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This is a "To Each Their Own" post - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
This is a "To Each Their Own" post
Food Network - specifically "The Next Food Network Star" show. Okay? Everyone who watches developed their favorites, of course. Goes without saying. So if you're really wedded to yours, go no further, okay? I may cause your BP to rise. *G*

For me, this season was absolutely LUDICROUS. First of all, Bobby might as well have been a ghost. I have no idea who he was, where he was, but he wasn't 'present'. Second, can we say 'recycle'? Because that's what they did, pulling contestants from other 'reality' shows, including their own!!

Third, and if this ruffles feathers, so be it, but I wouldn't watch Rodney's show if someone paid me and that's saying a lot. That man is an underwater version of Guy (who, you might remember, won season TWO), meaning he's completely non-understandable, has NONE of the charisma, ignored advice CONSTANTLY, and left me cold EVERY week. He also never once showed he could actually COOK, let alone make a pie (no, I do NOT believe he cooked that pie in his 'pilot' - PULEEEZE - this is the same guy who got CHOPPED for making chicken feet into...rhubarb pie in round ONE). He came from another show (can we say FOOD TRUCKS?), someone thought they saw something in him, but NO. Whom ever is making these decisions is on DRUGS. All that said, the truth was never more apparent than in this season that no matter who is chosen - the audience is in on the fact that Television can create a star and the Food Network doesn't need COOKS to make hosts. They need personality and because so many of this season's contestants came from other shows (highlighted on Food Truck Wars, Restaurant Impossible, etc), and 'seemed' to have 'it', Voila, they made it onto TNFNS. BUT FN talent scouts beware - if I ran that network, heads would ROLL.

For instance, a mid-way loser, Chris Hodgens - an alumni of, yeah, Food Truck Wars but before that, had been featured on Eat Street and even the Travel Channel - BUT - anyone who watched and PAID ATTENTION, would have seen he thought he was the cat's meow, could charm a horse out of its shit, when in reality, it was his WIFE with all the charm and humor. But who pays attention to wives? Or how 'bout - oh god - the terrible Danushka (sp), who came from at least FOUR different reality shows, including TWO on TFN!!! And the only thing she brought was DRAMA and STUPIDITY, which is apparently what the producers think we want. Duh. In actuality, I counted at least SIX of this year's not-so-bumper-crop of 'cooks' who came from other shows. I mean, COME ON!

Oh, and let's talk about Stacey. She was sub-marined from day one. She had it from day one too. Everything. The cooking chomps, the looks, the personality and they RUINED her, but then, maybe they didn't want someone who'd had her restaurant SAVED by Robert Irving headlining one of their shows? Or worse yet, they stole her confidence like thieves in the night; turned her into a pile of goo - the bad kind, because she had it all already and this is a contest and how can you have a contest if a winner is obvious from the get-go? So what do you do? Undermine your obvious winner. After all, it's so easy to say, "But if she's really good, she'll take it and bounce back" - right? Except: this is EVERYTHING to these people. And you don't bounce back when the people you believe in constantly tell you you're wrong, even when you're doing what they said they wanted the previous 'week' (which is a great tactic to ensure they DON'T bounce back).

Let's talk about Russell. Oh, please, let's not. NOTHING. He showed NOTHING all season long and guess what? He too should look familiar if you're a FN fan - he LOST to Garces in Iron Chef (whereas Viet BEAT Bobby in...HAMBURGERS). He can cook, he's got that, but personality? Warmth? No, but with careful editing - okay, even when they tried that to manipulate us - it didn't work for me and he still couldn't cut it for me.

Did you think darling "Lovely" seemed somehow ... familiar too? Well, picture her cursing like a sailor and showing 'attitude' and snarkiness every time you turned around - and maybe you'll remember her on ... HELL'S KITCHEN. Yeah, Gordon Ramsey's show where being honorable, a lady/gentleman, and a great chef don't matter a hill of beans, but boy, it sure makes great television. *rolls eyes* I'll take Master Chef, UK any day. Now there are REAL chefs.

And speaking of Viet...who should never have gone home...he had it all too, and we KNOW television could have taken care of his 'nerves' (hello? Can we say EDITING?).

