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Three Cooking Channel Shows You Should Sample

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 9th 2010 2:00PM
cooking_channel_logoWhen the Cooking Channel launched a couple of months ago, we were rather critical of lineup, but since then, a handful of shows have not only proven to be the best on the network, but might be our favorite new food programs, period.

Here's three Cooking Channel shows that you should take the time to check out:

1. 'Unique Eats.'

Kind of like 'The Best Thing I Ever Ate,' 'Unique Eats' is a terrific show about food from a foodie's point of view. In this case, specific places in a particular area are chosen for the unique fare they serve, and then the experts tell viewers why it's so special. The focus on interesting shops, bakeries, restaurants and eateries is excellent, but what makes the show so compelling is that the people going on and on about these locales are recognizable foodies from other networks and channels.

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First Impressions of The Cooking Channel

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 1st 2010 3:00PM
roger_mooking_cooking_channelYesterday was the first day of a brand new cable network, Cooking Channel, the spin-off from Food Network. This is the network that Scripps has created to take over for Fine Living, and while a noble attempt to focus on the how to of food preparation, my first impressions of the channel were that it has a long way to go to keep me coming back for more.

The motto the new channel is "Stay Hungry." After day one, I am hungry, but not necessary for the recipe Cooking Channel is serving up.

Even though Cooking Channel picked a good day to launch, a holiday Monday with little competition (there weren't even any major sports up against it other than Major League Baseball games), it failed to ever really reach the level of compelling viewing. After watching some hours in the morning, afternoon and evening, here's my assessment of Cooking Channel ...

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The Show Girl's Got Scoop on 'Community,' 'Party Down' & the New Cooking Channel (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 14th 2010 9:00AM
Joel McHale, 'Community'This week's show is all about comedy and cooking -- what's not to love? I've got dish on the big 'Community' season finale extravaganza from hilarious star Joel McHale.

I also chat with 'Party Down' funny lady Megan Mullally about the upcoming episode with Steve Guttenberg (playing himself, naturally) and the big return of Jane Lynch's cater waiter character Constance. Then I get a visit from one of the hottest stars of the soon-to-launch Cooking Channel, David Rocco, about his sexy Italian show 'Dolce Vita.'

Want more? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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Four Cooking Channel Shows That Look Delicious

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 21st 2010 2:02PM
Food JammersIf you take your remote control and surf on over to Fine Living Network on May 31, well, it won't be there. Instead, you're going to see The Cooking Channel, Food Network's new channel devoted to food (of course), drinks, and travel. They've announced the lineup for the network's debut, and while some of the shows seem like something we could see on the parent network, there's enough quirky new stuff to grab your attention.

Some are using the word "edgy" to describe the new channel too, but unless they're breaking the necks of live chickens right on television, this is still just a food channel. Oh, wait, they actually are going to break chicken necks! Alrighty.

After the jump, my picks for the four shows that look the most interesting, as well as a quick rundown on what else we're going to see on the new channel.

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Fine Living will become the Cooking Channel

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 9th 2009 12:00PM
fine_living_networkWhen you're a cable network and you're only reaching 55 million households and want to reach twice that amount, what do you do? If you're Scripps Networks, you rebrand the channel and give it a new name. That's why Fine Living will become the Cooking Channel in 2010.

The way I see this, since Scripps owns the Food Network, the Cooking Channel will be sort of a Food Network annex. Food Network 2.0. Food Network, Two. In actuality, a lot of the programming on Fine Living now is connected to Food Network. Old Iron Chef episodes, Emeril LaGasse and Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck ... all cooking shows that were once on Food Network.

Now that it's going to drop the Fine Living angle and concentrate on cooking, all the overflow from Food Network will have somewhere to go.

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