Is the Pioneer Woman’s fifteen minutes waning? Come this weekend, don’t look for her cheesy, scripted show in its regular time slot. Food Network’s bumping Ree to make way for Trisha Yearwood’s Emmy award-winning Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. Beginning Saturday, Drummond’s reeple will have to get up thirty minutes earlier for their redneck cooking lessons. No worries for Ina and Giada fans though, these culinary darlings are keeping their respective times at hours when viewers are actually awake.
Following Trisha, look for the premiere of Amy Thielen’s new show, The Heartland Table. Thielen, an actual trained chef as opposed to the chef caricature portrayed by the Pioneer Woman, resides in a Minnesota cabin near the headwaters of the Mississippi river. Her show, filmed in her home kitchen, features Midwestern cuisine. One of the producers is Lidia Bastianich, a chef extraordinaire in her own right and one who knows a thing or two about cooking sans a can opener.
Amy’s show airs from an actual rural location, not from an upscale, restaurant-grade kitchen designed and built to secure a television contract
and plopped on the sprawling Drummond Ranch. Thielen’s kitchen was reportedly fixed up by her husband for around $2000. And get this, many of Amy’s recipes are sourced from community cookbooks but unlike the deceptive Pioneer Woman, Thielen has already disclosed this going in. Ten days after her first show, Random House will release Amy’s new book, The New Midwestern Table.
Might this be a sign of things to come, could Food Network actually be getting its act together?
Doubt it. After chef greats Sara Moulton and Anthony Bourdain bailed, maybe Bob Tuschman has finally taken notice. Or did this 17% loss of audience share have something to do with his decision to gently push the fake Pioneer Woman out of the Saturday prime time lineup?