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I am so excitedabout the new season, I am really looking forward to Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday and NCIS tonight. How I Met Your Mother was alright but kind of a bleh start to a show that has really dragged out the Mother thing far too long. I forget that is supposed to be the premise of the show until they bring it up. It kinda brings it all down because they have dragged it out for so long, I don’t really care anymore who their mother is.

I am still kinda wanting to see Sheldon nail Penny on The Big Bang Theory. There just isn’t really any chemistry with Leonard. At least they do seem to have admitted that in this episode so maybe that can end.

The Emmys were fun, Neil Patrick Harris was great and the gowns were beautiful for the most part. I thought Sarah Silverman was funny-ish but that gown was horrid. I was completely shocked that Toni Collette won for a show that most people never heard of, seemed very strange.

I really liked how Kate Walsh commented that she was keeping it low key, I would really like for more stars or people in the spotlight to spend less money and be proud of it. She looked beautiful.

Have I mentioned lately how much I cannot stand Giuliana Rancic? She is such an idiot, asks the stupidest questions, no idea how to handle celebrities and her timing is terrible. She looks like a scarecrow and has no sense of style. She always looks like she gets her clothes from the teen section. More Jay, less G.

One more thing. Lady Gaga is a dude. I am sure of it.

Hahah I actually love Russell right now, I am sure I will get over it but the Dumbass Girl Alliance is just too damn funny. I checked him out a bit and he seems to be one of those stereotypical oil men that you love to hate. A pint sized JR with a little less drama. There are other interesting characters as well. I am excited for the season!

An odd bunch this time, of course I have to love Donny Osmond but I am pretty excited about The Chairman and that adorable little snowboarder Louie Vito. I would love for Ashley Hamilton to make a good showing but he has a long way to go. I honestly thought he was still in a wheelchair. It was so great to see him! I am more excited about the girls than the boys this season.
I hope Tom Delay is the first to go out of principle but I am not sure how many weeks I can stand to look at Nick Carter or Karina. She really needs to go, she comes off as a fame whore and I am over her.

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I have long thought that there was something wrong between Jon and Kate, when they sit on the sofa it is like there is a wall between them, they never interact like a couple but I figured raising 8 kids is just hard. I do think that the show is work for them and not a real picture of their lives anymore.
The brother and sister in law are total jackasses looking for their own 15 minutes and should not be allowed to capitalize. They are probably hoping somehow they can get custody so they can have a reality show.
If Jon and Kate are struggling then put that in the show, it would probably be a lot more interesting to see them try to co parent 8 kids while separated. It would paint a picture that more people could relate to as well. Just don’t lie. I hate that.

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I was pretty worried last week that Melissa might get the boot after her injury. I was not able to watch live so I did not vote, I should have anyway of course! I want so much for her to win, I do love Shawn as well, I think she is just adorable and did a great job last night. Her paso doble was fierce! I love how crisp and clean she is and her face is just so cute when she tries to be all fierce. I really want to see much more of her somewhere.

As much as I love Shawn, I really do feel that Melissa should win and I want it for her so much. She is so genuine and tries so hard. She did look much happier this week after that beautiful waltz and amazing samba! I love to watch this show, I think the professional competition is a lot of fun as well, I like all three of them and wish there was a way to keep them all. I really do love to watch these dancing shows, reminds me of the variety shows that were so popular, like Sonny and Cher, Donny and Marie, ermmm I know there were others but that sort of format would be fun to see again.

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via Eat Me Daily I respond to Anthony Bourdain’s opinions about some of the food tv out there.

On Rocco DiSpirito’s The Restaurant:
It was a slow-motion car wreck, wasn’t it? It could have been a great show. It was a great concept. But I think Rocco’s hunger to be famous did not put him in a good light. It was painful to watch. Since that show, there’s been a lot of ill-will toward Rocco. It might be out of proportion to his crimes; a lot of chefs have gone on TV and acted silly. I think Rocco’s particular crime was that he was always such a talented cook. This is a guy who made really good food. A lot of us would have cut off a pinky to have that kind of natural talent and ability. We see him now as having wasted that talent. I think he’s penalized for being so talented. But Rocco doesn’t want to be a chef. He wants to be an entertainer. I was rooting for the guy on “Dancing With the Stars.” Compared to Kim Kardashian, he’s a fairly impressive guy. When he’s not shilling something on “Top Chef,” he’s actually a thoughtful judge and offers constructive criticism. But I don’t see him as a chef anymore, so I don’t feel like beating up on him.
Me: I have to say I have never seen this.

