Valerie Bertinelli Set To Join Food Network Daytime Lineup

Valerie Bertinelli

Scripps Networks International’s flagship Food Network will unveil 20 new series across primetime and daytime in the months to come, enlisting Valerie Bertinelli for a new daytime series and expanding its “Chopped” franchise to a new teen-oriented format.

“Increasing our development slate to satiate the audience demand for entertaining and informative programming has been our focus.” said Brooke Johnson, president of Food Network and Cooking Channel, in a prepared statement.

The moves come as Wall Street monitors the parent company for signs of slowing growth. After Scripps reported its fourth-quarter results in February, media analyst Michael Nathanson noted the company’s networks are starting to deliver performance that is more tempered than what has been produced in the past. Indeed, Food Network’s average subscribers slipped to 98.8 million in 2013 from 99.5 million in 2012, according to data from SNL Kagan, while affiliate fees rose a penny per subscriber in the same period and ad revenue rose to $638.4 million in 2013 from 623.3 million in 2012.

The network said it would launch a new daytime series featuring Valerie Bertinelli in September of 2014. “The Valerie Bertinelli Project” features the actress and her husband showing off family recipes at dinners prepared for friends and celebrity neighbors.
Produced by Bunim Murray for Food Network. Meantime, “Chopped: Teens Tournament” will debut in July. The five-episode limited series will feature 16 teen chefs who must create the perfect meal as they vie for a $25,000 prize and a culinary-school scholarship. Produced by Notional for Food Network.

In primetime, the network intends to rely heavily on competition programs, building on the introduction of “Guy’s Grocery Games” last season. In the past, Food Network had stocked its programming cabinet with documentary-style features, but in recent months has begun to devise more series that emulate some of the elements of game-show contests or the food-based competitions of its mainstay “Chopped” series.

New primetime series include:

*Kitchen Casino, hosted by Bill Rancic. A competition program with a gambling theme. Produced by Jane Street for Food Network

*Rewrapped, hosted by Joey Fatone and led by head judge Marc Summers. Three chefs must recreate some of America’s favorite guilty pleasures, then invent a new dish using the treat as an ingredient. Produced by BSTV  Entertainment for Food Network.

*Boss Under Fire. Restaurants nominate their terrible bosses for a makeover, and the owner must perform his employees’ jobs to realize that success starts at the top. Produced by Eyeworks for Food  Network

*Game of Cones.  Ice cream connoisseurs compete to create the most unique  ice cream-based desserts using
a selection of mystery ingredients.  Produced by Intuitive Entertainment for Food Network.

*Diner Death Match.  Four competitive cooks from North America’s best diners, gastropubs and food trucks go
head-to-head in a series of culinary challenges. To win they will have to out-cook each other in three short-order classic diner challenges. Produced by Proper TV for Food Network.

New daytime series include:

*Bobby’s Grilling Guide, featuring Bobby Flay showcasing expert grilling techniques. Produced by Rock Shrimp for Food Network.

*The Daphne Brogdon Project.  Mom, wife, and home cook, Daphne Brogdon, brings a fresh, fun and humorous approach to feeding the family. Produced by Concentric for Food Network.



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  1. Marilyn Omark says:

    Please stop with the reality shows. I agree with other reviewers — bring back trained chefs. Would love to see Tyler Florence in something other than food trucks. I used to watch food network all of the time but rarely do anymore

  2. Cathy Y. Jones says:

    I don’t find watching unskilled cooks such as Valerie and Tiffany and their Hollywood friends interesting Food Network used to be my favorite show but I’ve dumped the magazine and the show. They should be showing REAL TRAINED CHEFS like they used to NOT so called HOLLYWOOD stars cooking for people I have no interest in or recipes that I do not find interesting. How about trying to teach something that is really interesting by culinary trained chefs like you did before. Hollywood so called stars do not interest me. Food Network has slipped way off the line when it comes to a cooking channel.

  3. Vicky says:

    I don’t like OLD movie stars on the food network. They are irritating to watch. Comments sound scripted! I want to watch someone who knows something about cooking.

  4. Patti says:

    Valerie is aweful with no personality. I love food network but will turn off any shows that has the annoying, no food personality, Valerie on it. How does this even happen??

  5. kathie t says:

    Please bring cooking shows with people who actually know how to cook!

  6. sheryl loehr says:

    Why don’t you have shows on teaching & showing home cooks about cooking like you used to. I don’t watch as much due to reality shows.

  7. Moudsie says:

    What happened to Iron Chef–I miss that show on Saturdays at 5:00–bring it back.

  8. Carolyn says:

    I wish the network would just go back to simple cooking shows. It seems everyone is trying to outdo the other with “crashes” and “contests.” It’s hard to find a show on that just teaches (quietly) some new recipes or ideas.

    • Moudsie says:

      That’s one more cooking show I’ll never watch–didn’t like her in “One Day at a Time” or anything else she was in –she plays the same character–herself–and I find that so annoying–so there’s her, Paula Deen, Jamie Deen, Guy Fieri (OMG–I cannot stand him) and Valerie. Glad I got a heads up so I know to change the channel.

  9. Judy Pokras says:

    Why did they cut back on Giada DeLaurentiis’s programming? She’s been my favorite on the network.

  10. nursejohn says:

    More versions of Chopped…Oh joy. I am so waiting for the the Food network to get interesting again, The contest shows range from insipid and boring ie cupcake wars to downright disgusting…”Chopped” Maybe they should just give up and re brand themselves as the “Bobby Flay memorial Channel”

  11. Tammy K says:

    NO MORE FOOD SHOWS NEEDED! I love Valerie, but so sick of Reality shows with strangers with no acting skills/ training, & cooking shows where either people write down a recipe they never try to make, or sit around watching food, getting hungry= get fat instead of go be active! TV packages go up, & give us too much garbage for choices!

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