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Food TV Update: Bizarre Foods America Renewed, More

By Kelly Dobkin
October 9, 2013
Photo by: Food Network

A few food-TV updates this afternoon. First up, recent Next Food Network Star winner Damaris Phillips' new show has a name and an airdate (check out our Q&A with her here). Southern at Heart will premiere Sunday, October 27, at 10:30 AM ET/PT. The premise is close (if not exactly the same) as the Eat Date Love concept she presented on Next Food Network Star, tying together food with dating. In a press statement the premise is described as: "From preparing a special dish for a date to helping beginners master the perfect meal for their partner, Damaris plays matchmaker and chef to a tee in her six-episode series, providing entertainment and delicious food along the way."

Nextly, Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods America has been renewed for a sixth season, with the premiere of season five only weeks away on November 4. No huge shocker here but the show will return to Travel Channel in 2014 with eight one-hour episodes. The network's Dangerous Grounds starring La Colombe's Todd Carmichael has also been renewed for another season. We also learn of a new greenlit series coming to Travel Channel called Chow Masters which will feature chef Sammy DeMarco and best friend/hollywood director Frank Coraci who will hit the road (Guy Fieri-style?) to find the best and most creative comfort food in America. After sampling the "entries" the duo will decide which contender will receive $10,000 and the Golden Skillet award.

Finally, the rumor mill over at Food Network Gossip is abuzz with news that Food Network is planning a food talk show of sorts, similar to The Chew called The Scoop and that it will star Geoffrey Zakarian, Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, and Marcela Valladolid. Look for an early 2014 premiere. [FNG]

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