On Ace of Cakes:
I like this show. It’s kind of cool. I like Duff and the people he works with. That’s the real world of cooking.

Me: I think this is an interesting show but not a favorite.
On Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern:
I don’t know how he does it. I respect his stamina. Most of the food that he’s been eating, I’ve had. I’ve got to hand it to the guy for being able to get up in the morning and face nothing but lizard parts and testicles, especially in some tropical climate without the benefit of alcohol. I honestly don’t know how he does it. I would have hung myself in the shower stall.
Me: I love this show, everything except the stuff he eats, I cannot really call it food. I have to spend a good part of the time with my hand over my eyes. I appreciate that he makes the sacrifice, he is entertaining and the editing and filming is very good.

On Spain … On the Road Again:
I love Mario, worship the ground he works on. I think “Molto Mario” is the greatest stand-and-stir cooking show that was ever on the Food Network. It was valuable and informative. Mario is good for the world as few chefs are. He’s changed the landscape of restaurants in really great ways. He’s used his celebrity constructively to move dining in America forward. That said, I hate that show. I think it’s no fault of Mario’s. I just think it’s badly produced. There’s nothing worse than seeing a genius like Mario — he’s the smartest, funniest guy I know — waste his talent. I hope he had a great time making the show. And Mark Bittman, I don’t think he adds value to anyone’s TV show. He doesn’t come off well on TV. Let’s put it that way. I saw him make paella once on a TV show; he’s been dead to me ever since.

Me: Wow, okay well let’s see. I already blogged about this show and how much I love Mario Batali. I cannot imagine what moron decided to dump him from Food Network. That basically leaves them with Alton, Bobby Flay and Giada. I liked the series for the most part but it was not great.
I hate that Tony said such nasty things about Mark Bittman. I will have to agree that he is not the most engaging person on tv as a personality sometimes, but he has a lot to offer and should be appreciated a bit more. I think Tony should see him speak and read his written work. That is really where he excells although I do feel he did a great job on this series and was much more entertaining than Gwyneth.

On Iron Chef America:
I have a soft spot in my heart for this show. But the judges, man. Have they had Richard Grieco on yet as a judge? I think they had Criss Angel on, for chrissakes. Who are these douchebags they put on there? Jeffrey Steingarten at least knows what he’s talking about. The show gets really good chefs to go on there, and to have them judged by the likes of Mo Rocca makes me want to vomit in my mouth. I like Michael Symon, and I’m friends with all the Iron Chefs. I like all of those guys.

Me: Yep, have to agree with everything Tony says. I would like to see the actual cooking and no judge rather than some of the assholes they put on there that probably have no business even eating food prepared by these chefs.

On Paula Deen:
Paula strikes me as a hard-working, likable woman. I’m glad for her success. I like her Southern-based shows, but I don’t know if I want to see her in a muumuu cooking a Hawaiian luau. That makes the blood run cold.

Me: I struggle with this one also, I am sure Paula is a delightful person and I would probably love to know her but I cannot bear to watch her show and the food she cooks is basically a heart attack on a plate.

On Kitchen Nightmares:
The British “Kitchen Nightmares” is wonderful. It’s much closer to the real Gordon than anything we’ve seen on American television. The American version is pretty good, though. I enjoy watching it. That’s the Gordon I know and have a lot of respect for. The guy worked hard and came up hard. He worked like a maniac for some of the best chefs in Europe and did, in fact, achieve remarkable things in England. I love his restaurants. I like him. I wish him well. If having to be a caricature of his former self is going to get him bazillions of dollars, then why not?

Me: Totally agree, the British version is very very good but the chefs and restaurant owners over there actually have a love for the food or just need some help. The idiots in the States are too stupid to have a restaurant and you don’t care about them or even want them to be successful. This show fails because of the contestants or whatever they are called, not because of Gordon.

On Hell’s Kitchen:
Gordon doesn’t get much love and respect in the States from his peers. No one really gives a damn about his restaurants here. This show is a freak show. It’s a circus of cruelty, like shooting fish in a barrel with a cut-down 12-gauge shotgun. There’s no cooking. It’s just a bunch of dimwits — the lame, the halt and the delusional — and him pretending to be angry. There’s no suspense. None of these idiots would be qualified to work a Fryolator at a Chuck E. Cheese much less ever work in any Gordon Ramsay restaurant. The whole concept of the show is ridiculous. He would never hire these guys. Executive chef at one of his restaurants? I mean, please.

