Paula Deen continues her comeback with big news: She’s launching her own Internet network in September.
“The Paula Deen Network” will be a subscription-based network where “y'all can get my recipes, tips and cooking anytime you want,” she writes on her website, Pauladeen.com.
“I can't wait to crank up the oven and get cooking for the people I love: my family, my friends and my fans!”
She promises broadcast-quality programming where she’ll share recipes and cooking tools for her signature Southern dishes and healthy meals.
Her family members will pop up every now and then, too.
Shows will have themes, like “Leftover Mondays” “Taco Tuesdays” and the holidays, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Fans can sign up now at her website to get updates; early registration begins in July.
The network will allow Deen to get back to what she was doing before she watched everything slip away last year. After admitting in a court deposition that she had used a racial epithet she lost product endorsements, big-name sponsors and her show on the Food Network.
She told The Wall Street Journal that she had considered launching a new TV show – she reportedly had several offers to return to network TV – but that the Internet lets her reach fans directly and gives her ownership and control over her career.
She has 4.2 million followers on Facebook and 1.2 million followers on Twitter.
“The fans are going to see things they have never seen before. They are going to see all of me,” she told the newspaper.
THR reports that production began in mid-May in Deen’s new Savannah studio, built for a live studio audience. It will look like the set of her first TV series, “Paula’s Home Cooking.”