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Apr 21st
06:29 pm
New project: MTV food documentary  
From MTV's upfront:
Untitled Zac Efron Documentary

Host and executive producer Zac Efron explores how food has moved to the center of millennial culture through his own unique lens as an actor, traveler and food lover. The project will look beyond the extravagant and obscure in cuisine to explore the artistry, storytelling and journeys in what we eat and the issues and experiences surrounding what we find on our plates. Executive producers are Efron, Michael Simkin, Jason Barrett, Brian Volk-Weiss, Cisco Henson and Edwin Zane. Comedy Dynamics and Ninjas Runnin’ Wild are producing.

EW adds that the project is already greenlit, so it's definitely happening.

Mashable has some more tidbits:
Zac Efron is going to take all of us on his foodie adventures.

MTV has announced that the actor will host and executive produce a documentary special for the network that will "explore the ever-expanding role of food and the culinary arts in Millennial culture," according to a release.

Network president Sean Atkins tells Mashable that Efron's years traveling and genuine appreciation for all types of food made MTV excited about working with the actor on a project that'll mark a departure for Efron.

The untitled project will, he adds, be less Anthony Bourdain-esque and more of an exploration of subjects that interest Efron.

"It's not necessarily about the cuisine — like, Oh, I ate pig guts or Wow, this is the best steak I've ever had. It's more about the cultural impact of food for our audience," he tells Mashable. "He's really passionate about it. He's so excited about it."

The show does not yet have a premiere date.

When your calendar is edible

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Bee: Zac - WAYF Portraitjeezbee on April 21st, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)
That is a surprise project I didn't expect. But not a bad side project to his movies the way it sounds.

He can win some people over with projects like this (just like he did with Bear Grylls' Running Wild) and it's something productive for him to do when he's not filming.

It clearly looks like it's coming from his and esp Michael's love for high end food and the associated connections but this sounds reasonably unique and could be interesting. Obviously, it all depends on execution but I like that he's getting more involved into producing things, even if it's "just" an MTV documentary to start with. Great to test the waters with and it doesn't seem to be a huge commitment like a series.

ETA: It actually doesn't say if it's a once off thing or multiple episodes but "special" sounds like a single thing to me.

Edited at 2016-04-21 04:55 pm (UTC)
kleth on April 22nd, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC)
Every actor, director, and producer has to start at the bottom. Zac's first paying job was hardly a harbinger of things to come. I was a little surprised by the subject, but what the hell, every other program on TV is about food (daytime PBS is like the porno channel for food and cooking). It will also be interesting to see how he handles the role of host. Talking to the camera is different from acting for the camera.

Edited at 2016-04-22 06:28 pm (UTC)
Bee: Zac - WAYF Portraitjeezbee on April 24th, 2016 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'm curious to see how he handles the hosting too. No matter the outcome, it should be a good experience for him - at least a learning one and that is never bad.
cindiest on April 22nd, 2016 03:50 pm (UTC)
The show sounds fantastic. I'm excited for it. Zac's enthusiasm and unique, in-depth knowledge will be a thrill to see.
kleth on April 23rd, 2016 05:00 pm (UTC)
Well, to be honest, any program featuring Zac is a thrill to see. I just hope he gets lots of camera time. That was the great thing about Running Wild, there were only two guys involved, so Zac was on camera most of the time.

Maybe we'll also get to see him eat maggots, since he has bragged about doing that (or some kind of insect larvae, I forget which).
cindiest on April 23rd, 2016 11:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's all thrill, to be sure. I hope that this takes a look at economic and environmental factors for the communities responsible for producing the food, both good and bad examples. For instance, the best foies gras comes from a farmer who does it in a revolutionary and humane way. I love these subjects. They are right up my alley.

I love survival shows, too, like Dual Survival. So, Bear Grylls was a huge treat. I'm not expecting anything to ever be better than that. It was A++.