Me: I have to agree really, this show is absurd and so beneath Ramsay, it was fun the first couple of seasons but you know those people are not really the executive chefs anywhere, it is unrealistic to make it seem that they would be. I have never seen a single contestant that I would trust to run my restaurant. There have been several that I would hire, give a chance based on heart or drive, but certainly not to put in charge of anything. The sad thing is Gordon Ramsey gives great tv, this is just not a good concept. I would love to see him paired up with someone somehow, like Tony or even Rachel Ray, now that would be something to watch.

On Emeril Lagasse:
I like Emeril a lot. We get along. We hang out. I love his work and restaurants. I love hanging out and drinking with the guy. But I’ve told him to his face many times, “I love you and respect you. I just hate your shows.” I guess I’m not a guy who could handle a studio audience. Emeril’s just so damned lovable. But compared to who’s on Food Network now, he looks like Escoffier. In retrospect, that was pretty distinguished stuff compared to what that network’s doing now.

Me: I used to like him, now he bothers me a little for some reason. His recipes are nice and seem easy enough. I can watch his shows but I usually don’t.

On Man v. Food:
I find Adam really likable. I just worry for him physically. What he does on the show can’t be good for him. I don’t know why or how he’s doing what he’s doing. I’m not sure I want to watch. It’s terrifying. I don’t know how I feel about it all yet. I asked someone on the network, “Did this guy sign a 30-page liability waiver? You’re going to kill this guy!”

Me: No, no. Make this go away.

On Rachael Ray:
Rachael Ray now is a talk-show host. My wife watches her, I hate to admit it. She’s America’s little sister, because she’s a likable person. I think people respond to her because of her personality and not her cooking, which is pretty damned awful. She’s very nice, and I base this on no inside information: She’s big now, like Oprah big; the sooner she stops cooking, the happier we’ll both be.

Me: I have to totally disagree with Tony about Rachel, he just refuses to get her and understand what she has to offer. She is relevant and the dishes she creates are fun, easy, usually afforable and taste really good. Certainly not to be served at Le Bernadin but who wants to eat that every day? Or rather who has the time or can afford to cook like that every day?

On The Next Food Network Star:
It’s an interesting window into the cynical and terrifying real criteria of how they grow their own talent on Food Network. I mean, they’re pretty straight-forward about what you’ve got to do and who you’ve got to please and what the real priorities are to get a show there. You see the shear naked ambition of these often minimally talented cooks with the maximum ambitions of being television. The way they’re judged is unattractive but fascinating just the same. You really see the process though: Media training trumps cooking every time. I used to be on the Food Network, but I think I slipped under the wire. The network at that point used to be run by a cabal of people getting bored with their own programming. For whatever reason, they gave me two years of traveling wherever I wanted, doing pretty much what I’ve been doing on “No Reservations.” After two years, they wanted me riding around on a pony in a parking lot doing chili cook-offs instead of going to foreign countries. My feeling was, “Let someone else do that.”

Me: This show has no credibility. I will never watch it again. See this post for my reasons why.

On Martha Stewart:
I may not want to crochet or bring out the old glue gun, but Martha cooks correctly. If you watch her cook, she cooks with great proficiency and economy of movement. That’s a stone-cold efficiency that, as a professional, I gotta respect. She cooks well. The recipes on her show work. She doesn’t dumb down her food. She raises expectations. Meaning, if you watch her cook, you might actually learn something and your fight might actually be better than it was the day before. That can’t be said of other people.

Me: I have always liked Martha and thought she really was smart and knew her stuff but recently I have begun to doubt that. She seems to have a real misunderstanding of her fan base and chooses to be friendly with people that I don’t like. Her handlers need to bake her a clue.

On Semi-Homemade Cooking With Sandra Lee:
She makes her audience feel good about themselves. You watch her on that show and you think, “I can do that. That’s not intimidating.” All you have to do is waddle into the kitchen, open a can of crap and spread it on some other crap that you bought at the supermarket. And then you’ve done something really special. The most terrifying thing I’ve seen is her making a Kwanzaa cake. Watch that clip and tell me your eyeballs don’t burst into flames. It’s a war crime on television. You’ll scream.

Me: Gah. Seriously.

