Season premiere Sunday, Oct. 22, on Cooking Channel
Actor Michael McKean takes viewers on a culinary journey to help unwrap the mythology and adages behind some of our favorite foods, in a new season of "Food: Fact or Fiction?" premiering Sunday, Oct. 22 (10 p.m. ET), on Cooking Channel. Whether it is uncovering the wondrous origins behind famous food clichés; serving up a heaping history on fried favorites, including how fried egg sandwiches spawned a breakfast revolution; or unraveling the role mathematics plays in the foods we love; McKean uncovers the fascinating food mysteries that are baked inside everything we eat.
"A revered actor with impeccable comedic timing, Michael McKean is the perfect guide to walk viewers through the myths, mysteries and magic behind the foods we all love, " said Courtney White, SVP programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "With just the right dollop of humor, learning facts (and fiction) about food has never been this much fun."
"Three years ago, my only questions about food were 'What time's dinner?' and 'Who ate all the leftover chili?' " McKean said. "Now I'm able to expound upon some tantalizing mysteries and myths regarding what we eat, where it came from, why it's good for us and, most importantly, when dinner is. Still no word on who polished off the chili."
Produced by Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary's Revelations Entertainment, viewers will be amazed to learn the facts and the fiction surrounding some of our most favorite dishes. In the premiere episode, McKean enlightens viewers on a few divine dining delights, as he finds out why people should be handing out cake instead of candy on Halloween; how Valentine's Day candy hearts were once used as medicine; and whether corned beef can really bring any Irish luck on St. Patrick's Day.
Other episodes this season explore how a loud noise can land one in burger heaven; how the shape of a food can transform its taste; whether the pattern on a pineapple may unlock the mysteries of the universe; and, with the help of McKean's friend, actor Joe Mantegna, learn how the Chicago classic, Italian beef, might once have brought a few cops to one's reception.
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McKean is an accomplished actor, writer, and Grammy Award-winning musician, widely recognized for his first starring role as Lenny Kosnowski on "Laverne and Shirley," and the longevity of his career. McKean's work spans film, television, recording and the stage, with such iconic films as "This is Spinal Tap," "Clue," "The Big Picture," "Best in Show" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." Current television fans know McKean as the electromagnetic and hypersensitive Chuck McGill on the acclaimed series "Better Call Saul," along with past guest appearances in shows such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Saturday Night Live," "Smallville," "The Simpsons" and "The X-Files." McKean was recently announced to star in Neil Gaiman's upcoming "Good Omens" from Amazon and BBC TV, set to air in 2019.