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WPIX to air Obama 'Iron Chef America' special

One of Food Network's most popular shows — which was unavailable to Cablevision viewers because of an ongoing contractual dispute — will be repeated Sunday on WPIX/11.

"Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event" — a special featuring first lady Michelle Obama that first aired last Sunday — will now be broadcast Sunday on Ch. 11, from 8 to 10 p.m.

The special — which was the most-watched "Iron Chef America" in the franchise's history — features White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford, who also will take part in the competition with celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse. The group is then greeted by Obama, who explains that the chefs will be allowed to use anything found in the White House Kitchen Garden to help create their meals.

Meanwhile, Cablevision spokesman James Maiella confirmed that a meeting between Cablevision andScrippsScripps Networks took place Wednesday. "We met and we appreciated the opportunity to discuss these issues with Scripps," he said. "We can't comment specifically on the negotiations, except to say we again asked Scripps to return its programming to their viewers, and unfortunately they did not agree."

In a statement Wednesday, Brooke Johnson, president of Food Network, said, "We have the greatest fans in the world. Nobody likes the situation, with Cablevision customers being the only viewers in the country who can't watch our networks as we introduce a number of new specials and series in January. These encore presentations are just a small way to say 'thank you' for their support and understanding while we do everything we can to get our networks back on Cablevision."

The dispute has kept Food Network and HGTV off Cablevision since midnight on New Year's Eve. WPIX was also in talks to air an HGTV program, or programs, Friday night.

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