On Good Eats With Alton Brown:
It’s an anomaly that his show is so informative. That’s a pretty brainy show. I’m shocked that it’s been on that long. Usually, anything remotely intelligent on the Food Network gets canceled. I don’t know what happened, but he’s on every other show on that network now. He legitimizes even their most atrocious product. He’s kind of the front man for some of the various dubious enterprises. I think “Good Eats” is a good and smart show. His commentary on “Iron Chef” doesn’t suck. You actually learn something! Of the Food Network personalities, he’s a welcome anomaly.

Me: J’adore Alton Brown. He is so cute and smart and funny, a perfect geek. I have actually learned a lot from him and his shows, he keeps it all very interesting, lots of information without making your eyes glaze over.
On Top Chef:
I’m a fan. I like watching the show, even at its worst. I like being on the show as a judge. I watch that show because Tom Colicchio makes that show for me. First of all, they ask the chefs to do very difficult things; it is a genuine challenge that requires people to dig really deep. From a professional point of view, it’s exciting for me. It’s a good quality competition. It’s the best cooking competition on television by far. It’s due entirely to Tom. He keeps the show straight; no producer is ever going to go up to Tom and say, “We can’t send her home this week because she’s cute or she’s got a good backstory.” By virtue of his personality and his impeccable credentials, Tom makes the show riveting viewing. Toby Young, what’s up with that? He’s an egregious add-on. They were looking for a snarky British guy, and Toby wrote a successful book that made a good case for his uselessness. He’s lived up to that promise.
Me: I do love this show because of the cast, guests and the contestants. The challenges are usually good and difficult enough to keep me interested but I detest the poor poor editing, there does not need to be so much made up or constructed drama. Tom Colicchio may be a stand up guy and all that but it is hard to feel the show is completely credible when you have nearly a dozen people blogging afterward to tell you what was real and what was shiteous editing.
I don’t know what all the flack is about Toby, I don’t see him as all that mean. I am just going to assume he has an abrasive personality in person that some people don’t like. I think he is quite amusing myself. However, that said, losing Ted Allen was a huge mistake. Whoever is responsible.

On The Chopping Block:
There’s something very Michael Corleone about Marco; he doesn’t have to yell or scream like Gordon. This is a guy with enormous moral authority. It’s interesting to note the relationship between the two of them. Marco is a natural-born genius. He’s the original rock ‘n’ roll chef; he brought glamour and a sense of self-worth to all non-French-speaking chefs the world over. He’s a revolutionary figure. He doesn’t have to yell. But he can be deeply terrifying by just raising an eyebrow. Marco can walk into a room full of strangers and bark out a command, and everyone would do it, no matter what he asked. He’s got a real commanding presence. He’s physically imposing; he looks like a Venetian prince. He’s just somebody born to authority. He is a legend to young culinary students and chefs of my generation. He’s doing the show because, having never traveled seriously before, he likes it here. And he may enjoy sticking it to Gordon. I’m really looking forward to watching this because Marco just kicks ass.

Me: I loved this first episode, I already had a small crush on Marco, he is very sexy. I made the comment that I was not sure I could even watch it, because it was so realistic as far as how things happen. I was not real sure about using USFoods, I would personally close my doors before I used that company but I guess non restaurant people watching do not care about stuff like that. There were a lot of issues that didn’t work, like what happened with the couple that left, I would like more info on that and wonder if they really just wanted 15 minutes. If they show Marco’s Vans one more time I may have to rethink my commitment.
*photo from Austin Chronicle

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I have not said anything about the finale as I was too pissed about it. Not about the result or the drama, that is why you watch a reality show, the part I don’t like is the lying. Maybe Chris Harrison wasn’t in on it but there is no doubt Jason and Molly were lying about being in contact. Neither of them are good enough actors to pull that off.
They can yammer on all they want to over at ABC about how the finale was organic but I call bullshit. I do not for one second believe that Molly was surprised to find that Jason wanted her back. I felt so bad for Melissa but she is so much better off. I never liked Jason, he always seemed slimy to me, like he couldn’t wait to nail every girl on the show. The only one he was respectful to at all was Stephanie and why is she not the bachelorette instead of Jillian who was so fake and obviously no where near ready to be in a relationship.
I cannot stand Molly and I completely believe the stories coming out of her hometown about her married lover and how she came on the Bachelor to make him jealous. She totally seems like that type of skank.
Here is what I think happened. I think Jason changed his mind when he rejected Molly in NZ, she worked on him and he decided he wanted to be with her but it was too late to change or else ABC saw potential for high drama and made him go ahead with Melissa. I think Melissa truly believed he wanted her and he was faking. Of course being the slimeball he is he would not tell her the truth. I cannot imagine why Molly would want a liar but soon she will see some other unavailable man and go after him.
Now I see that Melissa is going to be on DWTS. So happy about that. Good for her. One of them chickens Richard Blais was talking about.

