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In todays' Weekly Media Mix, 'Iron Chef' returns to Japan TV, plus Anthony Bourdain reflects on 'No Reservations'

Arthur Bovino

The Daily Meal brings you the biggest news from the food world.

Iron Chef finally makes it back to Japan after 13 years, modernizing the judging process and the food itself. [WSJ]

Chefs and Personalities
Here is Paula Deen’s response to Sandy: "All it takes is for America to get her butt kicked for the cream to rise to the top." [First Coast News]

And here is Anthony Bourdain reflecting on the entire No Reservations show, taking responsibility for some of the failures such as the Berlin show and "At the Table." [Zero Point Zero]

Anthony Bourdain’s first book cover on his Ecco imprint has been released. It’s meaty, red, and out May 14. [Eater]

Cooking Ideas
What to do with a bunch of hurricane relief food? Toss them all into a Dutch oven. [Food and Wine]

Sandy Relief
The Momofuku empire will be hosting three hurricane relief events with their entire family, plus Café Boulud. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. [Momofuku]

Today's special: Bobby Flay to throw down with Keyport chef Thursday

Bobby Flay, pictured here with his mother, Dororthy, at Jenkinsons Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach in 2003, will host one of his signature throwdowns in Keyport Thursday.

Food Network star Bobby Flay is headed to Keyport Thursday to challenge Andrew Araneo of Drew's Bayshore Bistro to a "throwdown"-style cook-off to help boost awareness of the Jersey Shore's recovery.

Flay will take on Araneo's signature dish, voodoo shrimp — shrimp in a spicy Worcestershire cream sauce served over jalapeno corn bread. Araneo, like most of Keyport's other restaurateurs, suffered the loss of his eatery after Hurricane Sandy. He had five feet of water in the space, but no flood insurance. Thanks to a fundraiser spearheaded by friends, he was able to reopen in March on higher ground.

But Araneo shouldn't don't expect any pity from Flay — the celebrity chef says he's in it to win it. But, Flay adds, "This is going to be a dish that Drew is pretty well-versed in, so it's going to be tough to beat him."

11 Absolutely Hilarious Quotes From Charlie Murphy

The news of comedy icon Charlie Murphy's passing took the world by surprise.

After learning that he lost his ongoing battle with leukemia on Wednesday morning (April 12), fans of the comedian immediately began mourning his loss by taking to the internet to remember his indelible contributions to the world of comedy. The comic, who is set to star in Comedy Get Down, coming this fall to BET, has had quite the funny tongue.

From his memories of Rick James to a transcription of his memorable performance in Chappelle's Prince skit, take a look at 11 of Murphy's most memorable quotes.

"Hurricane Sandy left me without power for five days, I was not prepared to not have power for five days. F*****g five days is long enough for your kids to start second guessing your authority. Three days in my son walks up to me and says, 'Why we gotta listen to you, you can’t even get the lights on?' I was like, 'Wow, this little boy has a point!'"

"Walked into the 7/11 and asked the dude for rolling papers and dude from behind the counter got all pissed off. Had a scowl on his face. 'We don’t sell drug paraphernalia here.' I was like, 'Really, why not? I mean you’re selling alcohol here. Look you got condoms, sex pills, you even selling ham sandwiches. And you a Muslim.'"

On Prince actually being good at ball: “Yo, it’s not that shocking if a Black man can play basketball.”

On Rick James: “Things escalated to the point where, you know, my man got too familiar and I’d ended up having to whoop his a*s, man, you know. Because he would step across the line. Habitually. He’s a habitual line stepper.”

"I had a friend named Woody, and from the time that he was maybe 11 to when he was deep into his twenties he had one black tooth, he never got it fixed. You would think you would get enough money to get it fixed, 10 years, 12 years in his tooth was still black. He met Redd Foxx, and Redd Foxx did an hour standup on his black tooth, and the very next day Woody had that tooth fixed…Think about the metaphor, he used jokes to fix the n***a’s smile, think about that."

"Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.”

On Chappelle playing Rick James in a skit: “Dave should have got an Oscar, he nailed it. He nailed it as good as Jamie Foxx nailed Ray… And I don’t think he met Rick until after it was shot. Dave was going strictly off the narrative of what I told him.”

"As a Black man, I didn’t get mad when Paula Deen used the word n*gger. I got mad about all the recipes she stole from n*ggas."

