Esquire Network to Air Specials Based on Magazine Franchises

Specials harmoniously extend the Esquire brand across print and television platforms

Esquire Network has greenlit two new fall specials, “Women We Love” and “Best Bars in America” both jump-offs from popular franchises in Esquire magazine.

“Women We Love” will air Nov. 19, coinciding with Esquire’s annual “Sexiest Woman Alive” issue that month. The hourlong special will celebrate women in the public eye who are noted for their “beauty, intelligence, style and passions.” It’s produced by Wilshire Studios, with Jennifer Lane as executive producer.

“Best Bars in America” will premiere in December and feature comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton as they explore the bars highlighted in Esquire’s annual rundown of America’s best bars. This one-hour special will follow the duo’s stops in Milwaukee, Chicago and San Francisco to examine the histories and concoctions of the bars. It’s produced by Magical Elves, with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz as executive producers.

“Both are perfect examples of how our partnership with Esquire offers the opportunity to extend some of their most popular features on air in ways that are really engaging and compelling,” said Matt Hanna, Esquire Network’s head of original programming.

Both specs join a slate of original programming already airing on the network, including series “Knife Fight,” “Brew Dogs,” “The Getaway” and “Boundless.” The net will also premiere four new original series next month: “Alternate Route,” with photojournalist Matt Hranek; the Baron Davis-hosted “How I Rock It”; real estate docuseries “Risky Listing”; and boxing show “White Collar Brawlers.”

Esquire Network premiered on Sept. 23 with carriage of 75 million homes. The channel is a partnership between NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines.

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