Thursday February 28, 2013

It's technically still Wednesday night as I write this but I have some thoughts on the Top Chef: Seattle finale.  Congratulations to Kristen Kish on becoming only the 2nd female winner of the franchise.  They completely switched up the format for the finale and did it a disservice in my opinion.  It felt more like a Hell's Kitchen finale with two chefs battling it out in a best of 5 rounds tasting test.  Kristen was also a contestant that had been eliminated earlier in the season only to make it back on the show by kicking ass on the Top Chef version of Survivor's Redemption Island.  The finale was live in front of a studio audience which also included every one of the previous Top Chef winners, the competing chefs' families and this season's cast, amongst others.  It felt almost as lame as when Hung Huynh won the Miami season.  For a show that has seemed to get almost everything right over its first 9 seasons, this felt like a misstep.  Besides the fact that I thought Brooke Williamson should have won.  I'll still make a trip to The Tripel to taste her cooking for myself.

I DVR'd Boston's Finest tonight and am curious to see that show after watching Donnie Wahlberg promote it on The Daily Show earlier this week.  I will give you a full breakdown after I watch.

It's been said before, but if you're not watching Workaholics on Comedy Central, you are sorely missing out.  This week's episode was amongst the best in the show's history.  It's a show I can watch a handful of times and will keep picking up great throwaway lines each time.

Quick casting update to my post from yesterday. . . so the network likes one particular host who is a name that needs very little introduction.  However, they are not willing to put forth an offer to him unless and until he agrees to shoot a screen test.  Production is going to have to fly to him and put him on camera to appease the network higher ups.  A quick YouTube search will uncover more than a fair share of videos of this person, but evidently that doesn't suffice.

How do we get Phillip Sheppard from Survivor his own show?  

According to the New York Times:

"Wednesday night’s third-season premiere of A&E’s reality series “Duck Dynasty” was the most-watched nonfiction show on cable television so far this year, crushing much of the competition on the broadcast networks, especially among the younger viewers of most value to advertisers.

“Duck Dynasty” attracted a vast audience for cable, 8.6 million viewers, the most for any nonfiction show on cable in 2013. But the 10 p.m. half-hour of “Dynasty” also pulled in five million viewers in the 18- to 49-year-old age group, the one that most networks sell to their advertisers."

I'm not gonna lie, I don't get it.  I've tried to watch this show and have in fact received several calls from the producers who were in search of one Hall of Fame QB with a connection to one of these guys, asking if he'd like to appear on the show.  They were on the front page of ESPN.com yesterday and have obviously won over this nation.  Call me crazy, but I'm not buying in.