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Location, location

I’m watching Food Network Star right now, which has been in Las Vegas for the past couple of weeks.

But it certainly doesn’t look like Vegas.

food network star vegasEvery time Bobby, Alton or Giada — the show’s three hallowed hosts — stand before this season’s contestants to set up a challenge, it looks like they are shooting the episode in an empty room. Or vacant parking lot.

Food Network goes to such great lengths to clear out the ‘normal folk’ during production, Vegas looks nothing like the manic city I have experienced every time I’ve had the chance to visit.

Why go to the expense of using Vegas as your backdrop if you’re going to make it sterile and still?  You might as well fake the whole thing at the Food Network studios here in New York City.

The show’s producers must have heard me.  They just announced this week’s survivors are coming to Manhattan for the remainder of the season.

That will probably look like Cleveland.



More Craig!

Guess who’s going to be hosting another show on television this fall?

craig celebrity name game

One of Craig’s guests mentioned it on Late Late Show Monday; he confirmed it; and the Google machine had the detes.

Celebrity Name Games is based on the board game “Identity Crisis.” Contestants partner with celebrity guests to guess famous identities from clues provided.  And with Craig as host, you know there will be lots of improvised fun.

It’s syndicated, so cross your fingers that it will be showing in your market.

(Mine are braided.)

Home bodies

“Good-bye, Atlas.”

If you’ve been watching Project Runway this season, you’ve no doubt heard the contestants bid their New York City digs adieu as they head to the workroom each day.

Like most reality shows, Runway is chock full of product endorsements.  Heck, each challenge is sponsored by an advertiser, and the producers usually make the design challenges a creative use of the featured product.

But for the Atlas, all they can come up with is shots of the apartments in use, and “Good-bye, Atlas” each time the designers leave the building.

Why not feature Atlas in a challenge itself?  Have the designers use textiles from the apartment in looks that are true to their design aesthetic?

No, what am I thinking…

Having them lovingly say ‘ta ta’ again and again is much more effective.

Star power

Late Monday night on Twitter, Josh Malina (Sports Night, The West Wing) announced:

Today I’m pitching CBS the idea of doing a celebrity version of Dancing With The Stars!

And last night on The Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson described the new cast as “that guy from that thing…and that girl that you hate to watch.”

Both funny — because they’re so true.

If you’ve seen the lineup for the 13th season of DWTS, you’ll be hard pressed to put names with faces for many of the so-called ‘stars’ without first reading their bios.  Or are the professional dancers supposed to be the stars this season?

I think they have more name recognition.

Now, I’ll admit most people know who David Arquette is — if not from his acting work, then from his recent and very public marriage troubles with actress Courtney Cox.  And Carson Kressley, of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame, has kept himself in the spotlight with other hosting gigs and a clothing line (and just generally being entertaining as all get out).

At the other end of the spectrum, Nancy Grace is well known for being a particularly repugnant ‘news’ personality.  And Chaz Bono — while not a celebrity in my book — has certainly made headlines with her (his) gender transformation.

But the remaining contestants?  Reality stars (or brothers of reality stars).  Names you haven’t seen on television for years.  Names you’ve only seen as ‘the girlfriend of’ a celebrity.

Names you won’t know at all.

I guess A-listers aren’t fighting to get on the show like DWTS would have us believe.  Or they don’t want to work so hard.

Perhaps they should rename the show Dancers Are the Stars?

Late to the party

NBC.  I’ve decided it stands for ‘Never Be Cutting-Edge.’

How else can you explain the network’s decision to launch an “American Idol”-esque program next spring…just as AI is wheezing its final breath?

The producers and major players can see the writing on the wall.  The viewers are leaving, too.  So now NBC decides to enter the singing competition business?

At least they’re consistent.

Sure, their new iteration has a twist. The judges don’t face the contestants, so in theory their decision will be based solely on the quality of the vocals.  (The idea is based on a program called “The Voice of Holland” already in production.)

Forgive me if I think they will get around that stipulation.

More importantly, I think audiences are ready for something different.  When AI dies — which I think will happen after next season if not this one — people will be ready for the next great competition…and this ain’t it.

Who knows?  By then, maybe reality TV will even be going out of style altogether.

We can always dream.