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Mario Batali May Know More About 'Suburgatory' Than Cheryl Hines (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 7th 2011 7:10PM
Mario Batali may be a 'Suburgatory' super-fan. With star Cheryl Hines a guest on 'The Chew' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) the celebrity chef gushed about how much he's enjoying the absurdist suburban comedy, and updated Hines on some tune-in info about her own show that even she wasn't aware of.

"It's always nice to see that the suburban world is a little artificial, as I might imagine," Batali observed, after Hines described the many fake aspects of her character Dallas. "I noticed that they added yet another opportunity to view it," he continued. "Last night at 9:30 they started the series again from the pilot, so on Tuesday nights at 9:30 you can view it and Wednesday nights at 8:30 for the original, right?"

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Jimmy Fallon and Mario Batali Reminisce About Grocery Shopping in Ireland (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Dec 6th 2011 7:15PM
Mario Batali has made several visits to his buddy Jimmy Fallon's late-night show, and Tuesday Fallon returned favor and came by 'The Chew' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC). As they cooked some wine-stained garganelli in "ugly holiday sweaters," Jimmy told a funny story about going grocery shopping with Batali while on a golf vacation in Ireland.

"It was the coolest thing ... it was like, how does he hold the cart different than I do?" Fallon joked, as Batali demonstrated his cart-pushing runway walk. Batali enlisted Fallon as his shopping assistant, and Fallon ran around the store picking up things for him. Sent on a mission to find a grill-pan, Fallon went exploring, only to find an entire Mario Batali Cookware aisle. Jimmy made Batali go up to the counter and buy his own pan, while pointing out to the cashier that his friend's picture was on the packaging. Batali still had to pay full price.

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Food Network Stars Tell Us Their Killer Thanksgiving Side Dishes (VIDEO)

by Kelly Woo, posted Nov 23rd 2010 11:00AM
Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Emeril LagasseIf it's holiday season, that can only mean one thing: It's time to eat!

Last week, the stars of the Food Network gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the holiday windows at Barney's New York. The theme this year was "Have a Foodie Holiday," and the tableaus included caricatures of food icons like Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali and more.

TV Squad was on hand to ask the Food Network stars what killer Thanksgiving side dish they were cooking this year. Plus, they revealed which chef they'd ask to cook their holiday meal.

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Jimmy Fallon Celebrates His First Anniversary Tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 1st 2010 5:06PM
Jimmy FallonWhen it was announced that Jimmy Fallon was taking over for Conan O'Brien on NBC's 'Late Night,' a lot of people cringed. Would he do a good job? Could he stop mumbling and getting all fidgety? The answer to the first question is yes, and the answer to the second question is not really but it's actually OK. He's doing some funny regular bits ("Real Housewives of Late Night," "Wheel of Carpet Samples," the notes he writes on Friday nights), though I can do without "Lick It For Ten."

Tonight he celebrates his first anniversary, and his guests will be Robert Pattinson (I'm sure they'll talk about this regular segment), '30 Rock's' Judah Friedlander, and chef Mario Batali. Note: Hall & Oates were supposed to perform on the show tonight, but they had to cancel due to the sudden death of their bassist T-Bone Wolk. Wolk was also the bassist for 'Saturday Night Live' over the years. Mario Batali will take their place, though I doubt he will be playing "Kiss On My List."

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Food Network's 'Super Chef Battle' Set to Air on Free TV in NYC

by Chris Jordan, posted Jan 7th 2010 6:12PM
The Scripps vs. Cablevision battle rages on, but at least New York City area viewers will be able to see a battle of another kind this weekend.

The 'Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event,' which NYC viewers couldn't watch because Food Network and HGTV programs are no longer being carried on Cablevision, will be rebroadcast 8 p.m. Sunday on WPIX-TV, Channel 11, in NYC and WTXX-TV, Channel 20, in Hartford, Conn., both free channels.

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Michelle Obama Guests on 'Iron Chef,' Reveals Secret Ingredient (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 4th 2010 8:02AM
As part of an effort to promote her healthy eating agenda, First Lady Michelle Obama made a guest appearance on 'Iron Chef America' and revealed the secret ingredient in a battle pitting Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse against Bobby Flay and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford.

In this clip, Obama tells the assembled chefs the secret ingredient is anything grown in the White House garden, which includes an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Watch the video after the jump.

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First Lady will appear on a very special Iron Chef America

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 4th 2009 5:35PM
Iron Chef AmericaSome people say that President Obama has been on TV too much since he became President a year ago, but his wife is about to make a big splash on one of Food Network's most popular shows.

