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Man v. Food Nation

Adam Richman (left) of "Man v. Food Nation" and Lincoln native and Fremont radio personality Matt Price film a scene from the show's Omaha episode, airing Oct. 26 on the Travel Channel. (Courtesy photo)

Matt Price will use his 15 minutes of fame to help the hungry.

Good for him.

The 30-year-old Lincoln native and radio personality will appear Wednesday on the Travel Channel's "Man v. Food Nation." The episode airs at 8 p.m. and repeats at 11 on Time Warner Cable channels 72, 155, 1155.

Host and funny man Adam Richman coaches Price in eating 5 pounds of pork wings and 3 pounds of corn nuggets in one hour at Omaha restaurant Starsky's.

Price is the morning show host and news director at NRG-owned Fremont talk radio station KHUB (1340 AM). He also does some work for the six NRG stations in Omaha.

The episode also will spotlight Omaha eateries Amato's, where Richman enjoyed a hoagie, and The Drover, where he dined on a bone-in ribeye whiskey steak.

Price will host a viewing party Wednesday at The Gathering, a social hall in Fremont. Local businesses purchased tickets to give away to the party, with the proceeds going to the Fremont food bank.

The night also will include an auction, with Larry the Cable Guy autographs and Blake Shelton concert tickets among the items.

So far, Price has raised $1,800. Nicely done.

"Man v. Food Nation" is the spinoff of Richman's "Man v. Food," which featured him traveling the country to popular restaurants to compete in food challenges. The current show gives his fans a chance to walk in his shoes and participate in the challenges.

You'll have to watch to see if Price succeeds or not, but one thing's for sure, he enjoyed his time with Richman.

"He's the nicest the guy you'll ever meet," the 2000 Lincoln East High School graduate said in a phone interview. "In radio, I meet celebrities once in awhile. He was, by far, more than I expected."

So how did Price end up on "Man v. Food Nation"? The short version is his wife knew somebody, who knew somebody, who knew somebody.

Discovering that he had won an eating contest in 2006 in Arkansas -- corned beef at Oaklawn Park horse-racing track -- "Man v. Food" asked him for a two-minute audition tape, which he posted on YouTube. The video chronicles him eating two Nebraska favorites: Fairbury Brand hot dogs and Dorothy Lynch salad dressing.

"Man v. Food" liked what it saw and invited him to be on the show. Price agreed as long as he didn't have to eat any seafood.

"I'm just not a fan of anything that comes out of the water," he said.

Across the remote

* As of Friday no more new shows were canceled, but a few are in jeopardy because of shaky ratings. They include the retro drama "Pan Am" on ABC and the police drama "Prime Suspect" on NBC.

* Two cable shows were renewed: A&E will bring back "The Glades" for a third season, while FX picked up "Sons of Anarchy" for a fifth season. "Memphis Beat," however, wasn't so lucky. TNT canceled it after two seasons.

* "True Blood" actress Carrie Preston, who was in Lincoln this summer to shoot the independent film "Vino Veritas," is expected to reprise her role on "The Good Wife" later this fall as attorney Elsbeth Tascioni. She also will guest star in an episode of "Law & Order: SVU."

* Speaking of "The Good Wife," comedian Amy Sedaris will appear in a multi-episode arc as Eli Gold's (Alan Cumming) nemesis. Should be interesting.

* "Glee" fans will like this bit of news: Chord Overstreet is expected to return to the show as "Trouty Mouth" Sam. He made a much-publicized exit from the show this past summer after being offered a recurring rather than regular role. TV Line reports he will reappear in episode eight to air in early December.

Reach Jeff Korbelik at 402-473-7213 or jkorbelik@journalstar.com, or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/LJSjeffkorbelik.

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