ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from ION's press release, March 2010) Emeril Lagasse will host an A-list roster of celebrity friends at weekly celebrations on his new ION Television series, "The Emeril Lagasse Show," launching Sunday, April 18, at 8:00 PM, ET with a housewarming party-themed premiere featuring special guest Martha Stewart. The upcoming season of the network's first original series will also feature a diverse line-up of guests, including football hero Eli Manning, chef/author/restauranteur Mario Batali, rock musician Sammy Hagar, actor Steve Schirripa ("Sopranos"), actress Jennie Garth ("90210"), and everybody's favorite red furry friend, Elmo, among many others. In this new weekly, one-hour variety television show, Chef Emeril Lagasse, with the help of acclaimed bandleader Dave Koz and The Kozmos house band, will share his world, his friends and his passion for food with the studio and home audience. Each week, viewers will be welcomed into an evening of food, entertainment, music and fun and games as Emeril gives new meaning to the term, "let the good times roll." Audience members will have opportunities to cook on stage and play games to win the weekly prize in The Big Bam Box. Viewers will also be able to participate online at www.emerils.com.