Before Alton Brown debuts the new version of his O.G. Food Network show Good Eats, the culinary-know-it-all is making some adjustments to 13 older episodes of the series to bring them up to his current standards for food TV. The move sounds something like what George Lucas did with the first three Star Wars movies before launching the prequels — though hopefully this new version won’t include any CGI versions of Jabba the Hutt.
“I’m going back in and changing the things that I wish I had done differently,” Brown tells Time. “Let’s face it, some of those shows are 18 years old, and I look at some of them now and I’m like, Oh crap, I really wish I had done this instead of this. I’m going back and making those repairs.” Brown doesn’t offer many details on what this new version of the old show will look like, but he mentions that he and his crew are “doing a huge amount of compositing, green screen work.” The remixed versions of the episodes are going to be released this fall under the moniker Good Eats: Reloaded.
Alton is also currently working on the proper reboot of his first Food Network hit, which is now being called Return of the Eats. A teaser trailer released last year shows Brown entering a spooky basement space full of the old puppets and colorful props that populated his original series. At an event in Atlanta last summer, Brown promised that the new show would launch in 2018, but now it looks like audiences won’t see Return of the Eats till next year. The last new episode of Good Eats aired in 2012.
Brown’s fans know that the TV host is a perfectionist when it comes to his TV shows, so these delays and the remix project shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. “I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” Brown says. “Let’s just say if there’s a more complicated way of doing something, that’s how I’m going to do it.”
Stay tuned for more updates on Good Eats: Reloaded and Return of the Eats as they become available.