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Fall TV Preview: The 8 Shows You'll Be Watching

By Tamara Palmer
August 19, 2013
Photo by: ABC

When the fall television season kicks off, you'll find a number of new choices mixed in with a few familiar faces - including a great many that focus on food and drink as a key part of the premise, from hidden-camera shows and scripted comedies to reality show and cooking competition fare. Some of these shows are sure to become intimate with your DVR, while others may already be candidates for the midseason replacement. Here are eight food-laden shows to sample, coming soon to a TV near you.

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    Thieves, Inc.

    Leading the way for new hidden camera shows is this series starring professional security experts Connie Ribble and Scott McDonald. The duo, who together have close to 30 years of experience on the job, go undercover in restaurants in order to expose weaknesses to the owners. Critically, they also manage to catch actual criminals in the act.

    September 11, Food Network

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    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

    Bourdain's post-No Reservations global adventure series returns for a second season. Last time, he hit places like the Congo, Peru, Los Angeles, Libya and Myanmar, and this time he heads to Spain, New Mexico, Israel, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and India.

    September 15, CNN

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    Knife Fight

    Top Chef Season 2 winner Ilan Hall never heard the phrase, "Pack your knives and go," so he's more than ready to host a hardcore Knife Fight. Chefs battle it out late at night inside the kitchen of Hall's Los Angeles restaurant The Gorbals. Take a first look at the show.

    September 24, Esquire Network

  • The Getaway

    An unlikely crew of hosts including comedian Aziz Ansari, rapper Eve, chef Jose Andrés, and past and present Talk Soup/The Soup hosts Aisha Tyler and Joel McHale explore the food and culture of cities around the world. Anthony Bourdain takes the role of executive producer on this new travel series; watch an extended look here.

    September 25, Esquire Network

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    MasterChef Junior

    Prepare yourself before watching the crazy sneak peek of Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot interacting with children. Contestants in this new cooking competition are as young as eight, but some manage to impress the judges more than professional adults.

    September 27, Fox

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    Top Chef

    Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and 17 contestants (whose names were teased out over three installments last week) head down to the Big Easy for the 11th season of the popular competition. Given that the current run of Top Chef Masters opened with the competitors being urged to jump out of a plane to earn more cooking time, Top Chef in New Orleans promises to be explosive.

    October 2, Bravo

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    Mixology

    This new comedy finds 10 singles looking for love in the course of one night at Union, an upscale bar in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. It could be a short-term premise, but with the writing team behind The Hangover in control, there may also be some good twists. Sneak a peek here.

    Fall, ABC

  • Snackdown

    Skateboarder and reality TV star Rob Dyrdek (Ridiculousness) recruited culinary personality Eddie Huang, who can definitely appreciate a good Scooby snack, to host a new cooking contest. After delving into programs about teen pregnancy and Teen Wolf-ery, this is a surprising foray by Dyrdek into the subject of food.

    Fall, MTV

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