First Lady Michelle Obama will reveal the secret ingredient on the January 3 special episode of Iron Chef America (I don't think it's the season premiere because we're in the middle of new episodes right now). There's no specifics yet on what the secret ingredient will be, but it is something that grows in the White House garden and ties in with the First Lady's "Healthy Kids Initiative" to get kids eating better and exercising. Beyond all that, this sounds like its going to be a great episode of the show. It will pit White House chef Cristeta Comerford and Bobby Flay against Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse.

You know what I'd like to see as the secret ingredient on Iron Chef America? Ring Dings. Or how about Atomic Fireballs?

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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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And the most influential man of 2009 is ...

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 7th 2009 4:01PM
MacFarlane... not who you think.

AskMen.com has released the list of the 49 most influential men of 2009 (not sure why it's 49 and not 50) and there are several TV people on the list, including FOX News anchor Shepard Smith, chef Mario Batali, and Seth MacFarlane.

But the number one person? The person who AskMen thinks is the most influential? He's from TV too, and he's actually fictional.

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TV stars dominate Forbes's list of top-earning celeb chefs

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 12th 2008 5:23PM
Rachael smilingYou know why Rachael Ray is smiling all the time? She's the richest food star in the world. According to the latest Forbes list of top-earning celebrity chefs, Rachael Ray leads the pack. In fact, of the top 10 names, all but two are TV stars.

Therefore, you better believe that all that exposure on Food Network, Bravo, Travel Channel, Fine Living, BBC America, and Fox -- not to mention syndication and appearances on talk shows and demonstrations on the Today Show -- makes a big difference.

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Gwyneth and Mario sued over food/travel book

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 5th 2008 3:23PM
mario/gwynethBook? What book? That would seem to be the bone of contention, if you will. Ben Karlin, former headwriter for The Daily Show, has filed a lawsuit against TV chef Mario Batali and actress Gwyneth Paltrow claiming they did not pay him for work he did for a book on which they were collaborating. Karlin, who shared authorship of America (The Book) with Jon Stewart, says he was assigned to "conceptualize and oversee" a book to compliment a PBS series starring Mario and Gwyneth in which the stars take a cultural and gastronomic tour of Spain. The series, which may be called Spain...on the Road Again, will premiere this fall.

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Emeril Lagasse out at Food Network

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 26th 2007 2:23PM

EmerilFishbowl New York is reporting that negotiations between celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and Food Network have gotten nowhere and he won't be returning to the cable channel. The last day of taping for his show is December 11, though reruns will continue on the network, probably forever.

First Sara Moulton, then Mario Batali, now Emeril. I can't say I'll be sorry to see him go though. I'm sure he's a nice guy, but his Emeril Live show is unwatchable. I mean, come on, a live studio audience and a band? That's just ridiculous. The audience has orgasms every time he mentions that he's going to put garlic into a recipe, and applauds when he adds alcohol. And his "oh yeah, babe" is even more annoying than his "bam!" I'm sure he'll pop up on TV some place else.

Who will be next to go? Alton Brown? Sandra Lee? Bobby Flay? Nah, I say all of those people stay on for a long time.

Update: Food Network e-mailed Serious Eats to say that only Emeril Live is ending. Lagasse will continue to do the audience and band-free Essence of Emeril on the network.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, TV star?

by Varun Lella, posted Aug 14th 2007 2:03PM
Gwyneth PaltrowThe normal icy stigma against appearing on TV for film stars has been thawing as of late. Damages has Glenn Close, Saving Grace has Holly Hunter and now PBS has Gwyneth Paltrow.

Paltrow, the star of Shakespeare in Love and the upcoming Iron Man movie, will be traveling to Europe this fall for a new cooking show exploring the usually overlooked world of Spanish cuisine.

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What's On Tonight: March Madness, Smallville, Andy Barker, Showbiz Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2007 5:09PM
  • Ugly BettyAt 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, followed by new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and October Road.
  • CBS has March Madness all night.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? at 8.
  • The CW has a new Smallville at 8, then a new Supernatural.
  • At 9, NBC has a new Scrubs, followed by new episodes of Andy Barker, P.I. and Raines.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 9.
  • Also at 9: Mario Batali is the subject of a new Chefography on Food Network.
  • At 10, Spike has a new Pros vs. Joes.
  • TCM has Island in the Sky at 10.
  • Showtime has a new Penn & Teller: Bullshit at 10, followed by a new This American Life.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Showbiz Show With David Spade.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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