Gentlemen, start your televisions.
These are the words that Esquire has been waiting 80 years to say, and they are finally getting that chance. On Monday, September 23, prepare yourself for the magazine’s transition from the page to the screen as they reveal their Original Television Network, Esquire Network, to coincide with their October 80th anniversary issue.
The two-hour special, narrated by Mad Men‘s John Slattery, will “look back at the social, political and cultural forces that shaped our lives over the last eight decades – told through the lens of the magazine, its stories, images and covers,” along with reveal a growing pipeline of original programming.
In the Esquire Network’s official blog, editor in chief David Granger said, “For eight decades, Esquire has offered perspective and illumination on the things that men care deeply about.” Added general manager Adam Stotsky, “It seems only fitting that Esquire Network kick off by celebrating the rich legacy of this iconic brand.”
The same male bravado that you see declared each month in glossy form will only be amplified with their compelling, original television programming. Included in the lineup is the original series Brew Dogs, where viewers will follow two brewmasters, James and Martin—owners of UK’s fastest growing brewery—as they visit a different American beer town. Each episode will celebrate distinctive craft beers and conclude with the duo creating their own locally-inspired draft.
After you’ve had your fill of suds, proceed to enter the high-stakes world of professional horse race handicapping with Horse Players, another compelling series that takes us around the country following a group of handicappers in search of instant riches and top bragging rights.
In addition to original content that explores a life well lived, Esquire Network will be offering contemporary series to their network premiere, including Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Parks And Recreation, Party Down, Burn Notice, and Psych.
For a closer look at what’s in store, watch the official premiere video: