OK! I guess it's clear most people who love food and cooking think the FoodNetwork has gone somewhere between offkilter and completely obnoxious. And I'm with you there.
But, the truth is, personality *is* a big part of the equation. Personally, I like Alton Brown as much for his personality as his knowledge of food, technique and original delivery. And when people say they can't stand him, I think it's his personality they're talking about.
I suspect the wonderful Sara Moulton would still have a show if she had a little more down home in her. I will also concede that Mario Batalli has a great deal to teach about Italian food and culture. ...but I can't make myself listen to the man. And though I can't imagine myself ever cooking a Paula Deen recipe, I'd love to have a cup of coffee or a beer with her. Conversely, I'd throw darts at Sandra Lee (rather than at her poster) even if she *could* cook.
What's the right sort of personality for a TV cook and how much of it do you want coming through that screen to get you engaged enough to see what they have to offer?