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I really don’t like Coldplay. I think they are a blatant ripoff of U2 and should not be rewarded for that. Since I do not like them I decided I do not like Chris Martin or Gwyneth Paltrow, now granted I don’t know either of them at all and I always did like her before, if not for the whole copying Bono thing I got no beef with them. Gah, beef. @Bittman has totally put me off it and I may never be able to eat it again. But anyway, then Mario Batali took Gwynnie to Spain. Seriously? Seems like he would have taken, oh you know, ME maybe? I watched the series, loved it, tried to hate her, almost did a couple of times but well Mario seems like the sort of guy that really doesn’t like anyone and if he likes her and my man Bittman likes her I may need to take another look.

So the other day @johncmayer Tweeted about her comment about what People said she said about her Lifestyle site Goop.com. I am pretty sure I Tweeted something hateful but I had not seen it and actually didn’t even know wtf he was on about. So anyway, I read a bunch of crap talking about what a crapsite it was so I had a peek, expecting it to be crap and found that I liked it. I don’t think she is doing anything new or special but it is fun and I appreciate it. It is what is is. I was also kind of thinking that she may have felt a bit left out since the other folks had a webpage and she did not.

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The Bachelor
I have to say that this was a great episode that had me crying. Without a doubt The Classiest Exit in Reality Show History. I was impressed by every single person from Chris to Jason to the other girls. If any of these girls go 3 months without a proposal from someone I would be shocked. I would marry them but erm I am not gay and well you know.. anyway I loved it, so glad he went ahead and let hStephanie go and also so glad he kept her as long as he did, long enough for America to love her and want her to be the next Bachelorette! Still hoping Melissa takes it all, my daughter knows who she is from her work and says she is a doll.

True Beauty
I don’t know, I was a little sad, I like Chelsea. Not sure what else to say here, this show needs a lot more time to mature.

Biggest Loser
I am ok with this one also, I did feel bad for Carla but that is the chance you take. I did not see the afters though.

Hell’s Kitchen
Last week: Buhbye, no problem with that, Wil gave up. Lacey needs to be gone. Just be gone. No real favorites yet.
This Week: I love how he shut down Colleen. There are so many of those “cooking schools” around here, women who get people they know to join and pay some ridiculous amount of money to cook recipes they steal off cooking shows. Colleen looks like just that type except Texas women use better skin and hair products. I do think Carol may be my favorite right now, she does need to keep her mouth shut though as she is pissing off some of the other girls. I also like Ben, I think it is, the one that showed Charlie how to make risotto. I have to say risotto is a pain in the ass for me, I really struggle with it, maybe because I don’t like to eat it. I really hated to see Jin go as she was my favorite.

Top Chef New York
I am not sure about this one either, I know Jamie fell short but I really wanted Leah to go and she really seemed to deserve to go more that Jamie. I know the judges refute the producers have input and as much as I want to believe every word that comes out of Tom Colicchio’s hot mouth, I still have to wonder if drama plays a factor. Especially this season when there just is not a whole lot, if there is a bonafide hookup coming or possible I don’t think they want to pass it up. If I am not mistaken it would be the first fullblown showmance on Top Chef.
I am sure I am the only person alive that wants Fabio or Stefan to win but I do! I also just have to add that omg Eric Ripert is so sexy.
I will also refer you to Richard Blais’ Blog as I do agree with pretty much everything he said. Loved his final comment, so profound from my Twitter friend @richardblais

In Random Gossip
I am glad I am not the only person that can’t stand Beyonce.

Etta James says: “The great Beyonce … I can’t stand Beyonce,” James said in the clip from a Jan. 31 concert at the Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam, British Columbia. “She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol’ president day, gonna be singing my song that I’ve been singing forever.”
Now she says she was joking but I don’t know, she made it pretty clear she did not want Beyonce to play her in Cadillac Records and it must have pissed her off for her to sing her song to the Obamas. It was wrong, someone who earned that honor should have had it, not some caricature that has been created by press and managers. I have to ask again, why is Beyonce famous?

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