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The Cooking Channel to replace Fine Living
Scripps is giving up on the "Fine Living" concept, which is no surprise considering it felt like a TV version of now failed Gourmet magazine.
Sort of like how MTV stopped showing music videos, and created MTV2 for the music. Scrips is creating a network for all the cooking shows no longer shown in the The Food Network.
Rather than start a channel from scratch, Scripps is using all the contracts in place for "Fine Living" to launch "The Cooking Channel" as a direct replacement.
Maybe we'll finally get to see all the old shows like David Rosengarten's Taste. Or those creepy episodes of James Beard's cooking show where he was surrounded by chirpy 1960s housewives? Sort of a bald fat version of Don Draper in a backwards universe.