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FN Thanksgiving Live

agnesrob Nov 23, 2013 09:02 AM

Anyone watching this? It just started.

  1. paulj Nov 27, 2013 08:59 AM

    The Splendid Table's version - Thursday morning.

    They promise an interesting lineup:
    Mario Batali, Pati Jinich, Ted Allen, Alexandra Guarnaschelli and Michael Pollan

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      sandylc Nov 27, 2013 09:54 AM


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      charmedgirl Nov 25, 2013 06:49 AM

      It was very hard to watch, with everyone talking over each other. They all seemed to be trying really hard to act like they had a joking/friendly rapport, but it seemed forced. They also all seemed to be shouting at the camera; not sure if it was due to the excitement or nervousness of being on live TV or what.

      I have to say I didn't find Giada any MORE annoying than the rest of them. None were in their finest form. (I say that as a fan of both Ina and Bobby. I have NEVER had an Ina recipe fail me, and I've liked Bobby since around the time he started that Throwdown show; while I don't watch with any regularity, that's around the time he seemed to have mellowed considerably.) However, I am like 90% sure that during the segment when Ina was making green beans, I heard Alton say something to Giada like "it's her segment" and Giada said "I'm just saying [something I couldn't hear]..." The camera was on Ina then so you could only hear their voices through the mikes, but I rewound it a few times and I'm pretty sure that's what they were saying. Made me think Alton might have agreed with some of the consensus here that Giada was being a bit over bearing. Did anyone else hear that?

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      1. re: charmedgirl
        fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 07:07 AM

        I didn't but Alton did seem to have that "father embarassed by daughter" look. The thing that stuck out in my mind about Giada vs. the others was her antics with the tossing of the Brussels sprouts, it just seemed juvenile and maybe once as a joke but it continued.

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          pine time Nov 25, 2013 07:31 AM

          Yes, and then there was a PSA for the No Kid Hungry, while Giada was throwing food.

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            HillJ Nov 25, 2013 07:41 AM

            I finally caught about 30 mins worth and my immediate reaction to the choice of eyewear on 3 out of the 4 cooks really was distracting me. Four talking heads, one theme. Def. agree about the energy levels and talk over banter. During the portion I watched there was no calling in from viewers. Did FN included call ins?

            IMO, some of this year's online magazine/newspaper Thanksgiving issues were more informative.

            1. re: HillJ
              fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 09:21 AM

              There were a few call-ins but also Twitter posts and random photos from Instagram.

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                Barbara76137 Nov 27, 2013 09:44 AM

                Did you notice that they didn't really answer any of the questions?

                Oh, and the little kid who won the Junior Chef deal (can't remember the name of the show) was beyond obnoxious when he was reading his "tip"!

                1. re: Barbara76137
                  fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 09:52 AM

                  I think it was the Guy vs. Rachael cook off thing. He was generally obnoxious on the show though as a kid I'll let him slide.

        2. paulj Nov 24, 2013 05:06 PM

          Is this show about food or people?

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            HillJ Nov 24, 2013 05:10 PM

            I did list the recipe links above :)

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              miss_belle Nov 24, 2013 05:13 PM

              Did you watch it?

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                pamf Nov 24, 2013 05:15 PM

                It was definitely more about the personalities than it was about the food.

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                  miss_belle Nov 24, 2013 05:28 PM

                  paulj ~ I've been waiting for you of all people to weigh in on this show. You've always seemed like a huge fan of the FN for some reason. That's why I asked.

                  1. re: miss_belle
                    paulj Nov 24, 2013 06:57 PM

                    I did comment on another thread that Alton looks like Harold McGee - beard, glasses, balding etc. :)

                    In a sense, my interest in FN is a meta-interest - why to do people like what they do (or don't), what direction are they taking things etc. I'm not picky about the format, just so long as it gives me an occasional new food or cooking idea. The instructional show are often too slow paced.

                    I've watched snatches of this 'live' show. I agree that it is a bit chaotic. But I like Bobby's idea of removing the legs and thighs for additional cooking.

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                      miss_belle Nov 24, 2013 07:12 PM

                      Thanks ~ that's putting it mildly at least:-)

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                  miss_belle Nov 24, 2013 05:01 PM

                  Run a google search for "Giada Thanksgiving Live" and a gazillion news articles show up about her cutting her finger on live TV. Like it was major celebrity news. No criticism on her pushy attitude problem though. This thread is on the first page.

