Alton Brown calls an end to ‘Good Eats’

And there goes the last show worth watching on the Food Network:

After 249 episodes, “Good Eats” is no more.

Alton Brown called an end to his instructional half-hour show yesterday, announcing it to fans as his first post on Twitter:

“G.E. fans, I’ve decided to cut the half hour series at 249 eps. There will be 3 new 1 hour eps this year and that’s it. But mourn not. New things brew on the horizon…”good” things.”

The final new, half-hour episode aired last week.

The pilot for “Good Eats” aired originally on Chicago’s WTTW in 1998 before it was picked up by the Food Network. It became such a staple of the network that reruns aired twice daily for years. It also became one of the Food Network’s most respected shows, picking up Peabody and Beard awards along the way (including a Beard on Friday for “TV food personality/host”), largely because of Brown’s genial Mr. Science-meets-Chef approach.