"A man in the KKK came up to me and said, 'You know, Charlie, I used to hate n***ers. But ever since that Dave Chappelle show came on, you and Dave Chappelle make me and Bubba love n***ers every Wednesday night.'"

"My dream role would be porno flicks."

[When Prince challenges them to basketball] "We can call it the shirts vs. the blouses. I don't know what he was crying about. He knew where he got that shirt and it certainly wasn't in the men's department."

Inside QVC: The Semi-Scripted Reality of the $8 Billion Business Next Door

Parts talk show, reality TV and mega-money enterprise, the shopping network has an obsessive fan base, major celebrity pull and a round-the-clock pace.

Jordan Zakarin

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Last month, 50 Cent found himself in rural Pennsylvania, wandering around a gigantic warehouse television studio. He was bobbing in and out of different sets, chatting with professional talkers who went giggly upon the appearance of a rapper who has sold more than 30 million albums and become an iconic performer. At one point, live on air, he kissed a perfume saleswoman. He tweeted later that night that he sold $177,000 worth of his signature headphones by appearing on QVC.

It might seem like an anachronism in the digital age. But this multinational, multiplatform, broadcast retail network, launched in 1986, is only growing larger, mixing reality TV, talk show and infomercial to create its own mini-universe of big business.

QVC — run for a short time by Barry Diller and now owned by Liberty Media — broadcasts live 24 hours a day, seven days a week, selling a wide range of consumer goods primarily on a TV network that reaches 100 million homes in the United States and 100 million more in eight international territories. It deals in most major categories — electronics, food, cookware, clothing, jewelry and home furnishings — and has become a sort of living catalog of the shopping mall&rsquos greatest hits, a mixture of high-end and value products. It is the biggest of the home shopping channels, reporting $8 billion in yearly revenue, with its closest competitor, Home Shopping Network, claiming to be a $3 billion enterprise.

That behemoth sits on an 84-acre park in the woods of southeastern Pennsylvania, minutes away from a downtown settled in the 1700s. Rising from beyond US Route 202, the network boasts 18 ever-changing sets in the 165,000-square-foot broadcast center.

Here, QVC sells about 1,150 different items a week, with more available via digital platforms — everything from Sachi tote bags and Smithfield glazed hams to iPads. Each product gets a short segment, typically six minutes, with the salesperson often boasting of having used the moisturizer, Spanx or laptop with great results, with anecdotes to prove it. Those experiences are real, but the purpose of the conversation is more than just friendly banter.

QVC’s executives say inviting on a product&rsquos designer or creator — from the small entrepreneur to the major CEO — allows the network to sell by telling a story, something big-box or online retailers can’t reproduce. There are 60 or so nonstaff vendors on-air per day, pitching to an audience that is 85 percent-90 percent female and predominantly 35-plus years old.

Theirs is not a hard sell, but instead a friendly approach that re-creates on television the sort of door-to-door retail and Tupperware party model of quaint small-town America on a mass scale. Their hosts are in everyone&rsquos living room — with a seemingly personalized pitch — simultaneously. The network has developed an expertise in creating the friendly environment, the kind of place where one might want to cozy up with family while wearing a comfortable sweater and drinking hot chocolate. It&rsquos one-stop living and shopping, like throwing a holiday party in a storefront that displays price tags on the sample furniture.

“The QVC host, they&rsquore the unique personalities that have the relationship with the audience. They have that trust and relationship,” Scott Crossin, the network&rsquos vp production and an 18-year veteran of the company, told The Hollywood Reporter during a studio visit. “[The vendor] may be an unknown entity, yet you&rsquore the most credible person in the universe for your product and your brand. It&rsquos the hosts&rsquo job to bring that to life. They do it in a very inviting way, as if they were talking to their girlfriend about this super-cool product or brand that they just came across and they&rsquore psyched to tell their girlfriends about.”

The average customer buys 14 items per year, while the more avid buyer — as the network calls them — might purchase something once a week. It began with a 800 number but has been selling on since 1996. A mobile app came in 2009, and the iPad app was introduced in 2010. Today, 39 percent of sales come from digital sources, with 22 percent of that segment from mobile. In fact, though it would seem that Amazon and other online wholesale retailers would have eaten into the network’s sales, domestic revenue went from $3 billion to $5 billion between 2000 and 2011 international channels add another $3 billion.

And QVC is working hard to turn what was a fundamentally solitary experience into a social one, making real what it had long tried to simulate. For decades, the host-to-shopper communication was a one-way stream unless a buyer was lucky enough to get a call on-air, he or she largely watched alone. Now, like many networks, QVC hosts live online chats during programming. In some instances, they take it a step further.