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                    coney with everything Nov 25, 2013 06:44 AM

                    she was on the Today show this morning explaining what she did. Said she got "several" stitches and showed a disgusting pic of her finger

                    If she had been forbidden to say the word "Italian", she would have been vewwy vewwy quiet.

                    1. re: coney with everything
                      fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 07:06 AM

                      Yea, although the poking fun at her Italian spin was a little much. The others don't really have themes so maybe that's why but other chefs on the network have themes I'm sure they'd talk about over and over :)

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                        sandylc Nov 25, 2013 09:32 AM

                        She needs to stop with the Italian bit. She mangles the language. She needs to leave Italian cooking and language to the experts.

                        EDIT: Oh, and it would help if she checked quite a bit of her enormous ego at the door.

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                      Christina D Nov 24, 2013 04:12 PM

                      Didn't like it at all. It was much better when there were more chefs at different stations all working on separate dishes. Giada was obnoxious and as everyone else said, they were all talking over each other. Very disappointing.

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                        Bellachefa Nov 24, 2013 09:52 AM

                        It's playing now - sunday EST

                        I thought everyone was being a bit harsh, and then I watched about 5 minutes.

                        I've lost a bit of respect for Giada and her screeching pushiness....and have gained new respect for Ina and her gracious way.

                        Alton doesn't bother me, as he has always been a bit of a charicature.

                        Edited: I don't think she's drunk, I think she is on some type of puppy uppers.

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                          fldhkybnva Nov 24, 2013 10:03 AM

                          I have to agree. I thought it was jut people having a low opinion of the FN in general but I'm watching and it's pretty much on key. Giada just seem to butt into everything and interrupt everyone while she stands around sticking her finger into every dish to try it. To me it seems like she's acting as if she's with little kids which she does have a daughter so maybe it relates to that. Love Alton!

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                            Scoutmaster Nov 24, 2013 11:39 AM

                            Did not like the format this year. Much prefer last year's format with many of the FN chefs & cooks interacting. Adding Ina to the mix was great, but wish there were more personalities.

                            Love Alton, but he seemed very rushed, like he was being pressured to speed it up, but it just came across somewhat disorganized. I doubt it was nerves since he's accustomed to these types of "on the fly" situations.

                            Giada's true personality comes across in situations like this. She's fine with her own scripted shows, but let her ad-lib and she comes across as a beeotch. It has been exhibited numerous times from her live spots on other shows and previous TGL. Everything with her is I I I I and volume.

                            Ina was very nervous (she mentioned it somewhere awhile back) and it was her first time meeting and working with Alton (although I think they got acquainted the night before over dinner). You would've never known it though. She handled everything flawlessly.

                            I found Bobby much less annoying than usual. He seems to have toned down the arrogance.

                            1. re: Scoutmaster
                              fldhkybnva Nov 24, 2013 12:23 PM

                              Ina actually seemed a little nervous though didn't falter at all. I love love her. I thought that and then thought, well she's on TV everyday but I guess it was a different format.

                              I used to categorize Giada and Rachael Ray in the same spot in my mind but Rachael is actually really good on the spot.

                              I also much preferred last year's format.You'd think for the 20th anniversary they would have done more.

                              Poor Giada, I'm sure she mean well.

                        2. Njchicaa Nov 23, 2013 03:09 PM

                          This was the worst of the three that they have done. They usually have at least 6 cooks/chefs on hand plus Alton so it is pretty tightly scheduled and rehearsed.

                          Because this was just Bobby, Giada, and Ina with Alton as the host it was entirely too informal which led to them talking over each other, interrupting each other, making stupid jokes, not paying attention to their cues, etc.

                          Bring back the show with many people working on things all throughout the Food Network kitchen and have Alton moving back and forth throughout the show. The first two years of the show were great. This years was a $hit$how.

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                            agnesrob Nov 24, 2013 04:25 AM

                            Totally agree with you! Having just the four with some cooks in the background took away from the show. Cutting the legs and thighs off and finishing them while the rest of the bird rests was the only good tip I came away with.

                            1. re: agnesrob
                              ennuisans Nov 24, 2013 04:56 AM

                              But...but the God Board!

                          2. HillJ Nov 23, 2013 02:59 PM


                            All the recipes from the show are reprinted here. I didn't catch it but I was looking online to see what was made. Only four hosts this year? Last year the FN kitchen featured at least two more in total cooks right?

