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Family

Goodbye “Good Eats”: Alton Brown on putting the show on paper and what he’s cooking up next

By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuideLLA Yes, Alton Brown knows how sad you are about the impending end of Good Eats, his long running, game-changing Food Network megahit. He hears about it at each performance of his month-long Good Eats 3: The Later Years book tour, which has him cracking up — and educating — audiences in different cities across the country nearly every evening in October. But rest assured, lovers of Brown’s acerbic wit, large vocabulary and quirky sense of narrative — you haven’t seen the last of him. Not by a long shot. “My wife is the president of our company […]

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Food TV

Food Network’s Anne Burrell serves up a rockin’ new cookbook

By Lori Acken Anne Burrell — Mario Batali’s right-hand woman on Iron Chef America who’s gone on to star in Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cooks In America — is awed that Food Network’s faithful fan base has turned her and her pals into the rock stars of the gustatory set. Now she’s looking to return the favor. Tomorrow marks the release of Burrell’s first cookbook, titled Cook Like A Rock Star, which spotlights Burrell’s infectious wit and fearless personality — and her sincere belief that you can cook well, too, with a little friendly guidance. “That’s what the message […]

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Food TV

Chuck Takes Off: Chuck Hughes is a hot commodity on Cooking Channel

By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuideLLA Chuck Hughes still can’t believe what’s happened to him. Specifically — fame. The 34-year-old, tattooed star of Cooking Channel’s popular Chuck’s Day Off — and star-struck competitor on Food Network’s upcoming “Super Chef” version of The Next Iron Chef (premiering Oct. 30) — would love to call his meteoric rise from Montreal restaurateur to food TV favorite a dream come true. But “honest truth” — a favorite Hughes expression — he can’t. “It’s way more than that,” Hughes exclaims in a charming French-Canadian-with-a-dash-of-Brooklyn accent, “because I never dreamt this big! I’m a normal guy! I cut carrots […]

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Lifestyle

Jeff Mauro wins “Food Network Star” title, “Sandwich King” series

By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuide It was a charm-and-grace race to the finish for Chicago-based corporate chef and “Sandwich King” Jeff Mauro and sweetly spicy Colorado caterer Susie Jimenez — two of the most likable Food Network Star contestants in recent memory. But in the end, it was Mauro whom  judges Bobby Flay, Giada DeLaurentis and network execs Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman felt would bring the most to the brand — and the best chance at the level of stardom achieved by Season 2 winner and network superstar Guy Fieri.

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Comedy

A viewer’s guide to non-wedding programming

For those of you who will for one reason or another be up at 4 am ET tomorrow with no desire whatsoever to watch the Royal wedding, we here at Channel Guide Magazine have you covered. For every network that is covering the over-hyped vows, there are countless others that are offering a potpourri of programming choices. With that in mind, here is what we are officially deeming our “Un-Royal Best Bets,” which is subjective at best when you consider that all of these shows are airing just after midnight on the West Coast and shortly before sunrise on the […]

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Lifestyle

Jeff Corwin talks “Extreme Cuisine”

by Karl J. Paloucek Explorer, environmentalist and television host Jeff Corwin switches tacks in his new series, Extreme Cuisine With Jeff Corwin, premiering Sept. 17 on Food Network (HD): Instead of protecting wildlife species, he’s eating them. Traveling around the globe, from Morocco to Peru, Thailand to New England, Corwin connects with the people in each locale on one of the universal points that we all have in common — food. “We look at food differently in Western culture, sometimes — specifically in American culture,” Corwin explains. “We often eat fast, we often eat in large quantities, and we sort […]

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TV News & Program Updates

What To Watch This July 4th Weekend

By Jeff Pfeiffer Sounds of the Seasons — Music Choice, July 1-6. Patriotic music to celebrate Independence Day. Twilight Zone Marathon — SCI FI Channel, July 2 at 8am ET through July 5 at 6am ET. The annual favorite. New to the network are episodes of the 1980s version of Zone, airing July 2 and most of July 3. Classic episodes air July 3 at 5pm to 6am on July 4. A viewer’s choice marathon of classic episodes airs all day July 4. The Revolutionary War — Military Channel, July 4 at noon ET. 14-hour marathon of the documentary series […]

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Awards Shows

Daytime Emmy Award Nominations Announced

By RabbitEars Nominations for the 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards were announced yesterday. PBS led the way with 56 nominations, followed by ABC with 50, syndicated shows with 49, CBS with 30, NBC with 20, Nickelodeon with 13, Disney Channel with 10 and Food Network with 10. Several other networks followed with single-digit nominations. The awards ceremony, hosted by Vanessa Williams, will air August 30 on The CW.