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Apr 2, 2013 09:31 PM

Bravo's lineup of (new) cooking shows

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  1. Nice link.

    High and Low, the "'80s "period drama," I suspect will go the way of House--very hospital/illness based in the 1st season, then a soap opera in a hospital setting thereafter.

    Top Chef'll make me happy so long as I can DVR and >>ff>> through the commercials.
    Can.Not.Endure. the commercials on Bravo.

    Can't imagine the initial selection/application process for America's Best Restaurant...

    1. I would have to be sold on America's Best Restaurant. I'm going to need to be convinced of what they mean by "best restaurant" and how they measure across geography. There's already the Michelin/50 Best Restaurants in the World style of ranking (which tend to heavily favor very expensive/fine dining establishments) - but I'm not really seeing Alinea sign up for reality tv.

      Then there's the model employed by Food Network's food truck show which is who can make the most money - which in a competition setting is a strange model. Basically, nothing comes down to generating repeat customers/word of mouth - because it's all about "how much money can you raise in 20 hours" or whatever.

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      1. re: cresyd

        If "America's Best Restaurant" is based on one of Ramsay's earlier series, it's him going to find neighborhood "best Indian, best Chinese" etc, pitting two of them in the same category up against one another, and then doing the round-robin. Can't see this really working in the US.

        1. re: wattacetti

          Yeah - I'd need to be proven the show would work. It's not getting the benefit of the doubt from me.

          1. re: cresyd

            If like Wattacetti stated the show is based on the UK version it's very good and the restaurants were of a very high standard. Yet I suspect on American TV..hike up the drama, the trash talk and the quick editing.

            1. re: chris2269

              Given what Gordon Ramsey did to the Masterchef format in the US - he doesn't get the benefit of the doubt from me. I've seen his British shows, and like them (though I don't follow them regularly) - but he's yet to have an American production that I enjoy.

      2. No wonder I never knew Bravo had cooking shows.


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        1. re: Davwud

          Canadian Bravo is a completely separate entity from US Bravo - while US Bravo's shows are sometimes syndicated in Canada, they'll show up anywhere BUT Bravo Canada. Your Bravo is much closer to what our Bravo used to be - arts programming, rather than "reality" shows.

        2. Glad to read that Gail Simmons is head judge on TC Masters. The restaurant competition sounds like it could be good, but so did The Taste.