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The Taste is coming back -- minus Malarkey

I know it was announced that they renewed "The Taste" a while back. Nigella and Bourdain were in because they were producers I think. Looks like there will be no more Malarkey going on.

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  1. I would distance myself from that hot mess, too.

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      1. re: Worldwide Diner

        It's funny you should point that out because I considered for a moment coming back and saying something to the effect of Malarkey being a great contributor to the hotness (and not in a good way) of that mess. :P

        With or without him, I think the show is a mess. Much as I love much of Bourdain's work, being a team player does not appear to be his forte.

        And the concept and editing remind me of some awful and campy foreign variety/game show.

        1. re: inaplasticcup

          Concur but nobody gives up TV $$$..especially, if they have a $100k monthly lease payment..how does that even pencil out?

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Yeah. I think WorldWide Diner corrected my assumption that he walked from the show. I have to say, he was generally painful to watch in a show that was also generally painful to watch.

            1. re: inaplasticcup

              The show was a complete mess, but if you're commited to saving it and are committed to Bourdain and Lawson, then out of Malarkey or Ludo - Malarkey was both weaker and a bit to similar in style to Ludo.

              1. re: cresyd

                Agreed that between Malarkey and Lefebvre, the latter should stay.

                But I personally think this show stunk from conception. :P

                1. re: inaplasticcup

                  I was open to the concept - but it did not work out. And any retooling of the judges that allows Bourdain to keep his judges chair isn't going far enough. Lefebvre and Lawson worked well with one another, and made for decent enough TV.

                  At best Bourdain came off as bored.

    1. That was such a stupid show. I can't believe it's coming back.

      1. I liked the concept of the blind tastings, but the execution of that idea was clunky, at best.

        1. I'd say that show couldn't possibly distance itself from all the malarkey.
          Oh, you mean Chef Brian Malarkey.
          Never mind.