HBO Max Orders Cooking Competition Series ‘The Big Brunch’

HBO Max has ordered the unscripted cooking competition series “The Big Brunch” from Dan Levy and Boardwalk Pictures (“Chef’s Table,” “Cheer”). The series is slated to premiere next year.

Created and hosted by Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”), “The Big Brunch” will offer chefs the opportunity share their stories and their business dreams, while also competing for a life altering prize — all while finding innovative and personal ways to redefine what it means to dine between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“Everybody has a friend, a family member, or a co-worker that is extraordinary at what they do, they just need a leg up so that their talents can be appreciated on a larger scale,” Levy said in a statement. “Thanks to an almost obsessive love of food, I’ve been lucky enough to come across many of those people in the culinary world — friends working out of cafes or food trucks, revolutionizing the menus at local diners — those special humans who create communities around their cooking, hoping to take their skills to the next level. I created this show for them, the local culinary heroes of America who deserve a spotlight. That, and who doesn’t want to watch maple syrup being poured slowly over a golden stack of perfectly cooked, creme brûlée inspired French toast?”

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“What we love about this special show is that it serves more than mouth-watering culinary delicacies; it’s about heart, a love of cooking and spotlighting talent whose unique skills elevate the beloved brunch menu,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, said in a statement. “There’s no better foodie or creative partner than Dan and the team at Boardwalk Pictures to celebrate those undiscovered voices, and, well, Brunch, the best meal to indulge in decadent sweet and savory dishes that are fueled by cocktails and caffeine.”

‘Dishing With Julia Child’ to Stream Feb. 28 on PBS Living and PBS Passport

“Dishing With Julia Child,” a new six-part series from PBS, will be available to stream Feb. 28 on PBS Passport and PBS Living, available on Prime Video Channels and Apple TV.

“We are more than excited to be bringing original content to PBS Living for the very first-time,” said Andrea Downing, co-president of PBS Distribution, in a statement. “Julia Child pioneered what cooking shows have become today and to get a once-in-a-lifetime look at how she inspired the master chefs of today is truly a treat.”

PBS Living is available at $2.99 a month. PBS Passport is an added member benefit.

Eric Ripert in “Dishing With Julia Child”

In “Dishing With Julia Child,” nine respected chefs — José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Carla Hall, Vivian Howard, Sara Moulton, Jacques Pépin, Éric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson and Martha Stewart — gather together to screen favorite episodes of Child’s iconic show “The French Chef,” which debuted in 1963. As they watch, they share personal reminiscences, anecdotes and a few laughs as they discuss the immeasurable impact she had on their lives, careers and the American food scene.

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Jose Andres in “Dishing With Julia Child”

The series, which will also be broadcast on Fridays April 3-17 on PBS, is part of the PBS 50th anniversary celebration of the iconic personalities that shaped both broadcast history and pop culture.

“As we celebrate PBS icons like Julia Child during our 50th anniversary, audiences will also get an exciting look at how these legacies will shape and inspire the future of PBS,” said Jerry Liwanag, VP, fundraising programming, in a statement. “This nostalgic series is just one example of the rich food and culture programming that PBS makes available to audiences across multiple platforms.”

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“’Dishing With Julia Child’ showcases how pioneering and timeless Julia Child’s television teaching is,” said Eric W. Spivey, chairman of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. “The Foundation is thrilled PBS has connected some of Julia’s iconic episodes to the streaming age through the eyes of chefs who embody her legacy.”

Episode titles and broadcast premiere dates (ET):

No. 1 “The Whole Fish Story” (April 3, 10:00-10:30 p.m.)

No. 2 “The Good Loaf” (April 3, 10:30-11:00 p.m.)

No. 3 “Your Own French Onion Soup” (April 10, 10:00-10:30 p.m.)

No. 4 “Boeuf Bourguignon” (April 10, 10:30-11:00 p.m.)

No. 5 “The Potato Show” (April 17, 10:00-10:30 p.m.)

No.6 “To Roast a Chicken” (April 17, 10:30-11:00 p.m.)

Series Finale of ‘A Chef’s Life,’ Season One of ‘Poetry in America’ Coming to DVD and Digital Jan. 8 From PBS

Two explorations of American culture, the series finale of “A Chef’s Life” and season one of “Poetry in America” will come out on DVD and digital Jan. 8 from PBS Distribution.

“A Chef’s Life” has taken viewers on a journey to meet unsung farmers, home cooks and chefs, and elevate quintessential Southern dishes to new modern classics. After five seasons of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series, only a handful of dishes remain on host and author Vivian Howard’s bucket list. She tackles them all with the help of some friends in this series finale, The Final Harvest, which features some of the show’s most beloved personalities along with memorable flashbacks. Howard’s parents, Mrs. Scarlett and Mr. John, share intimate moments and reveal how their daughter’s success has changed their family. Her husband describes the impact of the series on his family and community.

“Poetry in America” gathers personalities from all walks of life to interpret, explore, and debate 12 American poems. Show host and Harvard professor Elisa New meets with athletes, poets, politicians, musicians, architects, scientists, actors and entrepreneurs to experience and share the power of poetry. Season one follows Carl Sandburg to Chicago and Emily Dickinson to Amherst. Along the way notable personalities such as actor Cynthia Nixon, former Vice President Joe Biden and architect Frank Gehry share their reflections on poems from Gwendolyn Brooks to Allen Ginsberg to Nas. Highlights include sports superstar Shaquille O’Neal reading “Fast Break” by Edward Hirsch and musician Herbie Hancock and former President Bill Clinton sharing their thoughts on Langston Hughes’ “Harlem.” The 12 American poems explored in season one are are “I cannot dance upon my toes” by Emily Dickinson, “Fast Break” by Edward Hirsch, “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, “Hymmnn and Hum Bom!” by Allen Ginsberg, “Skyscraper” by Carl Sandburg, “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, “Musée des Beaux Arts” by W.H. Auden, “Shirt” by Robert Pinsky, “To Prisoners” by Gwendolyn Brooks, “The Gray Heron” by Galway Kinnell, “N.Y State of Mind” by Nas and “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus.