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New show No Passport Required, produced by Eater for PBS, airs every Tuesday from July 10 to August 14. Hosted by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, each episode dives into a different immigrant food culture in six cities — from Detroit to Miami — across the United States. Through food, Samuelsson hopes to share stories of American culture and how immigrant traditions have influenced the way we all eat today.

In episode one, Samuelsson goes to Detroit and Dearborn to learn about the diverse Middle Eastern community in the area and how it’s influenced the surrounding region. Then, in New Orleans, he talks to multiple generations of Vietnamese chefs about their culinary contributions to the city, and how these food traditions have truly become a part of the multicultural city.

In New York, he’s shown how the Indo-Guyanese culture thrives in a small enclave of Queens, and how this one community has taken the best of its Indian and Caribbean roots and incorporated those influences into its customs and cuisine. In Chicago, Samuelsson ventures into the city’s Mexican neighborhoods and discovers their impact on the area’s food and cultural landscape. Then, going beyond the borders of South Beach, he meets with members of Miami’s proud Haitian community. And finally, in Washington, D.C., Samuelsson explores Little Ethiopia and celebrates his own heritage through cooking, dance, and coffee. See a full press release on PBS.


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TV has a taste for fast food.

Famous franchises are playing key supporting roles this year: McDonald’s had a prominent cameo in this week’s finale of FX’s The Americans, and Arby’s is frequently mentioned and makes appearances on the cable network’s Baskets.

They join other real-world fast-food chains that earned exposure in recent years, including Burger Chef on AMC’s Mad Men and Subway on NBC’s Chuck. Among them, only Subway’s appearance was part of a sponsorship deal, the networks say.

The McDonald’s iconic golden arches, symbol of American commercialism and efficiency, served as a poetic final food stop for The Americans’ Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, Soviet spies impersonating U.S. citizens, as they fled the country after their tourist-agent covers were blown.

Creator and executive producer Joe Weisberg says he loved “Philip’s final goodbye to this greatest icon of American capitalism, as he had become enamored of capitalism and America.”


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The next season of The Chew will be its last. ABC confirmed today that it’s canceling the celebrity chef-hosted daytime talk show, Deadline reports.

The Emmy Award-winning program is presently hosted by chefs Michael Symon, Carla Hall, fashion consultant Clinton Kelly, and, until recently, chef Mario Batali. Batali was suspended and ultimately fired from the show in December amid widespread reports of the chef’s alleged sexual misconduct that spanned two decades. (In a segment that acknowledged Batali’s suspension, Symon, Hall, and Kelly released a group statement saying “Our commitment to our viewers remains the same — to deliver the entertaining show that you’ve come to expect.”) Batali is currently the subject of a criminal investigation led by the New York Police Department into the misconduct allegations lodged by several employees who worked at the Spotted Pig.

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Just last week, co-host Carla Hall addressed the vacant co-host slot left by Batali, stating that The Chew had no plans to replace him, and that the remaining hosts had “become closer” since the incident.

A representative for ABC called the cancellation a “business decision.” Recent ratings suggest that despite the chef’s firing, he continued to have a negative impact on The Chew’s viewership. During the most recent season, the number of women viewers ages 18-49 plummeted by 17 percent, making it the least-watched season since the talk show first aired in 2011, according to Page Six.

Daphne Oz, one of the original co-hosts on the show and daughter of dubious TV health personality Dr. Oz , departed last August. Producers also elected not to refill her seat on the show.

The Chew will continue to air new episodes from June through September. After that, Good Morning America will be expanded to three hours to fill its current time slot.


Facebook Watch, the platform’s destination for longer-form video, has yet to roll out in the U.K., but that hasn’t stopped food video giant Tastemade creating “Feral Cook,” a five-minute show for Watch in the U.K. According to the publisher, two more shows for the U.K. market are in development and slated to launch in a few weeks.


“Feral Cook” is halfway through its first season of six episodes, which air each Sunday. The show, created by the Tastemade UK team of approximately 10 staffers, is hosted by Henry David and follows five men who cook dishes like burgers and pizzas off abandoned car parts in the woods.

“It was important for this not to be a U.S. show that’s shipped overseas, but a U.K. concept that local audiences would be excited about,” said Oren Katzeff, Tastemade’s head of programming. To accentuate that sense of Britishness, in the first episode the group makes bows and arrows to pay homage to folk legend Robin Hood before dining on Robin Hood burgers.

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When contacted for this story, Facebook said there’s no update on when Watch will officially roll out internationally. Multiple publisher sources say Facebook has told them to expect Watch in the U.K. this summer, although the date has been moved in the past.

In lieu of the Watch tab, U.K. viewers can find “Feral Cook,” and other Watch shows, in the news feed or on the Tastemade UK Facebook page, which has around 2 million followers, while the U.S. page has nearly 29 million followers. The “Feral Cook” page has 21,000 followers. The first three episodes of the show have each had around 1.5 million views and around 50 shares.

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Tastemade has announced the launch of its first-ever television show, “The Pitch,” in-partnership with AT&T. The series documents the fandom that surrounds soccer in England – through the eyes, stories diehard fans. 

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“Football in England is more than just a sport. It is inherent to the culture – built into the very psyche of the fans who worship it,” said AT&T in a post describing the show. “From the pubs to the streets, there is a tribal passion that surrounds the world’s most popular sport. These are the stories from the stands: of a person’s allegiance to their club, the lengths that some go to show their loyalty, and the way fans embody the hundred year legacies these clubs have built all around “The Pitch.”

The new series will be available across AT&T services including DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and AT&T U-verse. The show will be housed on AT&T’s “Audience Network” (channel 239 for DirecTV customers).

Though this is Tastemade’s first broadcast television show, the company has launched several series on Facebook Watch, the social media company’s video platform. Among those shows are “Struggle meals,” “Kitchen Little,” “Food to Die For,” and “Move in Day.”

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