$10 Dinners with Melissa D'Arabian
I don't have anything in common with sorority girls, and I am usually jealous of people who got to go to France, but for some reason I don't hate Melissa. She doesn't annoy us like Rachel Ray does, for instance, even though most of Melissa's tips are as simple as Rachel's.
I was just watching a classic Julia Child on public TV, and thought Julia would not have been able to get through the selection process nowadays - same with Emeril's early shows! - so it is brutal. Melissa deserves a chance to improve. Already her second episode is better than the first. So far in her second episode she has avoided other FN stars' catchphrases (oops, until the very end "I think I'm going in for more" - sounded Rachel-like?) and is looking at the camera more.
I think the Food Network could have given her a better start, like they did with Guy Fieri - can't watch him, he is too "over the top." Are they writing Melissa's script? I'm not sure I like how she said she "created" some of those things, like the steaming the potatoes trick that we use on Costco potstickers, or the glazed carrots "recipe" in the first episode that I myself also "created" in the past, as I'm sure lots of other people have. If they are making her say that to try and give her some "authority," that is unnecessary and even backfires a little. But like I said, for whatever reason (maybe the cute little blonde chipmuck look is just non-threatening to other women?), I like her and want her to succeed!
I think it's funny they gave her a budget show and yet her cookware looks very expensive. Is it? And where did she get that cute glass measuring cup? I want one!
What Would Brian Boitano Make?
This show has a promising premise. I am waiting to watch this with hubby we are hoping they will knock it out of the park. He found this link, includes the South Park background and a funny bit about Guy... Really, What Would Brian Boitano Make? - SFist