FYI™ UNVEILS PRIMETIME LINEUP FOR JULY PREMIERE
SEVEN NEW ORIGINAL SERIES INCLUDE “MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT,” “TINY HOUSE NATION,” “B.O.R.N. TO STYLE,” “EPIC MEAL EMPIRE” AND MORE
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NEW YORK, May 27, 2014 – FYI will debut with a primetime lineup of seven new series in July. The announcement was made today by Jana Bennett, President of FYI and LMN.
“Reflecting FYI’s mission of inspiring personal creativity across all aspects of viewers’ lives, the network will premiere with an authentic slate of series that embrace FYI’s adventurous, personalized and non-prescriptive approach to programming,” says Jana Bennett, President of FYI and LMN. “Viewers will see a taste of everything FYI has to offer with a range of stories and experiences that reflect how people actually live their lives today, not defined by just one passion or interest.”
FYI’s primetime lineup for July includes the following original series:
10 one-hour episodes and a one-hour casting special / Premieres Tuesday, July 8 at 9pm ET
Based on the hit Danish format, “Married at First Sight” is an extreme social experiment following six brave souls who are yearning for a life-long partnership as they agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married the moment they first meet. Four specialists – sexologist, Dr. Logan Levkoff; spiritualist, Greg Epstein; psychologist, Dr. Joseph Cilona; and sociologist, Dr. Pepper Schwartz – will create what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will never meet or know each other until they walk down the aisle and see each other face to face, for the first time, when they get married. Each episode of “Married at First Sight” will follow the classic lifestyle stories of newlyweds – from the honeymoon to early nesting to other relatable events of married life. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to separate? Produced for FYI by Kinetic Content. Chris Coelen and Sam Dean are Executive Producers for Kinetic Content. Executive producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Liz Fine.
10 one-hour episodes / Premieres Wednesday, July 9 at 9pm ET
“Rowhouse Showdown” features renovation expert, Carter Oosterhouse, leading three teams as they battle it out to transform dilapidated homes in Cincinnati, Ohio. Taking on the rundown houses in a distressed neighborhood, the teams will renovate one home each – while also living together – in a bid to raise the property value of the community surrounding them. The team that increases the appeal of their home to the max goes home with the grand prize of $50,000 and their home renovation will be featured on Dwell magazine’s website. Designer, Kathy Kuo, and Cincinnati-based house flipper, Jim Bronzie, judge the team’s renovations. Dwell’s Editor in Chief, Amanda Dameron, guest judges the series finale. Carter Oosterhouse hosts. Produced for FYI by Jane Street Entertainment. Donna MacLetchie and Linda Lea are Executive Producers for Jane Street Entertainment. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy, James Bolosh and Toby Faulkner.
10 one-hour episodes / Premieres Wednesday, July 9 at 10pm ET
In “Tiny House Nation,” renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 300 square feet. From a micro-apartment in New York City to a caboose car turned home in Montana to a micro-sized mobile home for road tripping – this is a series that celebrates the exploding movement of tiny homes. From pricey to budget friendly, “Tiny House Nation” is not a typical design show, but one that proves size doesn’t always matter – it’s creativity that counts. Produced for FYI by Loud TV. Brent Montgomery, Nick Rigg and Shawn Witt are Executive Producers for Loud TV. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy, James Bolosh and Toby Faulkner.
6 one-hour episodes / Premieres Thursday, July 10 at 10pm ET
Hosted in Las Vegas, The World Food Championships is one of the most ambitious and authentic food competitions held annually. This series follows talented home cooks and professional chefs from across America as they compete to create dishes mouth-wateringly creative enough to win their food category. From BBQ, to bacon to family recipes – there is a winner for each competition, culminating in a grand finale with a shot at winning a $50,000 prize. Co-hosted by Jeffrey Saad, chef, author and LA-based restaurant owner; and Dallas-based chef, Tiffany Derry. Produced for FYI by Sharp Entertainment. Dan Adler, Jennifer O’Connell, Larry Hochberg and Matt Sharp are Executive Producers for Sharp Entertainment. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Toby Faulkner.
6 one-hour episodes / Premieres Saturday, July 12 at 9pm ET
Part road show, part NYC food adventure, part talk show – this is a deliciously inventive new series celebrating food in all its creative, ingenious glory. Three unique and distinctly opinionated hosts – culinary expert Gail Simmons; superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson; and comedian and food writer Max Silvestri – anchor a rollicking adventure into the world of cooking, food trends and food culture in America. From edible fireworks to beef jerky business cards to the next big food mash-up, they don’t just talk about what’s happening right now in the food world; they get their hands dirty and challenge each other to push food culture forward. Produced for FYI by Giant Pirates. Ross Jacobson and Troy Searer are Executive Producers for Giants Pirates. Gail Simmons and Marcus Samuelsson serve as Executive Producers. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Lauren Wohl.
14 one-hour episodes / Premieres Tuesday, July 15 at 10pm ET
“B.O.R.N. to Style” is a lifestyle makeover series centered on a “fierce” team from New York, and their larger than life boss, Jonathan Bodrick. Springing from the Harlem-based eclectic boutique, B.O.R.N. (borrowed, old, refurbished and new), the style superheroes land at the door of those desperately in need of some “color in their lives.” By rifling through their client’s belongings and asking blunt questions, the team at B.O.R.N. gets to the root of their fashion malaise, before whisking them away for a transformation that goes beyond just their look. In each episode, viewers will see them offer up their own brand of therapy and inspiration to clients as they transform them into their best possible selves. Produced for FYI by Left/Right. Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Tracey Kemble, Dean Slotar and Anneka Jones are Executive Producers for Left/Right. Co-Executive Producers are David Bodrick and Mary Robertson. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy, Liz Fine and Lauren Wohl.
16 half-hour episodes / Premieres Saturday, July 26 at 10pm ET
With more than 600 million views in weekly webisodes and over 6 million YouTube subscribers to date, Harley Morenstein, aka the “Sauce Boss,” and his kitchen crew are ready for primetime television. From whiskey-laced, burger-stuffed lasagnas to donut casseroles to Jack & Coke cupcakes – The Epic Meal Time team delivers recipes that are visually mind-blowing spins on food preparation and presentation. This new FYI series will follow the ingenious group as they invent spectacular new dishes, on a whole new “epic” level. Produced for FYI by Collective Digital Studio and NextTime Productions. Gary Binkow and Greg Heller are Executive Producers for Collective Digital Studio. Executive Producers for NextTime Productions are Harley Morenstein and Darren Morenstein. Gena McCarthy, Liz Fine and Audra Smith are Executive Producers for FYI.
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