HGTV AND FOOD NETWORK TOUT DOZENS OF FRESH SERIES AND RETURNING FAVORITES UNDER NEW PRESIDENT JANE LATMAN
May 16, 2022
New York [May 16, 2022] Top-performing cable networks HGTV and Food Network – which together attract more than 55 million total viewers per month and feature some of the biggest hits on television – will amp up their 2022 schedules with more than 70 new series and hundreds of episodes of popular titles this year. HGTV, which dominated 2021 as the #1 cable network for W25-54 and delivered its best yearly share in network history for Total Day, Sales Prime and Standard Prime with P25-54 and W25-54 audiences, will produce more than 570 hours of new original programming in 2022, including 33 new series and specials, and 27 returning programs. Food Network, which wrapped up 2021 as the #1 overall cable network in Weekend ITK among W25-54, has roared into 2022 with year-to-date ratings up among W18+ in both Prime (+8%) and Total Day (+3%), as well as for P18+ in Prime (+2%). Food Network is planning for more than 660 hours of new programming for the year, including 40 new series and specials, and 30 returning fan-favorites. The powerhouse nets, which rank as Top 10 cable networks among A25-54 and W25-54 every night of the week, are now helmed by new president, Jane Latman.
“HGTV and Food Network are two of the biggest, most influential brands in television with programming that more than 25 million viewers seek out and watch live weekly,” said Jane Latman, President, Home & Food Content and Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. “We are the established leaders in the home and food genres, and our top priority remains developing, producing and promoting new series that fill our bench with even more talented experts with star power. You also will see us generating fresh ideas that keep our existing fan-favorite series top of mind with this passionate audience."
HGTV and Food Network will roll out a robust lineup of new programming this summer across both linear networks and discovery+, including these exciting new titles:
Buy It or Build It
Premieres on HGTV Wednesday, May 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Buy It or Build It stars Dallas-based twin brothers and contractors Chris and Calvin LaMont as they help clients decide whether to renovate an existing home to fit their lifestyle or build a new home that is completely customized to their needs. Based on each clients’ budget, Chris finds properties with potential and shares how he’ll use the budget to give the home a fresh look, while Calvin wows them with designs of a newly built home at the same price point. Once clients decide whether to buy or build, the siblings and business partners deliver the perfect dream home for each family.
Guy’s All-American Road Trip
Premieres on Food Network Friday, June 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Guy Fieri, his wife Lori, and his sons Hunter and Ryder, load up their RV and hit the road with a caravan of campers for family and friends on a trip they will never forget. The monster journey up the coast is filled with big adventure, fun competitions, and unbelievable meals, as the Fieris and their friends make their way from Northern California through Oregon and into Washington. From surfing sand dunes to a jet-boat excursion down the Rogue River, and from feasts featuring ceviche made from the day’s fresh catch to whole-hog barbecue, fans won’t want to miss their front-row seat to this epic road trip full of mouthwatering meals and iconic destinations.
Launches on discovery+ on Friday, June 3
Glamorous drag superstar, Trixie Mattel, expands her outrageously fun empire into the hospitality industry, erecting the “gaggiest, most iconic motel that has ever existed” in Trixie Motel. The technicolor eight-episode series follows Trixie, her life and business partner and property co-owner, David Silver, and her team as they tackle the massive overhaul of a ramshackle mid-century motel in Palm Springs, California. After spending nearly two million dollars to buy the dilapidated property, Trixie and David recruit a slew of spectacular helpers to complete the project in time to kick off Pride Month with a grand opening extravaganza. To help out with the epic undertaking, Trixie secures “free labor” from friends, including hospitality mogul Lisa Vanderpump, comedian Nicole Byer, actor and musician Zooey Deschanel, Property Brother Jonathan Scott, and drag queen/partner in crime Katya. More famous friends lend a hand during the season, including award-winning actor Leslie Jordan, musician and model Iggy Azalea, actor and television host Jonathan Bennett, and musician Belinda Carlisle.
