Every once in a while there’s a TV show that is as supremely addictive as it is painful to watch. I think Hell’s Kitchen starring Gordon Ramsay is that show for me. Last night’s debut of season three was a guilty pleasure of the highest order. The dramatic cuts, the snap edits, the volume cranking on the music, the goofy cooks . . . I love this show!
OK . . . fifteen minutes in and Aaron is crying, before the first service even rolls out.
There’s not a qualified cook in the whole cast, which means this year's show is guaranteed to be the best Hell’s Kitchen ever. It might finally be the year when Ramsay has Jean-Philippe shoot one of these bozos. Stay tuned, 8 p.m. on Monday nights on Fox.
Uh-oh. In our house we watch Big Love on HBO, The Closer on TNT, and HK on Fox . . . all great shows, all on our DVR list, and all on Monday nights. What happens on July 9 when Bizarre Foods starts up again on the Travel Channel with a whole slate of new shows?
Speaking of my problems, is anyone free weekdays from one to three in the afternoons? Check out the new show I am doing on FM 107. More on that as the weeks move onward and I figure out how to actually do a show. The good news is that I am surrounded by wonderful professionals who are open about sharing their expertise with me. From Christopher Gabriel and Colleen Kruse—who work on my show—to the wonderful hosts that are on the station already, everyone is lending a hand. People like Ian & Margery and Lori & Julia have made me feel right at home very quickly. For me, the fun of the show's debut was bittersweet, though. No longer being on the same "team" as my two Yoda-like radio gurus Dan Barreiro (KFAN) and Brian Turner (Cities 97) means that I don't get to see or speak to them as often as I would like.
The joy of the new show is also tempered by Kevyn Burger’s hiatus. Kevyn is taking a time-out to deal with her recent cancer diagnosis and subsequent mastectomy. According to her son’s post on her blog, her operation was successful, and under the circumstances, all looks to be moving forward. She should be home and healing soon. She is the reason I started doing radio many years ago, and she has helped me with career choices in many fields over the last two to three years. She is the classiest, smartest, most genuine person I have ever worked with, and truth be told, I ran out of the studio looking for her yesterday after the show to get a hug and some feedback, then remembered she was not there. I cannot wait until she gets back to her desk and I can see her, tune into her, and pester her—and I know everyone else feels the same way. I love ya KB, hang in there. If I was cancer, the last person I would *#@+ with is Kevyn Burger!
A Chef Robuchon beanie baby (that long dead fad) sold for $3550 on eBay. I would have paid 4K for it, had I known.