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Esquire Network Announces Summer Line-Up

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This summer Esquire Network is turning up the heat with two brand new original series and the return of four original fan favorites.  With the month of May delivering the network’s 8th month of consecutive year-to-year growth with Adults 18-49, Esquire Network is rolling out a robust line-up of programming for sports fans, culinary enthusiasts, car aficionados and more, illustrating their ongoing commitment to creating compelling series and authentic content for their audience of men 18-49.

Returning series include AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR, back for its seventh season, and the third season of KNIFE FIGHT, both airing Tuesdays beginning at 8/7c.  CAR MATCHMAKER roars into its sophomore season on June 24 with a star-studded line-up featuring Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones, Los Angeles Clippers Matt Barnes, and from “Grey’s Anatomy,” car racing enthusiast Patrick Dempsey.  Viewers can once again catch live coverage of RUNNING OF THE BULLS 2015 from Spain on Esquire Network, which for the first time will feature guest hosts on the ground in Pamplona.  Michael Davies and Roger Bennett, the hilariously irreverent British expats who make up the duo ‘Men in Blazers,’ will be presenting eight action-packed live broadcast events beginning July 7.

Rounding out Esquire Network’s summer lineup are two new original series. THE AGENT, a documentary series following four top sports agents as they navigate the cutthroat world of professional football, will premiere July 21, and THE NEXT GREAT BURGER, which follows culinary hopefuls as they aim at a shot to showcase their perfected version of one of the nation’s greatest obsessions: the burger, launches July 22.

The below is a rundown of Esquire Network’s 2015 summer slate of original programming:

MAY

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR – Season 7 Airs Tuesdays at 8/7c

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR leaps back for a seventh season this summer on Esquire Network. Matt Iseman returns as host, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila. Kristine Leahy joins this season as co-host. Original episodes air on NBC with encore presentations on Esquire Network. The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. Those who successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1,000,000. Although many have come close, no competitor has yet to achieve total victory and claim the prize.

KNIFE FIGHT– Season 3 Airs Tuesdays at 10/9c

Stakes for bragging rights have never been higher as Ilan Hall’s raucous after-hours cooking competition gets shaken up in a new tournament that will crown one ultimate champion of Season 3. In each episode, two award-winning chefs go head-to-head, making at least two dishes in one hour from a combination of secret ingredients (some still breathing). 16 New York area chefs will compete to conquer mystery ingredients and each other, but only one will be left standing. Live lobster, live frogs, lamb tongue, python, live eels, peacock and live turtles are just a taste of what’s to come this season.

JUNE

CAR MATCHMAKER – Season 2 Premieres Wednesday, June 24 at 9/8c

Spike Feresten, comedian, and former Seinfeld and Letterman writer is the man to go to when you need a new set of wheels. Car Matchmaker is part car show, part comedy showcase, demystifying and simplifying cars and the art of buying them. This season, Spike will be joined by famous friends, including Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones, comedian Jay Larson from the Esquire Network original series, “Best Bars In America,” “Grey’s Anatomy” Patrick Dempsey, Los Angeles Clippers Matt Barnes and Oakland Raiders Donald Penn.

JULY

RUNNING OF THE BULLS 2015  – Premieres Tuesday, July 7
LIVE Men in Blazers Event coverage from Pamplona, Spain, beginning Tuesday July 7th at 2-2:30AM ET and one hour show at 11PM/10c

If you can’t be in Spain for the Running of the Bulls, Esquire Network lets you do the next best thing: watch it live. For eight straight nights you’ll see participants from around the globe engage in one of the world’s most iconic cultural traditions. Hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett of the cult-hit podcast and NBC Sports Network comedy, ‘Men in Blazers,’ RUNNING OF THE BULLS 2015 returns for a second heart-pounding season with behind the scenes festival coverage, runner interviews, incisive wit, and probably more than a few close calls.

THE AGENT – Series Premieres Tuesday, July 21 at 10/9c

THE AGENT is the real-life Jerry Maguire… a documentary series following four top sports agents as they navigate the cutthroat world of professional football.  The series will provide an inside look at America’s biggest sports obsession and will deliver exclusive access that will show viewers the money.  Highlighting relentless ambition, ruthless pressure and the high-stakes of the pursuit, sports agents, Jeff Guerriero, Peter Schaffer, Sunny Shah and Ed Wasielewski reveal how far they are willing to go to recruit the top football talent with hopes of getting them drafted.

THE NEXT GREAT BURGER – Series Premieres Wednesday, July 22 at 10/9c

There’s no food more quintessentially American than the burger. This summer, Esquire Network is hungrily on a mission to find the next best iconic classic. A new generation of backyard BBQ kings are looking to take burgers to a whole new level, and that means a bigger, better, more adventurous experience that dares the taste buds. In this 6-part competition series, ingenuity is on full display as up-and-coming culinary hopefuls have a shot to showcase their perfected version of one of the nation’s greatest obsessions: the burger.

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