Food Network

  1. A large, televised recycling plant for infinite re-broadcast of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives episodes
  2. A large, televised recycling plant for ceaseless production of “new” shows featuring Bobby Flay, Alton Brown and/or Guy Fieri
  3. A large, televised recycling plant for cooking competition programs, that are basically just re-branded and slightly tweaked versions of Chopped or Iron Chef

Usage Example: “Did you see that amazing Jamaican restaurant on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives on the Food Network? No? It looked so good. It’s OK, that episode will air again at 10:30pm tonight, 1:30am tomorrow, 8:00pm tomorrow, 12:00am the day after that, 3:00pm on Saturday, 7:30pm on Tuesday and 8:00pm-10:00pm on Wednesday. You should check it out!”

Background: The Food Network is an American cable television network that is entirely dedicated to recycling. Other networks with a similar dedication to recycling include: History, TLC, Travel and A&E. However, the Food Network stands alone as the benchmark for recycling efficiency.

Not only does the Food Network replay its content, but it also develops slightly newish content that is almost indistinguishable from its current programing. They use the following formula to develop new programming:

  1. What type of program are you creating?
    1. Cooking competition
    2. Road trip visiting restaurants
  2. Is Bobby Flay, Alton Brown or Guy Fieri available?

That’s pretty much it. For example: Iron Chef became Iron Chef America, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, Throwdown, Beat Bobby Flay, Guy’s Grocery Games, and a stunning number of cake and cupcake competitions – including (but certainly not limited to) the Spring Baking Championship.

It is rare to find a corporation so dedicated to recycling. The Food Network and its parent companies: Scripps Networks Interactive and the Tribune Cable Ventures Inc. should be commended.

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