March 14, 2012 |
Marilyn Hagerty's review of the Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D., is hardly about the restaurant's “warm and comforting” chicken Alfredo or the “attractive” bar area -- it's the purest gauge of all that is America. That's if you believe the snarky legions who bashed the 85-year-old reviewer's piece last week and turned it viral, the diners who then defended it and the pundits who have since spun it into a touchstone for a feisty debate about the country's culture. Much has been made of Hagerty's March 7 evaluation of the chain restaurant for the Grand Forks Herald.
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.
November 4, 2013 |
When he was tapped to run CNN a year ago, Jeff Zucker was supposed to help lift ratings at the 24-hour cable news network. Whoops. CNN last week plunged to its worst numbers since August 2012, months before Zucker, a former NBC boss, was brought aboard to right the ship. How bad was it? CNN last week was a distant No. 3 (385,000) in prime time behind MSNBC (683,000) and Fox News (2.4 million). On the set: movies and TV But here's the worst part: CNN's total audience barely beat Fox News' viewership just in the demographic of viewers aged 25 to 54 (377,000)
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.”)
February 13, 2013 |
Things are finally heating up both in and out of the kitchen on ABC's "The Taste. " On Tuesday night's episode, personalities clashed and even the judges found themselves at each other's throats during judgment. For the team challenge, each contestant prepared a food and wine pairing with an Alamos Malbec from Argentina. Each team selects one spoonful to represent the team. If that spoonful is chosen as the best, the chef who prepared it gets immunity. Former sommelier at the French Laundry and former head sommelier at Per Se, André Hueston Mack , and David Kinch of Manresa Restaurant acted as guest judges and mentors. The chefs turned into anxiety monsters while the mentors decided which spoon would represent the teams.