9:18am PT by Michael O'Connell
Esquire Network Orders 2 New Original Series
Esquire Network continues to beef up its original efforts in the wake of the recent G4 rebrand.
The latest series for the male-skewing network include a style-centric, biography-style series from Ryan Seacrest Productions and Citizen Jones and a real estate docuseries from Zodiak New York. Both are slated for summer premieres.
How I Rock It (working title) features host and NBA player Baron Davis and profiles a variety of athletes, musicians, celebrities, designers and other influencers. The style-centric outing received an order for six half-hour episodes.
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Also a working title, Risky Listing follows the New York real estate agents charged with making deals on the city's bar, restaurant and nightlife spaces. It received an order for six hour-long episodes.
“We are building an exciting slate of original series for men with style and substance,” said Esquire Network head of original programming Matt Hanna. “How I Rock It is really for all those guys who’ve admired another man’s style but were afraid to ask how they got it. We’re going to be the middleman for them with this series. And in Risky Listing, we’re going to take our viewers inside the high-stakes, big-ego world of New York nightlife real estate to see these listings agent gladiators go toe-to-toe.”
Both shows join the previously announced originals Knife Fight (produced by Drew Barrymore's Flower Films and starring Top Chef winner Ilan Hall) and an Anthony Bourdain-produced travel series The Getaway.
Esquire Network also has a growing roster of acquired programming, with Parks and Recreation, Party Down and, most recently, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon heading to the cable network in April.