clan, about a Tennessee family with 12 children who are all accomplished singers, musicians and dancers, on June 27. The network will also focus more on long-form music events, with specials planned for country stars Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley.
Viewers will soon be able to watch Scripps Networks Interactive programming on more screens as the company announced it will roll out new TV Everywhere iOS and Android apps for authenticated customers this summer.
SNI holds its New York upfront -- its fifth stop on an eight-city tour --Tuesday evening at Alice Tully Hall.