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Sep 7, 2007 04:08 PM

Am I the only one who can't watch another minute of "Unwrapped"?

The premise is growing old. Too much emphasis on prepared foods and way too boring. Maybe once a month as a special...

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  1. I actually like the premise itself, and find food history an incredibly interesting topic. But there is something about this show that drives me insane too. The hosting? The editing? The cheesy-pun voiceovers?

    Good idea for a show, but I agree that it should be pruned back a bit.

    1. It's total hit or miss for me as well. The products all feel dated, and the factories blend into one another after awhile.

      Plus, the only thing I can think of when I see Marc Summers is how he is a rumored germaphobe. If you look closely, he never ever takes a bite out of anything - the camera cuts right before he can eat it.

      Now that George Duran is hosting "The Secret Life of..." it's really grown on me.

      1. Oh god. I have never really been able to handle the show; but it's some kind of personal problem I have with seeing foods in such bulk. It started with a show on ... it might have been tomato paste. They show a cute chub of red paste moving down a conveyor belt, la dee da, and then the camera pulled back and back and back to show a worker standing next to it and it was the size of a Volkswagen! I almost PASSED. OUT. Since then I dive for the remote when the show starts. Or, I would, if I ever watched FoodTV anymore.

        I mean, I'm aware we consume a great deal, and it takes mountains and boxcars to feed the masses, but just seeing tons and tons of anything moving along in a factory no longer holds any appeal for me. I get woozy even thinking about it, there's just something inherently revolting about that for me.

        1. When I was a kid, there was a show on every Saturday morning before the cartoons (this is the early 60s) called, seriously, Industry on Parade. It had a real Soviet feel about it as you learned that a steel mill could make ingots in a day that would stretch from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin or some such nonsense. Unwrapped reminds me a LOT of Industry on Parade. It has a real propaganda feel to it. They've had a couple of mildly interesting themes, but on the whole, it's like a half-hour press release.

          1. Marc Summers is unctuous, cheesy and way too droll.

            He also either has negatives of someone at Food Network doing something disgusting or else bought stock in the Network early, as he's hung on long past his talent usefulness, in my opinion. He actually hosted at least part of the last Food Network Chefs series and, if you watch the credits, appears to own a piece of several of those shows.

            I had not heard the germaphobe thing,, but it is absolutely spot on as far as describing his handling of food.


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            1. re: Bob Mervine

              Looks like his has OCD so that's probably where the germaphobe and handling of food issue stems from.

              Having said that, I've always found him more like a snake oil salesman - very slimy. And recently, when I happened to catch him on FN while channel surfing, looking stretched WAY too tight for someone who's 7 years older than I am. :-)

              1. re: Bob Mervine

                Take a look at the production credits for most of the shows on FN and you'll see his name.

                1. re: Bob Mervine

                  I have always disliked this show and I think it is primarily due to the host--I don't like him on that History Channel gameshow either. Was he famous for something at some point? I can't remember...

                  The premise could be fun--maybe have Alton Brown host it? Although in some ways he does the same thing on Good Eats.

                  1. re: coney with everything

                    I remember him from that Nickelodeon kids show Double Dare. I guess that's when his cheesiness (and possibly OCD with all those messy mazes) began...

                    1. re: thegingerbreadgirl

                      Yes, and the "slime" that got dumped on their heads... what was it with Nickelodeon and slime? Anyway, that's where his appeal is, and will always be... with kids/teenagers.

                      BTW, I don't like "Unwrapped." I'm over it.

                      1. re: thegingerbreadgirl

                        hahaha, i just posted the same thing below!

                        i can't get past the Double Dare thing...even though that was 20+ yrs ago...