Monday, September 7, 2015

Scripps Networks International shares programming highlights of September to December for Food Network and Travel Channel - but not with South Africa's press & TV critics.

Scripps Networks International that runs the Food Network (DStv 175) and the Travel Channel (DStv 179) on MultiChoice's DStv, announced highlights for September to December for the channels at the MultiChoice Content Showcase held at the Outrigger Mauritius Resort & Spa in Mauritius.

South African press and TV critics were not invited, nor told beforehand that the 5-day presentation and programming upfront for various TV channels available on the DStv platform would be taking place.

Scripps Networks International didn't share the information made available in Mauritius to the media there with South Africa's press and TV writers.

Yet the programming information on the Food Network and the Travel Channel is as relevant to South African viewers on DStv as for those elsewhere in Africa.

In Mauritius, Scripps Networks International ironically directed African press outside South Africa to the Food Network's South African web page at for TV listings, chef biographies and recipes.

Africa's press were also given a starting date - ironically - for Jenny and Reza's Fabulous Food Academy - Monday 2 November at 16:00 on the Food Network. A show filmed in South Africa with South Africans. (The starting date hasn't even been communicated to South African press yet.)

Here is the upcoming programming highlights for The Food Network and Travel Channel on DStv, given to African press, but not to South Africa (although its applicable and 100% the same channels seen throughout the entire Africa continent):

Food Network
Dinner at Tiffani’s
Starts: Friday 11 September 20:00
Tiffani Thiessen invites her celebrity friends over for good company, great stories and delicious food. With guests like Jason Priestley, Seth Green.

The Kitchen, season 3
Starts: Tuesday 15 September 09:00
Presenters Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, Marcela Valladolid and Geoffrey Zakarian are experts at fun conversation and sharing delicious recipes.

Man Finds Food
Starts: Tuesday 20 October 21:00
Adam Richman travels across America to find the hidden gems of the fast food scene.

Siba’s Table, season 2
Starts: Friday 16 October 20:00
Siba Mtongana shares the rich fusion culture of modern South African food.

Jenny and Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy
Starts: Monday 2 November 16:00
A new series in which six aspiring chefs are taken under the wings of the culinary duo. Jenny and Reza will be teaching six ambitious chefs to create delicious feasts and improve their cooking skills.

Guy's Grocery Games, season 4
Starts: Monday 16 November 18:00
Guy Fieri sends four talented chefs running through the aisles in a high stakes, high skills, grocery store cooking competition.

Grandma's Secret Cookbook, season 3
Starts: Tuesday 1 December 16:30
Blow the dust off your old cookbooks and join Mo Rocca in the kitchen, as he dons his apron alongside some golden oldies, who reminisce and reveal some treasured recipes from generations gone by.

Chopped, season 22
Starts: Wednesday 9 December 19:00
Four chefs call on their culinary skills as they face off against one another to prepare a spectacular three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, entree and dessert. The catch? In each round, they have to use all the ingredients the show provides them, however unlikely they might be.

Travel Channel
Expedition Unknown, season 1
Starts: Thursday 10 September 20:00
The adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates unsolved iconic stories across the globe.
Armed with a degree in archaeology and a passion for travel, Gates begins by uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration.

Shed and Buried, season 1
Starts: Wednesday 2 September at 20:00/20:30
Motorcycle fanatic Henry Cole and friend Sam Lovegrove go in search of automotive bargains hidden away in people's sheds and garages.

Off the Map, season 1
Starts: Monday 5 October 21:00/21:30
Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed) and Holly Marie Combs (Charmed, Pretty Little Liars) are taking a break from Hollywood to go Off the Map in search of unfiltered adventure in America.

Mysteries at the Museum, season 6 (Halloween)
Starts: Sunday 4 October 21:00
Don Wildman visits America's museums, where strange and curious remnants of the past are revealed.

House Hunters International
Starts: Monday 5 October 18:00/18:30
From Denmark to the Dominican Republic, we follow home seekers around the world as they navigate the sometimes rough waters of buying real estate in other countries.

Worlds Greatest Motorcycle Rides – Balkans
Starts: Monday 2 November 20:00
In the 90s, Henry Cole was a war cameraman at the height of troubles in the Balkans. Viewers will follow Cole as he undertakes a 2000km journey through Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and finally into Serbia.

African Motorcycle Diaries
Starts: Monday 9 November 21:00
Join Spencer as he traverses the African continent by motorbike! Travelling from the UK to Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Senegal and back again, his journey is both challenging and beautiful.

Time Travel with Brian Unger
Starts: December
Time Traveling with Brian Unger goes where ordinary travellers can’t, using eye-popping CGI graphics to visually travel back in time and tell stories from yesteryear that tourists won't find in the guidebooks.

Monumental Mysteries, season 3
Starts: December
Don Wildman searches the U.S. to unearth the nation's most fascinating monuments and the incredible tales behind them.