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Emeril takes his pots elsewhere

May 21, 2008|From the Associated Press

Emeril Lagasse is leaving the Food Network's prime-time schedule for the Fine Living Network, a move the chef hopes will mean a second course of "Emeril Live!"

The show that combines cooking, music and the chef's own energetic personality has been a staple of the Food Network's prime-time lineup since its 1997 debut. But ratings have trailed off. Its average audience has declined from 717,000 three years ago to 579,000 this year, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The Food Network will air reruns of "Emeril Live!" in the afternoon. Corporate sister the Fine Living Network will pick up the show at 7 p.m. starting July 7. The show will air seven nights a week in that slot, a mix of originals and reruns.

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