Lifespan: Seven episodes (2001)
Body Count: Emeril Lagasse, Sherri Shepherd
With his two hit Food Network shows and a handful—well, two—catchphrases, putting Emeril Lagasse in front of the cameras seemed like a recipe for success for NBC’s 2001 lineup. During his first year as NBC Entertainment’s president, Jeff Zucker advocated for the sitcom, which featured the chef starring on a fictional cooking show, even calling for a reshoot of the pilot after a critical drubbing. “We wanted to catch lightning in a bottle,”
said Zucker. Unfortunately, not even a reimagining of the series, including the addition of Robert Urich in his last television role, could save the “BAM!” man from turning into a bust and the show was yanked after seven episodes.