A&E Network Greenlights New Unscripted Series KINGS OF BBQ


A&E Network has greenlit the ten-episode unscripted series “Kings of BBQ” (working title) following Emmy-nominated actor and producer Anthony Anderson (“black- ish”) and renowned actor, producer, and comedian Cedric The Entertainer (“The Neighborhood”) as they take their love of barbeque to the next level and work together to start their own barbeque empire, AC Barbeque. 

To perfect the products and learn all they can about the art form, the two friends head out on a culinary adventure to discover the best techniques, flavors, and traditions for mouthwatering barbeque across America. “Kings of BBQ” is produced by Propagate in association with A Bird And A Bear Entertainment and Just a Kid From Compton.

“Anthony and I are very excited to take our audience into the savory, smokehouse-filled, finger licking world of barbeque all across the United States,” says Cedric The Entertainer. “In collaboration with A&E, we created the ‘Kings of BBQ’ series as a perfect way to share our new business venture, AC Barbeque, with all of you.”

“I’m thrilled to partner with A&E on this series to honor the traditions and flavors of barbeque that have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember,” said Anthony Anderson. “The launch of AC Barbeque has been a lifelong dream for Cedric and I and we cannot wait to learn more about the craft and share our journey.”

In each one-hour episode, “Kings of BBQ” will follow Cedric and Anthony as they meet with barbeque chefs, pitmasters and everyday experts who share their knowledge and secrets of the trade, highlighting Black Excellence in the industry along the way. From backyards to BBQ pits, the duo will go behind the scenes to master barbeque in all its glory and create a business of their own that honors its legacy and flavors. Along the way, celebrity friends and family will join in on the fun and help share how different cultures and experiences have influenced the delicious cooking technique.

Friends for years, Cedric and Anthony bonded over their shared love of barbeque and the unique history that surrounds it. Hailing from St. Louis, MO and Compton, CA, both Cedric and Anthony grew up with their own variations on the craft. Partnering on AC Barbeque, the friends combine their individual experiences, knowledge from experts in the field, and enthusiasm for the artform together to create a brand that has everything the home cook needs for a barbeque feast anywhere.

“Kings of BBQ” is produced by Propagate for A&E Network. Executive producers for Propagate are Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Drew Buckley, Linh Le, and Rebecca Graham Forde. Executive producers for A Bird And A Bear Entertainment are Cedric The Entertainer and Eric C. Rhone. Executive producers for Just a Kid From Compton are Anthony Anderson and E. Brian Dobbins. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Holcman serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

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About Propagate

Founded in 2015 by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens, who pioneered the global format business in the late 1990s, Propagate has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Paris. The Company produces English and Spanish-language scripted series, documentaries, unscripted series, and formats for network TV, streaming services, and cable. Propagate’s expanding portfolio of companies includes Propagate Fuego, Propagate International, Electus (You vs. Wild, Running Wild With Bear Grylls, Jane the Virgin, Fashion Star), Big Breakfast (Adam Ruins Everything, Hot Date), Notional (Chopped franchise), and talent management firms Artists First, Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Select Management.