Alton Brown’s ‘Good Eats: The Return’ in production for Food Network

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Originally posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Alton Brown, the long-time Cobb County resident and mesmerizing Food Network mad scientist, is bringing an updated version of "Good Eats" back to life after seven years on hiatus.

Production for the Food Network show has started in metro Atlanta, according to the Georgia film office.

ExploreBrown first announced its imminent return in September, 2017.

“We’re restarting it. We’re bringing it back. We’re getting the band back together!" Brown told a cheering standing-room-only Dragon Con audience in downtown Atlanta at the time. It was originally called “Return of the Eats” but the name was slightly rejiggered to “Good Eats: The Return.” Originally set to debut in 2018, it was pushed back to this year.

The original “Good Eats,” which aired from 1999 to 2012 over 249 one-of-a-kind episodes, explored the world of food, from spices and cows, from chocolate to honey, through the quirky eyes of Brown himself. It featured bizarre skits, history lessons and all sorts of food-related trivia. The Cooking Channel still airs repeats and he revamped some of the old episodes last year in versions called “Good Eats Reloaded.”

For much of the show's run, Brown was one of only a handful of people shooting in metro Atlanta before the generous film and TV production tax credits really kicked in in 2008. He also used several local actors include Vickie Eng, Bart Hansard and Lucky Yates ("Archer").

A few days ago, Brown posted a teaser animated video to his 4.55 million Twitter followings using the original music.

"A little something we've been working on. #GoodEatsTheReturn," Brown wrote. 

Brown over the years has been a go-to personality on the Food Network, manning shows such as “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

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