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)
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.
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.
August 24, 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. 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 to use their celebrity to combat the news network's ratings woes.
February 6, 2013 |
Viewers finally got a taste of "The Taste" when judges Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, Anthony Bourdain and Brian Malarkey joined their teams in the kitchen. It was definitely more action-packed than the initial auditions but there were some fundamental ingredients still lacking. For one, the show's format is confusing. To start, each team member makes a spoonful. The teams then decide on one spoonful to represent the team to be sent to a guest judge. On Tuesday's episode, the theme was comfort food and the guest judge was Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune in New York.
March 6, 2013 |
Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Brian Malarkey and Ludo Lefebvre did their best to seduce viewers on Tuesday night's semifinals episode of "The Taste. " It was all about making the perfect, seductive bite. Ingrid Hoffmann, star of the Food Network show "Simply Delicioso," played guest judge for the team spoon challenge and chose Sarah Schiear from Lefebvre's team as the winning bite. Schiear, a food blogger from Florida, made an impressive spoonful of panna cotta with caramel and caviar.
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.
February 11, 2013 |
NBCUniversal wants to trade in its geeks for metrosexuals. The media giant announced Monday that it was rebooting its tiny G4 cable channel, which has long focused on attracting young, male video game players. But because most gamers don't watch much TV, ratings for G4 have been puny. So in a bid for higher numbers, and a larger share of advertising dollars, the company is attempting an upgrade: On April 22, the channel will be rebranded as the Esquire Network, a partnership with Hearst Magazines and its iconic publication.
May 30, 2012
If "Hatfields & McCoys" is any indication, viewers just can't get enough of old-fashioned feudin'. History's three-part miniseries about the 19th century Appalachian clan war broke records with its first installment Monday night, attracting 13.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That made it the No. 1 non-sports telecast ever on an ad-supported cable network. "Hatfields & McCoys," which stars Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as patriarchs whose grudge match spans generations, shot holes in the competition.