The Rumors Are True…

by in View All Posts, April 21st, 2009

Yes, I am here to tell you that Food Network WILL, in fact, be premiering an entire series with Brian Boitano this August.

Yes, Brian Boitano the figure skater.

Yes, THIS Brian Boitano:

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The series is tentatively titled, What Would Brian Boitano Make? You may be thinking to yourself, “that sounds vaguely familiar…” And, I’m here to confirm that YES, the inspiration came from the famous South Park song, “What Would Brian Bointano Do?” (There is no official confirmation yet, but I’m pretty sure there will be less cursing from the Food Network version.) Here’s the description from our programming department:

Everyone knows Brian Boitano won an Olympic gold medal in figure skating. What they don’t know: Brian is an accomplished cook who loves to entertain! In this new series, Brian takes viewers on a reality cooking adventure as he creates amazing food for a new event in each episode. Funny, knowledgeable and irresistible, Brian brings himself and so much more to What Would Brian Boitano Make?

And now that I have your full attention (and in some cases, full confusion), check out the rest of the 2009-2010 Food Network line-up that was announced just this afternoon:

Premieres: July 2009
Acclaimed chefs Chris Cosentino and Aaron Sanchez are pitted against two local foodies in a winner-takes-all race through a different city each week, through the most fascinating, unusual food locations. Each team begins with a clue leading them to their first food challenge. Challenges could include everything from wine stomping to the eating the spiciest chili west of the Mississippi to diving for sea urchins! The five challenges take the chefs and foodies on an adrenaline-charged, food-lovers tour of each city, and once complete, it’s a sprint to the finish line to see if the locals can protect their home turf or if the Food Network chefs can conquer a new city.

Premieres: September 2009
Renowned for his expertise in wildlife and conservation, Jeff Corwin sets his sights on exploring human culture through regional cuisine in his first Food Network endeavor: Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin. With an open mind (and mouth), this thrilling primetime series follows the passionate foodie and anthropologist as he tears through countries like Thailand, Mexico, Greece, and Peru on radical culinary adventures. Learning from the natives, he samples the exotic foods and local customs that mold each community. Jeff enjoys countless surprises and unforgettable flavors during this fun-filled culinary quest – all in a day’s work!

Premieres: October 2009
Kitchen Stadium once again opens its doors to find a new culinary warrior in the sizzling primetime series The Next Iron Chef. Ten top chefs from around the country will compete to join the ranks of Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon and be launched into instant fame. Hosted by Alton Brown (Good Eats, Iron Chef America), the reality show will force the contestants into a series of challenging situations that test their culinary skills and mental toughness. As they travel near and far, the chefs must demonstrate their speed, artistry, innovation and leadership as they strive to attain greatness and become America’s Next Iron Chef.

Premieres: January 2010
Premiere chefs Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan each take on a team of six hopeless home cooks and try to transform them from kitchen zeros into kitchen heroes in only 10 days. Viewers will follow 12 “recruits” as they face a series of high-pressure culinary challenges to help triumph over their inability to cook. The two who make it to the end will face the final challenge: prepare a three-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of food critics who think they are tasting dishes prepared by chefs Anne and Beau. On the line are the chefs’ professional reputations, $25,000 for the recruits, and the chance to say they are no longer one of the Worst Cooks in America!

Premieres: 2nd Quarter 2010
The cooks with the best recipes in America battle head-to-head for national glory in Ultimate Recipe Showdown. Hosted by Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives; Guy’s Big Bite), the series features everyday folks competing in a Kitchen Stadium-like arena to pit their best dishes against one another. Whether it’s the recipe that always gets requested from family and friends or the delicious dish that was passed down from grandma, viewers will see who truly possesses the “ultimate” recipe.

Premieres: June 2010
Television’s most challenging food fight, The Next Food Network Star, provides 10 hopeful TV chefs with the chance to compete for the biggest prize on television: his or her own Food Network show. Each season, the finalists endure a series of complex challenges that determine their culinary competence and on-screen star potential. Iron Chef Bobby Flay leads the selection committee, who ultimately decides the winner’s fate and launches one lucky man or woman into a food and television celebrity.

Premieres: 3rd Quarter 2010
Food guru Alton Brown hosts this mini series that explores foods that have shaped the course of human history and influenced the way our species evolved. Alton will also investigate foods of the future and how technology will transform food worldwide in centuries to come.


Premieres: May 10th, 2009 at 12pm ET/PT
Well-known for her trademark Semi-Homemade cooking style, Sandra Lee now has her sights set on saving money! Her new daytime cooking series, Sandra’s Money Saving Meals, features incredible budget-friendly recipes for every day of the week. To maximize cost-saving success, Sandra shares unique ideas for savvy supermarket shopping, proper pantry stocking, and menu price points. She continues to stretch the dollar by creating a clever leftover dish from each episode with “Round 2 Recipes” exclusively on Sandra makes saving money simple, achievable and delicious for everyone!

