Despite the best efforts of the Idol juggernaut to squash the life out of the special winter edition of Big Brother, CBS will in fact serve up the usual summer cycle as well. A premiere date has not yet been set.Similarly, says the Reporter, Fox may wind up with back-to-back editions of Hell's Kitchen on its 2008 menu, having ordered a double run for this latest production cycle. Hell's returns in mid-April.What's your take? Does Big Brother risk overexposure? Might back-to-back Hell's Kitchens be overindulgent?
Hell's Kitchen by Patrick Ecclesine/Fox
Here's an idea: Let's look at a few of the 15 masochists talented chefs chosen for the new season of Hell's Kitchen and make some wildly unfair and presumably inaccurate assumptions about them based on their occupations and hometowns. Are you with me?Ben, 29, an electrician and former chef from Charlotte, N.C.Prediction: An electrician? Mark my words: There's a reason why his profile contains the word "former."Christina, 25, a culinary student from Niagara Falls, N.Y.Prediction: All sizzle, no steak!Dominic, 43, a stay-at-home dad from Catawba, S.C.Prediction: Cheerios and apple juice are not haute cuisine.Louross, 24, a hotel cook from Las Vegas, Nev.Prediction: Sin City is the new culinary-talent incubator (see: Top Chef's Marcel and Hung). He'll win.Vanessa, 31, a line cook from Bozeman, Mont.Prediction: Good with game meats.Hell's Kitchen premieres on April 1 on Fox. Visit TVGuide.com on April 2 to see how wrong I really was, reinforcing the lesson that when you as...
Cat Deeley by Robert Sebree/Fox
Fox has rolled out its summer schedule, and the network is hoping to get off on the right foot with the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance. The nationwide dance contest from the producers of American Idol mixes break-dancers with ballroom aficionados and everything in between in the search for the guy or gal with the grooviest moves. The show kicks off with a two-night premiere on May 22.The network also unveiled plans for a new, unscripted role-reversal series tentatively titled When Women Rule the World. The series, which features a group of women picked to live in a primitive, remote location and call the shots over unsuspecting males who are used to playing boss, will combine with new episodes of Hell's Kitchen, The Moment of Truth, Cops and America's Most Wanted (as well as repeats of your favorites) to fill out the schedule. To recap, the lineup will look something like this:So You Think You Can Dance Thursday, May 22, 8-10 pm/ET (season premiere, Part 1)Wednesday, Ma...
B.L. Stryker - The Complete First Season courtesy Arts Alliance America
New releases announced today, January 21:TV Guide Presents...B.L. Stryker - The Complete 1st Season will be coming out February 26 Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen - Season 1 will be coming out April 8 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items.
Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz by Kwaku Alston/FOX
As if the implications of the writers strike werent already giving us migraines, along comes Fox to make our heads explode with its latest incomprehensible schedule announcement, covering the strike-impacted midseason from January to April (consider most everything you read from here on subject to change). The first piece of bad news was expected: The seventh season of 24 is being postponed indefinitely, until Fox can ensure the entire season can run intact and uninterrupted. Who knows when that will be? Another blow: Fox is finally living up to its threat to move Bones to Fridays, effective Jan. 4, where it will be paired with repeats of House (the Fox equivalent of Law & Order, considering how often the hit medical drama will be peppered throughout the networks new and unimproved lineup).To try to help make sense of it all, lets look at the schedule night by night:Monday: With 24 out of the picture, the new big-ticket midseason item is now the action-pa...
Hell's Kitchen chef, Gordan Ramsay by Kharen Hill/Fox
As a teen, I always felt like Burgertime needed more swearing. Video-game developer Ludia is working on a multiplatform adaptation of Fox's Hell's Kitchen, with hotheaded Gordon Ramsay lending his likeness to the title. According to Variety, the Hell's Kitchen game will attempt to duplicate the "kitchen boot camp" aspect of the show, have Ramsay popping up intermittently to deride your dishes, and also offer printable recipes (if not expletives).
Question: I decided to give Fox's Kitchen Nightmares a try. I knew coming into the show that Gordon Ramsay's conversations were going to be mostly shrouded in bleeps, but after watching the show, I think that more words were bleeped out than actually made it through. I understand that we want to keep reality shows, well, real. But I think TV in general needs to come up with a better solution. The music/radio industry, for example, kindly removes the words as if they were never there. Yet on TV, we get this loud, obnoxious sound that can be heard above all other noises in the house, as if to draw attention to the fact that something bad has just been said. Do you think that the TV industry will ever do away with the bleeps and just have a muted line instead? Or at the very least, make that stupid "beep" about a quarter of the volume that we are currently subjected to?
Answer: So it's the bleeps you're objecting to, not Ramsay's profligate swearing? Clearly, he and Fox and most of
Sabra Johnson is crowned the winner of So You Think You Can Dance
Question: I know you're a big fan of So You Think You Can Dance and was wondering if you think Fox will eventually decide to move the show to the regular season instead of the summer. Do you think that would be a good idea? I know summer is becoming more competitive and networks like to have original programming then, but the show has become so popular, it almost doesn't make sense to "waste" it during months when ratings are less important. Plus, it would be great if such a move raised the show's profile (after all, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars both started during the summer and became even bigger once they went to the regular season) and I can see SYTYCD finally solving Fox's problem of how to schedule the Idol-less fall. But I would hate for Fox to abuse the show the same way NBC did when they tried to replicate the summer success of Last Comic Standing by throwing together that hasty and ill-advised third season a couple of falls ago. So what do you think — would a move ...
Chef Ramsay, Rock and Bonnie by Greg Gayne/Fox
This Monday's ratings recap: Part 1 of So You Think You Can Dance's three-part finale drew 7.84 million total viewers, a 200K increase from the show's most recent outing. The audience for ABC's Fat March (4.9 mil) bulked up by some 520 thou. And last but far from least, the season finale of Hell's Kitchen delivered 9.82 million customers, a 1.08 mil week-to-week surge and the series' largest audience ever.
First of all, I cant believe this season of Hell's Kitchen has already come to a close — it seems like just yesterday Melissas hair was dipping into her food, Cowboy Aaron was having a nervous breakdown, and Rock was yelling at
well, pretty much everyone. I cant imagine how stressful this final competition must have been for Rock and Bonnie, especially to have their fate lie somewhat in their ex-competitors hands. While everyone claimed to be loyal to their chef, its obvious some people (er, Julia) were still jealous they didnt make it to the finale. In past seasons, I seem to remember the restaurant design being a major part of the finale. Tonight I was disappointed that we didnt get to see each side of the restaurants transformation. Sure, they touched on it here and there, but it was hard to get a good idea of which way each room was headed until they were finally revealed. Im a big believer that a restaurants...