or


[09/22/08 - 12:30 PM]
A&E Network Presents New Original Series Rocco Gets Real Starring Celebrity Chef Rocco Dispirito Debuting Saturday, October 4 at 1:00pm ET/PT
The series features DiSpirito helping "ordinary people tackle their kitchen crises and create special moments and meals for their loved ones."

[via press release from A&E]

A&E NETWORK PRESENTS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES ROCCO GETS REAL STARRING CELEBRITY CHEF ROCCO DISPIRITO DEBUTING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 AT 1:00PM ET/PT

New York, New York, September 22, 2008 � Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito rides to the rescue of eager and often "culinary challenged" individuals seeking solutions to a wide variety of everyday cooking dilemmas in ROCCO GETS REAL premiering Saturday, October 4, at 1:00pm ET/PT on A&E. "A unique fusion of reality and lifestyle series, ROCCO GETS REAL is as much a show about what's on the table, as the energy one brings to the table.

In ROCCO GETS REAL, famed celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito helps ordinary people tackle their kitchen crises and create special moments and meals for their loved ones. Each week, Rocco swoops into the homes of real people and teaches them how to overcome their cooking fears and create a dish and a memory their family and friends will remember for a lifetime. Whether it's a marriage proposal, a family reunion, or just Sunday dinner, Rocco shows them that taking the time to cook is about so much more than the meal itself." As he puts it, "There's nothing I love more than helping people find their place at the table."

Rocco DiSpirito's passion for cooking began at the very young age of 11, cooking with his 'mama' in their Jamaica, Queens kitchen. At 16 he entered the Culinary Institute of America and continued his education at Boston University graduating with a degree in business. Following graduation, Rocco wasted no time and started working with some of the masters in the culinary field including Dominique Cecillon and Gray Kunz.

In 1995, Mr. DiSpirito opened Dava, (2 stars from New York Times) and just two years later, Union Pacific (3 stars from New York Times). He was named one of Food and Wine magazine's "Best New Chefs" and was the first chef to grace the cover of Gourmet Magazine as "America's Most Exciting Young Chef".

In addition to his many restaurants, Rocco DiSpirito has authored four cookbooks, Rocco's Real-Life Recipes, Rocco's Italian American, Rocco's Five Minute Flavor and Flavor which won the coveted James Beard Award. Rocco's fifth cookbook, Rocco Gets Real, will be released in early October of 2008. Rocco can also currently be seen on "Dancing With The Stars."

Robert Sharenow and Michael Morrison are the executive producers for A&E Network. Rocco DiSpirito is Executive producer for Flavorworks Inc. ROCCO GETS REAL will be produced for A&E by Pilgrim Films. Executive Producer for Pilgrim Films is Craig Paligian.

A&E is "Real Life. Drama." Now reaching more than 97 million homes, A&E is television that you can't turn away from; where real life shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic. A&E offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment; ranging from the network's original scripted series including "The Cleaner" starring Benjamin Bratt and "The Beast" starring Patrick Swayze, to signature Real-Life franchises, including the Emmy-nominated "Intervention," "Dog The Bounty Hunter," "Paranormal State" and "Criss Angel Mindfreak," and the most successful justice shows on cable, including "The First 48" and "Crime 360." The A&E website is located at www.aetv.com. For more press information and photography please visit us on the web at www.aetvpress.com.





  [september 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)





[04/18/18 - 06:01 PM]
National Geographic Announces Mary Shelley, Creator of Frankenstein's Monster, As the Subject for Third Season of Critically Acclaimed Scripted Anthology Series "Genius"
A brilliant thinker, radical intellectual and proto-feminist, Mary Shelley (1797-1851) brought to life one of the most enduring stories of the modern age while still a teenager.

[04/18/18 - 05:16 PM]
"Brockmire" Recognized by The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum... Really
The iconic plaid sport coat and microphone from the original comedy series have been accepted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's collection and are now on display in Cooperstown, N.Y.

[04/18/18 - 04:58 PM]
NBC Pulls "Taken" from Friday Lineup for Expanded "Dateline"
The Peacock will now finish the show's sophomore run on Saturday nights at 8:00/7:00c beginning May 26.

[04/18/18 - 04:39 PM]
National Geographic Documentary Films Acquires 2018 Sundance and SXSW Winner "Science Fair"
The film offers a front seat to the victories, defeats and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.

[04/18/18 - 04:38 PM]
National Geographic Greenlights Next Chapter in the "Chain of Command" Franchise
The second season of the "Chain of Command" franchise will premiere in early 2019 after National Geographic camera teams embed with the elite agency over the course of a year.

[04/18/18 - 04:37 PM]
National Geographic Greenlights Innovative Docu-Series: "In Their Own Words" (WT) from Peabody- and Emmy Award-Winning Producer/Director Tom Jennings
Tentative topics for the first season of the series include the Deepwater Horizon disaster, narco drug wars and the 2008 global financial meltdown.

[04/18/18 - 04:36 PM]
National Geographic's Critically Acclaimed Legacy Series "Explorer" to Return to the Network This Fall
The new season, currently in production, will premiere on National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages.

[04/18/18 - 02:16 PM]
A+E Networks Inks Overall Production and First-Look Development Deal with Award-Winning Journalist Elizabeth Vargas
The centerpiece of the agreement will make Vargas the face of the network's new nonfiction primetime journalistic banner A&E Investigates(TM).

[04/18/18 - 12:29 PM]
Catherine Bell and Cameron Mathison Begin Production in Fiji on Hallmark Channel's "A Summer to Remember" (wt)
Shooting on location in Fiji, the movie is set to premiere during the network's upcoming, annual "Summer Nights" programming event that celebrates the fun of the season.

[04/18/18 - 12:01 PM]
Velocity Is the New Home in the U.S. and Canada for Live Flag-to-Flag Coverage of the Iconic "24 Hours of Le Mans"
Under the agreement, Velocity and Motor Trend will also live broadcast the full FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) "Super Season", which begins with the Spa-Francorchamps event this May.

[04/18/18 - 11:05 AM]
Sundance Now Greenlights Second Season of Original Relationship Dramedy "This Close"
"This Close" will begin production on its eight-episode second season in summer 2018 in Los Angeles.

[04/18/18 - 11:02 AM]
MTV Reinvents "Yo! MTV Raps" Across Linear and Digital Platforms Kicking Off with 30th Anniversary Live Event at Barclays Center on June 1st
Tickets to the show go on sale on Friday, April 20 at 10AM ET.

[04/18/18 - 11:00 AM]
"Saturday Night Live" Closes Out Season 43 with an All-Star Line-Up and Three Back-to-Back Shows
Amy Schumer (May 12) and Tina Fey (May 19) will join the previously announced host Donald Glover (May 5).

[04/18/18 - 11:00 AM]
CBS Announces 11 More Series Renewals for 2018-2019
Combined with previously announced pickups, CBS has now renewed 17 series for next year, including its entire Tuesday and Friday night lineups.

[04/18/18 - 10:23 AM]
Syfy Picks Up Image's Killer High School Comic "Deadly Class" to Series
The story is set in the counter-culture of the late 1980s and tells the story of a teenager who is recruited into an elite private school filled with the children of crime families and affluent criminals.