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June 5, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Somewhat to my surprise, I am a fan of Gordon Ramsay, the Scottish chef and TV personality. He is not, strictly speaking, a "TV chef," like Julia Child or Bobby Flay, though he will grab a pan and a knife every so often to demonstrate how easy it is to cook something and, paradoxically, how much better he is at cooking it than you will ever be. As the creator of an international fleet of high-end restaurants and the star of several British and...
August 30, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
If you own a bar and your customers are having trouble distinguishing it from the strip club next door, you've got a bit of a PR problem on your hands. Such was the case with a joint named Angel's in Corona. Opened in 1992 by a former female wrestler named Renee Vicary, it was close to shutting down for good in this past spring. In fact, Angel's rated so high on the dive bar Richter scale that it was featured on a new Spike TV reality show called "Bar Rescue. " Jon Taffer, seasoned bar consultant and "Bar Rescue" host, spent five spring days transforming Angel's from a dingy sports bar into a classed-up whiskey den called Racks Billiards & Bourbon.
December 23, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Britain's largest independent television production company, All3Media, will consolidate its Southern California studios in Westchester. The company behind such shows as “Undercover Boss” and “Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares” has agreed to rent two floors in a Howard Hughes Center office building near the 405 Freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard, real estate broker Jacob Bobek of Cushman & Wakefield said. The lease for 51,000 square feet is valued at $16 million, he said. All3Media's five Los Angeles area studios are now in separate locations in Culver City and the Westside and the consolidation will reduce their total rented space by about 20%. More than half of All3Media's revenue comes from international operations, and the U.S. is its fastest-growing market, according to U.K. industry website Broadcast.
September 28, 2007 | Rene Lynch, Times Staff Writer
It was "Bionic Woman" vs. "Grey's Anatomy" -- and "Grey's Anatomy" wasn't even on. "Bionic Woman," the hip new remake of that '70s show, starring Michelle Ryan, beat its heavy competition at 9 p.m. Wednesday in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic that advertisers crave most. This despite going up against the much-hyped "Private Practice," starring Kate Walsh.
August 21, 2008 | Mary McNamara, Times Television Critic
"Tabatha's Salon Takeover," which premieres tonight at 10, is Bravo's contribution to the growing sub-genre of "whip it" television, in which self-anointed experts, preferably with non-American accents, parachute into crisis situations -- a floundering restaurant, a discipline-challenged family -- and whip everyone into shape. As the title might indicate, "Tabatha's Salon Takeover" provides this service for struggling hair salons. A "Kitchen Nightmares" setup, only with hair instead of food and stylist/salon owner Tabatha Coffey instead of Gordon Ramsay.
February 17, 2012
SERIES Visiting … With Huell Howser: This episode takes a step back in time with a collection of favorite Videolog segments from the 1980s featuring a young-looking Howser (7:30 p.m. KCET). Kitchen Nightmares: In this new episode, chef Gordon Ramsay works with the owners of an Italian bistro in La Verne, suffering from lackluster service, an uninspired menu and outdated decor (8 p.m. Fox). 20/20: This new episode of the news magazine series profiles Whitney Houston, provides new details about Whitney's final days and features an interview with Diane Sawyer conducted with the singer 10 years ago (9 p.m. ABC)
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