Mary DeAngelis is a former flight attendant and customer service call-center worker who made the move to the live production team in 2009. Now she’s charged with bringing more interactivity to one of the network&rsquos biggest primetime shows, In the Kitchen With David.

As David Venable, a 19-year veteran of the network, demonstrates various cooking supplies and kitchen goods, DeAngelis sits at a computer on the kitchen set. Venable has developed a loyal following in his nearly two decades at QVC, building 220,000 fans on Facebook, and DeAngelis hosts an interactive discussion on the page during the broadcast.

A typical chat will garner thousands of posts, with many fans now regular participants in the twice-weekly event. DeAngelis appears on camera as she monitors and participates in the conversation, reading comments on air and relaying requests for information (anything from Venable&rsquos height to what a guest smells like — Paula Deen, she told fans, smells like sugar cookies — to warranty info). The show averages about a million viewers per showing, which helped power Venable&rsquos new cookbook to presales of 245,000, many of which came from the Facebook page.

DeAngelis can rattle off the names of the more frequent chatters like they&rsquore old friends — Kathleen loves Keurig coffee products, while Kim is big into Temptations cookware — and marvels at their devotion to both Venable and their fellow fans. In addition to personal anecdotes, the chatters shared product recommendations and recipes and a discussion about the 12-12-12 concert on TV that night. There have been instances of charity, as well, especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. They&rsquore more than aware that they&rsquore being sold to, but it doesn&rsquot cut down on their devotion to the hosts.

&ldquo &lsquoMary, where did you get your nail polish? Did you get a haircut? You look skinny!&rsquo That one&rsquos my favorite&rdquo she says, rattling off common questions and giggling. &ldquoThey talk about anything — hot topics, shows that they saw on QVC earlier in the day. They talk about things going on with their own family. It can get real personal.&rdquo

The friendliness is not all generosity, of course. This is a business the phone line and pricing information never leaves the screen, and the topic of conversation never veers far from the item for sale. Doug Rose, the network&rsquos senior vp programming and marketing, says the key is engaging a customer so that they return, both to the TV broadcast and websites.

“Any host, a part of their job is to gradually work away at any distrust that you might have,” he explains. “Our customers really do trust QVC.”

Lisa Robertson has been with the network 18 years she began by hosting 3 a.m. cooking shows in which she&rsquod have to contend with drunken callers and buy her own ingredients. Now, she hosts several style shows (and sells her own recently launched line, called G.I.L.I.) and admits that not every product she sells is a personal favorite.

“I think it is a responsibility, and I try hard to honor that,&rdquo she says. “When I&rsquom on the air, I try to be specific about my connection with the product. There&rsquos a difference between &lsquoOh hey, I tried this last night, and this is what I think about the texture and consistency,&rsquo versus &lsquoOh my God, I love that and I&rsquove used it for the past 15 years.’ I think we try to be very clear about what something is and what it&rsquos not, so when you get home, you&rsquore happy with what it is.”

Robertson boasts a wry sense of humor and keen fashion sense pieced together since she was a Miss America contestant two decades ago. Her audience, she says, largely follows her taste, but it&rsquos a two-way street she has to be honest about what looks right on her viewers.

&ldquoI think we interpret the trends in a way that makes them wearable, because there are a lot of trends that look great if you&rsquore a 12-year-old supermodel,&rdquo Robertson says. &ldquoBut most grown women, who are old enough to have their own credit card, cannot wear that. I think the things we do really well is to take the aspects that make it fun and new and put it in a way that makes it wearable.&rdquo

This also is something that the stars taking the long trip out via town car or train to the studio must realize. Robertson says that celebrities with clothing lines — including Nicole Richie, Jennifer Hudson and Joan Rivers, who invites Robertson over for every Jewish holiday — are very engaged in their styles, far more than other star endorsers had been in the past. Selling on QVC is another kind of act, but one that requires deep knowledge and the ability to connect with the real world.

