Who wants another serving of "The Fabulous Beekman Boys"?
Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, the couple who famously went from city-slickers to farmers, have announced that their reality series has found a new home on The Cooking Channel. Last fall, Planet Green killed the series after only two seasons, citing low ratings. Ridge, however, countered that claim, saying that the show was still the network's top original series but suffered due the unpopularity of the channel itself.
Last week, Discovery announced that it was ending Planet Green and replacing it with a new network called Destination America.
Ridge exclusively revealed to The Hollywood Reporter last week that the "Beekman" show was coming to The Cooking Channel.
“We are grateful to our friends and fans who have been very supportive and passionate, insisting that the show return,” he said. “Networks took note and recognized the value of the show as a franchise and we are thrilled to inform you that we have found a new home for the show. We are now officially part of the Scripps family of networks and will return to television later this year on The Cooking Channel."
While the Cooking Channel will re-air the first two seasons of "Beekman" (with new footage), it's unclear if a third season has been greenlit. The format of the show may also change to reflect the network's foodie focus — with a mix of reality and country cooking. something both Josh and Brent have expanded with their Beekman 1802 empire and "Heirloom Cookbook".
"We wanted a book that would focus on heirloom quality," Ridge said last year of the cookbook "We divided it up by seasons. There are certain things you only make in autumn. It's all about working with what you have."
I'm happy to see the Cooking Channel carrying the Beekman banner forward. How about you? Excited for cable television farming drama?