Hungry for Answers
Premieres on discovery+ Wednesday, June 8
In Hungry for Answers, scholar, award-winning writer, restaurateur and cookbook author Caroline Randall Williams travels the country uncovering the often untold Black stories behind some of America’s classic and emblematic food and spirits. From the spicy, crisp flavors of Nashville Hot Chicken to the warm, dulcet taste of Tennessee Whiskey, Williams is out to uncover the origin stories of these quintessential American offerings, as well as surface the truth when it comes to the equity, or in most cases inequity, regarding the recognition and reward, for the true founding contributors throughout history. Hungry for Answers is a food show, but it is not just a food show, it is a Black food show with an ambitious endeavor to serve up a healthy dose of history with each delicious bite and sip explored.
The Great Giveback with Melissa McCarthy and Jenna Perusich
Premieres on HGTV and launches on discovery+ Monday, June 13, at 9 p.m. ET
The Great Giveback follows Melissa McCarthy, the multi-Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award-winning actress, producer, fashion designer and flea market enthusiast, and her cousin and fellow actress, Jenna Perusich, as they learn the heartwarming stories of exceptional people who were nominated for a home transformation by their loved ones. After that, the home reno obsessed cousins roll up their sleeves, grab sledgehammers, revamp rooms and astonish the recipients with remarkable reveals.
Beachside Brawl: East Coast vs. West Coast
Premieres on Food Network and launches on discovery+ Sunday, June 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Summertime is the best time of year – the sun, the fun and especially the food! From fish tacos to lobster rolls and funnel cakes to elote, Beachside Brawl: East Coast vs. West Coast aims to find out which coast does summer food the best! Representing the west, acclaimed chef Brooke Williamson handpicks four premier beach chefs to put their skills to the test, while elite chef Tiffani Faison lines up her top picks to join the brawl and represent the eastern coast. In this highly anticipated return to battle for these two TOC champs, both captains will cook alongside their teams and mentor them throughout the competition with one goal – prove that their coast does it best! Overseeing this beachside showdown, Antonia Lofaso, who was born in Long Island, NY and now lives in Venice, California, is the perfect host to preside over this battle for the best beach eats. Get ready for this delicious new competition just in time for summer!
Me or the Menu
Premieres on Food Network and launches on discovery+ Thursday, June 30, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Sixty percent of restaurants fail. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. New series, Me or the Menu, follows four couples as they try to beat both odds. Set in the cutthroat world of the restaurant industry, four restaurateurs navigate the challenges of opening their first restaurant with their significant others. Some couples have already opened their doors, while others are diving in headfirst, trying to make it to opening day. The stress of running their first restaurant will put these relationships to the test as these couples strive to keep their dreams and restaurants alive. Will their restaurant and their relationship survive?
Steal This House
Premieres on HGTV Saturday, July 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Cristy Lee (All Girls Garage on MotorTrend TV and MotorTrend+) stars in the Detroit-based home renovation series Steal This House. While she is known for her expertise fixing cars, trucks and bikes, Cristy’s heart is in home improvement. She sees the potential in the most unexpected, inexpensive properties and works to turn them into astonishing homes. For her clients, Cristy proves that it’s worth the risk to buy a lower-priced house that needs work, create a smart renovation budget and invest in a renovation to transform the place into the home of their dreams.
Premieres on Food Network and launches on discovery+ Monday, July 11, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
It's the most competitive game in food - BBQ! And in this new series, chef and restaurateur Michael Symon is headed to the biggest BBQ competitions across the country to bring viewers right into the action as he showcases the most elite competitors and top-notch BBQ talent as they battle for the ultimate barbecue bragging rights and prizes. From Georgia to Kansas to Texas, and points in between, Michael takes viewers behind the scenes to join in all the cooking action including a look at the most diehard devotees of this culinary spectacle, and of course, the most drool-worthy, mouthwatering 'que that you've ever seen!
