Good Eats Canceled?
Good bye, Good Eats
In the annals of food television there have been five shows that have stood out from the rest by virtue of their importance to the genre. The first four, I Love to Eat (James Beard), The French Chef (Julia Child), The Galloping Gourmet (Graham Kerr) and Emeril Live (Emeril Legasse) each made their indelible marks on food television by enticing people into their kitchens.
The fifth show, Good Eats, made its mark by teaching burgeoning home gourmets what to do in their new-found playground. Alton Brown created, wrote, produced and starred in, “a smart and entertaining food show that blends wit with wisdom, history with pop culture, and science with common cooking sense.” His words not mine.
Recently I heard a rumor that Food Network had canceled Good Eats so I started tugging on various grapevines to see what would shake loose. My original sources were pretty reliable but I wanted to double-check before reporting something like “Good Eats Canceled.”
I contacted Alton’s publicist, Beau Benton and asked straight out if the rumor was true. The answer? No. . . and yes.
No. Food Network did not cancel Good Eats.
Yes. The show will soon be ceasing production for good.
The decision was Alton’s. When I inquired about a press release or official statement Benton said, “He announced it on Twitter.”
Sure enough, “G.E. fans, I’ve decided to cut the half hour series at 249 eps. There will be 3 new 1 hour eps this year and that’s it. But mourn not. New things brew on the horizon…”good” things.”
I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with Alton a few weeks ago. We were both taking part in a fund-raiser in tiny Dauphin Island, Alabama. Of all of the communities effected by the Oil Spill, Dauphin Island’s economy suffered the most losing 66% of its projected revenue for the summer of 2010 which included cancelling the world’s largest deep-sea fishing rodeo for the first time ever. Camille, Frederick, Katrina, and Ivan couldn’t do that. Alton gave of his time to help attract a record crowd to the island’s annual gumbo cook-off.
This is sure to leave Food Network fans feeling shell shocked. Especially considering the May law suit that has halted production of another long standing hit series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. If things do not work out in court that means that two of the network’s most popular shows would no longer be a part of their line-up.
Brown will still be on Iron Chef and there are hints of other projects in the works. Recently, Alton and I got to speak a good bit about, well, everything and he was kind enough to answer 7 Questions. READ HERE.
I saw this Tweet from Tyler Florence to Alton. It’s hysterical: