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ABC Shelves 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution'

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 4th 2011 8:25AM
Jamie OliverIt's been a turbulent year so far for chef and healthy eating crusader Jamie Oliver. He may have recently won a battle in his war against unhealthy school cafeteria food, but it's been announced that ABC is benching his 'Food Revolution' during the all-important May Sweeps.

According to Deadline, Oliver's show has been pulled because of falling ratings. It will be replaced in the ABC primetime lineup by more 'Dancing With the Stars' coverage. Hour-long 'DWTS' recaps will now air in the Tuesday 8PM ET slot instead.

New episodes of 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' will reportedly return to screens June 9, in the Friday night at 9PM ET Death Slot time slot.

The series follows British chef Oliver as he tries to change eating habits for the better and promote healthier options in school lunch programs in a U.S. city. The first season of 'Food Revolution,' in which Oliver tackled food-related problems in Huntington, West Virginia launched to respectable ratings in 2010, and it won an Emmy for Oustanding Reality Program.

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Jamie Oliver Shows How Much Sugar Is in Flavored Milk in L.A. Schools (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2011 1:21AM
'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' season premiereLast season, 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC) went to Huntington, W.V., one of America's unhealthiest cities. This year, he was off to one of its largest. Once there, he met resistance at just about every corner.

The Los Angeles Unified School District -- the second largest in the U.S., serving between 700,000 and 750,000 students -- refused him access to their schools. None of the national fast food chains that got their start in L.A. were willing to work with him. He did get a smaller local chain to open their doors, but the owner was reluctant to make expensive changes.

In an attempt to shock them, he decided to turn his attention to the flavored milk available in the school. While the perception is that this is a healthier alternative, it actually contains as much sugar as soda. So he set up a dramatic demonstration.

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Jamie Oliver Talks 'Food Revolution' Backlash, Season 2 Shake-Up (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 12th 2011 10:00AM
Jamie Oliver's Food RevolutionChef Jamie Oliver has made it his mission to revolutionize the way Americans eat. Americans, it seems, just aren't that open to change. Shocker.

That resistance made for a tough battle while Oliver was shooting season 2 of his Emmy-winning reality show 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' (premieres Tuesday, April 12, 8PM ET on ABC), in Los Angeles this year.

Long story short, Oliver was determined to shake up L.A. school district cafeterias, but the district banned him (banned!), forcing him to get creative with how to get his message to kids and parents.

And that he did, opening up a demo kitchen to the public, working the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant and cruising around the city in a food truck designed for mobile healthy eating education.

I caught up with Oliver to hear about his struggle, the bigger issue of the public having no control over "public" things and how much fun he had tackling the challenges, shunning the system and working around their ridiculous ban.

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Los Angeles School District Declines 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution,' 'Harry Potter' Actress Joins 'True Blood' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 8th 2010 11:10AM
Jamie OliverIt seems not everybody wants a 'Food Revolution' -- The Los Angeles Unified School District has rejected an offer to take part in Jamie Oliver's reality series.

According to TV Guide, Oliver faced resistance when he filmed the first season of 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' in West Virginia, and Los Angeles -- the proposed location for season 2 -- is also proving to be difficult. The school district's director of partnerships in the superintendent's office, Melissa Infusino, sent a letter to the show's producers saying participating would take up too much time.

"We believe our direct work with nutrition experts, health advocates, the community, schools and students is the most effective strategy for our continued success and improvement," Infusino said.

ABC says the show is still in early creative stages and would not comment on a possible location change.

In other TV news ...

Amy Sedaris, star of 'Strangers With Candy,' will guest on Fox's 'Raising Hope.' Details on Sedaris' character are scarce, but she will make out with Burt (Garret Dillahunt). [Hollywood Reporter]

Fiona Shaw, known for her role as Aunt Petunia in the 'Harry Potter' films, will be a series regular on 'True Blood.' Shaw will join the season 4 cast as Marnie, a palm reader who gets taken over by the spirit of a witch. [Deadline Hollywood]

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'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' Renewed

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 2nd 2010 3:00PM
Jamie OliverCouldn't get enough of 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' the first time around? You'll be able to join British chef Jamie Oliver for a second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

ABC has ordered six more episodes of the the Emmy-winning show, but with a slight format change. While the first season focused on Oliver's efforts to completely overhaul the lunch program at a school in West Virginia, season 2 will see him hit up schools, offices, homes and restaurants in Los Angeles.

