PBS Distribution Launches PBS Food FAST Channel

PBS Distribution has announced the addition of the new FAST Channel PBS Food on Freevee, Plex and Roku in the United States.

The new FAST channel provides a new way for viewers to watch titles including “Mind of a Chef,” “The French Chef With Julia Child,” “Eating In With Lidia,” “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” “Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul,” “Essential Pépin,” “Simply Ming” and more.

On the new FAST channel, viewers have an opportunity to see inside the kitchen of some of the world’s best chefs, past and present including Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, Marcus Samuelsson, Ming Tsai, Vivian Howard, José Andrés and many more culinary stars. 

“In this ever-changing entertainment landscape, we are proud to bring our extensive library of beloved cooking programming to the FAST space with PBS Food,” Andrea Downing, president of PBS Distribution, said in a statement. “With endless hours of lean back content, audiences will now have more ways to find our classic food content to enjoy.”

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PBS Food joins other FAST Channels available from PBS Distribution, including Antiques Road Show, Julie Child and Antiques Road Trip.

Season Two of ‘Julia’ Starts Streaming on Max Nov. 16

The eight-episode second season of the Max original series “Julia” debuts with three episodes Nov. 16 on Max, followed by one episode weekly through Dec. 21.
 
In season two, with her trailblazing cooking show up and running on the air, Julia grapples with her rising celebrity and what that means for her, her colleagues and her show. Julia and her devoted husband Paul return from Simca’s home in France to find that her success has changed everything. Through her singular joie de vivre, she and her team must navigate WGBH, the White House and a threat from their past, while continuing to spearhead female-driven public television and confront social issues still prevalent today.

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Returning series regulars include Sarah Lancashire, David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz, Fiona Glascott and Robert Joy.

 

Plex Adds FAST Channels From PBS Distribution, WNET

Free global streaming media platform Plex has launched three new FAST channels from PBS Distribution and one new FAST channel from The WNET Group.

The new lineup, available in the United States and Canada, includes “PBS Antiques Roadshow,” “Julia Child” and “Antiques Road Trip” from PBS Distribution and “PBS Nature” from The WNET Group.

In “PBS Antiques Roadshow,” viewers join GBH’s “Antiques Roadshow” for a treasure hunt at memorable locations around the country, featuring specialists from leading auction houses and independent dealers who offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. (“Antiques Roadshow” is a trademark of the BBC, produced for North America by the WGBH Educational Foundation, under license from the BBC.) 

In “Antiques Road Trip,” viewers hit the road in a classic car for a tour through Great Britain with two antiques experts as they search the local stores for treasures, competing with each other to see who can turn small budget into a small fortune at auction. Their adventures take them off the beaten path and allow them to indulge their passion for the past, learning about the little-known stories behind some of the greatest events in British history.

The “Julia Child” channel includes Child’s groundbreaking cooking series — including “The French Chef,” “Baking With Julia” and “Cooking with Master Chefs.”

“PBS Nature” brings the beauty and wonders of wildlife and natural history into the home, with episodes newly released from the library of 40 seasons of award-winning “Nature” programming including episodes voiced by Nature creator and host George Page and favorites such as the legendary story of Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies (2001); Snowflake: the White Gorilla (2005); and the persevering Druid wolf pack of In the Valley of the Wolves (2007).

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“These new channels are yet another example of our focus on adding the most recognized, popular and trusted brands in all of entertainment,” Shawn Eldrige, VP of business development and content for Plex, said in a statement. “We’re excited to expand our ever-growing FAST channel lineup and library of free movies and TV shows with fan favorite content like ‘PBS Antiques Roadshow,’ ‘PBS Nature,’ ‘Julia Child’ and ‘Antiques Road Trip.'”

“We are thrilled to bring these popular shows to Plex viewers, expanding the ways fans can watch public media content and discover a library of new favorites,” John Suydam, SVP of business development for PBS Distribution, said in a statement.

‘Essential Pépin’ Among Classic French Cooking Series on PBS Living Channel in July

The PBS Living Channel is serving up classic French cooking series in July, including “Essential Pépin,” “Jacques Pépin’s 80th Birthday Celebration” and “Dishing With Julia Child.” 
 
The subscription rate for PBS Living is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Living is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99 per month with no additional annual fees.

“Essential Pépin” premieres July 1 featuring 26 episodes. The series shares more than 125 recipes culled from Jacques Pépin’s legendary career. Pépin demonstrates dishes ranging from classical escoffier quenelles to chicken with tarragon butter. Recipes also include basic French fries, soda bread, tomatoes maison and brioche. Desserts range from quick almond plum cake and fast chocolate truffettes to apricot and pistachio soufflé.

