Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Canceled?
Page Productions which produces Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Outrageous Food and a handful of other popular food shows is suing the Food Network. They are accusing the network of pulling a chew-and-screw. The term refers to people who order dinner at a restaurant then skip out on the bill.
According to a law suit in Minnesota Federal Court, Page alleges that Food Network agreed to purchase three more seasons of Diners totaling 39 episodes. But one year into the agreement Food Network wants to pull out.
Apparently it isn’t a ratings issue as Food Network wants to keep running Triple D they just don’t want Page involved in it anymore. So it isn’t really canceled per se it just isn’t currently in production. Food Network, who owns the contract with star Guy Fieri, claims to be unable to “provide the services of the host.”
Though things should work themselves out in court for now the uncertainty is sure to leave Food Network fans feeling shell shocked. Especially considering Alton Brown’s announcement this past spring to shut down production of his hit series Good Eats. If things do not work out that means that two of the network’s most popular shows would no longer be a part of their line-up.
Page Productions also alleges that Food Network has not paid them for work already completed. The suit was filed by Minneapolis-based law firm Fredrikson & Byron on behalf of Page on May 13th of this year. The suit does not interfere with Page’s other Food Network property Outrageous Food staring Tom Pizzica.
UPDATE: The Triple D law suit has been settled. Learn the outcome HERE.