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A Blessing From the Recession

By JLP | December 17, 2009

I read this in the WSJ this morning:

Next spring, Fine Living Network, a cable channel created in 2002 at the height of America’s infatuation with affluent living, is slated to be phased out. In its place, Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. will launch the Cooking Channel.

Gone will be “I Want That!” celebrating diamond-encrusted sinks, and “Dream Drives,” showcasing America’s richest zip codes. Instead, viewers will see shows focusing on instructional cooking at home.

“It’s not so much [that we have] a different audience but an audience that’s acting different,” said John Lansing, president of Scripps Networks Interactive. “Their value system is shifting from aspiring to material wealth to aspiring to a life better lived.”

Now if they’d only do the same thing with Extreme Makeover – Home Edition!

Anyway, I welcome the ‘getting-back-to-basics’ lifestyle. Materialism brought to the masses is usually not a good thing because people start wanting things regardless of whether or not they can actually afford them. I think that’s what we saw with the housing crisis. Builders kept building bigger, fancier, more expensive houses and people kept having to stretch themselves a little further to be able to afford them.

Now I’m reading reports that builders are scaling back in their designs. They are cutting out square footage and taking out some of the amenities in order to make the homes more affordable.

Now if we could only start manufacturing more products here in the U.S.A…

Topics: Miscellaneous | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “A Blessing From the Recession”

  1. Mike Says:
    December 18th, 2009 at 7:37 am


    You’re right about Extreme Makeover – Home Edition! That show is a joke. I wish they would revisit the families that were “blessed” with their new home after a couple years. Now, that would be worth watching!

  2. Stacey Says:
    December 18th, 2009 at 7:55 am

    All I can say is if I hear “Oh My God” from one more person on that show I’ll puke.

  3. Kevin Says:
    December 18th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I only watch FLN for one show, Three Sheets… It is Awesome, I hope another network picks it up.

  4. Sam Says:
    December 18th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I have never heard of Fine Living Network, so guess I won’t miss it when its gone.

  5. Stacey Says:
    December 18th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Fine Living Network has great shows, esp the travel shows to exotic islands. It wasn’t over the top stuff…but fun to travel vicariously. The channels was one of the few reasons I pay more for the Direct TV pkg I’m stuck w/. Looks like mama might be saving some money down the road…

  6. Tim Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 8:47 am

    FLN does/did have some good shows other than the “Oh, look what I spent a boat load of money on” shows. Now if you want to find a new show to hate on. try HGTV’s “My big amazing renovation”. I think I have only seen one episode where the expansion was reasonable, on budget, and on time. Most of the time these yahoos go over budget with stupid stuff, don’t plan for the unexpected, and usually are late.

  7. Ryan Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Sounds like good news to me! If only ABC could be forced to say: “Move that bus… off our network!”

    The weakening dollar has increased US exports a tad, but not to the level you or I would like to see I’m sure.

    Ryan @

  8. KC Says:
    December 20th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve never heard of any of these tv shows or the FLN network – although I think I remember the logo from flipping through. Basically if it isn’t sports I flip off the tv and read.

  9. Andy J Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I agree with Kevin… I only watch the show ‘Three Sheets’ on FLN. I believe it was on the Mojo channel before that… I like that show.