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Food Network: Enough with the Challenges!!!

mamamia Oct 1, 2006 01:20 AM

To Food Network Management,

I've seen cake challenges, sweets challenges, sugar chanllenges, cupcake challenges. And for the capper - today it's a Rice Krispie treat challenge. Sculpting city skylines out of cereal bars? It's too much.


thank you.

  1. Withnail42 Oct 1, 2006 04:36 PM

    And loose the nimrod with the glasses!!

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    1. re: Withnail42
      janedoe67 Oct 2, 2006 04:23 AM

      I'm curious which nimrod....did you happen to catch a name?

      1. re: janedoe67
        Withnail42 Oct 2, 2006 12:41 PM

        The dude with the designer glasses and frosted spiky hair. He seems to emcee a lot of the events. Truth be told I don't know if he was on the Rice Krispy challenge as I thought it was much too stupid to watch.

        1. re: Withnail42
          Davwud Oct 2, 2006 01:13 PM

          Alton Brown.

          His show is great. I don't watch the other stuff so I couldn't tell you if he's any good at that.


          1. re: Davwud
            Withnail42 Oct 2, 2006 02:40 PM

            No not Alton Brown. This pretty boy only seems to do these challenges. Sometimes he even judges. I don't know the guys name.

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              janedoe67 Oct 3, 2006 04:29 AM

              The only guy I can think of is Keegan something....is that him?

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      melly Oct 1, 2006 06:24 PM


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        NicoleFriedman Oct 1, 2006 06:30 PM

        I had sent a letter to the Food Network a long time ago, asking why they do not offer more of a variety of shows asides from the standards (American regional, quick meals, italian and now these "contests"). What about the rest of the world of cuisine?? Indian? Asian? Latin? (and not just Mexican!) African? What a surprise, I never heard back from them. I love Paula Dean's personality and Rachel Ray on occasion has a good idea but for those of us who have the basics down, love to cook and do not care for a "quick meal" or one drowning in gravy, I just switch off the TV or turn to 21. It's a shame the path the Food Network has taken- I take it as seriously as I do the DIYN or Discovery that has shows about aliens and UFO abductions.

        1. mamamia Oct 1, 2006 06:38 PM

          OP here.

          What's frustrating for me is that I wish they would put some of that $100K challenge jackpot money into show development. Now there's a novel idea....

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          1. re: mamamia
            Withnail42 Oct 1, 2006 06:45 PM

            They did and we got 'Who Wants to be the Next Foodnetwork Star' twoce. Frist the two guy won then what's his face. As you can tell they put a great deal of effort and promo into these shows.

            1. re: Withnail42
              mamamia Oct 1, 2006 07:47 PM

              You are so right - I totally forgot about them.
              The two party planner guys and the "rock n roll" chef.

              Way to support the home grown talent, mgt.

            2. re: mamamia
              DallasDude Nov 16, 2009 06:55 PM

              Except did you ever notice that those crappy challenge shows give weak prizes? Like 450 bucks? Wouldn't be worth my effort.

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              BangorDin Oct 1, 2006 07:03 PM

              Oh the more extreme & hyper it gets, the more I want to sit and stare at a plum ripening, or dough rising. Lousy television is threatening good cooking.

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                ML8000 Oct 1, 2006 09:10 PM

                FN is just following the general trend in TV, reality programming. Hate to tell everyone but it isn't going away any time soon because it's relatively inexpensive to produce. I don't like it (or watch it) but it does provide an easy hook to the average non-foodie viewer.

                1. DiningDiva Oct 1, 2006 10:27 PM

                  Mamamia, sorry, but it's about to get worse.

                  I was on the cross trainer at the gym this morning burning my 750 calories while watching FTV. Premiering October 9th - Guiness World Book competition shows. Towering skyline sugar cities, pizza flippers, ice cream scoopers......who can be the biggest, fastest, baddest of the lot.

