5 WAYS TO MAKE ABC’s “THE CHEW” TOLERABLE

Saturday, October 1st, 2011 | SMASH Pop Culture, SMASH TV with 27 Comments

The Chew

5 WAYS TO MAKE ABC’s “THE CHEW” TOLERABLE

The loud trainwreck that is “The Chew”, which premiered this past Monday on ABC not only as yet another food-theme show but also as replacement for “All My Children” the 40+ year legendary soap that ABC killed earlier this year, has not been the smashing success that the network had hoped. Or is it early to tell? Read the rest of this entry »

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SMASHgods TV: Live Blogging the Premiere of Top Chef Washington DC

Friday, June 18th, 2010 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

Top Chef Washington DC

For some reason, and after stints in LA, Las Vegas and Chicago, the Top Chef crew decided this season to decamp in the nation’s capital. As we can see from scenes that are coming up, the city plays host to a number of venues like the Goddard Space Center and politicians like Nancy Pelosi (yes, that Nancy Pelosi). The crew has also added Le Bernardin chef extraordinaire Eric Ripert to the lineup of judges, including Padma Lakshmi, Tom Collichio and Gail Simmons. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 5 TV Trends to Dread in 2009

Friday, January 2nd, 2009 | SMASH TV with No Comments »

Broken, Bad TV

Back in the 90s there was a TV show called “Cheaters”. Deliberately cheesy and tackily filmed in Texas, the show busted real-life adulterers out in the open. With cameras in tow and cuckolded hubby or wife, we got to see the cheaters usually in the act and then, well, fists went flying and so did the expletives. Afterwards, there was a semi-serious but always ludicrous announcement on the screen that invited viewers to call in if they too suspected that their spouses were cheating. Now this was entertainment! Read the rest of this entry »

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Smash TV: Survivor: Gabon, Week 1

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

Survivor Gabon

Survivor Gabon Week 1

Probst Survivor GibonIn terms of production value and sometimes suspense, “Survivor” is in a class all its own for reality shows. Many have tried to emulate its format, but no one has learned how to capture what it means to haul 18 complete strangers to some exotic locale, force them to create a “society”, perform difficult physical or mental challenges, and, as its fabled slogan says, “outwit, outsmart, outlast” the elements and the other contestants for 39 days. Since its start in 2001, there have been cult favorites like the first winner, the ornery Richard Hatch (now serving time in prison, incidentally, for evading Uncle Sam with his prize money), professional soccer player Ethan Zohn, who won the otherwise uninteresting season three, Survivor: Africa. That was even the season that introduced Elizabeth Hasselbeck to the world, and now we can take in her Republican cheerleading on the “View”. The locales for the show was visually stunning, and the show is paced in such a way to guarantee that there will be some level of intrigue in every episode, and as the season goes on and there are fewer survivors, things get pretty intense. Of course, this is the show that brought the term “tribal council” to American cultural lexicon, and it’s the centerpiece of each episode. Survivors arrive here ready to vote out someone with lit torches. The erstwhile (and recently Emmy-winning) host Jeff Probst reads out the votes, and when your name is called, your torch is symbolically snuffed out. The prize at the end of 39 grueling days? A cool million bucks. Read the rest of this entry »

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