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Nov 21, 2010 07:35 PM

Bye Bye Duff...

Did they finally realize he wasn't using actual cake?

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  1. Sometimes a cake is not meant to be a cake. When we lived in Baltimore we tasted Charm City cakes on several occasions and they were fairly unremarkable, and in one case, outright dry and flavorless.

    But the cakes are ordered for the "artwork," not the quality of the cake. Everyone knows this. The people on Duff's show always came across as casual and fun and i enjoyed the few episodes I saw.

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    1. re: Roland Parker

      You have to hand it to Duff for being able to milk it for this long. Getting paid and then also getting to do some pretty nifty things on top of that. Not a bad gig.

    2. 10 seasons is a great run for any tv series

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      1. re: SDGourmand

        But "10 seasons" in today's TV world does not amount to 10 years' worth of 25 or more shows like it once did. A show can have a spring season, fall season and a summer season all in one year these days. Ace of Cakes debuted in 2006!

        1. re: ttoommyy

          Still impressive for what was essentially the same episode over & over again.

          1. re: ferret

            Most TV is the same episode over and over again. Especially food-related TV. Hey, I watched the show, I'm not knocking him. I'm just saying that 10 seasons does not have the same cache it once did: it does not mean the show has been on 10 years as it once did.

      2. In the FWIW mode, it does't seem to me like Duff is going anywhere . . . According to the article you linked to:

        "Food Network general manager and senior vice president Bob Tuschman says the network is developing new show concepts for Goldman."

        So the program "Ace of Cakes" got cancelled, but it would appear from the above that Goldman and the Food Network are still working together.

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        1. re: zin1953

          Forget new shows for Duff.

          Create one for MARY ALICE

          1. re: C. Hamster

            "Create one for MARY ALICE"

            Agreed! :)

          2. re: zin1953

            plus, he appears regularly on Best Thing I Ever Ate. he's not going anywhere.

            1. re: zin1953

              Correct. Duff is popular, like him or his cake or not. Food Network is not letting him go.

            2. Maybe it was Duff who was begging for a change.

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              1. re: HillJ

                i doubt it. getting paid extra to be on tv for going into the business you already own and would be going into anyways... the only thing that would change for him without ace of cakes is no cameras there to watch him be the worst cake decorator in the shop

                1. re: mattstolz

                  I'm not saying Duff is dying to leave his work behind but given the length of his FN program, it wouldn't be unheard of to move on ... with something fresh. Plenty of FN hosts move on to other vehicles. FI, When you think of brunch does Bobby Flay come to mind? But there he is making brunch. Alton took to asphalt & sea. It happens.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    yes the last says they are developing something new

                2. re: HillJ

                  I think people started watching Cake Boss instead. I can really only watch one cake decorating show at a time.

                  1. re: GraydonCarter

                    That's an interesting thought, GC. When Duff's show first aired I watched but I got tired of the goofy-ness. Just my reaction, I know plenty of people enjoy it. I love watching pastry chefs, bread-artists and bakers in person alot more.

                3. Just sayin'..................... how many different ways can you decorate a cake? Time to move on.