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The Taste "Comfort Food " OAD 2/5/13

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by robojerk, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Lee 2.0

    Lee 2.0 Hoopy frood

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    Bourdain's explanation of why he's doing The Taste in a Reddit AMA today:


    "Why did you decide to be part of The Taste? It seems like the opposite of what you've always represented in the world of food TV. Now that it's airing, are you happy that you're involved? Any regrets?"

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    "I liked the idea that it was the most unlikley thing I could do. That it was scary and probably foolhardy to try. And I'm good friends with Nigella and Ludo so I knew it would be fun. I had a LOT of fun doing it and would do it again in a hot second. It's like being asked to fly a fighter jet. I dont know how, never have before--and its probably a bad idea...But who wouldnt if given the chance?"
     
  2. sushikitten

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    I like it because its something I can have on in the background and don't have to pay close attention.

    I agree they should decide on who's going without really knowing whose dish it is, but at least they get narrowed down without knowing.
     
  3. sharkster

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    Same here. I haven't deleted my SP yet, but I'll bet I'm in the minority. For me, besides the complete ridulosity of the whole thing, the part that nags on me is that, ultimately, it is NOT blind tasting.

    I get that they do the initial tasting blind and choose a compilation of the worsts and bests that way. But they end up knowing who everybody is before they decide who should go. And the whole Ludo/Malarkey thing just makes me want to send them to their rooms. I guess the way they do it is the only way to stretch it out for an hour, but even if I make it through this season I won't watch another. HA! like that would happen. :D
     
  4. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

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    I'm willing to bet the farm that there won't be a season 2!
     
  5. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    And that's why I'm enjoying watching it. Tony's having fun. It's fun to watch Tony having fun.

    Really, what else do I need to know? We schlubs on the internet can over-think stuff and argue and thread-crap until we are blue in the face, but nothing we say will change the facts.

    Do the people involved enjoy doing the show?
    Do you like watching people do stuff that they enjoy doing?

    If the answers are "yes" and "yes" then watch the show. If one of the answers is "no", then fine. Go watch something you do like.
     
  6. mattack

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    Wait, I'm totally missing what you're saying.

    The main chefs (Bourdain, etc.) help in the "celebrity chef" round, and know who's making what. But then they do the elimination round, and they DON'T know who's making what.
     
  7. jradosh

    jradosh Newlywed

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    If there were more of that (chefs and foodies having fun) I would have loved this show. As it was, it was mostly chefs and foodies seeming confused about what they were supposed to be doing as judges/mentors.

    Facts? This is entertainment, not science. I don't think it's a thread-crap if you've watched a few episodes, offered commentary, and then say that you've had enough and you're bailing. If you come back week-after-week to say the same thing ('this show sucks, why are you still watching') THEN it's a thread-crap.

    Are you positing that it's inappropriate to kind-of-like, kind-of-dislike a show and to post your opinions in a thread? Do we only have to be 100% gushing about a show to post about it?

    I think not. As long as the criticism is constructive it's not a thread-crap (IMO).
     
  8. sushikitten

    sushikitten 143 down, ??? to go! TCF Club

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    Not when the initially chose their best and worst dishes. But then they reveal who had the best/worst dishes, announce who is safe, then discuss who of the remaining "worst" gets booted. They even get full plates of the losers dishes delivered to them and ask the chefs about their dishes.
     
  9. That Don Guy

    That Don Guy Now with more GB

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    If the show was that bad, they probably would have moved it to Sunday afternoons by now, the way they did with You Deserve It and Million Dollar Mind Game (and I wouldn't be surprised to see this happen to Splash).

    It has a chance for a second season, but I expect a format change if that happens , even if it's as simple as having the judges decide the eliminated dishes before revealing the chefs receiving the gold and red stars. (I wouldn't be surprised if they do that already, but just show it as if they are deciding on the eliminations after the four bad dishes are revealed. Don't the credits say that some events may not occur in the order in which they appear?)
     
  10. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    I am positing that it is annoying to come to the forum looking for someone to talk with about stuff you liked, and see 90% of the comments are negative. Oh, and on the way to the episode threads, having to wade through threads started by people who didn't like something, like the thread someone started so they could ***** about the Oscars, or the one about how they don't like NCIS anymore.

    Note that I haven't seen an episode thread for The Taste since this one, or for NCIS since the NCIS thread started. And why should anyone bother, when any conversation is going to be drowned out by people complaining that they didn't like it?

    I think you're mistaking what I'm trying to say here. TV Show Talk has turned into the old borscht belt joke about the restaurant: "The food was terrible ... and such small portions!"

    I'm not saying there should be a prohibition against people saying what they don't like. What I would like to see is people talking more about what they do like.

    I understand that it's easy to say something is bad. It's harder to say that something is good, and say why it is good. But it is more interesting to me to find out what people think is good.

    Why does everyone on the forum have to be such a Debbie Downer? Isn't there enough of that IRL already?
     
  11. jradosh

    jradosh Newlywed

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    It's actually hard to offer constructive criticism, and I hope most of my comments tend towards that rather than simple exclamations of "that sucks".

    I know you are very critical of the choreographers on SYTYCD. Are you a "debbie downer" too? No, of course not. You offer an educated critique of why something sucks.

    The arts are like that... subject to criticism and examination. I can understand that you want to escape, but please allow the rest us our opinions. :)
     
  12. mattack

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    I don't remember either of those, but The Taste *has* been rerunning on Sunday afternoons, at least locally, for most weeks. (It wasn't scheduled for this weekend, at least a day or two ago -- even with lots of tuners, I'm currently fairly low on space again, so sometimes manually reschedule shows to a later run so I watch some other stuff in the meantime to make space.)

    This has happened for other shows, e.g. Shark Tank, but often was NOT the same episode as aired in prime time that week.. For The Taste, it has been. (i.e. new episode runs on Tuesday and reruns Sun afternoon.)

    I never knew how this "network Sunday afternoon" thing came about. Except for sports, networks very rarely run anything out of prime time (plus, don't they actually have a limit to the # of hours of stuff they can show?)
     

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