&ldquoOne of the things that I&rsquove found about our customers is that if you put your name on something and you don&rsquot know it when you walk in here, they will not have you,&rdquo Robertson warns. &ldquoThey are not stupid. If you ever walk in front of that camera and think you&rsquore talking to someone that doesn&rsquot know, you are wrong. Because they will read you, and they will call you on it. I think it used to be that people would just put their names on things and that was it. But that hasn&rsquot worked for us. So if you&rsquore going to bring a line in here, you better know that line.&rdquo

Chelsea Handler kept employees in the dark

Best known for her late-night talk show Chelsea Lately, Chelsea Handler can now be found all over Netflix. But she didn't exactly inform her co-stars she'd be leaving the show behind, and Heather McDonald is no longer keeping quiet about who the host truly is. You might recognize McDonald, as she was a recurring comedian on the show and former friend of Handler's. During an appearance on the podcast Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss (via New York Daily News), McDonald spoke about her time on the show stating, "I lived in fear, 100 percent lived in fear. I enjoyed my time there, I was happy, but something could happen and my heart would be beating and I'd be like 'is this it?'" It seems Handler blindsided her and the rest of the crew by not telling them the show was ending and she was heading over to Netflix. McDonald also stated she doesn't agree with how Handler treats people and the relationships in her life saying, "She makes you feel so special until you're not."

McDonald isn't the only one Handler has seemingly "dumped" over the years. Lisa Sundstedt, a former writer for Chelsea Lately backed up McDonald's statements in an exclusive interview with Radar Online. Sundstedt called Handler her best friend when she first started working for the show, claiming they would hang out all the time. When Sundstedt was offered a better opportunity, she left the show but didn't realize she'd be leaving behind her friendship as well. She explains, "I left the show to go do another job and she got very busy and she got famous. Prior to me leaving she wasn't famous yet. Her show was just a little show that people weren't watching yet and then the show blew up and she just didn't respond to any of my emails anymore." Sounds like Ms. Handler can only be friends with those who are on her payroll.

Whatever you may think of his designs, Billy Reid has certainly done an incredible job at building a distinctly unique culture around his brand. Gu

Not even Nemo can stop the fashion crowd. Billy Reid, Tommy Hilfiger, Rebeccca Minkoff, Yigal Azrouel, Monika Chiang, Tocca, Lacoste, Jill Stuart, Sun Jung Wan, Ruffian, Christian Siriano and Nautica, will be showing their collections as planned this afternoon, evening and tomorrow morning, respectively, when the storm is supposed to be at its worst, WWD is reporting.

Sandy puts Day of the Dead celebrations on hold

(CNN) - Sugar skulls, specially adorned altars and fresh pan de muertos have to take a rain check around New York and New Jersey today because of Superstorm Sandy.

Just as many places in the Northeast put Halloween trick-or-treating on hold, the same is happening for Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos. The traditionally Mexican holiday is typically celebrated the first two days in November to honor family and friends who have passed away.

Although celebrations are happening in other places with large Latino populations - Chicago, Miami, and many cities in California and Texas - it's a blow to New York and New Jersey. About 18% of the populations of New York and New Jersey are Hispanic, according to the Pew Hispanic Center's 2010 state demographic profiles. In both states, 14% of Hispanics are of Mexican origin, the profiles reported.

“There is no power in the Lower East Side and we cannot have any activities until power is restored due to safety reasons,” New York nonprofit Mano a Mano’s Facebook page and Twitter updates said in English and Spanish.

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, said its celebration could go forward on November 3, if power is restored. If it's a go, organizers will remake St. Mark Church-in-the-Bowery yard to include an altar building, workshops, dance, poetry and music.

Mano a Mano is not alone. The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and the National Museum of the American Indian cancelled Day of the Dead events today and tomorrow. All three organizations depended on social media to get the word out.

“We regret to inform you that due to the after effects of Hurricane Sandy, the events scheduled for this Friday, November 2nd at the Galeria Octavio Paz. will be postponed until further notice," The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York posted online. The nonprofit organization and New York cultural branch of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs planned to have a Day of the Dead altar honoring Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes and to launch an exhibition of cemetery photographs Lourdes Pérez de Ovando, "Funerary Architecture: Mexico’s Cultural Heritage."

The National Museum of the American Indian was closed, with all Day of the Dead events cancelled, but reported some good news on its Facebook page: “The building and collection are in good health!”

There is a light at the end of the tunnel for some hoping to celebrate: East Harlem, home of El Museo del Barrio. Often referred to as “El Museo” - the museum - it's home to Latin American and Caribbean art focusing on the Puerto Rican history and community in New York City.

“Our galleries are OPEN today and will be open during normal business hours throughout the weekend,” El Museo posted on its Facebook page. “Parents with kids out of school, and neighbors who haven't been able to get to work because of the subway – we invite you to come spend the day at El Museo!”

