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No One's Watching Emeril Green?

Can't believe Emeril Green's been on four days now and no thread here at CH. Tsk, tsk.

If you're missing it, it's a winner. And a foodies dream come true: What if your pantry were an actual supermaket?! I love that idea!

First day showed six shows, each regular day is two back to back episodes. So I've seen 10 or 12 so far. It's on Planet Green -- the only reason in fact, IMHO, to watch that channel -- 8pm Eastern. Tons of repeats at other times too.

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  1. eh, sorry, gotta watch the "burn notice" marathon....

    1. I guess I'm missing what the attraction might be. The few episodes I ran into the other day were very simplistic and just ordinary Emeril cooking segments, and a large product placement ad for Whole Foods. I guess, though, it's the best food-related show they have, but isn't it the only cooking show there?, unless you count the chef on Supper Club with Tom Bergeron.

      I do not like the idea of losing all the good cooking shows that were on that channel, but I AM finding some of the new content interesting..... like Living With Ed and the guy who used to be on This Old House. The star-studded Alter Eco is a bit much but has been interesting enough. I guess I've always been interested in construction/landscape/home fix-up/eco-friendly subject matter.

      And it was mentioned in this topic: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/525931

      1. Did I miss something? Is Emeril that disdained on this forum that no one seems to care about the new show???

        Really, I just don't get the total lack of interest. Is he "played out" among foodies now? What is it?

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        1. re: HarryK

          >>Is he "played out" among foodies now?

          Absolutely. The ubiquitous Diner Guy is the flavor of the minute.

          Has Emeril gone 'green', thinking he'll recapture the world's heart? How sad.

          1. re: HarryK

            Since I have just basic analog cable service, I don't get that channel. I would still watch Emeril if I got that station, at least to see what the show is about.

            Plus, I just don't watch a lot of TV in the summer.

            1. re: HarryK

              Thanks for the heads-up.

              I'll check to see if I get that channel... I'm having a sneaking suspicion that Planet Green is part of the more expensive cable package.

              It's a terrible way of starting a new show by limiting the viewership right off the bat.

            2. I would rather hose my Fruit of the Looms with pepper spray than watch 2 minutes more of Emeril...
              I had all I could take years ago...
              I'm a pretty decent cook and I'm funnier than him--- so what's in it for me?

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              1. re: Mild Bill

                LMAO! Thanks for the visual Mild Bill. I think. hehe

                Ok, I get the idea now. :)

                1. re: Mild Bill

                  Ya know, I thought the exact same thing and then I came across "Emeril Green." He is just as cool and foody and very much the chef instructor his fellow chefs have almost always touted him to be. Heck, even Tony Bourdain stopped mocking him after meeting the "real" Emeril.

                  To me, this show truly reveals his mastery of teaching and cooking and I can sort of understand why so many people were initially drawn to Emeril.

                  No mania + teaching cooking technique = good food TV for me.

                2. aww it's too bad the commentators have this reaction. TV is tricky, let me tell you. After working with Emeril and seeing my episode on the premier night, I can tell you I wouldn't change much. He's a great and honest person. He really does know his stuff and his demeanor off camera is very different from what we see on the tube. Though I'm a personal chef/caterer, his mission for the show was accomplished genuinely in my epi. I learned how to work with pork... A lot of off camera chit chat addressed my dilemma. I'm sure this is true for other guests. I hope you your readers will tune back in. I love the show. But then again, I've always been a fan of his.

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                  1. re: chefbren

                    I'm sorry, but this show has little to do with 'green' as in being environmentally sensitive.
                    - Cooking with organic ingredients is commendable, but this is only incidental to the main thrust of the episodes aired so far. The common hook seems to be to help time management or culinarily challenged people cook better. The show could have been named 'Quick Fix Meals', '30 Minute Meals', 'Rescue Chef' but those TMs are already taken :-).
                    - As previously mentioned, this show is a Big Green Cha-Ching for WF.

                    I really do like the casual tone of the filming, although I would have preferred new episodes of 'Essence of Emeril' made in the same place. Oops, another TM already in use.

                    1. re: DiveFan

                      big sigh.....I LOVED Essence of Emeril...that was one of FN's best, back in the good old days. Haven't watched Emeril Green, will look for it, though I don't watch much tv.

                      1. re: DiveFan

                        re: divefan's comments about the validity of the *green* angle of emeril's show, there was an interesting article in today's NY Times about that very issue...

                        http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/04/art...

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          Planet Green, well, it's a dumb idea. Let me put it another way, it's a great idea in a zen-like "this is what we oughta do" good-hearted way.

                          As a 24-hour network, trying to fill that much Green-only content, plus pay the bills with Green-only advertisers ... well, it apparently looked good to someone on paper (dunno why) but reality takes over and it's impossible to fund with only Green commercials and fill only Green content. It won't happen ever. Ergo, inconsistency and hypocracy and looking stupid.

                          But, aside from the morons at Discovery, who didn't see that coming the moment the idea hit the corporate board table? Yet some goof said yeah, great idea, let's do it. Oh and we'll kill the Home channel at the same time just to make it twice as dumb.

                          1. re: HarryK

                            c'mon harry, it sounds like you're holding back. tell us how you really feel ;)

                            i've only seen part of one episode of emeril green, but that's because i finally figured out last week that we do, in fact, get the channel. oops.

                            i'm going to refrain from offering my opinion of the show until i see more episodes, but the NYT article hit one of my concerns on the head...i know that *healthy* food & green living don't automatically go hand-in-hand, but we're not gonna be able to save the planet if we're not here to live on it. i like emeril, i think he's a talented chef & a genuinely good guy, but if everyone eats the way he typically cooks on his shows - pork fat & mayonnaise for everyone! - we're all gonna be dead anyway.

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              hehe GHG, let me put it this way. If anyone is watching Mr. Gumbo to learn how to have an organic, heart-healthy diet, they're in trouble. If they're going to watch Emeril to be Emeril and completely disassociate what network he happens to be on, they'll enjoy it. And then when he makes his occasional "green, organic" thing happen now and then, be shocked he could actually tilt that far. LOL

                          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            I loved these two sentences:
                            "Healthy, it seems, doesn’t have to be heart-healthy or even low in fat as long as it includes fresh greens. But on a channel that measures good citizenship by the carbon footprint, Mr. Lagasse leaves a huge caloric wake."

                            1. re: Phaedrus

                              Yep, Phaedus, that's some nice piece of writing there.