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Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s Ty Pennington is trading a hammer and nails for a kitchen apron. TNT has tapped Pennington to host its new cooking competition show On The Menu with chef Emeril Lagasse as Menu Master. A fall 2014 premiere is planned. In each episode, a group of passionate home cooks will be challenged to create a the next signature dish for that week’s selected restaurant chain, stadium concession stand, or other American food business. The amateur cooks will work in conjunction with professional chefs to create their dishes, from concept to execution. A panel of judges will then determine which dish not only tastes the best, but also fits with the restaurant’s current menu offerings. The winning dish will immediately go on the business’ menu, giving viewers at home the chance to go try the dish the very next day. On The Menu »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Ty Pennington, who’s best known for his work on the home improvement shows “Trading Spaces” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” is heading to the kitchen as the host of TNT’s new Mark Burnett-exec produced series, “On the Menu.”
Pennington joins chef Emeril Lagasse, who will mentor the contestants throughout the competition as the show’s “menu master.”
The cooks will work with professional chefs weekly to create new signature dishes for American food businesses, including restaurant chains and stadium concession stands. The winning dish will appear on the business’ menu, giving viewers the opportunity to try the dish the very next day.
“Two TV veterans, Emeril and Ty, who have amazing energy, are coming together for a show that is all about serving up a brand new experience for the viewer,” Burnett said in a press release. “This is going to be fun to watch: Emeril and »
- Andrea Seikaly
Ty Pennington (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) is trading in his tool belt for a kitchen apron as host of TNT's new series “On the Menu.” Also, Chef Emeril Lagasse (“Emeril Live”) is signed on to be the show's Menu Master, Turner said Wednesday. “On the Menu” is television's first cooking show to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode, as well as give everyday cooks the chance to have their dish appear in dining institutions across the country, TNT boasted in a press release. Also read: ‘MasterChef Junior’ Renewed by Fox for Third Season In each episode, »
- Tony Maglio
Veteran unscripted executive and producer Eugene Young has joined Ryan Seacrest Prods. as president. He succeeds longtime CEO Adam Sher, who stepped down in November. Young starts in March, reporting to Rsp chairman Ryan Seacrest on creative matters and to COO/CFO Jeff Refold on business and financial matters. Recently appointed Evp Unscripted Programming Izzie Pick Ashcroft will report to Young. Evp Scripted Programming Nina Wass will work closely with Young, and continue to report to Seacrest. “Eugene’s an extremely talented and accomplished television executive, as well as an experienced producer, with a keen understanding of the business — not just where it’s been, or even where we are, but most important, where it’s all going,” said Seacrest. Young called the appointment “the biggest opportunity of my career.” For the past eight months, Young served as co-managing director of Hell’s Kitchen producer A. Smith & Co. Before that, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Ben Samek has been tapped as chief operating officer, overseeing business development and strategy and the newly launched Endemol Beyond digital channel.
Rob Smith has taken on an expanded role as exec VP of creative affairs, spearheading all unscripted development and current programming for the company.
Samek was previously COO of 51 Minds, the Endemol-owned production imprint that Abrego headed before being tapped co-ceo in October.
- Variety Staff
Zap2it: What drew you to "Building Wild"?
Paul Dimeo: I came off 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,' and there we were building homes. And the story behind 'Extreme' was always we would send our families away. They would go to Disneyland. ... And when these families would come back -- and over a decade I heard this -- the families would come back and say, 'Jeez, we really wish we were here.' And they were really, truly missing the best part of it. They're missing an entire community coming together to build them this house. They're away, so they have no idea who's doing what.
So when George (Verschoor, the show runner) and I were talking about what were some of the great things you could take away from that, well the fact that you could have your client working with us, meeting everybody and having their friends come. »
A four-seat Atv shimmies, sways and weaves its way up a mountainside path, at one point nearly depositing a passenger into the sea of mud it's navigating. All on board can see their breath, a constant reminder that winter is not far off.
It's a cold, clammy, bumpy ride to the top of the former Timber Ridge Ski Resort in Windham, Vt., on this rainy late October morning, where a crew of builders is laboring mightily to finish up a project for the new National Geographic Channel series "Building Wild," premiering Tuesday, Jan. 14.
On this day, the project in question is a 400-square-foot cabin built around a 20-foot-high concrete pier that used to hold the return pulley for the ski lift. It comes outfitted with a bar and a snowboard ramp for its father/son owners, a wood stove tied into the pier to radiate heat throughout, and a makeshift »
7 items from 2014
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