Season Two Premieres: July 2009
In season two of Viva Daisy!, popular TV personality Daisy Martinez takes viewers home as she shares her tips and tricks for creating quick, simple, mouth-watering meals inspired by her love of Latin cuisines. Daisy dishes for friends and family with recipes like savory Breaded Pork Chops with Spicy Pineapple Vinegar; spicy and sweet Chocolate-Chile Cake; and favorites like Tortilla with Artichokes, Piquillo Peppers and Tetilla Cheese; and Jicama, Black Bean, and Mango Salad.

Premieres: August 2009
Everyone knows Brian Boitano won an Olympic gold medal in figure skating. What they don’t know: Brian is an accomplished cook who loves to entertain! In this new series, Brian takes viewers on a reality cooking adventure as he creates amazing food for a new event in each episode. Funny, knowledgeable and irresistible, Brian brings himself and so much more to What Would Brian Boitano Make?

Airs: Saturdays at 9:30am ET/PT
In her new daytime cooking series, 5 Ingredient Fix, host Claire Robinson proves delicious dishes only need five ingredients or fewer making cooking easier, faster and down right irresistible. She shows viewers how to enhance the natural flavors of carefully-selected, fresh ingredients to illustrate her belief that each ingredient should truly stand out in a recipe. Taking on popular but complicated recipes and re-inventing them with just five ingredients, Claire reveals how great food can be made simply and quickly!

Premieres: 2010
In Take on the Takeout, Danny Boome visits delivery devotees with one goal in mind: to prepare a healthier, tastier, and less-expensive version of their favorite take-out dish faster than the restaurant can cook and deliver it. In addition to assessing cost and speed, the loyal customers taste and score the dueling dishes while blindfolded to determine the ultimate winner. With his practical ideas and British charm, Danny attempts to send the delivery boy packing to prove home-cooked meals beat take out any day!

– Rachael
Associate Producer, The FN Dish

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Comments (42)

  1. Kat Knapp says:

    When the Neeleys come on I feed the cat, pour my wine and start cooking my supper!He’s OK, she’s too much! Much too much.

    • gigi07 says:

      Kat, I'm with you on this one. I tried watching them again now that their new season has started. I couldn't make it through the show. Had to turn the channel. She just grates on my nerves and I'm sick of hearing him call her his brown sugar. They need to get a room already! Too bad that Food Network thinks everything has to be about sex these days.

  2. Karen says:

    I am so addicted to Food Network that my TIVO is full of shows I’ve recorded ’cause I simply don’t have the time to watch them all. The new season sounds like a real winner. Brian Boitano? Who’d of thunk.

  3. Karen says:

    I just saw Brian Boitano's new show and I loved it. Apart from the recipes looking good, Brian Boitano was like a breath of fresh air. He is hilarious! I also love the way this show is done in such a casual and lighthearted way. His personality is perfect for this. I think this is going to be a keeper…:-)

  4. Carolyn says:

    Am watching WWBBM and I LOVE it!!!! He is "perfect"!!! Can't wait to see more!!!!

    Watched Melissa earlier and I don't want to hurt her feelings, but after watching 3 shows, I'm done. I do like her and her recipes, it's her "presentation"? . . .

    Waiting patiently for Jeffrey!!


  5. Jodi says:

    Watched the Brian show – liked the cooking part alot – but the babe's – come on!. totally unnecessary – it's FOODTV for heavens sake.

    I hope Mellissa will get more comfortable. Love her message, she's just hard to watch because she "just loves everything!" Needs to talk about kids and husband more. But I'll keep watching to see her grow!

  6. maria says:

    Does anyone know who to contact if you have show ideas?

    • gigi07 says:

      I know who NOT to contact! Do not contact whomever is responsible for this blog! It's a mess! Food Network got taken by hiring Intense Debate to oversee these blogs.

  7. TINA says:


  8. stlouis says:

    Adam Gertler is great, and I would like to see more of his show, Will Work for Food, or a new show starring him! He has so much energy and is really fun to watch.

  9. JANET says:

    The Iron chefs are the BEST!! however, I have learned something__from each chef! Take it easy on the Neeley' is refreshing to__see a committed couple + their recipes are great…
    Thanks to Sandra, I can now make great meatloaf..Big Daddy is hint-
    ful…..each chef has his/her own method and approach. For all the
    naysayers, please GO COOK on the FoodNetwork….

    • Caroline Nappo says:

      I would LOVE to cook on the FN..I'v been a faithful viewer of the FN for years and the Neeley's drive me crazy…I understand PERSONALITY sells viewership…but I think that's more appropriate in a sitcom not a cooking network…they are so contrived…nobody REALLY acts that way…and that's the key word ACT..I want a REAL cook to share his/her joy and passion for cooking and entertaining, not a personality…Gordon Elliott you need to rethink your casting…call me if you want a REAL person to cook where food is the star not the person. Caroline Nappo. Atlanta Georgia

  10. Alex says:

    Happy Holidays! Hoping Santa brings me a letter from FN saying “come to NYC!”

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