                            1. pamf Nov 23, 2013 01:07 PM

                              Giada and Alton were really annoying, vying for attention. Bobby was pretty cool, just rolling with it. I am starting to appreciate him more. Ina seemed kind of lost in the middle of it all.

                              I had this on for background noise while going about the Sat morning chores, but I didn't really notice any great recipes or tips.

                              Was Giada kidding with those oreo cookie and kandy korn turkeys? I guess someone has to take over for Sandra Lee.

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                                foodieX2 Nov 23, 2013 01:47 PM

                                I actually thought they were adorable. I usually end up with a few littles each year and they would love having them on the table or even making them. Heck, I think my 12 year old would love them too.

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                                  HillJ Nov 23, 2013 03:00 PM

                                  Last year a local school created 4,000 of those Oreo/candy corn turkey treats and brought them to the food pantry to hand out. The kids loved em.

                                2. re: pamf
                                  Scoutmaster Nov 24, 2013 11:57 AM

                                  She demonstrated how to make those on one of her recent Giada at Home episodes. Kids seem to enjoy them.

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                                  dolly52 Nov 23, 2013 12:28 PM

                                  It is being repeated here again, and I do notice she just interrupts everyone. Maybe she is a little tipsy or alot.

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                                    miss_belle Nov 23, 2013 12:09 PM

                                    I tried watching it on and off and finally just couldn't take Giada anymore(for all the reasons others have already stated). On a positive note - I thought Ina looked really nice today.

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                                      pine time Nov 23, 2013 12:00 PM

                                      Shoot, looks like I missed it. Will have to see if it's repeated. Any decent recipes?

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                                        fldhkybnva Nov 23, 2013 12:32 PM

                                        FWIW they usually repeat the specials over and over and over over.

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                                          pine time Nov 24, 2013 09:08 AM

                                          Yeah, I ended up catching it, by accident, later yesterday. Nothing of interest, IMHO. Wow, lots of talking over each other and apparent annoyance at Gaida, who was annoying.

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                                            fldhkybnva Nov 24, 2013 09:13 AM

                                            It just came on here again and I'm catching it for the first time. Doesn't sound like I missed much.

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                                          nemo Nov 24, 2013 09:27 AM

                                          Pine Time

                                          It's rerunning on my cable distributor at 12 noon Sunday. Probably won't help you right now, but I'm sure it will rerun again before Thursday. Only worth the disaster factor. It's awful.

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                                          nemo Nov 23, 2013 10:52 AM

                                          Just tuned in for 30 seconds. Giada is SO annoying, butting in and talking over everyone. Let Ina get a freakin' word in.

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                                            foodieX2 Nov 23, 2013 10:51 AM

                                            drama with the knife wound and now Giada sounds drunk!

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                                              breadchick Nov 23, 2013 11:22 AM

                                              Thank you! I watched it too, and thought she was hammered. I could be wrong, but she was talking over everyone, needing to be the center of attention, sulking a bit, and her comments were a bit off. Then she cuts her finger.

                                              It seemed to me that Bobby and Alton were tolerating her, but the looks they were giving were a bit telling. Yikes.

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                                              ennuisans Nov 23, 2013 10:31 AM

                                              I liked the idea of hacking off the legs for the last hour.

                                              1. juliejulez Nov 23, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                And really Alton? "Boo"jolais?

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                                                  agnesrob Nov 23, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                  Pretentious, Moi? Alton can really be full of himself!

                                                2. juliejulez Nov 23, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                  Giada is being kind of a beyotch.

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                                                    dolly52 Nov 23, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                    I am, I guess it is ok, just feel they must all of have gone to eye doctor at same time most of them wearing ugly rimmed glasses. Must want to look smart.

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                                                    1. re: dolly52
                                                      agnesrob Nov 23, 2013 09:36 AM

                                                      Yes, I noticed that too. Age coming into play maybe? Lol! I actually think Ina is a good addition to this years show that is usually mediocre. The first year they did it was the best as they imbibed in the cocktails too early which became really noticeable towards the end of the show!

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                                                      ennuisans Nov 23, 2013 09:07 AM

                                                      Everyone is wearing glasses! Well except Ina.

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                                                        agnesrob Nov 23, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                        Giada just said she got a text from her husband to take the glasses off! Now that's funny!

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                                                          foodieX2 Nov 23, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                          thats the first thing I noticed!

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