The Food Network Sucks - Part 1
Oh c'mon... this pic is freakin' funny!Â
There used to be a time, you know, back in the days when MTV played actual VIDEOS, when I told people (with almost a snooty pride) that I watched the âFood Networkâ.Â It was the first of itsâ kind, and it had all the quirkiness of producing television on a shoe-string.Â But somewhere along the line, they sold out.Â And sold out HARD.Â The other day I was home from work watching a mini-Food Network marathon from my couch, and it came to me: God, the Food Network really, really sucks.
Sure you might think âyouâre JUST figuring this out?â, but Iâm serious.Â I saw a commercial for âNext Iron Chefâ, or whatever-the-hell-it-is, and just the idea that they ripped off their OWN âNext Food Network Starâ, all because, what, ratings were up?Â Now theyâre going to produce 50 other contest shows?Â Wonât that pre-empt their 50 cake decoration competitions that I already couldnât give a crap about?
And all that led me to think about the Food Networkâs current programming, and how it might best be served showing it to Michael Vick to de-program him ala âClockwork Orangeâ:
30-Minute Meals/Rachael Rayâs Tasty Travels
Man, I could talk about Rachael Ray for hours.Â But I suppose the real problem is: where to start?Â Her voice that sounds like Lucille Ball (you know, at the end of her life when the cigarettes were ready to take her home to Jesus)?Â Her jet-black Elvira hair?Â Her Popeye-worthy facial ticks?Â Or her âplease punch me in the solar-plexusâ personality?Â Nah, Iâll stick to the EASY targetsâ¦ her shows.Â Ever since she got that gig on network TV after washing Oprahâs limousine fleet, 30-Minute Meals has gone from awful to unwatchable.Â You can tell 100% that she just doesnât give a damn any more.Â And ever since she âremodeledâ her kitchen-set, I have to wear sunglasses to keep from going blind.Â Newsflash, Rach, fluorescent orange is great for Chuck-E-Cheese, but your kitchen should NOT look like a Barbie Playset.
Next up, Tasty Travels â âTasty Travelsâ makes me laugh, because you just KNOW they changed the name from â$40 a Dayâ because they got tired of people complaining that she was making up her prices.Â True story, my boss went to Greece, and went to the places Rachael Ray visited on â$40 a Dayâ, and told me the prices were 2 to 3 TIMES what she claimed them to be on her show.Â Donât be a liar, you jerk.Â Maybe she should stay closer to home, so her husband doesnât have to keep frequenting prostitutes to spit in his face (I read that in a tabloid somewhere, really).
Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Paula Deen.Â Figure it out.
Correct me if Iâm wrong, but I think the premise of this show is âWatch Paula Deen stuff her face with food for 30 minutes, interrupted only by her sexually harassing male audience members that are 1/3 her age.âÂ And whatâs worse, I saw an episode the other day where she had these freaky ice-sculptors that ripped off the Blue Man Group, only they were WHITE.Â Stuff like that always pisses me off, ever since I paid top dollar to watch âCirque Dreamsâ, only to find out they had absolutely NOTHING to do with âCirque Du Soleilâ.Â I went for art, and ended up seeing Americaâs Got Talent rejects.Â Bastards.Â Canât wait for next week when Paula shows us how to change her adult sonsâ diapers.Â I swear to God, Roscoe and Cletus Deen need to disappear from my TV ASAP.Â And please, Paula, let your husband go back to work at the North Pole.Â Think of the children and their toys!
Giadaâs Weekend Getaways
I swear to you, those hands are photoshop-free.Â I only messed with the head.Â Those are some freaky hands. Â Go on, admit it.
Remember when Giada used to cook on her âcooking showâ?Â Yeah, it seems the Food Network told her, âscrap the food, just get your 12-year-old body in a bikini, STAT!â.Â Itâs sad that they sacrificed one of their most popular shows to becoming a Maxim-Photo-Shoot-wine-reduction.Â While thereâs no denying Giadaâs got an awesome body, I canât help but notice that her head looks like it belongs on a woman twice her size.Â Think of how developed her neck muscles must be to keep that huge melon on her shoulders!
I think Iâll quit while Iâm ahead.Â Maybe you think Iâm being too hard on them.Â But forgive me, I just donât think that âcelebrityâ is a paying gig, there needs to be some sort of talent or effort to back it up.Â Celebrities today all seem to think that just showing up is newsworthy.Â Whether itâs that âDeath-Pool Lockâ Britney Spears, Rachael Ray refusing to interact with the audience on âRRâ, or that hack Ashlee Simpson lip-synching on SNL, no one WORKS for their fame.Â Iâll watch your Food Shows, Cushman.Â Iâll even view your commercials so you can get paid from your advertisers, but donât think Iâm showing up because I have nowhere else to go.Â Â Â Thereâs a little thing called the âINTERNETSâ now, and their programming is starting to kick the crap out of yours.Â Be warned.
Thanks, everyone!Â Iâll write more soon!