“Jacques Pépin’s 80th Birthday Celebration” debuts July 22. In celebration of Jacques Pépin’s 80th birthday, chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai prepare their favorite recipes alongside Pépin and in front of a live audience. Though the chefs bring their own recipes to prepare, Pépin is eager to lend a helping hand and to demonstrate his impeccable technique. During the preparations, they share candid conversations, memorable stories and anecdotes from their kitchen experiences.

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“Dishing with Julia Child” is currently streaming and features six episodes. Viewers join Jacques Pépin, Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés and many others influenced by Child as they watch old episodes of “The French Chef” and share stories about the beloved cook, who began her iconic television series “The French Chef” in 1963. Some of today’s most renowned chefs and celebrities delight in six of the most-beloved episodes from her groundbreaking series. The nine chefs featured in the series include Martha Stewart, Jacques Pépin, Éric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Carla Hall, Vivian Howard and Sara Moulton.

Other titles coming to PBS Living in July include “The Great Muslim American Road Trip,” due July 5; “America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston,” also due July 5; and season two of “Expedition with Steve Backshall,” available July 6.

HBO Max Renews ‘Julia’ for Second Season

HBO Max has renewed the comedy series “Julia” for a second season.

The series, which debuted March 31 on HBO Max, concludes its first season on May 5.  
 
“Julia” is inspired by chef Julia Child’s life and her long-running television series “The French Chef,” which pioneered the modern cooking show. Through her life and her singular joie de vivre, the series explores a pivotal time in American history — the emergence of public television as a new social institution, feminism and the women’s movement, the nature of celebrity, and America’s cultural evolution. The series is also a portrait of a loving marriage with a shifting power dynamic.
 
The season one cast includes Sarah Lancashire as Julia, David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz and Fiona Glascott. Guest stars included Isabella Rossellini, Judith Light, Robert Joy, Erin Neufer, Jefferson Mays, James Cromwell and Adriane Lenox. 

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“Julia Child tends to make people happy. In a bleak world, she is a welcome balm,” said executive producers Chris Keyser and Daniel Goldfarb in a statement. “Making this show has done the same for us. Working with our cast — with Sarah and David — our production team, writers, directors and editors, who have become our friends, makes us happy. In the language of Julia, it feeds our souls. The genuine love and care that HBO Max has shown for our show has been overwhelming. They allowed us to tell the simple story of a group of remarkable, oddball, passionate people, who joyfully live their lives to the fullest. That we get to keep them alive for another season makes us the happiest of all, and we are already hard at work.”
 
“Through her masterful performance, Sarah Lancashire welcomed us into the life of Julia Child, a trailblazer who, among her many accomplishments, redefined the possibilities of public television and, in turn, brought French cuisine and culture into American living rooms,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement. “We are grateful to our creative team, led by Chris Keyser and Daniel Goldfarb, and talented cast who entranced us all with an endless helping of warmth and charm. ‘Julia’ is the perfect show for this moment and we look forward to serving more in season two.”

HBO Max Original ‘Julia’ Debuts March 31

The HBO Max Original “Julia,” based on the life of world-renowned chef Julia Child, will start streaming March 31.

It will debut with three episodes followed by one episode weekly through May 5.

The series, from Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment, stars Sarah Lancashire (“Happy Valley”) and David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”), and is directed by Charles McDougall (“House of Cards”) and written by Daniel Goldfarb (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).

The series is inspired by Child’s life and long-running television series, “The French Chef,” which pioneered the now popular genre of cooking shows. Through Julia and her singular can-do spirit, the series explores an evolving time in American history — the emergence of public television as a new social institution, feminism and the women’s movement, the nature of celebrity, and America’s cultural growth. At its heart, the series is a portrait of a loving marriage with an evolving and complicated power dynamic.

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In addition to Lancashire and Hyde Pierce, the series also stars Brittany Bradford (Broadway’s Bernhardt/Hamlet), Fran Kranz (“Homecoming”), Fiona Glascott (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Bebe Neuwirth (“Madam Secretary”), Isabella Rossellini (Silent Retreat) and Jefferson Mays (“I Am the Night”).

Doc ‘Julia’ Heading to Digital Feb. 1, DVD Feb. 15 From Sony

The documentary Julia, about cookbook author and television star Julia Child, will be released through digital retailers Feb. 1, and on DVD Feb. 15 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives and cutting-edge food cinematography, the documentary traces Child’s 12-year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961), which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star. It’s the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose — and her fame — at 50, and took America along on the whole delicious journey.

