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Giada’s new show.

So glad that FN (cutting edge as always) has decided to give Giada a new show. What she up to now three? I guess they want her to catch up with the Flay/Ray number of shows. So once again they are redoing the same old format. Does it work? I have no idea I really don’t bother watching any more...and it used to be the first thing I tuned into and was on all the time.

FN has gotten inbred. It’s like a bunch of cousins getting more and more involved with each other.

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  1. Having only seen the previews it seems to me that this show is very similar to shows already on FN: RR's Tasty Travels, Road Tasted, etc.

    The original of this genre (at least on FN that I remember) was "The Best Of..." which these shows just make me miss...

    Good analogy about the cousins - very true. It's as if they can't be bothered to find new and interesting talent/formats/cuisines to showcase. TNFNS not withstanding

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    1. re: heathermb

      I really liked "The Best of..." it was simple with limited witty banter.

    2. what's the name of the new show?

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      1. I've long wondered if there's some kind of level of "senior host" or something that gives FN chefs a travel show...like, you haven't really made it if you haven't done a show on the road. Not just "The Best of..." and "Food Finds," but the same footage ;-) with the celebrity host.

        Rachael: $40 a Day and Tasty Travels
        Roker on the Road
        Mario Eats Italy and Ciao America
        Tyler's Ultimate, and Food 911 sort of fits, or did he have another one?
        Seems like Flay and Emeril have done something?
        Ming's Quest
        Even Alton got Feasting on Asphalt

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        1. re: momjamin

          but there's the exception of the dean boys' show, Road Tasted.

          1. re: tuttifrutti

            I don't get that show. Is it an advertisement for home-delivered food goods? All they do is say how "awesome" everything is...and everything has a bit of a carnie-food bent. Eh.

            I love the cousins comments. I used to watch FN a lot, now I find I can't stand it. But they still have a few bright spots, like Giada'a Everyday Italian and Sir Alton. But that big bash show? How many times can you say, "Ooh, look how big the party's going to be!" "Look how many parfaits!" We get it, right?

            1. re: maggie

              "that's the best ___________ i've ever tasted. what you think brotha?"

              "alrighty brotha"

              "you ready to do this brotha?"

              "yea dude"

              - road tested in a nutshell.

              Nothing can compare to the original iron chef..and that's not even original FN material.

              Lets not forget about The hungry detective...how the hell did this guy get a show?

              "let's roll"

              1. re: anthonyrza

                LOL! You got that right. Slightly more entertaining than "Yum-o!", but not a bit more enlightening.

                1. re: anthonyrza

                  Isn't he the guy who shows Alton Brown where to eat in LA on Feasting on Asphalt?

                  1. re: anthonyrza

                    The hungry detective is a real cop (ret., I think) who seems to really enjoy food and telling other people where to find it- not someone who necessarily set out to be on a show. Of course some of these people have idiosyncrasies- don't we all?

                    1. re: kloomis

                      I am real and still working as a Police Officer....You are correct, the show kinda just happened...I have and will always be a foodie...the show is just a segment in the journey...although a fun one!

                2. re: tuttifrutti

                  True, but Paula hasn't had a travel show (except a special or two), so maybe the Sons' show counts as the Lady's...

              2. Road Tasted is time wasted. As for Giada's new show, I won't watch. I do like Everyday Italian because of the quick pasta dishes and cleavage.

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                1. re: bkhuna

                  As long as Giada doesn't smile, she's pretty fine.

                  1. re: Chrispy75

                    anyone else notice her head is freakishly huge compared to her body? just throwin that out there.

                    1. re: anthonyrza

                      It didsn't look quite so out of proportion when she was on Iron Chef...the angle on her own set makes it worse.

                      1. re: momjamin

                        The angle on her own set is set up so she has to lean towards the camera to get half of the things she uses, more on days she's wearing a low cut top.

                        At least they finally found her a bottle of conditioner.

                        All that said, I do think she does a good job, whoever is picking her recipes usually gets the balance of what you can do in a 30 minute show right. Mercifully I don't ever recall her saying "EVOO"

                        1. re: Scrapironchef

                          When is she not wearing a low-cut top? Wow.

                2. What is the deal? Can't FN find any new stars? I think they've gone way overboard using the same chefs in shows over and over and over and over. They obviously haven't figured out that if people don't care for Rachael or Bobby or Giada or Mama Paula in their main shows they aren't going to watch them host a new show. I've always thought of these shows as FN "left-overs". It's sorta like having meatloaf three nights a week. You can change the side dishes to try to jazz it up a bit, but it's still meatloaf. (nothing against meatloaf, I love it). They really need to find a way to come up with some new "dishes".

