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The Paula Deen Network..

Coming soon to a computer near you.The subscription price has yet to be determined(or advertised). The promo for the network on her website doesn't look all that bad but I wouldn't pay extra to watch her. Wonder how many others will.


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    1. I won't be subscribing.

      1. I'm younger and vegetarian, so not her demographic at all.

        Best wishes to her though. Entrepreneurism is kinda sorta the backbone of this country.

        1. Years ago I watched her try and make lasagna . That was the very last time I ever watched her show. What a hack.

          1. I won't be subscribing, but I wish Paula well.

            Heh, the commentator on CNN just used the word "butt" while talking about one of Paula's recipes.

            1. I wonder if the high cholesterol is going to slow/clog my internet connection.

              1. She must have so much money, this venture must be very expensive, not trying to be mean, but sounds risky and bound to fail. Hope it works out for her

                1. I'm sure there's a digital channel for Confederate sympathizers, too.

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                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    It took 2 seconds to Google, and I found this amusing:

                    because it's from The Smithsonian.

                    1. re: kaleokahu

                      wouldn't that be the Paula Deen channel?

                    2. I don't see this lasting long.
                      Between the FN and Cooking Channel, I think Ms. Dean is biting off more than she can chew.
                      A fool and his money...

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                      1. re: monavano

                        I think you're right, monavano. It's one thing to surf TV channels but another to sit down at the computer or mobile device and actively watch. I think the demographics of her audience are out of synch with technology.

                        Celebrities like PD just can't bow out gracefully--they have to keep going and going and going. I have seen so many performers & singers do this. Give it up, Paula. Go find yourself. You have more money than you know what to do with.

                        1. re: sandiasingh

                          I think she's believing her own press and must be surrounded by "yes" people.
                          If Oprah can barely make a go of her own network, I don't know how Deen can think she can pull this off.
                          I so agree about the money- she has enough for 100 lifetimes, but just can't seem to be happy out of the spotlight.

                      2. http://m.etonline.com/news/147347_bob...

                        According to Gordon Elliott(everyone needs a job) since Paula has the following:

                        4 1/2 million Facebook fans
                        1 1/2 million Twitter followers
                        1 million fans on her website
                        AND a huge viewing audience that has been starved for her for year now.

                        He's not the least bit worried about a shortage of paid subscriptions.

                        Since FB, Twitter and her website are free all I can say is good luck.

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                        1. re: miss_belle

                          Good luck is right.
                          Like people want to pay for one more thing!
                          Cable, phone, internet and yet another monthly bill to watch Pauler and I'm sure, her kids?
                          I don't see people handing over their money when there's plenty of food tv to be had.

                          1. re: monavano

                            Yep, that's it exactly. Well, we shall see.

                          2. re: miss_belle

                            «He's not the least bit worried about a shortage of paid subscriptions.»

                            Everyone loves a good comeback story. I bet plenty of people with time and money on their hands will pay just to see Paula's redemption in the public eye.

                            1. re: RelishPDX

                              unfortunately, there is nothing to redeem......because there was nothing there.

                              1. re: ritabwh

                                I don't know that there was nothing there- I think she's been on teevee for so many years, done so many shows and made so many appearances that what's actually left to see?
                                What's left to be curious about?
                                Been there, done that.

                                Paula had a great run, and without the scandal, I she she cold have eked out a couple more "seasons", but she was already on the waning part of her cooking show host career.

                          3. <<"All Paula, all the time," Elliott said. "We're gonna start the network with hundreds and hundreds of pieces that viewers can choose for themselves what they want. We've got classic recipes, we've got recipes that can be cooked in under 10 minutes with under five ingredients called 'Five in a Dime' ... and game shows. It's the first digital lifestyle network in the world.">>

                            ….and game shows? God help me I can only imagine.

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                            1. re: foodieX2

                              I wonder if any of the bits will involve her and her boys in blackface. It *is* part of her lifestyle, you know...

                              1. re: foodieX2

                                Competitive Pie Eating! I pitched a show like that to NBC back in 98! Now is my time!!!

                              2. ugh. this was announced on The Chew a few days ago. she was described as "our good friend" and a video was show. i completely forgot about her screeching. dang. i don't miss it at all. i will not be watching. clinton looked pretty embarassed reading the promo. i guess there is some connection between abc network and paula deen and of course, gordon what's his name who is the producer of The Chew. applause from the audience was medium.

                                1. Okay, I'll take one for the team.
                                  I like Paula.
                                  She can be a bit screechy, but she's still better on a Stand and Stir (to me) than Ina or even Emeril.
                                  The sons appear to be solid cooks.
                                  What I dislike is that "we at CH" seem to want to go out of our way to bash her and create a prototypical imagined viewer who would like Paula, so we can ridicule both Paula and the attributes of her supporters.


