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Tuesday, May 20

Emeril Leaving FN Primetime

Hold onto your apron strings... the Emeril fans are about to go crazy again.

Emeril Lagasse is leaving the Food Network's prime-time schedule for the Fine Living Network, a move the chef hopes will mean a second course of "Emeril Live!"

The AP reports: The Food Network will air reruns of Emeril Live! in the afternoon. But corporate sister the Fine Living Network will pick up the show at 7 p.m. starting on July 7.

The show will air seven nights a week in that time slot. In its first week, five original episodes will be shown and, for about two months, a new episode will be shown each Monday while the rest are reruns.

Fine Living is carried in about 50 million homes, fewer than half the nation's 110 million homes with television. The Food Network is in more than 90 million.

"As you know in television, things have to evolve and this is a little evolution for me," Lagasse said.

Lagasse held out hope that if the reruns do well on Fine Living and on the Food Network during the daytime, corporate owners the Scripps Networks would decide to order a new run of "Emeril Live!" episodes.

"Who knows what's going to happen?" he said.


And isn't it convenient that Emeril will now be paired on the same network as Martha Stewart, the woman he sold his soul to allowed purchase the rights to his cookbooks, tv shows, and kitchen products for $50 million.

If the switch turns out well, Fine Living could turn into the "Food Network Classic" station. Get those Two Fat Ladies up!

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At 5/20/2008 9:39 AM , Anonymous Chip Ramsey said...

I wonder if Martha Stewart and MSOM have an investors share of Fine Living.

I wonder if she also has a similar financial deal with Wolfgang Puck and Mario in that she gets a percentage for getting the shows on FLN and that the shows are actually provided as barter.

I also noticed that FLN is picking up the more high hat FN personalities and keeping the more practical hosts like Rachael, Paula, Guy, Giada, Tyler and (ugh) Aunt Sandy.

I think Emeril appeals to an older, more affluent demo that FN isn't gunning for right now. SO FLN is becoming the haven for the upscale and FN is for regular cooks.


At 5/20/2008 10:07 AM , Anonymous oatmeal cookie guy said...

I think a classic FN channel would be a great idea! They could run old PBS cooking shows like Julia Child and The Frugal Gourmet.

I'm afraid that Emeril's move to Martha was out of necessity. Who knows how his New Orleans restaurants are doing post-Katrina. And I know his restaurant at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas closed. I think he needed the money...and have you seen him lately? He don't look so healhty.

At 5/20/2008 10:12 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

I would agree the FLN viewer is probably more affluent than the typical FN viewer.

People like Fee'Idiot, Deen, RR, and Aunt Sandy have been culled to attract people en masse not for their preferred higher socio-economic status, but to bulk up numbers in general.

As for showing PBS classics, PBS can't be bought that easily. Aside, FN would have to spend some money.

At 5/20/2008 11:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They throw away Emeril Lagasse , Sara Moulton , Mario Batali , Wolfgang Puck and Gail Gand and pimp up Paula Deen , Sandra Lee , Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri....Very unfair and downright sickening !

At 5/20/2008 1:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good! I hate all the new changes Food Network is making! FN is changing...and it's not for the better....

At 5/20/2008 1:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN ! AMEN ! AMEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 5/20/2008 2:48 PM , Anonymous Jeff said...

I'm happy for Emeril moving to FLN.
It's probably for the best. If he has a few more good years in him, that's probably the right channel to which to move. I don't know as his successors are so bad. RR, Paula, Aunt Sandy, Ingrid, Guy, and the like are doing their best. It's up to us, the viewers, to accept or reject them as we see fit. I'm willing to keep watching TFN, and now and then switch to FLN.

At 5/20/2008 4:27 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Emeril can exact revenge by switching networks, coming up with a new show and kick some serious ass while doing so.

The guy is credible because he has learned the TV craft thing from Day One and has serious set of cooking skills and food knowledge. I don't think he has an ego problem and his likeablity is contagious. Martha was smart to invest in him.
Wait and see. Soon Emeril will be back on top and the wags at FN will start blaming each other like no tommorrow. Tuschman will try and dodge the bullet, but to no avail.

Maybe FLN will give Bourdain a show too. That I would watch in a second.

Hey Jake, ask Chip Ramsey if you can guest on his radio show . Ole Chip is cruising your site looking for fodder for his show, so why don't you offer to a spot ?

At 5/20/2008 5:23 PM , Anonymous HarryK said...

One thing you said that hit the nail on the head. (Well, nearly did.) You said FL is turning into FN Classic. I think it's pretty much there already. Reruns on Ming, Molto Mario, Wolfgang from 2001. Even Martha is reruns from the day before. Hmmm.

If Fine Living doesn't change it's name to "FN Classic" maybe it should call itself the "Rerun Chanel".

At 5/20/2008 6:34 PM , Anonymous Amma said...

I can't wait till this change happens. I would watch Food Network when I come home from work, but unfortunately Emeril is always on.

At 5/21/2008 8:55 AM , Blogger jacob said...

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At 5/21/2008 8:57 AM , Blogger jacob said...

I think if FLN uses old Food Network shows to increase ratings and eventually becomes fully-distributed like FN, it'll start programming the same way MTV, Bravo, and now Food Network have done in an attempt to appeal to the younger, more highly-prized, advertising demo... and, consequently, people will start saying they HATE it, too. But we'll see.

At 5/21/2008 2:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this old news?

At 5/23/2008 5:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what going to happen to molto mario he comes on at 7pm and 7:30pm
are they taking his show off?

At 5/23/2008 11:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iron Chef Japan is coming to FLN! It's the show that everyone loved, unlike this new Iron Chef America crapola!

At 2/23/2011 2:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Food Network without Emeril is like the moon without cheese.....You figure it out..

At 5/11/2011 10:06 AM , Anonymous kamagra said...

that's the story of every show and this is something that was already very easy to predict, I just hope he makes a work as good as in the last years


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