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Angry Parents on 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 26th 2010 12:25AM
Angry Parents on 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution'It's the season finale of 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' (Fri., 9PM ET on ABC). Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver leaves the town of Huntington, West Virginia. But then, three months later, he revisits Huntington -- and learns that things have not gone very well in his absence.

Watch the video after the jump.

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A Bad Review on 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 19th 2010 2:10AM
A Bad Review on 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution'Soon, chef Jamie Oliver will be leaving the city of Huntington, West Virginia. It's considered one of the unhealthiest cities in America, and Oliver went there to improve the diets of the local schoolchildren. But there's only so much that Oliver can do by himself, and at this point, everything depends on changing the attitudes of the local residents.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'Smallville,' 'Dateline,' 'Stargate Universe,' 'Suite Life'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 16th 2010 12:30PM
The 'Ricky Gervais Show' airs at 9:00 on HBO
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern). All shows listed are new, unless otherwise noted.

Once again the schedule is light on the original. It may be time to clean out your DVR.

Cartoon Network: 'Batman: 'The Brave and the Bold'-- Fan of the show

8:00 to 9:00
The CW: 'Smallville'
NBC: 'Secrets of the Mountain' -- New made-for-TV movie
Disney Channel: 'The Suite Life on Deck' and 'Wizards of Waverly Place' -- 'Wizards' guest-stars Shakira
Nickelodeon: 'Big Time Rush' and 'The Troop'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution'
Animal Planet: 'I Shouldn't Be Alive'
Cartoon Network: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
CMT: 'Gator 911' and 'Danger Coast'
HBO: 'The Ricky Gervais Show' and 'The Life & Times of Tim'
National Geographic: 'Dog Whisperer'
SyFy: 'Stargate Universe'
Teen Nick: 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'
TLC: 'The What Not to Wear Awards'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: '20/20'
CBS: 'Miami Medical'
NBC: 'Dateline NBC'
E!: 'The Soup' and 'Forbes: Heiresses Gone Wild'
Food Network: 'Private Chefs of Beverly Hills'
HBO: 'Real Time with Bill Maher' -- Jesse Ventura
Starz: 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand'
SyFy: 'Merlin'

11:00 to Midnight
Comedy Central: 'Comedy Central Presents' -- Bret Ernst and Iliza Shlesinger

Check your local TV listings for more information. After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Flash Mob on 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 11th 2010 9:25PM
Flash Mob on 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution''Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' (Fri., 9PM ET on ABC) is set in one of the unhealthiest cities in America -- Huntington, West Virginia. And on the show, Chef Jamie Oliver has embarked on a quest to bring healthy cooking to the masses. On the latest episode, Oliver makes a bet with a local rival, radio DJ Rod Willis. To win the bet, Oliver must get a thousand people to cook a healthy meal. And he has five days to make it happen.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'Smackdown,' 'Miami Medical,' 'Merlin'

by TV Squad Editors, posted Apr 2nd 2010 12:02PM
SmallvilleHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 8, ABC has a new 'Wife Swap,' followed by new episodes of 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' and '20/20.'
  • CBS has a new 'Ghost Whisperer' at 8, then a new 'Medium' and the series premiere of 'Miami Medical.'
  • NBC has a new 'Who Do You Think You Are?' at 8, followed by a new, two-hour 'Dateline.'
  • The CW has a new 'Smallville' at 8.
  • PBS has new episodes of 'Washington Week,' 'NOW,' and 'Bill Moyers Journal.'
  • Nickelodeon has a new 'Big Time Rush' at 8.
  • Also at 8: MyNetwork TV has a new 'Smackdown!'
  • At 9, Syfy has a new 'Stargate Universe,' then the series premiere of 'Merlin.'
  • There's a new 'Clone Wars' on Cartoon Network at 9.
  • Teen Nick has a new 'Degrassi: The Next Generation' at 9.
  • At 10, E! has a new episode of 'The Soup.'
  • BBC America has a new 'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross' at 10.
  • STARZ has a new 'Spartacus: Blood & Sand' at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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School Kids Find Jamie Oliver's Food Revolting