A short walk away from El Museo, La Casa Azul Bookstore, a Latino bookstore, announced it would host its own celebration wit art activities for kids, calavera face paint, a community altar and samples of pan de muerto and hot chocolate.

"Sandy spared our little house of books!" it posted on Facebook. "Some events were cancelled but this Friday and Saturday's events are still ON!"

Are you celebrating Day of the Dead this year? Were your celebrations upset by Superstorm Sandy? Tell us about it in the comments.

Should worst-flooded areas be left after Sandy?

An oceanfront beach club in Sea Bright N.J. lies in ruins on Nov. 15, 2012, two weeks after Superstorm Sandy devastated the town. The entire business district was wiped out (four shops have since re-opened) and 75 percent of residents are still homeless. Yet Sea Bright is determined to rebuild as a debate rages on whether to restore shore communities to their pre-storm condition, or buy out properties in flood-prone areas and depopulate them. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) -- Superstorm Sandy, one of the nation's costliest natural disasters, is giving new urgency to an age-old debate about whether areas repeatedly damaged by storms should be rebuilt, or whether it might be cheaper in the long run to buy out vulnerable properties and let nature reclaim them.

The difficulty in getting aid for storm victims through Congress — most of a $60 billion package could get final approval next week — highlights the hard choices that may have to be made soon across the country, where the federal, state and local governments all say they don't have unlimited resources to keep writing checks when storms strike.

But the idea of abandoning a place that has been home for years is unthinkable for many.

"We're not retreating," said Dina Long, the mayor of Sea Bright, N.J., a chronically flooded spit of sand between the Atlantic Ocean and the Shrewsbury River only slightly wider than the length of a football field in some spots. Three-quarters of its 1,400 residents are still homeless and the entire business district was wiped out only four shops have managed to reopen.

Despite a rock and concrete sea wall and pumping equipment in the center of town, Sea Bright floods repeatedly. It is the go-to spot for TV news trucks every time a storm roars up the coast. But as in many other storm-damaged communities, there is a fierce will to survive, to rebuild and to restore.

"Nobody has come to us and said we shouldn't exist," she said. "It is antithetical to the Jersey mindset, and particularly to the Sea Bright mindset. We're known for being strong, for being resilient, for not backing down."

The story is different in the Oakwood Beach section of Staten Island, N.Y., where despite 20 years of flood protection measures, Sandy's 12- to 14-foot-storm surge inundated the community, forcing some residents to their attics or roofs to survive. Three people died.

"Building again and again in this very sensitive flood plain will only achieve the same results — flooding, and possibly untimely death," homeowner Tina Downer told about 200 of her neighbors who gathered to discuss a potential buyout program last week. "It is not safe for anyone to live there."

The problem has worsened in recent decades with an explosion of development near the nation's shorelines. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that in 2003, approximately 153 million people — 53 percent of the nation's population — lived in coastal counties, an increase of 33 million people since 1980. The agency forecasts 12 million more to join them by 2015.

Scientists say that putting so many people in the most vulnerable areas is a recipe for disaster.

Jon Miller, a professor of coastal engineering at New Jersey's Stevens Institute of technology, said retreating from the most vulnerable areas makes scientific sense. But he adds that the things that were built there — beach clubs, boardwalks and amusement piers — give communities their character, and fuel tourism and business.

If buyouts did occur, he predicted they would happen in areas with lower property values because of the high cost of buying up prime coastal real estate. That could have the unintended consequence of placing the shore off-limits to all but the wealthy, he said.

"I grew up in Rahway and I remember the controversy when several properties along the Rahway River were bought out due to repetitive flood losses," Miller said. "It was painful and caused dissension in the community."

Residents feared not only being forced from their homes but also not getting enough money to purchase a suitable home in the same community, Miller said.

A 1988 Duke University shore protection study cited a nor'easter that occurred in Sea Bright four years earlier, causing $82 million in damages — about equal to the value of all the town's buildings at the time.

"Clearly the economics of this situation dictate that Sea Bright is not worthy of salvation, although politics and other considerations may decide otherwise," the study asserted. "The prudent management alternative in this community would be the gradual removal or relocation of the buildings."

Talking about post-storm retreat is one thing actually doing it has proven much harder.

After Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans in 2005, there was talk of abandoning some of the most flood-prone areas. But a proposal from a storm panel excluded the hard-hit Lower 9th Ward and New Orleans East, a neighborhood long home to affluent and upper-middle-class black families, touching off an uproar that scuttled the plan.

