A good friend of mine was the first ad sales researcher at Food Network way back in the mid-1990s, and he used to grouse about how bad the ratings were, save for one program hosted by some chef by the name of Emeril Lagasse. Pressured to come up with ways of generating higher program ratings, my friend used to joke about running Emeril 24 hours a day and just re-branding the entire Network, T.E.N. -- “The Emeril Network.”

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