It was inevitable that A&E’s Bio Channel would revamp soon considering that it no longer showed the old esteemed series “Biography” there. Instead, we had far too many ghost hunter shows and other reality programming that wasn’t necessarily giving it the best name. Then again, those who grew up with A&E on their cable systems from its earliest days knows how much of a evolutionary turn the network has had. The network went from a true arts and entertainment network to one that focuses mostly on reality content and other programming that doesn’t reflect the arts at all.
At least you can give them credit for revamping Bio into a new network that actually holds some promise in bringing shows that favor personal creativity in everyday lives. Whether that truly translates or not in the shows is another thing. But with a network title of FYI, you have a title that actually mimics the name of a fictional network from the past. If you remember the sitcom “Murphy Brown”, then you remember the characters all worked for a news network called FYI.
The real-life FYI is launching this summer with a spate of new shows that might look like something out of TLC, HGTV, or The Food Network, though with slightly more modern twists. One show might generate a bit of controversy, despite being inspired by a hit show in The Netherlands.
House Design Shows
The HGTV side of FYI is going to have more shows that look at how to manage spaces and also increase the value of a home. In “Rowhouse Showdown”, it takes “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to the extreme and features renovation experts working on completely rundown homes in Cincinnati, Ohio to start. This is obviously going to involve much more work than we used to see on “Extreme Makeover” or TLC’s old “Trading Spaces.” Even those shows had the designers having to work overtime in order to meet the imposed deadlines.
With probable more time given to get the renovations done, the intention is to up the value of certain neighborhoods. Considering all of us have a few neighborhoods in our home cities containing dilapidated homes, let’s hope this show travels the country.
As a contrast and nod to minimalism, “Tiny House Nation” on FYI is going to look at how people are starting to turn tiny spaces into their permanent living quarters. Yes, this includes the emerging trend of people moving into micro-apartments in New York City, plus turning other cramped living spaces into a livable home. A show not intended for the 1%, you can at least stay assured that all of humanity isn’t making their life goal to live large.
FYI is going to make an attempt to compete with The Food Network by taking on some unique food-related shows. You’ll be seeing such show as “World Food Championships” that shows the behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious food competitions around. It turns out that not everybody is going to act like Gordon Ramsey when pressured to come up with gastronomic perfection.
For those interested in the latest food trends, “The Feed” is going to be a semi-talk show that explores some of the strangest novelty food ideas going on nationwide. Rather than just bring in any hosts, it’s ultimately going to be hosted by three renowned food experts and critics who know how to analyze what’s right and very unnecessary.
Audiences interested in pumping up existing recipes into something more daring may love “Epic Meal Empire”, taken directly from a Youtube series. While some may think that it promotes more obesity to take an existing high-calorie dish and make it even more so with creative new touches, you can see this show being a hit for those bored with the eating the same things.
How Will “Married at First Sight” Go Over?
This show may ruffle a few feathers considering it deals with the concept of getting married on the fly and then working out issues as they go along. You can argue it drags the concept of marriage out of its sanctity and through the mud, which may not be surprising considering the concept comes from the Danes. Nevertheless, before the marriage takes place, couples will be matched based on scientific principles to see if artificial intelligence can realistically deal in matchmaking. Headed by doctors, marriage specialists, and other scientists, it may be more of a test on the future of how AI works for us in making decisions before we even meet.
Expect multiple failed marriages here, with the usual small percentage finding the perfect pairing to give some sense of humanity to the show.