Thursday, October 9
So should it?
Food Network knows how to do a few things well. It can do lighthearted (Robin Miller, Sunny). It can do comedy (Sandra Lee, Paula Deen, Ace of Cakes). It can do sexy (Giada, Dave, Ellie, Alton). It can even pull off semi-serious instructional (Essence of Emeril, Ina).
But one thing I don't think it can do is sad.
And even though I know the show is supposed to be uplifting and promises to show us how "through the power of food" lives can be changed, ehhhhh... I just don't know if I will want to watch that on a Sunday night, only to see Guy Fieri's big mug pop onto the screen 2 minutes after hearing about someone growing up homeless and being addicted to drugs.
It kind of reminds me of the times when Oprah does a "serious" episode. She could have been jumping up and down the day before giving away microwaves and suddenly, the next day, Oprah's got the lights all low, the set darkened, and all of her voiceovers are magically zapped of their happiness and replaced with the "sad show" voiceovers. (In a serious voice: "Guests of the Oprah Winfrey show stay at the all-suite Omni Hotel, located in the heart of Chicago's magnificent mile.")
It's that incongruousness that gives me pause.
And even though Food Network has shown they can be successful with new and different show formats (Ace of Cakes!), it's never gone this different. The fact that Chef Jeff spent a decade in prison certainly gives some street cred to the network, though.
What do you think?