MIPCOM13: W, BBC America greenlight Temple Street’s Million Dollar Critic

The indie producer is bringing controversial London Times food critic and TV presenter Giles Coren (pictured) to North America for the series.
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Capping off a successful MIPCOM, Temple Street Productions has received a full season order from W Network and BBC America for Million Dollar Critic, where controversial British food critic and broadcaster Giles Coren goes in search of a North American restaurant worthy of a rave review.

The one-hour doc series, originally developed for W, will shoot in both the U.S. and Canada after BBC America came on board after Orphan Black, also from Temple Street, became a breakout hit stateside.

The series, which will debut on both networks in 2014, sees the London Times restaurant critic dining and doling out food advice as he goes in search of authentic cuisine.

The winning restaurant he visits will be graced with his rave international review, said to add $1 million in new business.

“It’s great to partner with Temple Street again and we’re thrilled to finally have a project with Giles Coren, combining his expertise as a journalist with his love of food and travel,” said Richard De Croce, SVP of programming at BBC America, in a statement.

Temple Street earlier at MIPCOM unveiled plans for a new sci-fi series, Killjoys, from showrunner Michelle Lovretta and to debut on Space.