More than seven years later, much of New Orleans is thriving: unemployment is relatively low, the tourism industry is healthy, the city is preparing to host a Super Bowl, and no neighborhood has been abandoned.

But not everyone has come back. As of July 2011, the Census Bureau estimated New Orleans' population at 360,740, less than three-quarters its population in 2000. In the Lower 9th Ward, vacant lots and abandoned homes dominate the landscape, and four out of five residents who lived there before the storm have left.

The question of whether to rebuild or retreat touches many East Coast communities.

Westerly, R.I. recently got $1.1 million in federal money to buy eight low-lying properties near the Pawcatuck River that are frequently flooded. In North Carolina, some have called for deserting Highway 12 — the only land link between Hatteras Island and the mainland — in favor of a ferry system after Hurricane Irene and Sandy caused $14 million in damages. A state panel in Delaware found few affordable options as it considered what to do about seven Delaware Bay communities threatened by storms and rising sea levels.

Sea Bright is requiring homeowners to raise their rebuilt properties higher — as much as 17 feet above sea level in some cases — if they want to qualify for federal flood insurance.

Frank and Dee Kurzawa, whose home near the river took on 4 feet of water, could have to spend $30,000 to raise it. Yet they're staying put, even if it's a little higher than before.

"Even with the possibility of this happening again, we're coming back," Dee Kurzawa said. "We plan to pass this house on to our grandchildren."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie considers strategic retreat from some storm-damaged areas on the table "in a broad way," but said he wants to leave the ultimate decisions to individual towns after giving them advice later this week on how to rebuild.

Part of a neighbor's home broke loose and smashed through the wall of Karen Finkelstein's Sea Bright home. She's still "shell-shocked" in Sandy's aftermath, but can't see herself leaving.

"I want to see us come back, but with precautions in place," she said. "You're taking a risk by choosing to live in this area. But when it's home to you, it's really hard to leave the familiar place where your roots are."

8 TV shows canceled due to controversies

Roseanne Barr has come under fire this week after tweeting racist remarks toward Valerie Jarrett. As a result of her comments, ABC canceled the "Roseanne" reboot after just one season.

It’s not the first show that’s gotten the boot due to some major controversy. Take a look at the list below to learn about other TV series that were taken off the air because of off-screen drama.

In 2012, Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo collaborated with Oxygen for a reality series that would follow him, his 11 children and 10 babies’ mothers.

The series’ premise received much criticism. Many accused the network of glorifying stereotypical portrayals of black families, and an online petition was created, which was signed by more than 37,000 people.

"This is not just an attack on African-American parents and children. but ALL PARENTS AND CHILDREN!" organizers wrote on the site.

The show was canceled before it even aired. In 2016, Shawty Lo was killed in a car accident.

VH1 made plans to air a series that documented couple Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson and Evelyn Lozada as they prepared for their wedding. The former football player and reality star reportedly began dating in 2010.

In August 2012, the two got into a physical altercation, according to reports. Johnson allegedly left Lozada with a 3-inch gash on her forehead.

Their show was subsequently canceled a week before it was supposed to premiere, and the couple later divorced.

Atlanta artist CeeLo Green starred in TBS’ “The Good Life.” It showed the musician juggling his busy producing, recording and performing schedule.

During the off season in, he posted some controversial tweets about rape. He wrote, “If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously, so WITH Implies consent. People who have really been raped REMEMBER. ”

While he deleted the tweet, TBS decided to sunset the show after women's rights group UltraViolet petitioned the network to cancel it.

‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’

Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo, was cast into the spotlight after starring in TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras.” She was such a fan favorite that the network gave her a show, which also followed her family.

However, TV producers discovered that Thompson’s mother, June Shannon, was linked to Mark Daniels, a man who was sentenced to prison for allegedly molesting one of Shannon’s daughters. Shannon denied the association, but TLC still decided to do away with the show.

"TLC has cancelled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately," the network said in a statement to PEOPLE. "Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well being."

Paula Deen on the Food Network

In 2013, Paula Deen was in the midst of scandal when she admitted to using racial slurs including using the n-word. A former manager of one of her restaurants filed a lawsuit against the TV chef, and Deen recalled using inappropriate language in court documents.

She publicly apologized via YouTube, but lost her show on the Food Network and a ton of endorsement deals from companies such as Walmart, Target and QVC.

