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Monday, July 7

Adam Gertler Might Not Be the Comedic Genius We Thought

As we saw earlier today, editing can be done to put someone in a bad light... and, conversely, it can be done to put someone in a good light—or a better light than they were in in reality.

Check out the beginning of Adam Gertler's demo on Rachael Ray, as seen in last night's episode of The Next Food Network Star:



Then go to Rachael's site to see how it aired on the actual talkshow.

Hear that laughter after Adam's joke about an ice cream sandwich? It was obviously added in post-production. In other words, he never got that laugh. The real audience at Rachael Ray just politely applauded, probably in a Pavlovlian-like response to the blinking APPLAUSE sign.

So are we up in arms over Food Network's CENSORING of the truth in regards to Adam's comedic abilities? No. It's just the way the producers are choosing to tell this story. It's not like the judges are in on the editing process while the show is being taped. I highly doubt producers pumped some extra laughter into the judges room during Adam's demo, while adding a bunch of dead air during Lisa's. So let's all breathe a sigh of relief. Ahhhhh...

Oh, and go eat a banana cut in half with some yogurt and strawberries on it.

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22 Comments:

At 7/07/2008 9:14 PM , Blogger Rocco Gibraltar said...

Just me, or is this crop of participants very subpar? I think Adam has talant as a showman, but not so much as a chef.

The winner of this season will be cut as soon as the program starts. Pity, but the cookie does crumble.

 
At 7/07/2008 9:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since none of us have tasted his food and all he flunked were those idiotic, unreasonable excersices how do we really know how Adam cooks? Ya know?

If he gets the job, he will be teaching home cooks- not Cordon Bleu chefs. That isn't all that hard. he does have stage presence and ample personality. You can't really teeach someone that.

If you go to the FN blog you will see that rachel ray thought Adam was the most comfortable, had the most appropriate kid recipe and the best tasting one as well.

She does have the advantage over us in actually eating what he cooked.

She also used a lot of his recipes on her website.

http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/categories/family-favorites/

 
At 7/07/2008 9:52 PM , Blogger Rocco Gibraltar said...

anon...how hard is it to cook chicken until it is done? Not so difficult. When the pink is gone...it is done. Adam should have been scratched long ago, but he is cute, and has a tv personality.

 
At 7/07/2008 10:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the giggle in both videos. Maybe it's just me...

 
At 7/07/2008 11:00 PM , Blogger Jackie said...

rocco -- i couldn't agree more. finding this season's contestants to be either bland or annoying. couldn't imagine wanting to watch a show featuring any of them.

 
At 7/08/2008 12:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing to do with this show, but here you can get a hint of what happens on Throwdown tomorrow night by a blogger who was one of the judges.

http://www.amalah.com/amalah/

 
At 7/08/2008 8:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa, buddy! You mean that television has some "magical" device that can mimic the sound of laughter????! Riiight...


Look, people, TFN uses a process called "editing" to highlight the best and worst moments of EACH contestant. They do this to, you know, make the show more interesting. If it was some kind of conspiracy to make Adam look like Seinfeld, then they would have edited out his Coast Guard trip. Likewise, we've seen Lisa in rare (very rare) moments of something approaching sweetness and humanity.

Anyway, I'm still rooting for Kelsey to win and do a show with puppets!! "Good morning Mr. Froggington. Good morning Ms. Bumblesqueak. I'll bet you're hungry this morning. Let's make yogurt banana boats! Doesn't that sound like fun?!"

 
At 7/08/2008 9:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon...how hard is it to cook chicken until it is done?

Don't you think the time constraints in these unrealistic slilly food challenges for had something to do with why his chicken wasn't done?

if he had his own show he would have the time to do things right, not OK do Turdunkin- figure it all out and find the supplies and get 'er done is 30 minutes. Not a very realistic challenge which is why it is fun to watch but that aint the way it is for RR or Giada on there when thay have a real show.

 
At 7/08/2008 9:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right, do you think if you ate at Adam's house he'd feed you raw chicken?

It's the unrealistic challenges and no doubt rattled nerves at play there. NONE of their food is like they;d make it in normal circumstances except maybe the RR show stunt and Adams accorder to rachel was the best.

