Full disclosure: I am not a fan of this show's first season. Despite early promise, in the end I found the pacing dull and the characters thinly drawn, clichéd and difficult to care about. I thought the show made New Orleans look like a ridiculous cartoon of a place. And the music, which I normally enjoy whenever I'm actually in New Orleans, was so aggressively pushed as an additional character that after 13 episodes of non-stop blaring I now can't even look at a trumpet without bursting into tears. So now that the show's second season has premiered, has anything changed? The answer is sort of, but not really.
The premiere of Top Chef: All-Stars is tonight, and naturally, everyone's very excited. Including the show's judges Anthony Bourdain and Tom Colicchio, who participated in a media call to promote the event, and spoke as candidly as the two of them are famous for. Bourdain in particular really let loose. Did you know that he's a Dora fan?
Why not Meds? Or Patients? Or Baby Docs? Or Best Medicine? See? Naming TV shows is easy.
Anthony "Hot-pants" Bourdain is returning as a guest judge for tonight's ep of Top Chef and my loins are quivering in anticipation. In order to work myself up to foxiness onslaught in baby steps, I've been sampling Bourdain morsels throughout the day. I happened upon this little tidbit, in which, among other things, Bourdain discusses his selectivity about the TV gigs he accepts and describes how he's been approached by producers for a wide range of bizarre reality show opportunities, including -- I'm extrapolating here -- The Surreal Life. Can you imagine? He would have made Vern Troyer into a roast! Mini-Me Sous Vide you guys! But the best (i.e. worst) part of this clip is the interviewer chick, who is so thoroughly earnest and pseudo-professional that she makes me want to straight smack her in the overly articulate face. She does that annoying thing where she pronounces Tony's last name all French-ish. Seriously, die. Although if I'm being honest, I am probably (definitely) just jealous. Had I been in her shoes, I likely wouldn't have managed to say anything even remotely intelligent, opting instead to stare at his mouth and giggle. So semi-props I guess.
There isn't really anything to say about Anthony Bourdain, or his No Reservations series that hasn't already been said, or isn't plainly obvious to anyone who's ever watched it. It's clearly a brilliant and fascinating series, and last night's season premiere took Tony to Mexico, and it was my favorite episode in a long time.