TLC is hoping to add some sizzle to its freshman cooking reality series BBQ Pitmasters by changing its programming recipe from a docu-reality show to a competition-based series for its second season.
The series, which followed the exploits of several barbeque cooking experts, averaged 900,000 total viewers and posted double digit increases for the network among male viewers during its first season, which ended last month.
The new season will feature a weekly competition between several chefs, with each weekly winner eventually squaring off against each other in the final episode, according to TLC officials. The show will feature BBQ Pitmasters stars such as Myron Mixon and Le Ann Whippen in "some capacity" on the show, said TLC officials.
BBQ Pitmasters joins Cake Boss, Ultimate Cake Off and Cupcake Sisters as cooking-related shows on the Discovery Communications-owned network this year.