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Friday, July 18

How'd you like How'd That Get On My Plate?

I seriously need this weekend to catch up.

I need to watch the new episodes of Cooking for Real and Ace of Cakes that I missed (sorry about not posting about last night's FIFTH season premiere!), plus there's a new ep of Simply Delicioso this Saturday I'd like to check out, and Next Food Network Star on Sunday.

Also, I've still only seen the first episode, "Honey," of How'd That Get On My Plate?

How was the "Milk" episode this past Monday?

So far, I think Sunny is great in the series. I loved seeing her in the beekeeper gear.

Still, I wish that the honey episode had focused a bit more on what goes on at the bee farm instead of trying to fit in segments on multiple products (barbeque sauce, nuts, AND cream soda). Maybe showing how the raw material makes its way into one finished product would allow the show to devote a bit more time to the ingredient's journey.

Featuring all those products gave the show, to me, too much of a Marc Summers Unwrapped feel... which shouldn't be all that surprising since the same production company that does Unwrapped, High Noon, is doing HTGOMP?.

I like Unwrapped, don't get me wrong, but I think Sunny's show has the opportunity to go into a new direction. It still has time.

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At 7/18/2008 2:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree on focusing on one food in the long run, that was the genius of Follow that Food.

She is deceptively likable here.


At 7/18/2008 2:22 PM , Blogger Sarah Elizabeth said...

The milk episode was kind of disgusting for me. I read a book not long ago that talked about a lot of horrible things that go on when milking cows and it completely turned me off for a while.

The episode didn't show these things, of course, but I just couldn't seem to get the images out of my head.

At 7/18/2008 3:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i haven't watched it yet, but it seems a lot to me like unwrapped except she actually goes to the places

At 7/18/2008 3:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with making a mashup show of "Good Eats" and "Dirty Jobs" is that it leads you to end up truly appreciating ALTON BROWN and MIKE ROWE's abilities as hosts.

Look, I'm glad FN is diversifying behind the cooktop, which is why I was so disappointed when Nipa's personality sucked so bad, but let's kid ourselves. Try as she might, Sunny is NOT the next Tyra Banks.

At 7/18/2008 3:45 PM , Blogger jacob said...

"Try as she might, Sunny is NOT the next Tyra Banks."

Uhh... I'm probably not the only one who would say "thank god" she's not! Have you seen her "talk show"?

At 7/18/2008 4:35 PM , Blogger Randy said...

I haven't watched the Milk episode, but did see Honey. It was good, but not so much that I would go out of my way to watch/record it.

At 7/19/2008 2:22 AM , Anonymous AddictedtotheAddict said...

I really like Sunny and I REALLY want to like this show, but I can't see the difference between HTGOMP and Unwrapped. Well the one big difference being that Sunny's tv presence is better than Marc Summers. Every time I see him I expect him to ask if I am ready for "Double Dare".

Hopefully this show will gain its own identity, unless this is FN's replacement of Unwrapped like the replacement of the Deen boys with the Neely's on Road Tasted.

At 7/19/2008 12:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jacob, I'm the "Sunny is not Tyra Banks" poster.

Sarcasm doesn't work well over forum post.

I hate, hate, HATE Tyra Banks. And Sunny, to me, comes across as a THIRD RATE Tyra Banks.

At 7/19/2008 12:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe that jackass Gordon Elliot needs to be airlifted in to fix things? He seems to have a way of distinguishing things.

At 7/20/2008 9:06 PM , Anonymous Andrew said...

I hate Sunny Anderson, and her show is a blatant (and inferior, if possible) copy of Unwrapped -- down to her bizarre efforts to emulate Mark Whatshisname's inflection.

On the other hand, How'd That Get On My Plate? is one of the most unintentionally hilarious FN titles ever.

At 7/21/2008 9:37 AM , Blogger Phillip said...

I've seen both Milk and Honey episodes and I can't really tell the difference between that show and Unwrapped. I mean, HTGOMP focuses on just one main ingredient in each food product to tie together the show, but Unwrapped sorta does that too.

The only big difference is that Sunny actually visits 1-2 of the production locations, with the other ones simply being voiced over, a la Mark Summers. She's likable, but the show needs a more differentiated hook.

At 7/21/2008 12:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Sunny. The concept of the show is just another FN recycled idea. God forbid they try to come up with an original idea. However, lets all give Sunny a break. The show could be hosted by Bobby Rivers. Remember him?

At 7/21/2008 3:07 PM , Blogger Lys said...

I like the show, personally. I don't tend to like Unwrapped (not a fan of the Marc Summers - sorry).

I will say that i watched part of the Milk ep. and did watch the full Honey ep. and in both cases thought it was pretty good.

At 7/25/2008 5:18 PM , Blogger PJ said...

The milk show was essentially an ad for the Big Dairy industry, where all dairy cattle lead a beautiful life on the plains and raw, unpasteurized, non-homogenized milk is poison.

At 7/26/2008 12:01 AM , Blogger Alex (Alejandro) said...

This show does seem to be a recycled Unwrapped. Disappointing. Sunny has a lot of personality, etc. I think her talents are being wasted here.

At 7/27/2008 12:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunny stinks. I don't appreciate how they're pushing her on us. I wish she'd go away.

At 7/28/2008 6:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched both the honey and milk episodes and found the info presented far too shallow to be interesting. It's just basic facts for the most part. Really, it's Follow That Food done not nearly as well. Sonny is OK but not enough so to make up for the lack of content.

At 7/28/2008 10:50 AM , Blogger Bryan said...

She is ordinary, and safe, thats why she is on FN, did any of you see her and that dork Adam and that sad sack doofus doing those vids on TNFNS, their little viewing party vids, those are so painful.

They really are pushing her and now she is doing this kind of show!! ( rolling of the eyes, shaking of the head!!!)

At 7/28/2008 1:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunny is a delight!

At 7/28/2008 2:24 PM , Blogger Bryan said...

Thank you Sunny for posting!

At 8/04/2008 10:41 AM , Blogger PJ said...

Just saw the egg episode. I'm really not a nature or organic food activist, but I really could not believe how she fails to hint to any notion that this is not how things are supposed to be. She kept referring to the place where the chickens live as a farm, but video of the place made it clear that it was simply a factory. Then, whenever she'd say hens, they'd cut to stock footage of some birds outdoors--definitely not the same birds she was looking at.

I've always tried to buy cage-free organic eggs when possible, but now it's going to have to be a hard and fast rule. Animal cruelty? How'd That Get On My Plate?


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