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FN Thanksgiving Live

Anyone watching this? It just started.

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  1. Everyone is wearing glasses! Well except Ina.

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    1. re: ennuisans

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

      1. 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

          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!

            1. re: juliejulez

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

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

              1. drama with the knife wound and now Giada sounds drunk!

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                1. re: foodieX2

                  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.

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

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

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                    1. re: pine time

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

                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        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.

                        1. re: pine time

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

                      2. re: pine time

                        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.

                      3. 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.

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

                          1. 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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                            1. re: pamf

                              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.

                              1. re: foodieX2

                                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

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

                              3. http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2...

                                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. 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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                                  1. re: Njchicaa

                                    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.

                                  2. 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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                                    1. re: Bellachefa

                                      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!

                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                        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

                                          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. 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.

                                      1. 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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                                        1. re: miss_belle

                                          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

                                            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 :)

                                            1. re: coney with everything

                                              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.

                                          2. Is this show about food or people?

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                                            1. re: paulj

                                              I did list the recipe links above :)

                                                1. re: paulj

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

                                                  1. re: paulj

                                                    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

                                                      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.

                                                      1. re: paulj

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

                                                  2. 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

                                                      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.

                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                          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

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

                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                              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

                                                                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. 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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                                                        1. Looks like we are Live Deprived this year. Nothing is showing on the schedule and I haven't seen any commercials. Bummer.

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                                                          1. re: ennuisans

                                                            It was pretty bad last year. Here's hoping they're taking a year off to retool.

                                                            1. re: Christina D

                                                              No thanksgiving live this year, you get Thanksgiving at Bobby's instead, with no LBH (yay) or Ina (boo)

                                                          2. HOWEver, Alton is answering Thanksgiving questions via Facebook as I write this, and will be doing so on Twitter again next week.


                                                            I think he's just doing this for an hour or so.

                                                            1. I watched the video from last year and I just cannot even. Someone please get rid of Giada - or at least tell her to stop dressing so provocatively and flirting incessantly.

                                                              Also, Alton Brown is really cute. :-)