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HGTV, Food Network lift the curtain on summer unscripted slates

Ahead of the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront presentation on Wednesday (May 18), HGTV and the Food Network offered details on some of the new culinary and lifestyle titles rolling out for the ...
May 17, 2022

Ahead of the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront presentation on Wednesday (May 18), HGTV and the Food Network offered details on some of the new culinary and lifestyle titles rolling out for the summer, part of a programming plan that will ultimately total more than 70 new series and specials for the remainder of 2022.

Food Network

On the Food Network front, the previously announced titles Beachside Brawl: East Coast vs. West Coast and Guy’s All-American Road Trip will be joined by another series fronted by Road Trip star Guy Fieri. Guy’s Ultimate Game Night brings celebs, along with their friends and family, to Fieri’s Flavortown Lounge for an evening of food-related games, challenges and trivia, with all the winnings going to charity. The combo game show/cooking competition is set to premiere on August 31.

Debuting on June 30, with a simultaneous streaming launch on Discovery+, is Me or the Menu. The docuseries follows four married couples who are opening their first restaurants together, charting the ups and downs of both the businesses and the couples’ relationships, as the stress of managing the new venture tests the bonds of wedlock.

“Meat-centric” celeb chef Michael Symon is the fitting frontman for BBQ USA, which sees the Cleveland-based restaurateur traversing the U.S. to take in the country’s biggest BBQ competitions. The series drops on July 11, with a simultaneous Discovery+ debut.

Premiering on both linear and streaming on August 11 is It’s CompliPlated, a competition series in which chefs strive to make the tastiest dish that can meet all the food-allergy requirements, dietary restrictions and taste preferences of a particularly picky panel of judges. Social media star and New York Times–bestselling author Tabitha Brown serves as host, while Chopped judge and Tournament of Champions II winner Maneet Chauhan will also be on hand for each episode as the competing chefs battle it out for a $10,000 weekly prize.

Last on the Food Network list is Bobby and Sophie on the Coast, in which celeb chef Bobby Flay and his daughter Sophie sample the culinary specialties of L.A., from the most upscale Hollywood fine dining to delectable beachside fare. The series’ linear and streaming premiere is slated for August 22.

HGTV

HGTV’s new offerings begin with Buy It or Build It, premiering on Wednesday (May 18). Greenlit last spring, the series follows Dallas-based twin brothers and contractors Chris and Calvin LaMont as they walk their clients through two home-buying scenarios on the same budget: one in which they renovate an existing property, and another in which they build a new home from scratch.

Another previously announced series now seeing a confirmed drop date is The Great Giveback with Melissa McCarthy and Jenna Perusich (pictured), in which the two actors and cousins surprise exceptional people whose loved ones have nominated them for home transformations. Produced by Scott Brothers Entertainment, the series is set to premiere on both HGTV and Discovery+ on June 13.

July 9 sees the premiere of Steal This House, in which Cristy Lee of MotorTrend’s All Girls Garage helps clients find inexpensive and surfacely unimpressive properties with dream-home potential, and then devises a renovation plan that will give them the biggest bang for a decidedly lesser amount of bucks.

The latest iteration of the Rehab Addict franchise, Rehab Addict Lake House Rescue sees home reno star Nicole Curtis returning to her hometown of Lake Orion, Michigan to complete the costly and complicated transformation of a hundred-plus-year-old lakefront property she purchased for her family seven years prior. The linear and streaming series premiere is July 13.

Debuting on HGTV and Discovery+ on August 1, real estate competition series Flip to a Million plunks down two pairs of successful house flippers in Dallas — a city that neither duo is familiar with — provides them with a meager starting budget of $1,000 each, and challenges them to build up to a $1 million house sale in just six months.

Lastly, First Home Fix features shacked-up design duo Austin Coleman and Raisa Kuddus helping their millennial clients stretch their tight budgets to create innovative home reno solutions for their unprepossessing first homes. The series will debut on August 27.

Also included in the new series round-up released today were two Discovery+ exclusives, both of which had been previously announced: Hungry for Answers (premiering June 8), in which host Caroline Randall Williams explores the Black origins of several classic American dishes, and Trixie Motel (premiering June 3), in which drag superstar Trixie Mattel makes over a rundown Palm Springs motel into a fabulous destination stay with the help of some glamorous friends, including musician and model Iggy Azalea, actor and musician Zooey Deschanel, Property Brothers co-host Jonathan Scott and hospitality mogul Lisa Vanderpump.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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