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  1. It's a toss-up between that one where they have a pseudo cooking contest and the one where they visit the most unhealthy diners on the planet

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    1. re: hal2010

      LOL. My serious response - I like 'The Best X I Ever Had' or whatever that series is.

      1. re: jeanmarieok

        That's probably the show I watch most often, though I can't keep Food Network and Cooking Channel shows straight. Also like the new spin-off, "The best dish I ever made," which is actually about cooking, not going to restaurants.

    2. I really like Secrets of a Restaurant Chef but it has been cancelled. These days my favorites are Barefoot Contessa and Chopped.

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      1. re: Njchicaa

        Ditto, Barefoot Contessa and Chopped for me too. These days I've been watching more Cooking Channel though.

        1. re: Njchicaa

          Secrets of a restaurant chef was my favorite as she is one of the few with real cooking chops. Does anyone know what happened to that show? I love Ina, but she measure too much and she sets a record for saying "perfect."

          1. re: wincountrygirl

            The show was canceled due to the bizarre guttural noises coming from her, or not. It does still live in reruns. I agree about perfect, but it's not just Ina, it has to be the most overused word on Food Network.

            1. re: James Cristinian

              FN lists 9 seasons of about 13 episodes each (for Secrets ...), not a bad run. I don't know when the last as shot. Where did people read about it being cancelled? Anne has been involved in other projects (Worst cooks, etc).

              1. re: paulj

                I believe that someone asked her about the show on Twitter several months ago, and she replied that it had ended - and that she was also developing another cooking show.

        2. Food Network is dead and keeps on getting deader (sorry for the poor English, it was for effect).
          It sucks. And it has gotten worse every day and right now it is like it is next week. (Herb Brooks USA Hockey quote, figure it out).

          Anyway...Serious Sweets? Cupcakes? The Chopped thing is okay, but every day? It is bad when the most revealing COOKING show is DDD's, because while Fieri is a tool, some of the places look really interesting. Except those who like make chili dogs. Who cares. And again, on 20 times a day? The Neely's? I mean who is the test market that makes people think they like these shows. Hell, "BAM!" gimme Emeril at least, he is a real chef. I miss the low production David Rosengarten show. Right now Alan Richman and Cici Biggers would be an improvement. You know how bad it is when Mario Batali eventually blows off the network.

          This is now the MTV of Food TV. Think not? I bring you "Bitchin' Kitchen". Give me the PBS Great Chefs series. Anyday. Hell, I would rather watch Tony Bourdain and Eric Ripert drinking 20 hours a day than this crap on Food Network. The Cooking Channel looked like it was going to be an oasis for real "cooking" or food shows, but now the Food Network has now managed to dumb that down. Oh....sorry for the rant. I guess the best shows on the Food Network is The Best Dish I ever....whatever cooked or tasted. I used to love the Iron Chef but even that is getting minimalized. It is funny, they are having another "Next Iron Chef" but they never have "Iron Chef" anymore. It is all just spooge.....and don't get me started on the "Next Food Network Star". Please. Here endeth the rant.

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          1. re: Owtahear

            Preach it brother.
            Except I like Bitchen Kitchen

              1. re: Owtahear

                The Food Network isn't imposing its shows on an unwilling public. They're giving the larger part of their viewership more of what it's chosen to watch in the past. Hence the post-Iron Chef proliferation of cooking competitions, trying to cast the preparation of food as a pseudo-sporting event with winners and losers. We may not like it, I don't like it, but it seems there haven't been enough of us to keep Food Network on the track we prefer.

                At least they created the Cooking Channel to give cooking shows a place to go when pushed out of the Foot Network lineup. For those of us whose cable TV services carry both channels, we can still see the kind of shows we like, just not on the same channel..

                1. re: John Francis

                  Once again I find myself quoting H. L. Mencken in this context:

                  "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

                  The truth of that statement is highly lamentable.

                  1. re: Midlife

                    Sounds like what FOX talkingheads are saying about half the American population - the ones who voted for the wrong candidate.
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                    In an Oct article about the possible sale of Scripps Networks, an industry analyst describes its audience as “upscale, older women.

                    "Jason Bazinet, a New York-based analyst at Citigroup, wrote in an Oct. 19 note that Disney of Burbank, California, may be drawn to Scripps Networks to fill a “yawning gap” in its programming: “upscale, older women.” "
                    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10...

                    1. re: paulj

                      >>>"Sounds like what FOX talkingheads are saying about half the American population - the ones who voted for the wrong candidate."<<<<

                      And vice versa as well. ;o]

                2. re: Owtahear

                  Didn't Cooking Channel run Iron Chef (Japan) reruns daily for the first couple of years? Fuji TV just resurrected the show after a 13 year dormancy.

                  1. re: Owtahear

                    <Food Network is dead and keeps on getting deader >

                    Ha ha ha. It is like killing undead.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      Tonight I'm watching Mythbusters, NIC, and ICA. I also tend to catch the new episodes of Chopped and Sweet Genius. The only thing new this week on PBS is Mind of a Chef, which I have to catch online (none of my pbs stations are carrying it this time around). So while there are nights where nothing on FN or CC is interesting, I still watch it more than any other network.

                      In my opinion, Discovery has changed a lot more than FN has. Other than the current batch of Mythbusters, the only recent interesting show there was the one Mike Rowe did on US history and liquor.

                      1. re: paulj

                        <Discovery has changed a lot more than FN has>

                        True, but isn't Discovery a much older channel too?

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          My acquaintance with both only goes back 15 years.

                    2. re: Owtahear

                      I can't for the life of me figure out why DDD is on 24/7, especially Friday nights when I really need something entertaining to watch. If they were new episodes, perhaps I wouldn't be so frustrated, but they are all reruns and then the same reruns rerun in the same night over and over.

                    3. Chopped. I could watch it for 48 hours straight.

                      I'm a Chopped zombie.

                      Don't ask me to explain because I cannot.

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                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        Its all gotten pretty dopey. Iron Chef or DDD I guess. And yes Fieri is toolish, but he's a likable sod, sort of.

                      2. I guess if I'm going to judge by the only one I bother to record so I don't miss it, it's Mexican Made Easy. In the first place, Marcela Valladolid is freaking gorgeous, but the few recipes of hers that I've made have been spot on.