I Want My Food Network and HGTV
Ahhh . . . the new year: 2010. Birds chirping as we awake, heads full of idealism and hope for fresh slates and restarts. I ventured downstairs with my son to turn on the TV as I started to make what was sure to be a fantastic New Year's breakfast surprise: Emeril's bananas foster french toast. Zzzssh . . . . .What?! No Food Network on TV? Cablevision and Scripps are in a distribution dispute? No HGTV either?? Darn it all - four days nesting at home as a family, and no go-to lazy afternoon entertainment.
What I find most disappointing about the loss of Food Network and HGTV from our Cablevision line-up is that these are two family-friendly channels. We have hundreds of channels, but only a handful that I can trust to have on throughout the day as a parent. PBS, Disney, and Nick Jr. are great for the kiddo, but as a WAHM, I'm often compelled to have the TV on in the background as I go about my day - something that complements my routines. Admittedly, several days a week you can find me in my own "Mr. Mom" moment of making lunch and talking back to the television in the kitchen. I can rarely resist an Ace of Cakes or Iron Chef afternoon marathon (as long as it's not during college football season).
Why couldn't this have happened the channel that carries the Kardashian's? We can watch Food Network or HGTV shows as a family. I can leave either channel on as we go about our day cooking, cleaning, doing crafts, coloring, eating - with relatively no worries about the appropriateness of the material for my four-year-old. I don't have to worry that Candice Olson of Divine Design may let the expletives fly. We can watch Chopped and guess who we think will win, or House Hunters and each guess which house the couple will choose without worrying that my four-year-old will hear inappropriate words or be exposed to poor competitive behavior. Have you ever had to dive for a Tivo remote or power button during The Today Show as they discuss the Tiger Woods scandal for the umpteenth time as you're making cinnamon rolls with your four-year-old? Honestly, the options for quality family entertainment are sparse - and Food Network and HGTV have given us inspiration for decorating or making small changes to our home, and for trying new recipes. What's a new year's weekend without inspiration for dreaming?Continued on the next page