With fleur de lis Mardi Gras beads swinging from his rearview mirror, Kye Kelley revs the engine of his ’92 Camaro blocking a French Quarter street. It’s all for show right now, some promo video footage for “Street Outlaws: New Orleans.”
The new season of Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws” takes to the roads of the city with Kelley, who won last season, defending his title from the driver’s seat of his racing machine, affectionately called “The Shocker.”
Kelley will also be in search of the Southeast’s fastest racers to form an underground street racing league.
“Kelley wants to put The Big Easy on the map for street racing,” a news release says. “Rallying a team of New Orleans racers will prove to be a challenge with high stakes, bigger battles, more smack talk and faster cars than this city’s ever seen.”
The season also has a motto befitting its locale: “No Fear. No Rules. No Saints.”
Pilgrim Studios is producing the series for Discovery. Its premiere is 8 p.m. Monday (cable Channel 46 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette).
LaPlace cook advances
It’s Team Robert Irvine for Natasha Clement on Food Network’s “All-Star Academy.”
Clement’s “Eggs Three Ways” on the series’ season opener last week was good enough with the judges for the LaPlace home cook to earn a place on one of four teams, and she chose celebrity chef Irvine.
Irvine (“Dinner: Impossible,” “Restaurant: Impossible”) will now mentor Clement and one other cook through weekly cooking challenges, with one of the contestants being sent home at the end of each episode.
Other mentors — Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Andrew Zimmern — are each coaching two hopefuls as well. The winner gets $50,000.
“All-Star Academy” airs at 9 p.m. Sundays (cable Channel 53 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette).
‘Killing’ numbers out
After gaining viewers for six weeks, “Killing Fields’” Feb. 9 finale set series records, Discovery Channel announced.
The freshman season, shot in real time, shadowed the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office’s renewed investigation into the unsolved 1997 murder of LSU graduate student Eugenie Boisfontaine.
The 34-year-old was found dead in Bayou Manchac in Iberville Parish in August 1997. She had a skull fracture. Two months earlier, a jogger had found the missing woman’s driver’s license and credit cards on a path near the LSU lakes in Baton Rouge, where she often walked and jogged. She lived on nearby Stanford Avenue.
The finale reached season highs across all 25-54 demographics (adults, men, women), all 18-49s demos, all 18-34 demos, and in total viewers (live viewing plus DVR viewing up to three days later).
The show also is the network’s highest-rated Tuesday freshman series in adults 25-54 since May 2014.
Before the finale, Discovery had already ordered six more episodes of “Killing Fields.” A Discovery spokesman says those episodes will probably involve a different case, but as of yet, there’s no official announcement.
The last episode left the Boisfontaine case still unsolved, but Iberville investigators vowed to continue their work, having gained new leads from viewers during the course of the season.
The show is the network’s first true-crime series and focuses on remote killing fields or dumping grounds across the country where killers stash their victims.
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