With a new year approaching and FOOD TV reporting towering capital gains, the FDSE has seen record sales of futures contracts. Our comprehensive report will chart interest levels among upcoming FOOD TV programming, giving you an inside advantage for 2012.
Guy vs. Rachael’s Celebrity Smackdown
Premieres: New Years Day 2012
Premise: Basically a Worst Cook’s in America type cooking competition, but this time with celebrities playing for charity money.
Looks like Guy and Rachael will be coaching the likes of Lou Diamond Phillips and Coolio to culinary greatness. It will be interesting to see if the show will take on a serious or comedic persona. Hopefully somewhere in between. The show could carry that extra comedic edge that recent FOOD TV competitions have been missing; yet the hosts are two of the most polarizing FOOD TV personalities. This show has all the ingredients to produce a hit. Love them or hate them it seems everything Guy and Rachael touch turns to gold.
Interest level: Very Intrested
Premieres: January 2012
Premise: An adaptation of a popular British show (for a change) about the history of food. The series looks at the diets of people from different historical eras. Think WW2, Ancient Rome, The French Revolution. The concept seems promising, but considering the show is set to air during Food Network Primetime it will be interesting to see how the Food Network audience will respond to a mostly historical program. Could go either way.
Interest Level: Mild
Masterchef Season 3
Premieres: Summer 2012
Premise: During episodes throughout season two, a casting call was issued for another season of Masterchef. That’s right, more mystery boxes, pressure tests, and elimination challenges are to be held in the future. Masterchef has become a summer staple for FOOD TV fans, but it will be interesting to see if the same trio of judges will be used. Aside from Gordon, a change or addition to the panel could do the show some good. Casting is taking place now, so any home cooks who think they have what it takes, visit www.masterchefcasting.com
Interest Level: Unchanged
Worst Cooks in America Season 3
Premieres: February 2012
Premise: ughhh… another season. Like the aforementioned celebrity showdown… without the celebrities. No word yet on who the acclaimed chef team captains will be, but yes… more episodes of Worst Cooks in America. Shitty home cooks grouped into two teams competing for a cash prize and bragging rights for the team captain. Season 2 was a shock, so season 3 is just a letdown. It will take 2 spectacular new team captains to stir up some interest here. Eric Ripert? Probably not.
Interest Level: Low