                                  About food "of her style" -> last night I went to a Ladies PotLuck. In the half a dozen other times we've met, it seemed that the goal was out-trendying each other.
                                  Last night was no exception.
                                  I took composed steamed broccoli with white sesame seeds and heavily seasoned croutons, all topped with Parmesan cheese.
                                  Everyone raved about how it looked, and sampled. I think it IS pretty tasty.
                                  I also took green bean casserole, with the French's/Durkee fried onion topping, about which there were no comments -or leftovers.
                                  So people talk about the pretty "fashionable food," but the traditional stuff is what is eaten (Btw the broccoli leftovers Did make an excellent cold breakfast from the fridge).

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                                  1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                    I think Paula's food is often solid and hits the American "sweet spot".

                                    1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                      I mostly take a «live and let live» attitude towards others' tastes. For those who want to follow Paula, fine by me.

                                      What I've found most offensive about Paula is that she hid her health problems while continuing to profit from and promote a lifestyle which could have been a contributory factor to the decline of her own health.

                                      That I can't respect or condone by funding directly or indirectly myself.

                                      1. re: RelishPDX

                                        And no other chef in the world doesn't cook with butter, duck fat, lard, bacon grease, shortening, oil..........

                                        1. re: chloebell

                                          Do they sell their "brand" with subterfuge and deceit?

                                          1. re: monavano

                                            I dunno.
                                            Do you think GdL should hawk stuff for Targét?
                                            Should Paul Prudhomme sell self-branded salt?

                                        2. re: RelishPDX

                                          Let's not forget how she let the public know about her diabetes at the same exact time it was announced she was the latest spokeswoman for the new diabetes drug.

                                          1. re: miss_belle

                                            No, we can't forget, because Hounds who claim a significant distaste for her continue to fry her on CH.

                                            1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                              Yes, but I'm not one of them. Don't preach to me ok.

                                              1. re: miss_belle

                                                You were the victim of the sermon because you are a) the OP and b) the one who introduced her commercial/ medical affiliation.
                                                Plenty of people other than you offered up plenty of negativity between points a and b.
                                                On CH, Paula Deen is somewhere between a punch line and a punching bag most of the time.
                                                I'm awaiting the howl of Hounds about the Time magazine Butter cover.
                                                I predict praise, which would be sort-of a two-faced butter dish : )

                                                1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                                  Point taken as far as this thread goes. But I have defended her on this board as well. I have mixed feelings about Paula and it just depends on what she's up to at the time:-)

                                        3. re: Kris in Beijing

                                          Give me Ina any day. One minute of PD is too much.

                                        4. Earlier this year an investment group sunk 100 million into Paula's brand. This strikes me as a low-effort way of justifying that investment long enough for a paycheck or two. Even then, why they would pretend a subscription model would work is beyond me.

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                                          1. re: ennuisans

                                            Aside from revenue expectations, a subscription model makes it a closed and controlled world... Maybe the PR wranglers think that's a stronger way to handle her and what is essentially Their brand.

                                            1. re: ennuisans

                                              The most likely comparison that came to mind was Glenn Beck. I'm not familiar with how his current model works since he was bounced from Fox News - but I could see an investment group seeing that if he's managed to make money outside of mainstream media outlets, then Paula is probably looking to reach a similar crowd.

                                              I too am dubious about this working though. Glenn Beck provides his fan base with news - and honestly, I can't think of any chef (celebrity or otherwise) where I'm forever itching for new content. If Paula is going to head more into lifestyle or talk show host mode - I could see that being a far stronger brand to build on rather than recipes/cooking demos.

                                              1. re: cresyd

                                                I looked it up, and Glenn Beck charges $4.95/mo to get his nightly program or $9.95/mo for access to his whole network online. That's what the NYTimes reported in 2011 when his site went live.

                                                With all of the other cooking-themed programming available online and included in cable subscriptions people are already paying a monthly fee to receive, will there be enough people to pay an additional monthly fee of say $5 to see her current shows, or $10 to get all Paula all of the time on demand?

                                                We'll certainly see.

                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                    Haha - yeah - Beck and in fairness, Paula aren't really my bag. Still, Beck has a model that if I was Paula's handlers/investors I'd want to think could be emulated. Like RelishPDX mentioned, I don't think that cooking alone will warrant that. In addition to the FN and CN, there's loads of other online food programming that's free.

                                                    But, I think that if FN has shown anything that over the past 3 years or so - being a current 'Food Star' is way more about personality and how that's branded rather than straight up cooking.

                                                    If instead of Paula being fired from the FN, it was Alton Brown - and he came back to say that he was going to put up an online platform that would be a mix of Cutthroat Kitchen, his podcast but done in a visual format as well as audio, perhaps a Justin Warner show, maybe get the rights to some British or Australian cooking shows not yet available in the US, as well as recipes and stuff - that could get my attention. But more so because Alton Brown represents a take on food and personality I find interesting. Not because I'm just looking for recipes.

                                                    1. re: cresyd

                                                      You better start ducking before all the AB haters get atcha!

                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                        That just proves my point! All this is about is about how we do or don't respond to personalities!

