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Upfronts ’15: Wine, burgers on the menu for Esquire Network

NBCUniversal-owned Esquire Network has unveiled five series as part of its upfront, including Left/Right's Somm, which follows six aspiring sommeliers, and Coolfire Studios' United States of Burgers.
March 30, 2015

Esquire Network’s slate for 2015 runs the gamut from fine wines to the search for the perfect burger.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable net has unveiled five new series as part of its upfront in New York City on Monday (March 30), including a series that will “share” a cast with another new series airing on sister net Oxygen.

Comedians of LA (w/t), produced by L. Plummer Media follows rising comedians in Hollywood as they aspire to climb the comedy ladder and compete with each other for the big gigs. A companion series, Living with Funny, will air on Oxygen and focus on the comedians’ home lives with wives and girlfriends. Thus far, Brandon T. Jackson is the first comedian to have signed on for both shows, with additional cast members to be announced.

Also on the slate is Left/Right’s Somm, which follows six aspiring master sommeliers in New York City as they prepare for the Court of Masters Sommelier exam. Jason Wise, director of the documentary of the same name, and producer Christina Wise also serve as EPs for the show.

Coolfire Studios brings United States of Burgers to the table for Esquire. The competition series pits backyard BBQ kings against each other in the hunt for the perfect burger.

Meanwhile, Going Deep with David Rees is moving from National Geographic Channel to Esquire. Produced by True Entertainment, the series features writer/comedian/entrepreneur Rees investigating the science and history behind everyday tasks.

Rounding out the slate of upcoming series for Esquire is the previously announced The Agent from Herzog & Co.

“It’s an exciting time at Esquire Network and we are proud of our significant and continuous growth. This new line-up will present even more of the compelling, dynamic content that is engaging our male audience, setting us up for further momentum,” said Matt Hanna, senior vice president of original programming for Esquire Network in a statement.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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