MTV's "Buckwild" highlighted the lives of nine young adults in West Virginia. In April 2013, production of season 2 was halted after the death of cast member Shain Gandee, who died due to carbon monoxide poisoning. MTV eventually decided to cancel the show.

Although the popular sitcom was not canceled during production, several networks, including Centric, Aspire, TV Land and Bounce, stopped airing reruns in 2014 following rape allegations against Bill Cosby.

In April 2018, Cosby was convicted of sexual assault. A sentencing time has yet to be announced, but he could serve up to 10 years on each of the three counts of which he was convicted.

In May 2018, Roseanne tweeted a racist remark toward Valerie Jarrett, a former White House adviser under President Barack Obama. On Twitter, she wrote, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

Hours after her comments, ABC canceled the reboot, which returned to airwaves for a second season in March 2018.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

Basic Lasagna

This week, the #SundaySupper crew is dedicating our recipes for those that suffered through Hurricane Sandy. Although it’s not shown in the news much anymore, there are many folks that are still in need.

Since I’m in Wisconsin, I’m not able to physically help out, but I’m hoping that some of you will join me in making a small donation to one of the charities that is helping to bring relief to those most affected. If you’re unsure of where to donate, the #SundaySupper crew has links below of some charities that we recommend.

Another thing that we’ve asked our #SundaySupper readers to do is to think about how they can use food to help others. Food is such a source of comfort during times of need, or sorrow, or change. By sharing a meal with a friend or stranger, we can really make a difference. For times like that, I make my Basic Lasagna recipe.

Although nothing fancy, that’s the point with this recipe. This basic lasagna is freezer ready so if a family in need has been brought TONS of food already by neighbors, they just have to pop this meal in the freezer, and thaw it when they’re ready. It’s hearty. It’s family friendly, (what kid doesn’t love a basic pasta?) and I can make it vegetarian so that I don’t have to worry about special dietary needs. I’ve even removed the eggs from my cheese mixture in case there are any concerns about egg allergies. I’ve had lots of families tell me that this was the best meal that they were brought because it was practical- not fancy or impressive.

I didn’t even attempt to take fancy pictures this week since this plate went right into the freezer. It will sit there for a few months or until I’m notified that a family in my area needs a meal. I usually keep a couple of these on hand.


  • 1 large package of lasagna noodles
  • 15 oz container of ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 – 26 oz cans or jars of pasta sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked (optional)

Boil the lasagna noodles in salted water until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, 2 cups of the mozzarella, Parmesan, oil, Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, pepper, and salt. Using a clean hand, mix until fully combined. Taste a bit of the cheese mixture and add more of the spices to taste.

In a 9 x 13 inch disposable foil pan, pour a thin layer of the pasta sauce to coat the bottom. Then, place a layer of noodles over the sauce, slightly overlapping the noodles. Drop spoonfuls of the cheese mixture on top of the noodles until you’ve used up half of the cheese. Carefully spread the cheese to try and cover as much of the noodles as possible. If using ground beef, sprinkle half of the ground beef on top of the cheese layer. Then, pour another thin layer of sauce on top of the beef layer. Repeat the layers of noodles, cheese, beef, and sauce. Place the final layer of noodles. On top of the final noodle layer, pour a thicker layer of sauce and then top with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

If freezing, cover with foil and mark with date, ingredients, and directions to cook. If serving immediately, put in a oven at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. For the final 10 minutes of cooking time, remove the foil so the cheese can brown.

For other delicious ideas for meals to make and take to help others, check out the fabulous list below:

Breakfast and Brunch:

  • Orange Rolls from That Skinny Chick Can Bake.
  • 12-Grain Buttermilk Pancake Mix from What Smells So Good
  • Cranberry Bread from Home Cooking Memories

Comforting Casseroles and Entrées:

  • Pork Chop Casserole from In the Kitchen with Audrey
  • Basic Lasagna from Fast Food 2 Fresh Food
  • Italian Sausage and White Bean Bake from Girlichef
  • Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes from Crispy Bits n Burnt Ends
  • Turkey and Vegetable Pasta Bake from Gotta Get Baked
  • Baked Salmon with Cucumber Salad from The Urban Mrs.
  • Enchilada Pasta Casserole from Dinners Dishes and Desserts
  • Spaghetti Pizza Bake from Small Wallet Big Appetite
  • Gluten Free Spaghetti Squash with Pancetta from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
  • Cabbage Koftas from Soni’s Food
  • Bowtie Marinara with Goat Cheese from Family Foodie

