Competition Series ‘Foodtastic’ to Debut on Disney+ Dec. 15

All episodes of the Disney+ original series “Foodtastic” will debut Dec. 15 on the streaming service.

Hosted by Emmy award-winning actress Keke Palmer, “Foodtastic” is a global competition series in which skilled artists create extravagant scene work and larger-than-life sculptures made entirely out of food. From vegetables and butter to fruit and cheese, everyday items are transformed into works of art. Each episode is rooted in iconic Disney IP and the food-based builds are an extension of that world.

Flour Shop founder Amirah Kassem and NYC’s City Cakes founder chef Benny Rivera serve as food art experts on the series.

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Netflix Picks Up Three U.K. Reality Shows for Its Global Audience

Netflix has picked up three reality shows from the United Kingdom for its global audience.

“Over our past couple of years at Netflix, we have been thrilled by the ideas pitched to us from production companies in the U.K.; ideas that are fresh, thought-provoking and playful, a perfect combination for our unscripted slate,” wrote Ben Kelly, manager of unscripted series for the U.K., and Daisy Lilley, manager of unscripted series for the U.K., in an online blog. “We look for series that have a unique take on a familiar concept and put innovative twists on shows that you wouldn’t find anywhere else, so that we can deliver something truly original.

“The line-up includes a monstrous new VFX dance competition that gives talented budding dancers a chance to perform like no one’s watching, a reality series that puts a group of failure-to-launch youngsters through their paces in a wilderness camp, and a dating show with a seriously uncomfortable twist.”

They also confirmed that season three of “Too Hot to Handle” will launch early in the new year.

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The new shows include “Snowflake Mountain,” “Dance Monsters” and “Dated and Related.”

“Snowflake Mountain” takes a bunch of clueless kidults who aren’t yet living to their full potential and puts them through their paces at a wilderness survival retreat to try and kickstart them into standing on their own two feet. At stake is a transformative cash prize for the lucky winner. There’s no running water, no parents to wait on them, and no Wi-Fi. The series, which was filmed in the Lake District (North West England), features an international cast.

“Dance Monsters” is a large-scale dancing competition with a monster twist. Through the power of VFX, live motion capture and facial recognition, competitors will transform into fantastical dance monsters that come to life in front of an expert panel of judges and a live studio audience. For their time on stage they get to escape reality, become something truly extraordinary and stand out from the crowd.

In “Dated and Related,” pairs of siblings will be seeing each other’s love life up close and personal as they search for “the one” together. The series is filmed in France with an international cast.

HBO Max Bowing Reality Dating Series ‘Fboy Island’

HBO Max has announced the upcoming 10-episode reality dating series “Fboy Island” hosted by comedian and actress Nikki Glaser (“The Nikki Glaser Podcast,” nationwide comedy tour “One Night With Nikki Glaser”).

The series concept was created by Elan Gale (“The Bachelor” franchise) with Sam Dean (HBO Max’s “12 Dates of Christmas,” “Love is Blind”) as showrunner. “Fboy Island,” from STXalternative, filmed earlier this year in the Cayman Islands, and is slated to debut this summer.

In the series, three women move to a tropical island where they’re joined by 24 men — 12 self-proclaimed “Nice Guys” looking for love, and 12 self-proclaimed “FBoys,” there to compete for cold, hard cash. The women will navigate the dating pool together with the hope of finding a lasting love connection. By the finale, all will be revealed — who is a Nice Guy, who is an FBoy, and who the women ultimately choose.

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“This is an incredibly entertaining dating show full of twists and turns that will leave the audience constantly guessing,” Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of nonfiction and live-action family at HBO Max, said in a statement.

“We are especially excited for viewers to watch these strong women, guided by the hilarious Nikki Glaser, team together and empower each other to say ‘F-Boy, F-Bye,’” added Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max.

“When I first got the call to be a part of a reality dating show called ‘Fboy Island,’ I said yes immediately,” Glaser said in a statement. “Then I realized they weren’t asking me to be one of the girls looking for love. That is not a joke; it was embarrassing. But as a massive fan of this genre, hosting this show was a true dream. I look forward to hosting for the next 43 seasons. I knew going into it that a show created and produced by the people behind my two favorite shows (“The Bachelor” & “Love Is Blind”) was going to be insanely good, but this one exceeded my expectations. I already know what happens and I can’t wait to watch it every week.”