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Uh-oh: CBS is buying CNET, owner of Chowhound.com

MC Slim JB May 15, 2008 07:22 AM

I wonder what this means for this site. I would hate to see Chowhound's mission change under the new ownership.

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    nosh RE: MC Slim JB May 15, 2008 07:36 AM

    Yep, I hear that the primary CBS purpose in the buy was to obtain control over this site. Les Moonves is a huge Chowhound.

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      Servorg RE: nosh May 15, 2008 07:41 AM

      I've met Les a few times. He's a Chenhound, not a Chowhound.

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        Beach Chick RE: Servorg May 16, 2008 10:26 AM

        Chenhound..very funny Servorg!
        Les is a great guy and yes, he is a huge chowhound.

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          Servorg RE: Beach Chick May 16, 2008 10:39 AM

          I would never imply otherwise. He has always been both cordial and down to earth the times we met, and even asked me once how one of their CBS news analysts came across during the run up to the 2nd Iraq war. I saw Les with Julie at a function once and she was very striking / beautiful / vivacious and my wife could not get over, (or stop talking about!) the size and brilliance of her engagement ring.

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            Beach Chick RE: Servorg May 16, 2008 10:52 AM

            You do need to wear an arc welders mask to view Jule's ring..hee hee

      2. re: nosh
        toodie jane RE: nosh Jun 7, 2008 11:02 AM

        what about when Les Moonves isn't around anymore?

        Sorry, but I'm verrrrrrrry dubious....

        It is nice to see what powerful senses of humor are displayed here, though.

        1. re: toodie jane
          Beach Chick RE: toodie jane Jun 10, 2008 10:43 AM

          It was brilliant of CBS to buy CNET and extend their web footprint...albeit for $1.8 billion..all cash!
          Personally, I don't think Les is going anywhere for a very long time.

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            Beach Chick RE: Beach Chick Jun 14, 2008 10:10 PM

            I'll say it again on the brilliance of CBS to extend their web footprint..

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        lancastermike RE: MC Slim JB May 15, 2008 09:05 AM

        Yeah we can now expect to see Leff on CBS TV shows, Letterman, etc. Maybe they will give him his own sitcom. Hilarious antics of a horn player turned food web site owner.

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          Jim Leff RE: lancastermike May 15, 2008 09:09 AM

          Shoot me now!

          MC Slim JB, as I said in this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/519323
          it's not really an uh-oh for Chowhound, I don't think. The main interactive honcho at CBS is really into online communities. And this is a pretty good one...

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            Caroline1 RE: Jim Leff May 19, 2008 05:16 AM

            Well, congratulations to both you and Chowhound, Mr. Leff, sir, but... What I REALLY want to know is... will this take time off my promised twenty minutes of fame?

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            ChinoWayne RE: lancastermike May 15, 2008 01:38 PM

            We've already seen Leff in television appearances as the uber Chowhound, wearing his trademark rubber dog mask.

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            nosh RE: MC Slim JB May 15, 2008 09:22 AM

            OK, this is just an off-the-cuff first draft, but I like the idea of the Jim Leff sitcom on CBS. Tentative working title -- Leffed Out. One set is the family home or office, and the other two are his fave uppercrust restaurant and the dive -- different friends in each. The first plotline will involve a young poster using slang and online abbreviations and Jim censoring it thinking it refers to underage sex or gang signs.

            I'm registering this, so you gotta pay me if you are gonna use or steal it!

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              lancastermike RE: nosh May 15, 2008 09:52 AM

              dude, it was MY idea, I get to at least be executive producer or something

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                Jim Leff RE: nosh May 15, 2008 09:58 AM

                I think I'd work best pitching the CBS fall lineup. "Big Brother: it's HYPERDELICIOUS!!!" I could be raving with a fork and steaknife, and drooling onto a bib with the CBS eye logo.

                BTW, it's been several years since the last "Leff's a censor" posting. Thanks for the nostalgia! :) Anyone interested in how it actually works may go here: http://www.chow.com/stories/10474

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                  squid kun RE: nosh May 15, 2008 03:41 PM

                  Alternate working title: The Kabab King of Queens.

                  In which Jim and his game but waistline-watching sweetie - perkily played by a reassigned Katie Couric - find love and lahamajun, not in that order, while chowing their way around the city.

                  Imagine the product placements ("DiFara's AGAIN, honey?") ... the "very special" holiday episode where Jim and Katie take in the down-on-her-luck Arepa Lady ... and that instant TV classic, The One About the Pljeskavica.

                  Can I be the wacky neighbor?

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                    Servorg RE: squid kun May 15, 2008 04:39 PM

                    I see it as neonostalgia tale of buddy-(ette)/cop's with a souped up (chowcentric) Ford Grand Torino with the two leads - "Husky and Starch"...(with an obvious sub text playing off the title teaching about the dangers of carbohydrates and type 2 diabetes) traveling the length and breadth of Gotham rescuing failing restaurants and busting ill behaved dining patrons who don't tip at least 20% (on the after tax total).

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                      yumyum RE: Servorg May 16, 2008 10:09 AM

                      Husky and Starch. You win the internet.

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                        2slices RE: Servorg Jun 10, 2008 10:18 AM

                        How about a reinterpretation of a classic foodie film.

                        Jim Leff star's in: "Truffled Soilent Green Terrine with Heirloom Tomato, Cilantro and Ricotta Polenta".

                        It'd put a whole new spin on "It's made of people!".

                    2. re: nosh
                      2slices RE: nosh Jun 10, 2008 09:45 AM

                      Get a creative commons license before I steal it.

                    3. jmckee RE: MC Slim JB May 16, 2008 09:53 AM

                      Stop stop! You guys are killing me! I started laughing at "Chenhound not Chowhound" all the way through "Husky and Starch." I passed a whole glass of water through my nose!

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                        scoopG RE: jmckee May 19, 2008 12:38 PM

                        Then there will be the movie spin-offs! Leff's Field of Greens or Citizen Cane.

                        Other possible CBS TV shows I've heard bandied about with Jim in the lead role are:

                        I Love Juicy
                        The Man from C.H.O.W.
                        The Wonder Bread Years
                        N.Y.P.D. Chow
                        St. Chowhound

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                          alkapal RE: scoopG Jun 8, 2008 09:07 AM

                          in honor of one of my favorite shows:

                          Pause & Order: Chowhound Intent
                          Pause & Order: Special Victuals Unit

                          (i'm guessing goren is a chowhound)

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                        Muskrat RE: MC Slim JB May 19, 2008 12:52 PM

                        I see a game show where people compete to come up with the best rationale for stiffing a waitron.

                        Regular 'Hounds would have a huge advantage, of course.

                        1. DiveFan RE: MC Slim JB Jun 13, 2008 06:25 PM

                          Wow, someone at one of the professional genetics associations
                          needs to investigate this obvious correlation between the Pun and Chowhound genes.
                          I known one family member who needs serious help in this area :-).

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