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Food Network nailed the recipe for pandemic programming

(CNN)"Pioneer Woman" star Ree Drummond's pure, wholesome sense of positivity is such a hallmark of her cooking show that the slightest hint of motherly concern in her voice was jarring as she introduced the first of her "Staying at Home" specials. "Gosh, what a crazy time. How are you all doing?" she asked through the television, surrounded by a gaggle of camera-wielding young adults -- her children -- acting as her crew. "Things have changed so much, but what has not changed is I still love cooking." A stuck-at-home audience seems to agree, with more people than ever hungry for Food Network. Typically, a television viewer can rely on cable's most delicious channel to be a respite from the messiness of the world. However, this particular m ...