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Kitchen Confidential on Fox

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Fox is doing a series based on Bourdain's book. The story has changed and the new main character is about 20 years younger than Bourdain and the characters are all artificially "HOT" a la the Fox formula.

Some questions:
1) How much involvement did Bourdain have in the development?
2) How much money did Bourdain prostitute himself for?
3) Is this going to be as bad or worse than Emeril?

Link: http://www.fox.com/kitchen/

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    Jersey City Mods

    I have to say it looks pretty bad based on the commercials I have seen. I suppose I will tune in just because I read that they recreated the old Siberia bar, a total dive located in the 50th Street Subway Station. (Didn't know Bourdain hung out there but it was a great place...the new one is good too).

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      Big Bad Voodoo Lou

      Actually, all the advance buzz about this show has been excellent. Critics have been saying it's one of the funniest new sitcoms and most promising new shows of the season, with plenty of dark humor and an excellent ensemble cast. The only actor I know is Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who has a really good dry wit and excellent comic timing. (He isn't playing the Bourdain character, though.) The show will be one of these new single-camera sitcoms with no laugh track, so expect something more like Arrested Development, Scrubs, or The Office (all excellent and hilarious shows that I always recommend to people who say they hate sitcoms) than your usual generic network glurge.

      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

        I actually saw the pilot a few weeks ago, as well as some other new shows, and it was my favorite out of the bunch. It's no The Office, but it's consistently funny, and Bradley Cooper is a pretty decent comic lead.

        1. re: ryan

          OK, so my question is whether the series retains the irreverence and sarcasm of the book, and whether they are going for the jugular like the book?

          1. re: Phaedrus

            I haven't read the book, so I have no clue. I viewed it just as I would any other sitcom, and found it enjoyable on that level. It was decently snarky, I thought, but not really mean. Hope that helps.

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      babette feasts

      Tony gives a short commentary in the new issue of Food Arts:

      '...watching it for the first time, my reactions were fear followed by disorientation followed by relief...relief because (the show) is, to my mind, distinguished by what it isn't as much as what it is. It isn't soft and huggy-feely. In fact, it's pretty dark. I was encouraged by the fact that in the first episode there are specific references to hard-core drug use, oral sex, and a graphically depicted partial dismemberment - close enough to my experiences in the restaurant biz to make me grateful.'

      Also says the actors are way to good looking to be him or his friends, he "consults" - 'which so far means I'm getting a lot of very expensive free meals while people pretend to be interested in what I'm saying', some very close to true details, some untrue details, had some complaints with food styling, and that 'the story lines depart significantly from the reality of my own checkered career. But they'd have to, wouldn't they?'

      I haven't been watching much FOX, when is it going to be on?

      1. When was it on? I consulted my local liine up on Fox and it is not showing up anytime this week.

        1. Just watched the show...it was really funny! I like that Frank Langella is the restaurant owner; I can't wait to see how his character develops. I also really liked Steven, the British bad boy and Jim, the New Guy ("Please don't make me go back to Utah! Have you ever eaten in Utah?!").

          "Fuego! Fuego!" Ha ha ha!