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Nov 27, 2007 02:58 AM

Emeril Canceled

It's official FN has canceled Emeril Live. Supposedly the Essence of Emeril is still going to be on.

Now it's just a matter of seeing what 'brilliant' new show they'll find to replace it.

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  1. No doubt they'll put another RR or Paula show on.

    Too bad. I thought Emeril wore thin after the first 10K episodes (LOL) but overall, he made cooking fun and a lot less scary for a lot of people. He gets a hard time on these boards but when it was first on, I always watched EL. Even went and saw it live when it was in TO.


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    1. re: Davwud

      No matter what you think of the schtick, Emeril deserves some serious props. Pro golfers used to say that for every $10 they earned, they should give $1 to Arnold Palmer, the man whose personality attracted the masses-- you could say the same thing about current celeb chefs. Away from the cameras Emeril has always seemed perpetually sleep-deprived-- wouldn't doubt that he's finally recognized (or been made to recognize) that it's time to stop hustling and enjoy his just desserts.

      1. re: Davwud

        "No doubt they'll put another RR or Paula show on".
        If they do, open the window on the 44th floor, 'cause I'm jumping out -!

      2. Get ready for the Sandra Lee/Guy Fieri POWER HOUR!

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        1. re: LabRat

          Sandra Lee will have to buy a second can opener.

            1. re: Withnail42

              One that comes with a cocktail pitcher too, color coordinated.

              1. re: Withnail42

                color coordinated? what,revlon platinum blonde #24?

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            1. Yes, Essence of Emeril will continue production, which does more for Emeril than Emeril Live. I actually enjoy Essence whenever I happen to catch it. It show his culinary skills without all that hokeyness and distraction of Emeril Live.

              I once read that the Food Network was basically built on Emeril Live--the first breakthrough show for the FN that put it on the map. Both sides have been compensated enormously for this, I'm sure.

              I give Emeril props for the great charity work he does.

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              1. re: gloriousfood

                I agree. I've always preferred Essence of Emeril to Emeril Live which was never really that much of a cooking show (honestly, have you ever tried to follow a recipe from an EL episode?

                1. re: gloriousfood

                  <Yes, Essence of Emeril will continue production, > I believe Essence of Emeril has been only reruns for some long while now. FN intends to continue running those, but Emeril is done on TVFN...

                  1. re: ChefJune

                    Not true:

                    "Unlike fellow celebrity chef Mario Batali's tie-severing split from the network earlier this year, leftovers—er, reruns—of Lagasse's show will continue to air. And despite ceasing production on the live show, he will continue to film new episodes of Essence of Emeril, his audience-free afternoon affair, 'for the foreseeable future.'"

                    -- E! Online:

                    1. re: maxzook

                      essence of emeril is really quite good. i'm happy new tapings will be shown. i might start watching fn again....

                2. I want to echo some of the other sentiments on the board that Emeril was certainly flawed, but he made fine dining and the appreciation of food a lot more approachable. I certainly eat a lot better because of him.