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 31st 2010 3:01PM
jamie oliverJamie Oliver's 'Food Revolution' is only two episodes in but it has already brought some serious numbers for ABC. Anyone that has been watching the series, though, can tell that the celebrity chef's mission to bring healthy eating habits to Huntington, West Virginia has not been an easy task. Tears have been shed, chicken nuggets have been dumped, lunch ladies have been angered.

For viewers, most of this article from the New York Post is pretty much stating the obvious, saying that a majority of school children are not pleased with the state of things. What is interesting, though, is the rise of brown bag lunches from home (mostly chips and cookies) and some thoughts from the food services director on how the change has been implemented.

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Jamie Oliver Battles Lunch Ladies on 'Food Revolution' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 28th 2010 11:15PM
No Knives on 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution''Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' (Fri., 9PM ET on ABC) is set in Huntington, West Virginia, home to one of the unhealthiest populations in America. On the latest episode, Oliver confronts a school principal and some lunch ladies over the controversial issue of... utensils.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'Kitchen Nightmares,' 'Caprica,' 'The Soup'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2010 12:03PM
The Clone WarsHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • CBS has NCAA Basketball all night.
  • At 8, NBC has a new 'Who Do You Think You Are?,' then a new, two-hour 'Dateline.'
  • PBS has a new 'Washington Week' at 8, followed by new episodes of 'NOW' and 'Bill Moyers Journal.'
  • MyNetwork TV has a new 'Smackdown' at 8.
  • GSN has a new 'Instant Recall' at 8.
  • TCM has 'Jason and the Argonauts' at 8.
  • Sundance has a new 'Live From Abbey Road' at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution,' followed by a new '20/20.'
  • FOX has a new 'Kitchen Nightmares' at 9.
  • Syfy has a new 'Caprica' at 9.
  • HBO has a new 'Ricky Gervais Show' at 9, then new episodes of 'The Life & Times of Tim' and 'Real Time with Bill Maher,' with Christopher Hitchens, Rob Thomas, Jeff Garlin, and Ezra Klein.
  • Also at 9: Cartoon Network has a new episode of 'The Clone Wars' at 9.
  • At 10, STARZ has a new 'Spartacus.'
  • Food Network has a new 'Best Thing I Ever Ate' at 10.
  • E! has two new episodes of 'The Soup' at 10.
  • At midnight, HBO has a new 'Funny or Die Presents.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Chef Jamie Oliver Spills Oil, Falls to the Floor on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 25th 2010 12:00PM
While attempting to tighten a cap on a jar of oil on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), chef Jamie Oliver loses his grip, spills some oil, and sends the cap flying.

Oliver feigns embarrassment, then takes a planned fall to the floor. Hey, Chef, while you're down there, clean that up.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Jamie Oliver Getting the Sunday Slot, Acing Out 'Castle'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 11th 2010 7:08PM
'Castle' might be reeling that they aren't scoring the coveted Sunday slot, but at least it's not going to some dreary rerun and maybe even a worthy cause.

'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution,' the reality series in which the famed British chef attempts to spark change in the West Virginia city that the Centers for Disease Control named the unhealthiest in America, will air on Sunday, March 21 in the 10 p.m. slot followed by repeats and new episodes every Friday.

The show mirrors his attempt to revamp the British school food program. This time, it chronicles the chef's attempt to "plant the seed" of change in Huntington, W.V., the same town that scorned his help and drove him to the brink of tears. Here's just a taste of the town's reaction to his offer to help. I'm shocked that the guy in this clip was spitting hamburger crumbs at Jamie as he refused to eat "lettuce".

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