There were thousands of entries in this thing. His food brought him to the top of the heap. It's silly to think he can't cook. Not only that he had a restaraunt for years.

 
At 7/08/2008 9:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

RR Show edited and added a laugh for Adam. OK That is fine THAT IS THE RR SHOW and they can do as they please. RR Show is NOT the Food Network.

I do hold the FN responsible for their editing and although I do give them artistic leeway to some extent, I also don't think they should do a deliberate, nasty, hit job in their editing like they did on Lisa Garza.

It is dishonest to the viewers and humiliating to Lisa in front of the whole world. It harms her as a professional and I hope she sues them. I really think they deserve it.

 
At 7/08/2008 10:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garza volunteered to be on TNFNS. She read and signed a contract basically stating that any way she would be portrayed would be fine with her. Now she complains??? Garza, how about saying "thank you for the opportunity" and then shutting up!!!! her actions prove that she is an elitist snob with an enormous ego. I'm sure she won't win because I'm sure none of the producers at TFN would want to work with such a she-beast!

Her complaining si what is ruining her reputation.

 
At 7/08/2008 10:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe RR Show has pretty strict guidelines on what the audience can and can't do..who knows if laughter, applause, etc. also fall into this category?

 
At 7/08/2008 10:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

**see the RR Show's website for details on audience rules.

 
At 7/08/2008 12:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her complaining si what is ruining her reputation.

Sorry a whole lot more people saw the hit job on Lisa on FN than even know she complained.

They TRASHED her and you suggest she ought to have expected such shocking treatment.

That is like saying some wife who said her wedding vows should out up with whatever happens, no mater how badly she is treated. "hey she made an agreement right?"

 
At 7/08/2008 12:31 PM , OpenID heartsfordinner said...

Anon 9:16: It was TNFNS that edited in the laugh, not Rachael Ray. And while Rachael Ray isn't TNFNS, or, as you put it, Food Network, all are owned by Scripps Networks.

 
At 7/08/2008 12:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, right: thank you for the opportunity to be on the lamest show ever and make me look like an idiot......

what is anyone EVER thinking when they sign up for this crap anyway??

 
At 7/08/2008 9:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, please. No one is doing a nasty hit job. The RR show clip is missing 50 seconds of the 4 minutes of cooking. They probably edited OUT the part where she froze and TNFNS showed it. Didn't Lisa herself say that she froze up during the episode because Rachael is such a strong personality? As for Adam, didn't notice much of a difference - he still interacted well with the host, brownie, camera, and audience and was quite at ease.

 
At 7/09/2008 1:37 PM , Blogger Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. said...

I hate that Lisa feels she needs to explain herself to this blog. I know a lot of people don't stop to consider how edited reality TV is. I try to always keep this in mind. But mostly, I just ***LOVE*** Lisa. I think when she’s not under the pressure of a competition her style & true star quality will shine through-as well as her food knowledge.

Honestly, she is the only contestant who I can see myself tuning in each week to catch a show with. She makes me want to learn more about fine foods. Each episode she grows on me and I come to admire her more & more. I think she can do great things.

 
At 7/12/2008 9:09 PM , Anonymous kq said...

For what it's worth, it is just as easy for an editor to remove or diminish background noises (such as laughter) nowadays as it to add or enhance it. The power of everything being digitized. Heck, I learned how to do it in high school 17 years ago. As I said in my reply to the post about Lisa earlier ... if we weren't actually there in person we have no way of knowing what actually went on for ANY of the contestants.

 
At 7/21/2008 1:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I think she has it. She just does. Like it or not, that is fine. But there is a talent and a radiance.

 
At 7/28/2008 9:57 AM , Blogger Mattdub said...

Wow, nice to know you're basing the fact of him being funny on whether or not OTHER people think he's funny. Did you laugh? He's funny. Did you NOT laugh? He's not funny. Rely on your own opinions, not others. Sheep.

 
At 7/28/2008 6:02 PM , Blogger Yorkie said...

Does anyone find it incredibly coincidental that all of a sudden someone named Aida has an internet-based food show on FN? No matter whether Adam deserved to win, his idea should have gone home with him. However, I'm in the legal field and FN must have made him sign away his ideas as property of FN. I have to now go cold turkey from FN - I no longer respect their integrity.

 

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