Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Wednesday Night Lights: Emeril Edition

At the end of last year, we received the news that the Food Network was not going to renew Emeril's long-time contract for "Emeril Live." This is the show that has kicked off Prime Time for ten years for the network. He had already been moved back an hour to let the network showcase some of its younger/newer chefs. At the time, I was wondering who would step in to take over the mantle of King (or Queen) from Emeril? At this point, Emeril is still on, and there's no clear indication of a successor. I think we'll be waiting until the fall to see what the network has in mind.

But then today, news comes that:
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc is to acquire the media and licensed properties of TV chef Emeril Lagasse for around $50 million in cash and stock

So what does this mean? I think it's a smart move for Martha Stewart to expand her holdings without the effort of market research and design, and it allow Emeril to keep his television shows, cookbooks, and related products going.

What does this mean for the library, other than you could create a mutual display of Martha and Emeril cookbooks? Well, let's just say you'll look well-informed when people want to come talk about recent events in the world of celebrity chefs.

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