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Tuesday, June 10

Ted Allen Joins Food Network in "Food Detectives"

Yay! I just got word that culinary expert and food television superstar Ted Allen will be hosting a new primetime Food Network show called Food Detectives. It premieres Tue., July 29 at 9/8c.


Food Detectives mixes a healthy dose of humor with a wealth of fascinating factoids. Aided by willing culinary techs and the brains from the leading science and technology magazine Popular Science, the series will conduct experiments to find the truth behind the most interesting food myths. Ted and his team will dig deep to answer questions like: Does it really take seven years for gum to digest in your stomach? Is the five-second rule true? Can an “apple a day” really keep the doctor away? Viewers can also get in on the fun by submitting their most puzzling food conundrums for potential show experiments.

"We’ve wanted to work with Ted for years on a series of his own and we’ve found a great fit in Food Detectives," said Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production for Food Network. "Not only will this show provide a wealth of interesting information for our viewers, it also gives Ted an opportunity to show off his wit and culinary knowledge."

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I was very fortunate to meet and talk to Ted while attending the Amex After Party last Feb. in Miami. If you've followed his career on shows like Queer Eye, Top Chef, and Iron Chef, you know he's a very smart, funny, and adept talent. I look forward to the show muchooooo.

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19 Comments:

At 6/10/2008 11:26 AM , Blogger Timotheus said...

Sounds like Alton Brown's 'Mythsmashers' episode of GE, only addressing less practical questions.

 
At 6/10/2008 12:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope this show is good. I am such a fan of Ted Allen!

 
At 6/10/2008 12:40 PM , OpenID oatmealcookieguy said...

This sounds like a new iteration of "The Secret Life of ... (dot, dot, dot)." I hope it's good. I like Ted!

 
At 6/10/2008 2:04 PM , Blogger Luna said...

I love Ted too, but is there enough to do a whole season worth of shows? Discovery's Mythbusters already "busted" the 5 second rule! I really like Ted to cook and show me what/how to cook like he did for the straight guys. But I guess there's a lot of that already on FN.

 
At 6/10/2008 2:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

SAME SAME SAME SAME SAME SAME SAME
OY VEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Somebody please

kick bob tushman in the ass so he can come up with NEW and fun and INTERESTING ideas for show and people to host those shows. ted is ok except for that smoochie look he makes with his mouth when it is closed. i think he thinks it makes him look _________ when he does that.....but I forgive him.

same same same same same same same

forget the next food network star

we really need desperately NEED the NEW FOOD NETWORK HEAD OF PROGRAMMING....

 
At 6/10/2008 2:44 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Anonymous quipped : " we really need desperately NEED the NEW FOOD NETWORK HEAD OF PROGRAMMING"

Amen Brother. Funny how Lord Tuschman has created this little bulletproof fiefdom of his. Little bugger is a conniving little politico that seems to escape unscathed for all the garbage that gets put on the air.

Wonder how he does that ?

 
At 6/10/2008 5:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alex Smart quipped : "Little bugger is a conniving little politico that seems to escape unscathed for all the garbage that gets put on the air.

Wonder how he does that ?"

When your Nielsen ratings for primetime rise 17% over a year (Apr 07-Apr 08) and among the 18-34 Male demographic rise even faster in the same period, it doesn't matter what the garbage is, so long as the advertisers like the direction the ratings rise and Scripps gets bigger profits at the end of each quarter for its shareholders.

Simple capitalism 101, keep the shareholders happy, and your job is safe.

 
At 6/10/2008 6:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree w/you guys! Tush needs to go! FN is going down FAST! My dad doesn't even like it anymore and he's been a huge fan since it premiered in the mid-90s! All the new shows suck (except for that show w/Sunny on it, I like her!)! It's sad really...I've always been a fan now I rarely watch....:(

 
At 6/10/2008 7:23 PM , Blogger Sunshine said...

