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Planet Green Means Loss of Some Cooking Shows

I had no idea the Planet Green channel which just launched yesterday, Wednesday, was going to kill the Discovery Home Channel. I thought it was just going to be a new channel added to the Discovery lineup.

Now I'm sad. It means yeah we're supposed to get a new "Emeril Green" show sometime this month, but it also means -- and I was not expecting this -- that we've lost all the Canadian and other food shows that used to be on the Home Channel.

Goodbye License to Grill with host Rob Rainford. Along with Bobby Flay's shows his made for the two best griiling and BBQ shows around!

Goodbye Cooking in Brooklyn, which was quirky but original

Goodbye Chef at Home with Michael Smith (I really enjoyed this show) mind you they were too stupid to buy any of the last three seasons of his show so we kept watching ones from 2004 and 2005, but I liked them anyhow.

Goodbye Inner Chef with Marcus Samuelsson

Goodbye that show with Kylie Kwong -- the one show I will not miss -- her voice was grating and sorry, but she specialized in Australian meets Chinese food ... you want to talk about two cuisines who's ingredients she used that you never heard of before and will never find here in the States! If you could find the Chinese ones, you'd never find the Aussie ones.

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  1. I'm surprised -- over 12 hours and not a word in response.

    Guess I'm the only here who ever watched that channel and any of those shows. Oh well. Trust me you missed some good shows even if you don't know it. Your lost.

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    1. re: HarryK

      I loved all these shows, especially Chef At Home. I didn't know they were to be completely cut out.... Really good shows. Why do they only cut good things?
      Don't forget that Samuelsson will be against Bobby Flay Sunday night on Iron Chef

      1. re: bookwormchef

        Yep looking forward to the Flay vs Samuelsson match!

    2. It's a shame Kylie Kwong's gone... her food was always interesting and she reminded me of home! I didn't realise that Discovery Home was going right off-air to make way for the stupid 'green' station - from what I saw of their 'sneak previews' there won't be a darned thing on there worth watching!

      1. I too, am sad at the end of Discovery Home. It seems that TV has decided to cast it's lot with the wingnut environmental whackjobs. It seems I can't tune into much of anything anymore, without there being some pitch for "going green". Yick!

        1. Hopefully the shows will wind up on one of their other channels like TLC. Until that happens, I don't expect that I'll be tuning in to "planet green" at all. If I want to get preached at I'll go to church.

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          1. re: LabRat

            "Emeril Green" which is supposed to be a sorta Emeril does what Jamie Oliver does in the garden cooking show *might* be interesting when it comes on. That's about it for that entire network.

          2. Yes, in PlanetGreen we have a new Wikipedia redirection for 'Screwed The Pooch'. Or is it 'Jumped The Shark'?

            Discovery would have done better to keep adding 'green' shows to Home and other channels.

            Why would they deep six the 'Manic Organic' cooking show? - educational, entertaining and perfect for the PG channel.

            Maybe A&E Networks or even Scripps (ha ha ha ha ha) could capture the Home channel cooking shows.

            Most people will gladly go 'green' when it makes Economic Sense, not due to some feel good preachy TV shows or worse, government nanny legislation and corporate welfare *cough*ethanol subsidy*cough*.

            1. I'm interested in what the new lineup will bring. Have to say, the only one of those cooking shows listed in the opening post that I will miss in even the littlest bit is Kylie Kwong. I did not like any of the others one little bit. They were always a good opportunity to read a book instead.

              1. That is really too bad. DH loved License to grill.
                I found it interesting last night that Planet green should be showing reruns of American Chopper... not what you'd expect.

                1. noticed this the other day when i was looking for a kylie kwong recipe for her pickled cucumbers with szechuan peppercorn salt. I couldn't find the recipe bc the discovery home website was gone. I dont even get discovery home...but it's still a disappointment to me.

                  1. i just lost this channel because we downscaled our cable-i was thinking i would miss kylie kwong's show (i really liked it) and even the gardening manic guy but now i guess there is no need to worry about it

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                    1. re: sugarsnapp

                      A surprising lot of Kylie Kwong fans here. Question or two:

                      Where do you live? And how do you find the ingreidents she uses?

                      As said earlier one of the big reasons I didn't like her show almost every dish she made I never heard of half the ingredients and I wouldnt even know where (here in the States, Mid-Atlantic region) where I would ever be able to find them. Thanks.

                      1. re: HarryK

                        I wasn't concerned with duplicating her recipes. I watched more for technique and for dishes to look for and sample when I travel. Once I know an ingredient's taste and texture, then I decide whether to attempt a similar dish with reasonable substitutions when I get home. Or, sometimes it remains a lovely memory and elusive treat......or a rather unpleasant memory and a "thanks be!" that I don't have worry about that particular item showing up on a dinner plate anywhere near home!

                    2. No more of my beloved Robert? That show was the only reason I tuned into this channel. Hands down one of the most entertaining, informative grilling shows to date. No news of where we might be able to view him in the future?

                      1. In addition to the cooking shows, Discovery Home offered several other interesting shows. I didn't know they were switching to the green channel. I am very disappointed, someone is really cutting corners at the cost of quality entertainment.

                        1. I couldn't believe it when one night I was looking for my cooking shows on the Discovery Home Channel and they were gone! If you are as upset as I am, please email cablevision and let them know. Maybe we can get them to bring the programs to another channel.

                          1. I'm finding the new lineup on Planet Green to be interesting and informative, though I think there's a limit to how much 'greening' I'll be able to take. I've always liked construction-related things and gardening, so a lot if the content is of interest to me. Tom Bergeron's Supper Club does have a chef on each week, but the discussion is getting repetitive after just a couple of shows. Ed Begley Jr. is a trip so long as he stays to being 'off the grid' and leaves his views on 9/11 out of his show (so far, so good). The guy who used to do This Old House has an interesting show too.

                            I'm just afraid that this is another example of TV execs deciding what people will flock to and is an extension of the changes to Food Netwwork that cost us 90% of the shows worth watching there. At least Plant Green has some intrinsic value of its own and isn't as bad as what FoodTV has become (my opinion, of course). I like Kylie Kwong, and Cookin'In Brooklyn, but could never quite get into the guy on License To Grill (always seemed too simplistic and basic).

                            1. I will miss Kylie Kwong too, but I like Planet Green! Yes- its super repetitive but its not preachy at all! There is a little bit of everything in that channel, and even my decidedly not-green BF watches with interest!

                              Cable TV Channels come and go. There's no reason to name-call people who are interested in "green things"....

                              1. Not a Kylie Kwong fan myself though I enjoyed all the other shows mentioned here. However, here in NY anyway, the past couple of seasons showed nothing but reruns ('cept License to Grill, it seems), so I stopped watching them altogether.