That's why this show is USELESS and a waste and the final "Three" pilots proved it. They created everything for them, which is what they DO. With editing, retakes, imagination and REAL cooks behind-the-scenes - ANYONE can do it - IF. And it's the IF this show totally ignores, especially this season.

Personally, it should have been two ladies and one gentleman: Damaris (the one they got right), Stacy, and Viet. Any one of them would have done it for me. And the two who came in 2nd and 3rd? Yeah, they'd have gotten shows anyway, as past seasons have proven (can we say "Adam Gertler, Kelsey Nixon or Jeffrey Saad, to name just a few who succeeded far more than any winner other than Guy).

TFNS? You're done for me. Period. And btw? Project Runway? Yeah, you're losing me too. You're picking not the best possible designers, but the people most likely to A) provide us with DRAMA - and tears, ohgod and B) people to dump quickly and easily because they CAN'T find real talent....


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bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: August 5th, 2013 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Skill and competence aren't dramatic. Even 'reality' shows want DRAMA. People screaming abuse at each other? Oh yes, that's dramatic, sure to draw an audience. (In a RL situation, a RL restaurant kitchen, a perfect way to ruin every meal they try to cook.)

I don't know the show you're talking about - I don't think it's shown here.

I did watch one cookery show here, years ago. The host wasn't a cook, and it was interesting - two cooks competing to produce a meal in twenty minutes from set ingredients. I don't know whether she chose to leave or was shoehorned out, but she was replaced by one of the show's regular cooks, and it went downhill; he kept butting in, interfering with what the cooks were doing, and I stopped watching... It only lasted another year ot two.

I don't watch 'reality' shows now. The one thing they aren't is real
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 6th, 2013 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)

I know, it's amazing

isn't it? They're called both "reality" and "unscripted" shows, and yet, they're neither!!! Sometimes I think Noah would have been better off if he'd set the Ark asail with just the animals - and no people. *G*
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: August 6th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I know, it's amazing

Though... if only four couples survived the flood (and presumably Mrs Noah was past child-bearing) no wonder some people are so damn daft - they're totally, thoroughly inbred, so all the bad qualities are multiplied :-)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 7th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I know, it's amazing

ROTFLOL! That's exactly what I asked about in Sunday school - and was banned! LOL!
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: August 7th, 2013 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I know, it's amazing

:-) Though to take it a step further - if only one pair of each animal was saved, they'd all be inbred too... Oh, of course, when Man does it for pedigree dogs, cattle etc, it's called 'selective breeding' but the result is the same - some breeds of dog show up so many health problems because they're so inbred, it's criminal.

Oh, and on the Ark... did everyone stop eating for the forty days etc? Because the dinemsions of the Ark certainly didn't allow for Noah carrying a stock of food!
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: August 5th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I checked in and then checked out very early in the run because of Danushka or whatever her name is. I hated watching her on Chopped! why would I want to watch more of her? But then I haven't truly watched TNFNS in awhile.

At least in Top Chef it appears to be about the cooking.

And I saw Alton is doing another host job on a cooking competition show that seems to offer up deliberate dirty tricks *Sigh* How about some fresh Good Eats, Alton? Or a show about cooking what people actually have in their kitchen or on a serious budget. Or basics for beginners--stocking a kitchen on a reasonable budget and then learning to cook several basic meals.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 6th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

*applauds Kaleecat!!!!*

I can't BELIEVE Alton is doing that show and my only hope is the ads are deliberately misleading and...nah. I need to grow up. His star has risen high on TFN, even eclipsing Bobby (which might be why he's such a non-entity on TNFNS?), so I guess he was bound to 'give in' to fame?

The UK's 'opposite' versions are so much classier and fun to watch, not to mention really LEARNING as the chefs work because, gosh, they really ARE chefs!
hand2hand From: hand2hand Date: August 7th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Off topic


Did you get my email with the draft of the article?

I'd like to pack it off to my editor and start the editing process this week, but I want to make sure I've heard from all my interviewees first.

You're the last one I'm waiting for a thumbs up from!

Let me know if you have any corrections.

Thanks again!

Dana Sterling (Bode)
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