Food Network is cooking up five series premieres and five new specials for spring 2005, the network said Tuesday.
The Scripps Networks-owned service said it plans to produce more than 796 hours of original programming throughout the year, including 10 new series and 63 new specials.
“2004 was a banner year for Food Network with great successes in all dayparts,” Food president Brooke Bailey Johnson said in a prepared statement.
“The Iron Chef America specials were a huge hit in primetime, and we know fans will love the new series premiering in January,” she added. “The ‘In the Kitchen’ block is exploding with viewers connecting with the next generation of Food Network stars like Giada De Laurentiis and Sandra Lee.”
The new series the network described Tuesday were:
• Food Network Challenge, which debuted this past Sunday, which “takes viewers to the biggest and best food battles around the world.”
• Iron Chef America, set to debut this Sunday at 9 p.m., which will pit some of America's favorite chefs against the “inspired food wizardry” of American Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Masaharu Morimoto.
• Take It Off, debuting in March, features Juan Carlos Cruz (Calorie Commando) helping regular folks to deal with food issues.
• The Dave Lieberman Show, which will bow in April, features Liberman “teaching people how to live, eat and entertain like a king or queen, even if they have the budget of a commoner.”
• The Next Food Network Star, set to debut in June, is a series of one-hour specials chronicling the network’s nationwide search for its newest on-air talent.
The five specials the network released details on are:
• Food Network Caters Your Wedding, set to air Sunday, March 13 at 9 p.m., a two-hour original special hosted by De Laurentiis and covering the wedding of Aaron Lazar and Leann Garris, who won the chance to have their entire reception catered by the network.
• Emeril Live: Chelsea Market, premiering Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m., goes behind-the-scenes of Emeril Live as it moves into its new location in New York’s Chelsea Market.
• Ballpark Café III, airing in April, features host Rachael Ray taking viewers on a cross-country tour through some of America’s favorite ballparks to discover where baseball and food come together.
• What Would Jesus Eat, set to debut in May, explores how religious texts have become a model for modern-day eating.
• Grill-Gantua, also airing in May, follows a dream team consisting of a barbeque cooking champion, a custom grill builder and two specialists as they race to design and build the ultimate competitive grilling machine in just five days.