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5 Shows After Dark: Nothing Like That "WHAT?!?" Look on Their Faces

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 31, 2012 | Comments ()

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"2012 Olympic Summer Games" on NBC at 8:00pm ET. I do like knowing that I've got at least one item to list during the whole of the Olympics, particularly because this is the time of summer when pickings get really slim.

"History Detectives" on PBS at 8:00pm ET.

"Rizzoli and Isles" on TNT at 9:00pm ET.

"Chopped" on Food Network at 10:00pm ET.

"Tosh.0" on Comedy Central at 10:00pm ET. Fourth season summer finale. I swear, it seems like this show doesn't ever have just a season finale, it's constantly going on hiatus for a couple months at a time and eventually a new season just happens. I guess y'all will have to find your own funny videos on the internet for a while.

Genevieve Burgess hates summer television just as much as it hates her.

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    As much as I despise the Olympics, I gotta admit there's sheer evil genius in having a tennis tournament at Wimbledon to determine who the best players in the world are, two weeks after they held a tournament at Wimbledon to determine who the best players in the world are.

  • BarbadoSlim

    Anyone out there STILL watching the tired cooking competition genre? The Food Network and the others have just about murdered it with repetitive challenges and contestant stereotypes. The gay guy, the butch lesbian, the vegan, the tough guy, molecular gastronomy dude and black chick with three kids. Am I missing somebody? We have seen it all folks, and it'S dead, Jim. Chopped has the added dubious bonus of Ted Allen hipster-douching the proceedings. Call me when it's cancelled.

  • BierceAmbrose

    I'm sorry, I lurve Iron Chef without shame or reservation. Talk ice cream machine to me, Alton baby.

    Someone round hereabouts nailed it - one of the masthead staff I think, you know, if there was a masthead. On TIC they genuinely love cooking & food. The who setup is cheeze-balls crazy - color commentary? random ingredients from hell? "The Chairman" and his eyebrows with sound effects? It works because all that is an excuse to celebrate by people who love food & cooking.

    The rest of these "cooking competition shows" are exactly the kind of put-up-job "reality tv" that's become more formulaic than sitcoms since season II of The Real World. The subject - cooking in this case - is a vehicle for put on drama. Bad, Roseanne drama, in fact.

    Chopped is arguably the worst, with the chefterviews edited to create the greatest possible smarm. Then there's the "judges." A more self-important bunch of douchebags you'll never see.

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    Masterchef, motherfucker.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Props for that. I am but a self-taught foodie w/o credential.

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    No problem.

    It's where we get to see Ramsay's soft side.

    And that Joe Bastianich is a stone cold motherfucker.

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