Cable channel INSP has announced an order for a 2nd season of its original series, State Plate hosted by American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks.
Production will begin this spring with a premiere of the new episodes scheduled for late summer. The announcement was made by Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP. “In 2016, State Plate celebrated the unique food traditions of 13 different states,” said Butts. “We have been extremely pleased with the way our audience has responded. Ratings continue to exceed our expectations, and viewer engagement has been strong. Now that a second season has been greenlit, we will add programs featuring additional states to the series library. Our goal, eventually, is to feature every state in the U.S.!”
“Taylor’s wide popularity, experience as a restaurateur and down-home charm made him an ideal host for this series,” said Butts. “Building on the rapport he developed with audiences in season one, Taylor once again will take viewers on a culinary tour of each state featured and ‘assemble’ a plate filled with the food most associated with each state. In the process, he uncovers the customs and cultural insights behind each state’s unique food traditions. It’s a heaping helping of America’s most beloved cuisine, rich in history, folklore, and flavor.”
State Plate is produced by RIVR Media. The series originally premiered on insp in October 2016.
I actually have this series set on my DVR. If you enjoy food shows, you ought to check out State Plate. Each episode explores the culinary traditions of a specific state. For instance, in Massachusetts, Taylor went fishing in Cape Cod, helped make authentic Boston baked beans, bulkie rolls and Boston cream pie. The singer serves as a charming and engaging host.
The official press release mentions that Taylor is set to release a new single and album and will go on a nationwide tour in 2017.
INSP posted Taylor’s official announcement to Twitter:
— INSP (@insp_tv) January 26, 2017