Monday, August 4
And due to what's kind of a long story, I didn't even get to DVR it because my cable was down. It should hopefully be restored tonight.
Add all that to the fact that I'm still crying over the demise of Redlasso, the Internet godsend that allowed me to watch and clip shows at any time. (Why did you have to sue, NBC and FOX?!? Why?)
So, I'm basically left helpless... at least until next Sunday, upon which I can watch the 2nd episode. Thanks to you all for getting the ball rolling on the "Lisa Garza Wins" post below.
There were apparently some issues involving grease... and grapeseed oil?
Someone asked me in the comments to "come out" and write about how I feel about Aaron. Not having seen the first episode, I can't comment on that. As far as my thoughts on Aaron as a person and a Food Network host, he wouldn't have been my first choice. Like many of you, I found the way his pilot was presented in the finale to be verrrrrry edited. Aaron would say a few words and then we'd get an shot of the audience "reacting" over and over. He'd hardly get a full sentence out before they'd cut away to laughing or seat-jumping or whatnot.
It gave me the impression they were trying to sweeten up something that was probably a little sour to begin with—more so than the other finalists.*
Soooo, I was kind of upset about that.
Also, Aaron's food isn't typically the kind of stuff that makes me go gaga. That doesn't mean I won't watch a host like that, s/he just better have the kind of personality that will force me to sit there and watch, even if they're sautéing an old shoe. It's not easily defined, but I know it when I see it.
Based on Aaron's performance on The Next Food Network Star, I don't know if I see it. Maybe that'll change with his own show... but I'm not counting on it.
What are your thoughts? There seem to be people on both sides of the aisle. Too much gab about grease and grapeseed?
* Food Network has every right to do this, though. People seem to confuse this TV competition with something as honest and sound as the presidential election (okay, bad example). The fact of the matter is the show's producers reserve the right to do pretty much anything in terms of "story telling" and mid-taping rule changes. Ever notice how at the end of Project Runway you see: Judges considered both their scores and input from the Producers and Bravo in reaching their elimination decisions?
Bob, Susie and Bobby could have "legally" decided to just scrap the final three contestants and give the show to Kelsey. Now, that might not have been ethical, but they could have done it.
The show is edited and designed to get high ratings, and it does that quite well. So when people complain about if this was "the best talent they could find?", I'm pretty sure you'd get a confident "yes" in response from the producers. These were the best contestants for generating interesting stories and high-drama moments, all of which they hoped would turn into high ratings. And it did... nearly 4 million people watched the finale, beating all kind of records at Food Network. There isn't much more to it than that.