A+E's BIO Converts To FYI

A+E Networks is converting the BIO channel over to lifestyle-based FYI tonight at 10 p.m. ET with a sneak-peek special with clips from nine of the network's planned new series.

One of the previously-announced new primetime series on the 65-million-subscriber network, The Feed, a food-centric talk show featuring celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, culinary expert Gail Simmons and comedian Max Silvestri, has been pushed back to later this summer, the network said. It had been slated to launch on Saturday, July 12. Heather DiRubba, senior director of publicity for FYI and LMN, said FYI would provide updates on The Feed soon.

The first new original series for FYI will be Married at First Sight, a format adapted from a Danish program of the same name, in which three couples agree to get legally married the moment they first meet, having been paired up by four experts (pictured, left to right: Pepper Schwartz, Greg Epstein, Dr. Logan Levkoff and Dr. Joseph Cilona) based on scientific matchmaking. It debuts Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET and is scheduled to have 10 one-hour episodes and a one-hour casting special.

In all, six new primetime series are scheduled to debut on the network in July. 

Tonight's special, FYI: A First Look, will feature clips from The Feed, Epic Meal Empire, World Food Championships, B.O.R.N to Style, Tiny House Nation, Rowhouse Showdown, Lost in Love, Best in Bridal and Married at First Sight. The Feed's Max Silvestri hosts the special, which also will include Gail Simmons and Marcus Samuelsson; Cherry Healey (Lost in Love); Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Empire); Jonathan Bodrick, Brandon Hood and JJ  Langan (B.O.R.N. to Style); John Wiesbarth (Tiny House Nation); Carter Oosterhouse and Kathy Kuo (Rowhouse Showdown) and Dr. Logan Levkoff (Married at First Sight). 

Kent Gibbons

Kent has been a journalist, writer and editor at Multichannel News since 1994 and with Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He is a good point of contact for anything editorial at the publications and for Nexttv.com. Before joining Multichannel News he had been a newspaper reporter with publications including The Washington Times, The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal and North County News.