                                                        If someone gave me a recipe that I used, and liked the results and then told me the recipe was by *insert person I find hateful* - that wouldn't make it a bad recipe. But it also wouldn't mean I'd ever want to watch a show by that person.

                                                        1. re: cresyd

                                                          Yes, I feel that way about some of the music I like...

                                                      2. re: cresyd

                                                        One thing Bobby Flay said in a recent interview about what the contestants get wrong on the Next Food Network Star program is that they try to cook for everyone. He said something like "when you try to cook for everyone, you end up cooking for no one."

                                                        Paula knows her audience well. She has a great appeal to a certain segment who want that folksy down home food and atmosphere in the shows they watch. So I can't fault her on that account.

                                                    2. re: cresyd

                                                      "If Paula is going to head more into lifestyle or talk show host mode - I could see that being a far stronger brand to build on rather than recipes/cooking demos."

                                                      Paula did a pilot (with Rene Syler, Kate Gosselin and others) several years ago, at the apex of her popularity, and it didn't get picked up.
                                                      I think that train has left the station.

                                                      1. re: monavano

                                                        Presumably the pilot was geared to the FN that would have far different standards regarding quality and viewers than something on an online platform.

                                                        I am no fan of Paula Dean - but I think that the online subscription medium doesn't require the same level of buy-in as the television does. I am no Glenn Beck supporter. But there's no denying that there's an audience that seeks him out. If I were Paula, I just don't think it's such a crazy gamble to assume that a similar audience would come out in support of her.

                                                        1. re: cresyd

                                                          I agree- what I said stands and in no way meant that she can't get an online show.
                                                          I mean, who the heck wants to watch Kate Gosselin?!

                                                      2. re: cresyd

                                                        "The most likely comparison that came to mind was Glenn Beck."

                                                        To which I counter;

                                                        The most likely comparison that came to my mind was porn!!
                                                        With all the free content both political and food, why in the world pay anyone a subscription fee for content? Honestly? I don't get that at all.

                                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                                          For the same reason - the significant number of viewers have a specific relationship with the porn/news/food star. If I am invested in what's offered by Glenn Beck - Keith Olbermann providing a totally free platform full of content (I don't know if that even exists....) isn't what I want.

                                                          While many may not pay for Beck with all of the free news content out there (differing political views aside) - people clearly are. It's been a few years now since he was booted from Fox News - and his online platform is working.

                                                          If tomorrow someone showed up with an online platform where for $5 maybe $10 a month, I had very high quality streaming of a wide variety of English, Irish, Australian and New Zealand cooking shows not current accessible in the US - I'd be very tempted. Yes, I already pay for cable that includes the FN and CN - and yes, I can currently stream a number of those shows via various dubious sites with many ads (via internet I already pay for) - but if it was a better way to access those shows and without ads.....I'd be seriously tempted.

                                                          Deen isn't my preference and other than channel surfing on FN - I never watched her programming. But I imagine a variety of ways where this idea would work - both for her and others.

                                                          1. re: cresyd

                                                            Cresyd, I'm no techie (DH is), but we have an Apple TV box on one TV and an Amazon Prime box on the other one. Each one offers access to YouTube where I watch "The Gourmet Farmer" from Tasmania (3 seasons), Heston Blumenthal's endless number of shows, and many other BBC and Oz productions. Totally commercial free.

                                                            It has become such a pleasure to watch tv again that if I accidentally see a commercial--like in a public place, airport, doc's office, etc.--I leave the area immediately.

                                                            The Amazon Prime box comes with a Prime membership of $99/yr and includes free 48 hour shipping on most Amazon products. I don't know about the Apple TV (that's the DH's territory). Between Netflix streaming and YouTube, I can watch all I want commercial free. That's the way to roll.

                                                            1. re: sandiasingh

                                                              Agree- when you have a streaming device, you're way less likely to pay for Deen's "channel".
                                                              Plumbing the depths of streaming is fascinating, and I have found amazing television again (BBC especially), this this goes for all kinds of programming.
                                                              Thanks for mentioning the shows you've found.

                                                              1. re: sandiasingh

                                                                I'm able to access what I want via streaming sites without too many issues where I'd feel the need to look into paying for Amazon Prime and Apple TV - I was more thinking of a kind of platform that I could be tempted by.

                                                                Mostly though, I'm just providing a contrast to the "there's so much free content out there" argument. Just because Deen's platform wouldn't tempt me, I could think of other ways where a subscription platform would.

                                                      3. Perhaps Donald Sterling would fund her .. (sorry couldn't resist... )

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                                                        1. re: cwdonald

                                                          Please don't put this on the radar again!
                                                          I will never be able to look at a visor the same way!

                                                        2. http://nypost.com/2014/06/15/food-net...

                                                          This article kills two birds with one stone. Jaime gets the boot and she will be charging about $10 a month to subscribe.

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                                                          1. re: miss_belle

                                                            I'm not surprised that Paula's broohaha affected her sons' shows.
                                                            It had to be a little...awkward.

                                                            1. re: monavano

                                                              Sounds like just the one son got the boot, the other one has a new show in the works.