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The film was an official selection at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, AFI Fest, among other film festivals. It was nominated at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards for Best Historical or Biographical Documentary and Best Score.

Pluto TV Adds Julia Child, ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’ Channels

AVOD service Pluto TV has added a Julia Child channel and a channel of the classic Western “Wanted: Dead or Alive.”

Pluto TV is owned by ViacomCBS.

The Julia Child channel, located on channel 519, features more than 165 hours of 24/7 content from the legendary chef’s cooking shows. The channel includes episodes of “The French Chef,” “Baking With Julia” and “Julia Child: Cooking With Master Chefs.”

The 24/7 “Wanted: Dead or Alive” channel features the full run of the groundbreaking Western starring Steve McQueen as bounty hunter Josh Randall.

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Julia Child Episodes, ‘Trading History’ Coming to PBS Living Channel in June

PBS Living subscribers will have access to three classic Julia Child series and “Trading History” on the PBS Living Prime Video and Apple TV channels in June.

The subscription rate for PBS Living is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Living is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99 per month with no additional annual fees.

Coming June 18 are three seasons of “Baking With Julia Child.” In the series, Julia Child and pastry chefs, bakers and cookbook authors share tips and recipes on home baking. Child bakes chocolate truffle cake, walnut bread, tiramisu, a tropical napoleon, sourdough bread, and a French apple tart with many respected pastry chefs, as well as a wedding cake with Martha Stewart and more.

Season one of “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs” starts streaming June 22. Child takes an in-depth look at contemporary American cooking along with 26 nationally recognized chefs. Inviting the master chefs into her kitchen, she cooks with the pros, detailing their techniques and dishes for the home cook. She makes lobster with Jasper White, shrimp in spicy coconut sauce with Madhur Jaffrey, a jicama salad with Rick Bayless, and many more recipes with many other chefs.

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Debuting June 29 are 16 season one episodes of “Julia Child: Cooking with Master Chefs.” Julia visits 16 nationally acclaimed master chefs in their own kitchens. Each chef demonstrates distinct techniques, regional recipes and culinary tips which guide home cooks through their favorite recipes. Child makes lobster soufflé with Jacques Pépin, tapenade with Alice Waters, and risotto with wild mushrooms with Lidia Bastianich, among other recipes­.

Due June 15 are six episodes of “Trading History.” The series uncovers intriguing family history through the prism of auction house artifacts and dedicated research teams that go behind the scenes to confirm the authenticity of the item, uncovering biographical information about the finder, the owner and the maker. Each story is told through rare archival materials and is packed with history and facts.

HBO Max Orders Series Based on Life of Julia Child

HBO Max has given an eight-episode first-season order to the Max Original “Julia,” based on the life of world-renowned chef Julia Child.

The series, from Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment, stars Sarah Lancashire (“Happy Valley”) and David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”), and is directed by Charles McDougall (“House of Cards”) and written by Daniel Goldfarb (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).

The series is inspired by Child’s extraordinary life and her long-running television series, “The French Chef,” which pioneered the now popular genre of cooking shows. Through Julia and her singular can-do spirit, the series explores an evolving time in American history — the emergence of public television as a new social institution, feminism and the women’s movement, the nature of celebrity, and America’s cultural growth. At its heart, the series is a portrait of a loving marriage with an evolving and complicated power dynamic.

In addition to Lancashire and Hyde Pierce, the series also stars Brittany Bradford (Broadway’s Bernhardt/Hamlet), Fran Kranz (“Homecoming”), Fiona Glascott (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Bebe Neuwirth (“Madam Secretary”), Isabella Rossellini (Silent Retreat) and Jefferson Mays (“I Am the Night”).

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“We are so happy to help bring the incomparable Julia Child back to the small screen, when we need her more than ever,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, said in a statement. “This show’s look into her life, marriage and trailblazing career as she transformed the way we talk about food is an absolute delight. Our incredible cast and formidable creative team are a recipe for success, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

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“We’re delighted to expand our relationship with HBO Max by teaming with our production partners at 3 Arts on ‘Julia,’ the complex and compelling story of the celebrated chef, author and TV personality who almost single-handedly invented the world of food television,” Jocelyn Sabo, Lionsgate Television Group SVP, said in a statement. “Combining an extraordinary creative team, powerhouse cast and timely subject matter, the series has all the ingredients to resonate with HBO Max audiences for years to come.”