New series are springing up on W, Cosmo and Food
Women have a slew of new viewing options next month, from good food to dealing with the consequences of overindulging.
A new Canadian series, Chuck’s Day Off premieres on the Food Network March 30, featuring a mighty eclectic mix of tattoos, food and DJ/chef Chuck Hughes doing his thing while viewers peek behind the scenes into the inner workings of his Montreal-based restaurant Garde Manger.
Each ep follows Chuck on his days off as he sets his restaurant on fire and to music, with a soundtrack by some of Canada’s coolest groups, including Sam Roberts and up-and-coming Creature and Beast. Targeting a 25-to-54 skewed female demo, the hard-rock, fast-paced show airs Mondays at 7:30 pm ET, with the first ep featuring Hughes cooking up Garde Manger favourites for business partners to celebrate the restaurant’s two-year anniversary. In the second, he prepares classic dishes for his toughest critics – his family.
Meanwhile, over on W Network, four new series targeting the 25-to-54 demo hit the sked next month. Premiering April 7 at 8 pm, the weekly half-hour series Remedy Me follows two people suffering from the same disagreeable and often embarrassing ailment as they discover alternative treatments. The first ep features spicy food-loving Margaret and fast-food addict Deb, who both have embarrassing chronic gas problems. One tries chiropractic therapy for some relief while the other struggles with the lifestyle changes prescribed by her Chinese medicine doctor and holistic nutritionist.
Later at 8:30 pm, Keeping it Real contrasts holistic and conventional approaches to beauty, by following the first-hand experiences of two women as they undergo non-surgical, alternative methods to achieving the faces and bodies they want.
Then at 10 pm, a new six-part British series Miss Naked Beauty premieres with Gok Wan (How to Look Good Naked) and Myleene Klass, in a series of make-under missions. Contestants are forced to say goodbye to creams, dyes, nail polish and makeup to win the title of Miss Naked Beauty. The winner will take on the role of ambassador for natural beauty, becoming the face of a new modelling agency and writing a magazine column calling out the excesses of the beauty industry. She will also become a correspondent on the next season of How to Look Good Naked.
Premiering on Monday, April 27 at 10 pm, 13-part half-hour documentary series The Agents helps viewers prepare for big moves by giving an exclusive look into the lives of real estate agents – one rookie and one pro. The first sees rookie agent Janice Rushford’s life become complicated as she juggles a grieving client, an overpriced house and a relationship with her boss, while pro agent Sally Cook, who has been ranked in the top five RE/MAX teams in Ontario, attempts to find a condo for first-time buyers while struggling to put the finishing touches on her own lakeside dream house.
Corus and Hearst’s CosmoTV is also debuting a new reality series in April, showing us what the mean girls are up to these days. Targeting women 18 to 34, Vanity Lair features 10 beauties living in luxury, competing to be crowned ‘the most beautiful’. New contenders move in each week after convincing residents that they are the most attractive – and kicking out the resident they feel is least alluring. The series premieres Monday, April 6 at 9 pm with 11 eps hosted by Alexa Chung (Gok’s Fashion Fix).