Rehab Addict Lake House Rescue
Premieres on HGTV and launches on discovery+ Wednesday, July 13, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Nicole Curtis, the home renovation star best known for her hands-on restoration of crumbling old houses in Rehab Addict and Rehab Addict Rescue, returns to her Lake Orion, Michigan, hometown to finish the massive renovation of a historic waterfront cottage in Rehab Addict Lake House Rescue. Nicole revisits the charming 1904 property that she loved at first sight and saved from impending demolition. Now seven years later, she will complete the project—the most difficult, expensive and complicated of her career—to create a stunning lakeside retreat for her family.
Flip to A Million
Premieres on HGTV and launches on discovery+ Monday, Aug. 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
In Flip to A Million, HGTV conducts an edge-of-your-seat house flipping experiment as never seen before. The series follows two couples who are both successful house flippers in their respective markets: Jonathan and Danielle Wrobel of Long Island, New York, and Jason and EJ Williams of Chicago, Illinois. The pairs are dropped in an unfamiliar city—Dallas, Texas—where they set out to prove that in the world of real estate, it’s possible to start out with almost nothing and turn it into a fortune. With an initial budget of only $1,000, each couple works the real estate and flipping market to buy and sell properties. Their goal: build to a $1 million house sale in just six months. To try to make it happen, the duos must go to any length to flip to a million.
Premieres on Food Network and launches on discovery+ Thursday, August 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
It’s CompliPlated is a hilarious new cooking show that has determined chefs attempting to please the most particular panel of eaters with the same plate of food. Hosted by New York Times bestselling-author, actress, vegan foodie and inaugural Food Network Hot List designee, Tabitha Brown, this series is for all the home cooks out there who are looking for ways to make the delicious dishes we all love, while accommodating all the different diets, food allergies and tastes in their household. Chopped judge and Tournament of Champions II winner, Maneet Chauhan, joins the action each week as the competing chefs pull out all the stops to see who can make the best, universal meal for their complicated, picky preferences and walk away with $10,000!
First Home Fix
Premieres on HGTV Saturday, August 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
First Home Fix spotlights design duo and real-life couple, Austin Coleman and Raisa Kuddus, as they create custom one-of-a-kind renovations for eager millennial clients. Austin and Raisa show these first-time homeowners how to best stretch their tight budgets using sweat equity and strategic, uniquely personalized design decisions. In the end, the pair helps their young clients transform their dated properties into a home they never dreamed would be possible.
Bobby and Sophie on the Coast
Premieres on Food Network and launches on discovery+ Monday, August 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Get ready to hit the road with Bobby Flay and his daughter, Sophie, as they set off on an incredible food tour across the sunny California coastline to explore the Los Angeles spots, old and new, that are part of the city’s exploding food scene. Together, they are on a mission to visit amazing restaurants and inspired chefs and enjoy the delectable and inventive cuisine created from the best the area has to offer. From glamorous Hollywood establishments to the urban revival of Downtown LA’s hot new eateries, to fresh seafood in sunny beach-towns, Bobby and Sophie give us a front row seat as they share what they enjoy most, tracking down and trying the most extraordinary eats around. And with so much inspiration from their culinary travels, Bobby can’t resist using the very local ingredients to cook up his own delicious dishes that perfectly reflect what LA cuisine is all about.
Guy’s Ultimate Game Night
Premieres on Food Network Wednesday, August 31, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
If you put a game show and a food competition show in a blender, you get Guy's Ultimate Game Night. Hollywood celebrities and their closest friends and family join host Guy Fieri in the Flavortown Lounge for an evening of food, drinks and off-the-hook food-related games and trivia like "Dish Pics," "The Guy-Q Test," and "Charade the Pantry," as well as hands-on food challenges like "Blind Baker" and "Omelette Offs." It's all fun and games as the guests must stay on their toes as they battle for crazy prizes, and the best part is, it's all in the name of charity!
For the latest announcements on these new upcoming series, fans are invited to stay connected across digital platforms at HGTV.com and via @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, and at FoodNetwork.com and via @FoodNetwork on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.
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