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Guy Off the Hook

lscanlon Sep 16, 2008 07:43 AM

I watched a few minutes of this show, because that's all I could stand. All that shouting and the audience screaming every time Guy threw in another ingredient. Yuk. It reminded me of Emeril at his worst. Early Emeril, I should say, he hasn't been this obnoxious in years. I'm not inclined to watch again.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Guy Fieri hater. I love "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" and watched episodes of "Guy's Big Bite" until I got fed up with the sameness of them. I just think that FN is using him badly here.

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    jarona Dec 9, 2008 10:47 AM

    Haven't caught his new show, but "DDD" is pretty entertaing, as was Guy's Big Bite. What I really don't care for is the overuse of the word "money"--it kills me because I used to use that word all the time after Vince Vaughn pegged it in "Swingers". Guy ruined the use of that word for me. The sunglasses on the back of his head just reminds me of the nuns who taught me in Catholic school--they would always say "I have eyes in the back of my head so I see what you are always doing". Not a good visual. Get rid of the glasses. From what I've read here, though, I don't think I'll be watching this show. I'll stick with my new fave FN show--"The Cooking Loft".

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      Claudette Dec 9, 2008 12:05 AM

      I've searched the boards, but can't find the definition of "Off the Hook." I assume it's a good thing, but when I was a kid, that phase meant that the handset was off the phone. Can someone explain? TIA.

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      1. re: Claudette
        alkapal Dec 9, 2008 04:03 AM

        claudette, you off da hook: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define...

        and guy, PLEEEASE lose the sunglasses-on-the-back-of-the-head thing. it is definitely NOT "off the hook."

        1. re: alkapal
          legourmettv Dec 9, 2008 05:49 AM

          I now pretty much only watch food video online... But I have to say FN Canada has more "old school" cooking shows, and does a better job than it's bigger brother to the south.


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        melly Oct 7, 2008 12:47 PM

        We like him on DD&D...but we felt like we were "on the hook" with this show...and off it went.

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        1. re: melly
          iL Divo Dec 8, 2008 08:36 AM

          I don't so much like 'him' on ddd, but love where he visits so I can get ideas when I'm out and about. good news also is, when I'm in a strange place, I can go on my iphone and find if he's been to a place where I currently am, then I can go, plus read up about what was so good about it, ie. burritos/taco's/meatloaf/breakfasts, etc.

        2. iL Divo Sep 26, 2008 08:44 PM

          my opinion, just another example of right place, right time

          1. Withnail42 Sep 24, 2008 05:23 AM

            This seems to be the latest in FN's pattern. Getr a cheep little studio show, then get a travle show, next gt a live show.

            I'm hoping that with guy getting his own live show that they are getting rid of Paulas Party...but saddly I fear that this is not the case.

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            1. re: Withnail42
              Phaedrus Sep 24, 2008 05:43 AM

              Why? Don't you enjoy watching a southern matron make an ass of herself in front of a live audience? Double entendres and flirtations with men a third her age don't turn you on? Watching people get schnockered on TV isn't your thing?

              1. re: Phaedrus
                LindaWhit Sep 24, 2008 06:33 AM

                Well, the Galloping Gourmet used to get a bit schnockered on air. But at least he taught you something BEFORE he got tipsy. :::hic:::

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                  Withnail42 Sep 24, 2008 01:31 PM

                  Perhaps it is when she picks the crumbs off of others and eat them or sticks her toung in places it doesn't belong...like the chocolate fondue.

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                    HollyDolly Oct 9, 2008 07:18 AM

                    Wow, it's been awhile since I've watched Paula Dean.I cut the cable ,so while I get basic, I don't get standard which for me here is SCI_FI,TLC,Food Network,etc.
                    Looks I haven't missed much.I loved the old Japanese Iron Chef shows, and several others.Heck Food Network used to have a messageboard or forum which was fun, but they got rid of it a long time ago.
                    I think Guy went down to Texas Pride BBQ out in Adkins ,Tx near St.Hedwig.
                    St.Hedwig was named for the patron saint of Silsia and the second Texas town founded by polish immigrants, back in the 1800s.It's about 20 miles or so from San Antonio.

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                chemchef Sep 22, 2008 02:13 PM

                He is hideous. I can't believe they ditched Emeril for this knucklehead! Diners, Drive-ins and Dives... OMG, I can't tolerate him cramming obscene amounts of food into his mouth and then trying to talk. GROSS.

                And, don't even get me started on all his past-their-prime catch phrases.... "Money", "Off-the-hook", etc, etc, etc. Give me a break. He repulses me.

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                1. re: chemchef
                  Mattdub Sep 22, 2008 04:16 PM

                  The problem, unfortunately is with FN itself. When it wasn't a real moneymaking station, it could afford to put shows on about actual cooking. Now those shows don't last because they don't the draw that Guy or R.R. has. I swear if you wanna see some of the better FN shows, you have to tune in at 7:30 on Saturday and Sundays...

