August 23, 2012 |
As part of its ongoing efforts to get more people watching on weekends, CNN has announced that "Super Size Me" director Morgan Spurlock will be getting his own series, starting in April 2013. Spurlock's show, "Inside Man," will take the adventurous documentarian inside such subcultures as gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers and end-of-life caregivers. "Inside Man" will be paired with globe-trotting chef Anthony Bourdain's untitled new show in an effort to use their celebrity to combat the news network's ratings woes.
November 14, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 18 - 24 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY There's No Doubt you'll be in the Pink when they Usher you into the "The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards. " Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj are just two of the other scheduled performers we couldn't work into that sentence. (KABC, 8 p.m.) Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy were bad … but nothing when compared to "The Dust Bowl" of the 1930s.
January 27, 2013 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 27 - Feb. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES The Biggest Loser: They stock the kitchen with healthful groceries on a budget in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). The Carrie Diaries: Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) confronts Sebastian (Austin Butler) after finding some disturbing information about his past in her father's (Matt Letscher) work files in this new episode (8 p.m. KTLA)
November 2, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 4 - 10 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY From Washington, D.C., to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the new docudrama "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden" details the effort to track down and take out the world's most-wanted terrorist. (National Geographic, 8 and 11 p.m.) MONDAY Have camera, will travel: "Witness," a new docu-series from filmmaker Michael Mann and commercial director David Frankham, follows photojournalists as they ply their trade in such strife-torn locales as Mexico, Brazil, Libya and South Sudan.
February 12, 2013 |
Somm alert! This may just get me to watch tonight's episode of ABC's “ The Taste ,” the new cooking competition show starring Anthony Bourdain , Nigella Lawson and San Diego's hyperactive restaurateur Brian Malarkey . Why? Because the guest is winemaker André Hueston Mack , former finance guy and ex-sommelier at the French Laundry and former head sommelier at Per Se, both Thomas Keller restaurants. You can't get credentials much better than that. After four years of high-profile sommelier work, Mack left all that in 2007 to found his own wine company called Mouton Noir (Black Sheep)
March 6, 2013 |
A perspicacious Twitter follower named Jim Lawrence summed it up in a single sentence: “This is the 21st century: the only things in my timeline right now are Chavez and @Nigella_Lawson” So just how Twitter-ific is the star of “The Taste”? Would you believe 27 tweets in the five-hour period surrounding the show's airing (separate times for the coasts)? All told, there were more than 60 tweets from the assorted co-hosts -- and that's with one of them incognito. Among Lawson's pearls of wisdom: “Wearing @lwrenscott Postmistress Dress for @TheTasteABC tonight,” she tweeted at the start of the show.
January 6, 2013 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 6-12, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES omg! Insider: The entertainment newsmagazine formerly known as "The Insider" gets a makeover (7:30 p.m. CBS). The Bachelor: "The Bachelorette's" Sean Lowe will be the one handing out the roses this time around as romance-themed reality competition returns (8 p.m. ABC). Antiques Roadshow: Corpus Christi, Texas is the first stop as this series launches a new season (8 p.m. KOCE)
February 20, 2013 |
If you read only one food story today (not that I'm advising that), you absolutely must read Andy Greenwald's brilliant piece on food television on Grantland . Not only is it a smart analysis of how the genre has devolved from Julia and Jacques to Rachael and Guy, but it's studded with enough laugh-out-loud lines to make any ordinary writer's year. Emeril Lagasse was “A lumbering, rump roast of a man who cooked like Paul Prudhomme but talked like the Gorton's Fisherman.” (Now he's “a Wookie in winter.”)
March 1, 2013 |
World street food scene: Chef Bryant Ng of Spice Table is representing Los Angeles on the board of the first World Street Food Congress set for May 31 in Singapore, a 10-day event celebrating the richness and vibrancy of street food cultures. The event includes the World Street Food Jamboree with up to 40 hawkers, a two-day conference for the exchange of ideas and an awards event to recognize top global street food players. The board also includes Anthony Bourdain, Saveur's James Oseland and Chinese TV food host Johnny Chan.
January 30, 2013 |
The blind taste auditions finally came to an end on Tuesday night's episode of "The Taste. " Typically, the auditions are the best part of any competition. Those shows highlight the wackiest, worst, no-business-being-on-TV people for your entertainment pleasure. But I got a little bored with "The Taste. " Watching judges Ludo Lefebvre, Nigella Lawson, Brian Malarkey and Anthony Bourdain wear the same clothing they did in the first episode, but pretend it was a different day, and send chef after chef home with no real reason left me wanting more, and frustrated with the show's premise.