I pink puffy heart Ted Allen and I'll watch any show they put him on.

 
At 6/10/2008 7:39 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

As a person with an IQ over 80, I personally take issue with Field Marshall Tuschman's programming choices.

Hey that's swell he is raising Neilson ratings in this demographic.I think the issue is with the stink he is turning into shows and while he may be coddling the shareholders and bringing Scripps in some ad dough, the man is a supreme weasel that flunked at real network gigs.


Is this genius responsible for insulting the intelligence of many of the other demographic groups ? Judging by the stink he passes off as programming, I would say yes.

This guy has low budget written all over him.
Gordon Elliot deserves Runner Up programming moron too. Bobby T's little Brit flunky. Wash my boots Gordon.

 
At 6/10/2008 8:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Simple capitalism 101, keep the shareholders happy, and your job is safe." Yes. For a publically-traded company keeping shareholders happy is higher priority than keeping customers happy. And since you're not a Nielsen family they probably don't care if you do or don't watch their shows or how you feel about them.

 
At 6/10/2008 10:31 PM , Blogger jacob said...

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At 6/10/2008 10:32 PM , Blogger jacob said...

"When your Nielsen ratings for primetime rise 17% over a year (Apr 07-Apr 08) and among the 18-34 Male demographic rise even faster in the same period, it doesn't matter what the garbage is..."

Exactly.

The fact is, if putting on classically trained chefs all day--or whatever it is the complainers out there are demanding--brought in higher ratings, Tuschman and the people above him would put it on. But it doesn't.

It's the same complaint people had with MTV. Yes, some of the shows may be "garbage," but they're getting a hell of a lot more people watching them than just 24 hours of music videos were.

While some may like to think it's in a publicly traded, for-profit network's best intentions to push some kind of educational or high-brow ethos, that only comes into play when it has the potential to increase the bottom line.

 
At 6/10/2008 11:32 PM , Blogger Becca said...

I would love to see Ted on FN, but I'm not sure about this idea.

 
At 6/11/2008 12:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

gordon elliott comment someone made earlier is RIGHT ON.(Gordon Elliot deserves Runner Up programming moron too. Bobby T's little Brit flunky. Wash my boots Gordon.):

he should be shot at dawn just for hiring the debacle called Paula Deen
and continuing to make even more and more annoying shows featuring her....

puleese y'all..... BASTA is BASTA already....

 
At 6/11/2008 10:52 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Jake,

Didn't realise you were becoming such a network number crunching junkie.
That said, I don't think most people would be happy with "classically" trained chefs running all day. I mean there are other great shows that don't feature "classically" trained chefs and are quite enjoyable.

I think the point is that Lord Tuschman has greenlighted some real stink shows that offend and alienate intelligent viewers and has taken measures to MTV-ize and dumb down content so those in a different bracket are inclined to watch.

No problem. I'll just change the channel. I'll send my donation gladly to my local PBS affiliate as they seem to know what people want and are dedicated to putting the best programs on the air.

Tuschman will soon find out that while he might be stacking the ratings with 18-35 yrs olds, the other demographics leave in droves . He will probably learn that people can learn more and entertain themselves by simply reading a magazine or cookbook, so why bother watching his stink programming ?

As for Gordon Elliot, he is just a little soldier to Tusch. This guy would tape a church supper if he thought anyone would watch it.

He is FN's "on call" low budget flunky. He is only partly to blame for the the Deen and Neely nonsense. To name a few.

 
At 6/11/2008 11:13 AM , Anonymous csb said...

I don't think you've ever addressed yourself as Jake, so I'm not sure why people keep calling you Jake.

 
At 9/26/2008 1:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the most recent episode that included 'cooking' with liquid nitrogen, neither the host or the guests wore protective eyeware or gloves. As a science educator, I was very disappointed to see such a lack of responsibility on the part of the show.

I love the content but would like to see safe practices used in the lab.

 
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