Right now we're inundated with shows that feature celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Not only is Hell's Kitchen on several nights a week, but thanks to Masterchef and Kitchen Nightmares, Fox pretty much has him on year-round. And BBC America airs the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares as well. It's a whole lot of Gordon Ramsay to deal with. So when I saw that the second season of another show of his was airing on BBCA, I was less than enthused, to say the least. But then after my mother (a lover of all shows Ramsay) watched several episodes and raved about them, I felt compelled to at the very least check it out. You know how moms can be.
We have to admit that during the year, we are very hard on shows (it's our job!), but in the summer, there are only a handful of series like Breaking Bad and True Blood that are Emmy-worthy. To get us through these barren months, we've got our reality staples like Big Brother and So You Think You Can Dance, and teen guilty pleasures like Pretty Little Liars and Degrassi, but that's not enough to fill our DVRs. So, we routinely lower our standards to discover some shows that might not be must-see during the regular season, but are tolerated -- and maybe even appreciated -- in the summer television doldrums.
We've officially hit the reality doldrums of summer, where the Bachelorette has nearly chosen her mate, the So You Think You Can Dance contestants have been plagued by injury, the less talented America's Got Talent singers are getting voted through by the gen pop who are suckers for a sob story and the Big Brother twists have already fizzled out. But there is hope on the horizon, not just because Jersey Shore, The Rachel Zoe Project and Project Runway are returning to quench our reality thirst, but also because there is a whole new crop of shows still left to debut that sound intriguing. Some may be turn out to be duds, but here's hoping one of them is our next guilty pleasure.
The new season of Big Brother starts on Thursday, at which point we fully expect some of those housebound idiots to be vying for this coveted title on a regular basis. Until then, we're stuck sifting through housewives, home cooks and social media "experts" to see who really deserves to be called the most heinous reality personality of the week.
Lisa Edelstein is coming back to TV! And this time, it's on a show that's worthy of her.
Sometimes a show is just not worth saving.
So he can kiss you any time he wants...