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                  1. re: Axalady

                    What happens to all those win a show on FN folks? Their shows seem to always be at a crazy time like 8:30 in the morning. The hearty boys? The guy with the spiked hair? FN does seem to be obsessed right now with recycling their stars. Leave Giada alone! But her stylist needs to stop putting her in those cheesy bad nightclub outfits, and girl pull your hair back!

                  2. Giada's show will be different from all other FN "travelogues." It will highlight how a DiLaurentiis can struggle and overcome the hardship of making do on a mere $4,000 a day for a whole weekend!

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                    1. re: Sarah

                      Yes! As we were watching, Mr. B commented, "This sure isn't $40 a day, is it."

                    2. I want to have a show devoted to cooking organ meats!

                      1. I caught Giada's weekend show. Not quite my thing and lots of FN conventions but I have to say it's a huge improvement over the RR travel show because GD actually eats the food (sometimes the whole plate), enjoys it and can describe it. Overall it's not bad and good production values but some of mildly soft porn close-ups of her eating are a bit cheesy.

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                        1. re: ML8000

                          My husband and I are in Breckenridge Co. skiing and we got a Rocky Mountain News paper. Inside was a snippet about the show - apparently it's a Denver company that's producing the shows.They say that "Giada DeLaurentis would scarf down every morsel on each episode." The article says they have to carefully monitor what she eats for camera. "It takes three days to shoot an episode, so Giada is usually eating for TV three or four times a day." "However, if we don't remind her to stop eating, she'll continue to eat, especially if she really loves the food." Sounds like FN has the potential for another hit on their hands - Giada's Diet and Exercise Show.

                          1. re: Axalady

                            I belive the Denver company is run by the guy who does 'Unwrapped'. He's also producing the show 'Dinner Imposible'...again still keeping it in the famliy.

                            1. re: Axalady

                              Nice info...Giada has her quirks but at least she likes food and eats it. If a reviewer eats ALL the food seems like the feedback is honest...or her parents wouldn't let her leave the table until the plate was clean.

                          2. Giada's show was like RR's Tasty Travels, only I could stand the host. I need a sedative after 10 minutes of RR.
                            I liked the occasional visits of the Dean boys on Paula's show, but Anthonyrza you got it right "brotha" --- man that gets old real quick.
                            The Hearty Boys trouble me....I seem to get lost on what they're cooking because I'm so focused on the shaky hands!
                            How about a show totally devoted to cheese?

                            1. Yeah, nothing new with this show. Better than Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels and $40 Dollar a Day.

                              1. I can actually take this a little better that Rachel Ray's show. Goes to show you what an annoying personality Rachel Ray is.

                                One thing that kills me is the amount of time people spend doing shows on Italian food. You would think that with the ubiquitousness of "The Italian" segment that they would run out of things to say. I mean seriously, how many times have I heard people exclaim: "parmiggiano reggiano" is the BEST cheese on earth", or "parma ham is the BEST ham on earth"? Get over yourselves and talk about something else, like other continental cuisines or some of the more cutting edge kind of stuff or some of the traditional foods not so glamourized by the media.

                                This is why I like Tony Bourdain's show and the old Tyler Florence show where he tasted and tried to make things in the traditional ways and then tried to come up with something that is a fusion of everything he learned. They dumbed that show down a lot but I thought it was an interesting way to do food history a straight up recipes show. They can do this with Giada too if they wanted to, I think she's got the chops to do that.

                                1. I hear you on the over-abundance of simple Italian food shows; they're the Taco Bell of TV cuisines (4 staple ingredients used slightly differently in each recipe). I'd love to see more regional diversity (Indian, Asian, South American, etc) come to FN.

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                                  1. re: ooroger

                                    Tai show would be nice. I agree need more indian. I'm sick of Italian shows.

                                    1. re: chezlamere

                                      There was once an Indian hostess on with a cooking show. Can't for the life of me remember her name, but she always wore lingerie type clothes. My husband even commented on her attire, a little on the sexy side. Anyone remember her? Can't even remember if it was FTV or PBS. She even looked like the hostess on Top Chef.

                                      1. re: personalcheffie

                                        Padma (from TC) used to host the Melting pot and then Padma's passport.

                                  2. I haven't seen the show is it any good?

                                    1. The show is exactly like Rachael Ray's but with more cleavage and a more tolerable host. I was disappointed - nothing new on FN.

                                      1. I used to like Caprial Pence on PBS. Wish she could break into FN; she can cook!