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Q: Has the show “Life in Pieces” been canceled? We really enjoyed it and I keep looking for it to reappear.
A: It’s understandable you’d be worried about the fate of “Life in Pieces.” Since the end of season 3 in the spring, there’s been an explosion of news about new projects the cast members and producers are taking on. That’s usually the first (and sometimes only) sign of a cancellation. But not this time.
“Life in Pieces” has been renewed for a fourth season, which will premiere sometime over the winter (there’s no firm date yet).
The announcement glut can be explained by the fact that the show has reached the stage where it can survive without quite as much attention from its producers.
It’s usually around the season 2 or 3 mark that producers start launching new projects, once the show has developed a bit of a formula and a solid production team that knows the show well.
“Life in Pieces” director and executive producer Jason Winer is at that stage. Now that the series has hit its stride, he can turn his attention to new shows. But instead of taking a one-at-a-time approach, he’s taking on a bunch at once. He’s co-producing a sitcom called “Single Parents,” which launched in September on ABC, and he also has deals for two others, drama series “The Family Practice” and the workingmom sitcom “Woman Up.”
Q: What happened to Christopher Kimball on the “Cook’s Country” and “America’s Test Kitchen” programs?
A: The relationship between Christopher Kimball and the food-media empire he helped to create went sour seemingly overnight, as things often do when they’re left out too long.
Their relationship was out very long indeed — Kimball hosted PBS’s “America’s Test Kitchen” (and later its spinoff, “Cook’s Country”) since its debut in 2000. He also helped create the company behind it, Boston Common Press, in the early 1990s. Kimball and Boston Common created a foodmedia empire together, until 2015 when Kimball was ousted from the company under contentious circumstances.
He hosted one more season of both shows in 2016 and maintained a minority stake in the company, but they were no longer on good terms.
This was proven late in 2016, when the company sued Kimball for trying to “literally and conceptually rip off” the “America’s Test Kitchen” format for his new project, “Milk Street.”
“Milk Street” has at least followed the same approach to multi-platform publishing: Kimball quickly launched a magazine, TV show, podcast, cooking school and even a set of cookware, all under the “Milk
Street” brand (named after the company’s address in Boston).
Fittingly, the nasty breakup played out in multimedia as well, with each side publishing articles explaining their positions. The highlight was probably the website launched by Boston Common Press, WhyWeAreSuingChristopherKimball.com, which is exactly what it says on the package.
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