Warming Soups and Sides:

  • New England Clam Chowder from The Meltaways
  • Italian Wedding Soup from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
  • Soul Warming Butternut Squash Soup from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
  • Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese “Croutons” from Damn Delicious
  • Corn Basil Handpies from Vintage Kitchen Notes
  • Manhattan Clam Chowder from Noshing with the Nolands
  • Comforting Broccoli Cheese Soup from Juanita’s Cocina
  • San Antonio Chicken Tortilla Bake from The Weekend Gourmet
  • Peruvian Steak and Potato Stir-fry from Hip Foodie Mom
  • Simple Southern Red Potato Salad from Mama Mommy Mom
  • Homemade Chicken Soup from Daddy Knows Less
  • New Orleans Red Beans and Rice for Those in Need from The Catholic Foodie
  • Sweet and Sassy Pineapple Stuffing from In the Kitchen with KP

Sweet Endings:

  • Pound Cake Loaf from Magnolia Days
  • Fall Apple Pie from Cravings of a Lunatic
  • Dairy-free Marble Cake from Galactopdx
  • Mini Dark Chocolate Cakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Icing from The Realistic Nutritionist
  • Orange Pound Cake from Basic n Delicious
  • Spicy Gingerbread with a Mocha Glaze from Daily Dish Recipes

If you are interested in making a donation to help the hurricane victims, here are links to the two charitable organizations we recommend:

Head to Southtown's Síclovía

2 of 6 Carmen Tafolla, Poet Laureate of San Antonio, speaks to the gathering at the Mission Branch Library on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 during a reading of "Andando Por La Sombrita", a recently published book of stories and poems by residents of the southside of San Antonio. Photo by Marvin Pfeiffer / Prime Time Newspapers MARVIN PFEIFFER/Prime Time Newspapers Show More Show Less

4 of 6 Undated photo of a dragster taking off at San Antonio raceway during Nitro Jam. Courtesy photo Show More Show Less

For the first time since its 2011 debut, Síclovía is moving. The family-friendly fitness event shuts down a stretch of road to motorists so residents can play in the streets. The previous five events took over Broadway just north of downtown this time it's Southtown's turn. The new route begins at South St. Mary's Street and East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and runs south about 2.5 miles to Mission Concepción, highlighting the recently restored San Antonio River Mission Reach. The event will include fitness activities, food vendors, pet adoptions, exterior home tours and a tree giveaway.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Parking map at

Farewell performance

Carmen Tafolla gives her last performance as the city's first poet laureate Saturday evening in &ldquoSan Antonio, Mi Pueblo,&rdquo a dramatic performance &ldquopainting the sounds, sights, history and passions of San Antonio,&rdquo she said. The production stars a dozen of San Antonio's finest performance poets, and the show is enhanced by an original musical score by George Cisneros, with vocals by Luz Zamora. Aside from Tafolla, performers include Cyra Dumitru, Jesse Cardona, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Frances Santos, Eduardo Garza and Gloria Armmer.

7-9 p.m., Guadalupe Theater, 1300 Guadalupe. Free. 210-271-3151.

Motor sports

Nitro Jam brings the noise

That thunder you hear in the east this weekend could well be the sound of dragsters of every stripe and engine size vying for honors at the San Antonio Nationals. Part of the International Hot Rod Association's Nitro Jam series, the event will fill San Antonio Raceway with everything from champion dragsters to funny cars to an all-female jet-dragster team. And fans can meet the drivers and check out their cars at the Fan Fest. Gentlemen, start those fire-breathing engines.

Gates open at 2 p.m. Friday-Saturday qualifying 7:30 p.m. Friday, eliminations 6 p.m. Saturday, San Antonio Raceway, 3641 Santa Clara Road, off I-10 East, Marion. $20-$30 advance discounts at

Charlie Murphy's Acid Trip

Eddie Murphy's talented younger brother arrives with tales from his days on Comedy Central's &ldquoChappelle's Show&rdquo (he'll share a few of those famous Rick James and Richard Pryor memories) as well stories from his adventures in TV and film. His latest bits include the New Jersey resident's hilarious takes on Hurricane Sandy, rolling papers and Paula Deen &mdash he's not so upset at her use of the N-word as &ldquoall the recipes she stole.&rdquo Murphy's special guest is Freez Luv, aka Paul Farmer.

Watch the video: Paula Deens Family Kitchen former employees speak out