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Food Network Canceled?

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04/01/12

POPULAR FOOD NETWORK TO CEASE PROGRAMMING AT MONTH’S END

Alton BrownNew York City – The E.W. Scripps Company announced today that after 19 years in production their popular Food Network will cease programming at the end of April. The move took many in assembly by surprise. The press conference was held at Chelsea Market on 75 9th Avenue, home of the Food Network Studios.

Milton Funderburk, Acting Assistant Vice-Chairman of Cable Programming for Scripps was asked why the media conglomerate was closing the doors on its most popular cable franchise, “The time is right. After all when we purchased TFN back in ’97 we thought it would fail miserably.  That was the plan.

“We acquired the Network as a tax right off. We never dreamed anyone would actually watch it. Our thought was why would anyone want to watch someone else cooking on TV? I mean if they wanted to see someone cook, they could just go cook something.  Apparently we under estimated the American public’s desire to live vicariously.”

Comments from Guy Fieri on Food Network’s pending demise.  Article continues below.

Since the Food Network began programming in 1993 viewership has continued to grow though it was shaky in the beginning.  Those first shows featured chefs who were virtual unknowns like Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Emeril Legasse.  Now it is one of the most successful cable channels in television history which fueled more questions about why Scripps was giving TFN the axe.

Funderburk explained, “It wasn’t long after we took the Network over that we realized, we may have stumbled onto something here.  Viewership was growing exponentially and other vicariousity networks were springing up.  Not only were viewers watching people cooking instead of cooking themselves but they were watching the Travel Channel instead of going on vacation, eschewing exercise for the Fitness Channel and watching HGTV in living rooms that were literally falling apart around them.  I’ve heard that Time Warner is actually planning on unveiling the Sleeping Channel for people who are too lazy to fall asleep for themselves.

“The trend even crossed over into mainstream media.  Instead of keeping up with politics America was watching The West Wing.  There was no reason to invite the annoying neighbor over when you could tune into Jay Leno.  Why watch fact-based news programming when there was MSNBC?”

When asked about the future of Food Network Canada Funderburk replied, “That’s toast, too.  Not that anyone will notice, it’s Canada.  I know it’s the largest state in the US but hardly anyone lives there.  Let’s be honest if it wasn’t for the band Rush America would have never bought Canada from the Alaskans.”

The ultimate reason Funderburk offered for 86’ing their most popular holding was it’s very popularity.  The demand for food programming is so high that not only have other cable channels like Bravo and TLC entered the market but so have mainstream networks NBC and FOX.

Funderburk, noticeably angry, proclaimed, “If there is one thing I can’t stand it is being copied.  If everyone is going to dabble with food programming then we’ll just wash our hands of the whole thing.  It doesn’t matter to us.  We’ve always got our newspaper division.  That’s not going anywhere.”

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Our thought was why would anyone want to watch someone cook.  I mean if they wanted to see that, they could just go cook something.

DIY Gives Iron Chef Symon His Own “Man Cave”

man caves iron chefA neat crossover idea between DIY and Food Network as Iron Chef Mike Symon is visited by Man Caves hosts Jason Cameron and former NFL star Tony “The Goose” Siragusa.  Undoubtedly this episode was made to capitalize on the buzz from the upcoming Next Iron Chef Chef 4  Read the Presser:

‘Man Caves’ Tony Siragusa and Jason Cameron Create Ultimate Gym for Food Network’s ‘Iron Chef’ Michael Symon

Special Episode of DIY Network Series Premieres Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET

NEW YORK, October 6, 2011 – DIY Network, the go-to destination in home improvement television, premieres a special episode of the popular primetime series, Man Caves, when hosts Tony Siragusa and licensed contractor Jason Cameron create the ultimate guys paradise for Food Network’s Chef Michael Symon.

Premiering Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET, Siragusa and Cameron create a luxury gym in Symon’s basement to get him motivated to work out.

Considering how much time Symon spends in the kitchen surrounded by food, Man Caves is there to create a much needed space to help him unwind—and stay in shape.  The Man Caves team constructs a top-notch facility with steel accents and warm teak wood using a wrestling theme. The space is masculine, functional and hi-tech. It even includes large flat screen televisions hidden behind gym mirrors and a full service juice bar.

This special episode premieres just two days before the season premiere of Symon’s show, The Next Iron Chef airs on Food Network on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET.

Members of the media may also obtain additional press materials, talent bios and show images by registering at DIY Network’s online media newsroom.  Viewers can also become fans of DIY Network and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfers through Facebook and Twitter.  DIY Network is available nationwide on DISH Network Ch. 111 and DIRECTV Ch. 230, and additional cable channel designations may be found by checking local listings and www.DIYNetwork.com/tv.

Travel Channel Nixes Food Wars and Camille Ford

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I have just learned that the Travel Channel canceled Food Wars after just two seasons.  From the volume of searches for pictures and information about hostess Camille Ford this is a bit surprising.  Scripps (parent company of Travel Channel, Food Network, HGTV, et al) is not stupid however as Ford will be hosting a new show on HGTV set to premiere in the fall.  No word on whether she will continue as part of the cast of Best Places I’ve Ever Been. Good move.  For more of Camille Ford in action watch full episodes of Food Wars online HERE.  Ask yourself, who wouldn’t want to see more of this:

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For more Camille Ford click HERE.

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