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TLC and John Goodman search for the “Best Food Ever”

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Perhaps TV’s obsession with weight loss shows goes hand-in-hand with the continued rise in food-centric program fare.

Next up, TLC continues its rapid expansion into the food space, picking up the series “Best Food Ever.”

Narrated by “Treme” star John Goodman, the six-episode series will air Mondays at 10 p.m. starting May 3.

“Best Food Ever” travels across the country, uncovering popular dishes and restaurants.

John-goodman-0109-lg  Pickup comes as TLC, coming off the success of “Cake Boss,” “BBQ Pitmasters” and “Ultimate Cake Off,” preps several more food-related series. New shows on tap include “Food Buddha,” “Cupcake Sisters” and “Mega Bites.”

And TLC’s food expansion comes as other networks also get into the genre, and Scripps launches its new Cooking Channel on May 31.

“Our three tentpole genres now are food, families and weddings,” said TLC topper Eileen O’Neill. “As a genre, food is relatable. And it’s having its boom time, much like the property space did a couple of years ago.”

Debut episode of “Best Foot Food Ever” focuses on the nation’s best sandwiches, visiting eateries such as the Mighty Cone in Austin; Johnny O’s in Chicago; Payne’s BBQ in Memphis; and Ma Peche in New York.

But, sadly, the first six episodes don’t make any stops in Los Angeles, or even the L.A. area. What’s up with that? L.A. restaurants are going to start getting an inferiority complex — the L.A. Times just today asked why the prestigious James Beard Award seems to be avoiding L.A.’s vibrant eatery scene.

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