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FYI Network, A&E Networks' Bio channel replacement coming this July, announced its first slate of programming on Tuesday, promising a mix of food and home-improvement shows that will face plenty of competition from existing cable lineups.
The channel announced six original series and two pilots in development, which will replace the low-rated Bio's slate of biographies, house-flipping shows, food series, a wedding show and crime specials
New food series planned for Bio include "The Epic Meal Show," a half-hour twist on the YouTube show starring Harley Morenstein, aka the "Sauce Boss." There's also "The Feed," a one-hour series described as a sort of food/road show hybrid starring comedian Max Silvestri, "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons and Marcus Samuelsson from ABC's "The Taste" and restaurant Red Rooster Harlem. And the hour-long competition show "World Food Championship" will track home cooks and professional chefs as they compete for a $50,000 prize.
On the home renovation front, FYI will offer two hour-long series: "Tiny House Nation," a look at the movement toward downsizing, and "Renovation Row," a home-makeover competition.
FYI also plans "B.O.R.N. to Style," a life-makeover series.
Possibly the most distinctive series in the works remains in the pilot-development stage: "Jennifer's Way," about Jennifer Esposito, an actress ("Crash") and advocate for Celiac disease awareness trying to expanding her gluten-free bakery into a larger business.