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"Food Entertainment Network" - Enough Already


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"Food Entertainment Network" - Enough Already

Bunson | Nov 26, 2007 03:34 PM

Ok this is a general post about the direction the Food Network has been heading the past few years. The Food Network is no longer about food, it's about food entertainment. The exact same thing has happened with Food Network that happened with MTV. MTV started off where the programming was almost exclusively music videos, but over the years dropped the videos altogether for game shows, specials, and music-related entertainment programming. Food Network has followed the exact same path and has gone from shows that were about food and cooking to game shows, specials, and food-related entertainment programming. They've replaced programming featuring top notch chefs with programming featuring bush league cooks. What they have left of top notch chefs are now doing "entertainment-style" shows, or are being shown at times with the fewest viewers. Ming Tsai, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Jamie Oliver, Sarah Moulton, even David Ruggerrio all gone. Now we get Food Network Challenge, Ingrid Hoffman, Rachel, Giada, and the chefs with actual cooking chops stuck in "game-show challenge" type shows like ICA, Dinner Impossible, and Throwdown. I think the time is right for another food network that actually goes back and focuses on food and cooking, not entertainment. /endrant

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