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                    ccbweb Sep 22, 2008 05:09 PM

                    Actually, they couldn't afford to put such shows on the air. Thus, they weren't a moneymaking station.

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                      chemchef Sep 23, 2008 10:08 AM

                      hu? They DID put those shows on the air. So, what are you saying exactly?

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                        ccbweb Sep 23, 2008 12:23 PM

                        First, I very much enjoyed the shows from the Food Network years ago with Too Hot Tamales, Grillin' and Chillin', East meets West and so on.

                        But, they clearly were not making enough money at that point to continue putting such shows on and broke through into the "mainstream" with shows that are often not liked by chowhounds and similar folks. Not enough people were watching for the channel to succeed. I'm saying if they'd kept doing that, the channel would have failed and wouldn't exist today in any format. I wish it were otherwise in many respects.

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                      yankeefan Sep 26, 2008 01:26 PM

                      Wow, do I agree with that. The best shows I have to DVR are buried in the middle of the day and on weekend mornings. Other than Good Eats and Iron Chef, the night shows are miserable.

                      I did notice that this show is taking over for Emeril Live, I thought Emeril was a lot to handle but this guy needs to take it down about 4 notches.

                      Please, for the love of all that is holy, again, please take the sunglasses off of the back of your head when you are taping a show in a studio. Bad enough when its on the back of your head in a diner during your other show at night.

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                        alkapal Sep 26, 2008 04:05 PM

                        the glasses thing kills me......

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                          chemchef Sep 26, 2008 08:04 PM

                          Its the wrist bands that kill me... oh, and the damn catch phrases every 5 seconds!

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                            Phaedrus Sep 26, 2008 08:10 PM

                            The only thing I don't mind about him is......

                            never mind.

                        2. re: Mattdub
                          gqpolo Nov 21, 2008 05:43 AM

                          I agree Mattdub. FoodTV in the mid 90's was "money"

                      2. jword2001 Sep 18, 2008 08:22 PM

                        I've actually started to like guy on DDD, but this new show is odd to say the least, to me (and I only watched about 5 min) it was a lot like a bad infomercial.

                        1. alkapal Sep 18, 2008 03:51 AM

                          this is their formula: push a fun, talented personality to caricature http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caricature



                          to wit: emeril, paula, rr, guy.... (giada has escaped -- so far....)

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                            bulavinaka Sep 16, 2008 11:27 AM

                            I caught his "Diners..." show in FN while on vacation - I could just tolerate his on-air personality but did appreciate his finds and giving those little places airtime. Clones of this Guy move to LA every few seconds - really tired of them giving us native Angelenos a bad rap. I haven't seen this new show but based on what others here have said, I'm finding my general aversion to install cable/sat to be more of a blessing...

                            1. MaxCaviar Sep 16, 2008 11:18 AM

                              He reminds me of Poochie the Dog of Simpsons fame.

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                                rozz01 Sep 16, 2008 02:04 PM

                                Thats what I've always thought when I see him... LOL

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                                  yankeefan Sep 18, 2008 11:13 AM

                                  Might be the best comment Ive ever heard. Poochie the dog is perfect.

                                  I was thinking more of a forced Fonzi but Poochie it is. He just needs to carried around the surfboard.

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                                    DiveFan Sep 23, 2008 04:14 PM

                                    Next OTH episode - Poochie Jumps The Shark.

                                    New CH FAQ - all GF related posts must use the new moniker.

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                                    yankeefan Sep 16, 2008 10:56 AM

                                    Im actually a fan of Guy but his stuff is getting a little bit obnoxious.

                                    I like his personality on Diners and Drive-Ins but they are pushing it over the top here.
                                    Is it really necessary to have sunglasses on the back of your head in a studio?

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                                    1. re: yankeefan
                                      Nicole Glassman Oct 3, 2008 07:08 PM

                                      Did you get that from Bourdain? :}

                                      I agree though! I do like Diners Drive Ins & Dives; his personality suits the environment. However, I'm just tired of American themed shows that focus more on the "over the top" personality more than the food. I feel the same with the Neely's; while I'd love to have dinner with them, I just don't want them teaching me to cook on my TV.

                                      1. re: Nicole Glassman
                                        alkapal Oct 3, 2008 11:52 PM

                                        nicole, is it "american themed" to be over the top? or is that simply a choice in production values? i'd argue it is the latter. my case in point: univision/telemundo talk/variety show hosts! ;-)

                                        1. re: alkapal
                                          MaxCaviar Oct 6, 2008 12:17 PM

                                          amen alkapal. whenever someone sez "only in America" - - it usually mean "just about everywhere"

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                                      ML8000 Sep 16, 2008 10:07 AM

                                      Haha...yes, it appears he's this generations Emeril. Looks like the FN has "Kicked it up a notch!" Oh the humanity.

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