                  I am not a Rachel Ray fan by any stretch of the imagination (and I have to say that the 30 Minutes Meals segment I saw this morning was actually respectable) but I'll take her over an hour show trying to determine who the best pizza tosser or ice cream scooper is.

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                    cap Oct 2, 2006 04:20 AM

                    It hasn't been Food Network for a long time.
                    It's JFN - Junk Food Network.

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                      rainey Oct 3, 2006 04:41 AM

                      Actually, enough with the Food Network. It's been useless for at least a year.

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                        CKLAslan Nov 16, 2009 03:17 PM

                        Your remote control has three buttons that can help you so that you don't have to post to a website to whine and moan : 1) the power button. this will turn your tv off so the horrid tv shows you are forced to watch at gunpoint will not be displayed. 2) the up channel button which will change the image on your tv away from the terrible show you have no choice but to watch and 3) the down channel button which is pretty much like the up channel button. It's simple. If you don't like it then don't watch it. That's how Food Network or any other station will get the message.

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                          Normandie Nov 16, 2009 03:34 PM

                          I think a lot of us who don't like these shows don't watch them. I know I shouldn't presume to speak for anyone else, but that's the impression I get.

                          It's just that, once dinner's done and the dogs and cat are fed and otherwise cared for, and everybody's lunch for tomorrow is squared away and the kitchen's cleaned up and the laundry is folded and put away and the checks for the bills are written out and stamped and tomorrow's dinner has been figured out and items that need to be pulled out of the freezer, and I finally have that 45 minutes to sit down and watch television (which I don't much care for, other than baseball and cooking shows, and baseball's done for the year), I'd really like to watch someone like Sara (sp) Moulton or Jacques Pepin or Ina Garten or Robin Miller or Emeril Lagasse, and FN is my best shot to see that.

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                          Normandie Nov 16, 2009 03:26 PM

                          I might join your campaign, mama, but it depends...

                          If FN loses some of the Challenges, does that mean it's going to show even more eps of Unwrapped and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives?

                          If so, I apologize, but I don't think I'm going to be able to buy in to your cause. OTOH, if you can get FN to commit that they won't do that, I'm with you all the way, baby.

                          Call me "Cautious".


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                          1. re: Normandie
                            LauraGrace Nov 17, 2009 12:05 PM

                            DDD is at least about food and not factories. It's too bad it's not about the people cooking the food, because they're often quirky, interesting people, and if not for the frenetic pace and seizure-inducing camera work, DDD would probably be a decent show.

                            Unwrapped, on the other hand... It makes me stabby. Ugh. But apparently, according to my dad who went to high school with Marc (real last name Berkowitz) Summers, he's always been like that. ;)

                            This actually gives me an idea for another topic: FN shows as reimagined by public television producers. Superior at every turn, I would guess. ;)

                          2. energy Nov 16, 2009 04:27 PM

                            I am still hoping (and I don't know why) that FN will wise up and get rid of those horrid "challenge" shows at night and put on "regular" programing....you know, COOKING SHOWS, I mean...isn't that why most of us watch FN??? Plus, I think they would do a world more good to people that work during the day and really could use some of the info their shows provide. ...

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                            1. re: energy
                              coney with everything Nov 17, 2009 04:25 AM

                              I seem to remember reading that the "challenge" shows, based on that all important market research, were FN's attempt to bring in the coveted 18-34 males. Same with the competitions like Chopped, TNFNS, TNIC...

                              Food, not so much.

                              This morning I saw the obit for Ken Ober, who hosted the game show "Remote Control" on MTV. It was the first non-music programming on that network, and it was all downhill after that if you tried to watch MTV for, well, MUSIC. FN is on the same path, from all cooking all the time, to fewer and fewer actual cooking shows.

                            2. chicgail Nov 17, 2009 04:43 AM

                              I'm with you.

                              But there is a solution. Change the channel or turn off the TV. They'll figure it out. I promise you: no one watching = no sponsor. No sponsor = no show.

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