- - Thursday, April 14, 2011

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to guest on 'The View'

ABC says first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joseph R. Biden, will be guests on Monday’s edition of “The View.”

The Associated Press reports they will be appearing live on the weekday talk show to discuss their campaign for national support of military families, ABC announced Thursday. Both women have been outspoken advocates for service members and their families.

Mrs. Obama previously has been a guest on “The View,” but this will be Mrs. Biden’s first appearance.

“The View” airs at 11 a.m. weekdays on ABC.

Jill Biden and first lady Michelle Obama bring gifts for expecting military wives at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Wednesday. They will discuss their drive to support military families on "The View" Monday. (Associated Press)
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Emeril to serve up new Cooking Channel show

The Food Network and the Cooking Channel will unveil more than 20 new series, the networks announced Wednesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Headlined by chef Emeril Lagasse, “The Originals With Emeril,” premiering May 5, will pay tribute to iconic food establishments that have helped shape the country’s culinary landscape. “Originals” is among the Cooking Channel’s new prime-time offerings, which also see the network cover street food, pastry chefs and Spanish foods.

The Cooking Channel’s other new prime-time series include “Eat St.,” which premiered Tuesday; “Unique Sweets,” premiering April 24; “From Spain With Love,” May 27; and “Hook, Line & Dinner,” June 7. Daytime additions will include “The Perfect 3,” premiering in July, and “Baking Made Easy” starting in the fall.

Returning series include “Unique Eats,” “From the Kitchens of …,” “Chuck’s Day Off,” “Kelsey’s Essentials,” “Food(ography),” “Everyday Exotic,” “Bitchin’ Kitchen,” “Hungry Girl,” “Brunch@Bobby’s,” “Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day,” “Extra Virgin” and “Spice Goddess.”

The Food Network, meanwhile, will explore cake decorating with Ashley Vicos’ “Have Cake, Will Travel,” premiering April 26.

Other new original prime-time series set to join the Food Network lineup include the barbecue series “Best in Smoke” (May 8), “Crave” (June 20), “Heat Seekers” (July), “Tough Cookies” (July), “Chef Hunter” (August), “Sugar High” (Aug. 8), “Halloween Wars” (October) and “Supersizers” (January). Daytime additions include “Pioneer Woman” (August), a series from the winner of “Food Network Star” (August) and a series from Trisha Yearwood (September).

Returning series include “24 Hour Restaurant Battle,” “Chopped,” “Food Network Star,” “Cupcake Wars,” “Restaurant: Impossible,” “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” “The Great Food Truck Race,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Next Iron Chef: Celebrity” and “Worst Cooks in America.”

Wealthy men courted by new Discovery network

Discovery Communications Inc. is launching a television network for rich guys and their toys.

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