New series roundup: “Drag Race Belgique,” Discovery+’s “Jailhouse Redemption,” more

World of Wonder brings Drag Race to Belgium L.A.-based prodco World of Wonder has confirmed yet another local version of Drag Race, announcing that its signature drag-competition format will be sashaying ...
April 29, 2022

World of Wonder brings Drag Race to Belgium

L.A.-based prodco World of Wonder has confirmed yet another local version of Drag Race, announcing that its signature drag-competition format will be sashaying to Belgium less than a month after slating the series’ first Swedish iteration.

The new Drag Race Belgique will be shot in French and subtitled for the international market. The show is already casting ahead of the planned series premiere later this year, with a local broadcaster to be confirmed at a later date. Internationally, the series will premiere on World of Wonder’s streaming platform WOW Presents Plus in the U.S., UK, and select territories.

Drag Race Belgique will be produced in conjunction with World of Wonder. Executive producers are RuPaul, WOW founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and the company’s head of development Tom Campbell. The series host, cast, and premiere date will be announced in the coming months.

MasterChef‘s Aarón Sánchez anchors new Spanish-language culinary competition

Discovery’s Spanish-language food and lifestyle channel Hogar de HGTV has announced a May 5 premiere for a new culinary competition format that will spotlight Hispanic cuisine, produced in collaboration with MasterChef co-star Aarón Sánchez’s media company and lifestyle platform Cocina.

Hosted by Sánchez, El Sabor de Aarón (The Taste of Aarón, 10 x 30 min.) brings together talented Latino professional chefs from throughout the U.S. and pits them against each other in head-to-head challenges. In each episode, two chefs will prepare two separate dishes with ingredients chosen by Sánchez, who will then evaluate the results along with a panel of celebrity guest judges and declare a winner.

The cast of guest judges includes boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya, celebrity chefs Benito Molina, Solange Munis, Deborah de Corral, Grace Ramirez and Ruffo Ibarra, and mixologist Manny Hinojosa.

“Hogar de HGTV is focused on creating the best-of-the-best in food and home content for Latinos,” said David Tardio, VP of integrated advertising sales and marketing for Discovery U.S. Hispanic. “We are always seeking partners who share our mission, and we have found our match in Cocina, a best-in-class production partner that has created the premier lifestyle hub for Latinos, and a top-notch expert in Aarón Sánchez.”

Discovery+ slates docuseries Jailhouse Redemption for May 12 premiere

Discovery+ has slated a May 12 premiere for Jailhouse Redemption, a four-part docuseries that follows a Virginia sheriff’s unique program to help drug users break the dead-end cycle of addiction and imprisonment.

The series centers on the Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (HARP), an initiative introduced by Chesterfield, VA sheriff Karl Leonard in 2016 when he learned that 80% of inmates in the two county prisons he oversaw were heroin addicts. The program aims to get inmates into recovery in order to both lower their likelihood for recidivism and, potentially, save their lives.

Jailhouse Redemption offers extraordinary access to inmates participating in the program, following them as they struggle (and sometimes fail) on the path to recovery and face a range of personal, cultural, and legal obstacles as they attempt to break the cycle of addiction and return to society.

The series is produced for Discovery+ by Magilla Entertainment, whose Matthew Ostrom, Laura Palumbo Johnson and Jason Fox serve as executive producers. Beth Wichterich is executive producer for Evangeline Media, with Discovery+ represented by Bill Howard as executive producer and Paola Espinosa as coordinating producer.

Peacock taps Alan Cumming as host of U.S. version of The Traitors

Actor Alan Cumming will host Peacock’s U.S. version of The Traitors, the Dutch “psychological adventure” format that was licensed by Peacock parent NBCUniversal and the BBC (which will be producing a UK edition) last fall.

The 10-episode series takes place in a castle in the Scottish Highlands, where Cumming will host a cast of reality-TV icons as they work as a team to compete in a series of games and elimination challenges in order to win a prize of up to $250,000. The twist is that three of the players are “traitors” who will angle to win the prize for themselves by turning others against “loyal” players.

All3Media affiliate Studio Lambert Scotland will be producing both the U.S. and UK editions of the series. For the U.S. version, executive producers are Stephen Lambert, Jack Burgess, Mike Cotton, Toni Ireland and Sam Rees Jones.

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