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GQ Challenges Owner’s Manual’s Marcus Hunt, Ed Sanders; EW Highlights The Pitch Season Premiere

This week, Owner’s Manual’s Marcus Hunt and Ed Sanders face off in three GQ challenges, while Entertainment Weekly gives The Pitch‘s season premiere an A-. Plus, Newsday awards Owner’s Manual an A. Read on for more:

GQ issues its own challenges — like putting together Ikea furniture — to Marcus Hunt (“pro-read the manual”) and Ed Sanders (“pro-do it your damn self”) of Owner’s Manual.

• Previewing The Pitch‘s Season 2 premiere, Entertainment Weekly awards the episode an A- and describes it as “a rare business-minded reality program about the spirit of competition.” [No Link]

Owner’s Manual gets an A from Newsday — which is amused by Marcus and Ed, who are “natural bicker-buds throughout, adding life and laughs to each half-hour.”

The Los Angeles Times‘s preview of Owner’s Manual thinks the show is “appealing” and “guided by charm.”

TheWrap spotlights the poster and first teaser for Owner’s Manual, which will focus on challenges like operating a stunt plan, an off-road racing car and a locomotive.

Los Angeles’ KTLA interviews Marcus Hunt and Ed “flying by the seat of me undercrackers” Sanders about Owner’s Manual, labeling it “a brilliant idea.”

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, interviewing Marcus Hunt and Ed Sanders, calls Owner’s Manual “clever and addictive.”

Channel Guide Magazine describes Owner’s Manual as “educational and sidesplitting,” crediting Marcus and Ed’s camaraderie and the “stunning camera work that allows the audience to copilot their genuinely breathtaking adventures.” checks out some sneak peek photos from Owner’s Manual that makes the reality show look “like some great industrial fun.”

Brewbound highlights Episode 4, “Brewery” — “recipe measurements are off, kettles boil over, and antics ensue” — where Marcus and Ed try to brew a batch of beer at Hawaii’s Kona Brewing.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks The Pitch is “frequently riveting.”

Politico highlights The Pitch‘s first-ever inclusion of a political firm, Nashville, Tennessee’s Fletcher Rowley, in the competition.

The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer thinks The Pitch “makes for unexpectedly compelling TV.”

Chicago Business Journal reports that four Chicago ad agencies will compete in Season 2 of The Pitch: Commonground, Bee-line Communications, Central Coast and the Monogram Group.

Mediabistro reports that COR, a Santa Monica, California-based ad agency, will appear in an episode of The Pitch’s new season. has the new promo for The Pitch’s Season 2 premiere, “College Hunks Hauling Junk.”

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