Spain… On The Road Again

Gwyneth Paltrow is one of four presenters of Spain…On the Road Again, a 13-episode food and travel series to air on Lifestyle next year.

It includes celebrity chef Mario Batali, New York Times food columnist and author Mark Bittman and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols. AS well as food the show features Spanish art, history, culture and music.

“It is a fantastic series and will be perfect for The LifeStyle Channel over summer. We approached the producers of the series about acquiring the show as filming began and are thrilled to have secured it exclusively for our audience,” said Nicole Sheffield from The LifeStyle Channel.

Press Release:

XYZnetworks’ The LifeStyle Channel today announced that it has acquired exclusive Australian broadcast rights to Spain…On the Road Again from ShineReveille International and will screen the program over summer.

Spain…On the Road Again is a 13-episode food and travel series starring Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, celebrity chef Mario Batali, New York Times food columnist and celebrated cookbook author Mark Bittman and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols as they embark on a one-of-a-kind culinary and cultural tour of Spain.

This new series from producer Frappé, inc. and distributor-presenter American Public Television debuted in the US in September on public television stations nationwide and will premiere in early 2009 on The LifeStyle Channel in Australia.

“The LifeStyle Channel is always about being at the forefront of inspirational and exciting content and Spain…On the Road Again is yet another example of this. It is a fantastic series and will be perfect for The LifeStyle Channel over summer. We approached the producers of the series about acquiring the show as filming began and are thrilled to have secured it exclusively for our audience,” said Nicole Sheffield, General Manager of The LifeStyle Channel.

Ride along with Paltrow, Batali, Bittman and Bassols on the unscripted, anything-goes, cross-country road-trip, Spain…On the Road Again. Their fun and spontaneous journey showcases the culinary pleasures of Spain, along with the country’s art, history, culture and music.

Each of the team can claim a personal connection to the country. Paltrow, who speaks fluent Spanish, fell in love with Spain when she lived there as a teenager as an exchange student, reunites with her “Spanish family” and sees parts of the country she never experienced. Chef, restaurateur and author Batali, attended high school in Spain and learned (in his words) “how to eat and drink” there. Bittman, the author of the best-selling cookbook, How to Cook Everything, and an award-winning public television host, is the lovable curmudgeon — the “Larry David” of the kitchen — and draws on his previous excursions to Spain. Bassols, a native Spaniard and an up-and-coming actress and singer, does her best to keep the three Americans in line throughout their expedition.

Multi Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Willie Nelson recorded a special version of his trademark “On the Road Again” for the series’ theme song.

The LifeStyle Channel is available in Australia on FOXTEL and AUSTAR.

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