Admittedly, I'm a food TV nerd. Not just your garden variety nerd, either -- I'll watch and rewatch cooking shows that feature recipes of foods I won't even touch, let alone consume.
And, again, admittedly, there's no show on right now that taps into my inner food TV nerd more than the "Top Chef" franchise.
Rapturously devoted fan is a pretty fair, albeit pathetic, characterization.
The original series, the special little mini-shows that bring back past cheftestants for one-time- only cook-offs, the spinoff "Top Chef Masters" and, yes, even the reunion shows at the end of every season all get my undivided and often repeat attention.
Needless to say, I was excited about the latest spinoff of the reality/
competition show, "Top Chef: Just Desserts." Finding out a pastry chef who hails from Sonora is competing this fledgling season was merely icing on the foodie cake.
(Watch former Sonoran Morgan Wilson on Wednesday evenings for as long as he lasts going spatula-to-spatula with other competitors on the Bravo network show. And if he lost out this week, this section went to press too soon to know, so apologies.)
But then -- then, my little pets! -- came the announcement at the most recent regular series season reunion show that they're also launching yet another version. And it's even better than the original.
"Top Chef All-Stars" gathers up some of the best and/or favorite cheftestants from the past seven seasons and brings them back together for another round. Eighteen past competitors will hit the screens Dec. 1.
The list of redux competitors doesn't include either of the locals who were on the show in the past, but there are plenty of spicy personalities who, no doubt, will clash big time.
And if all this wasn't amazing enough (see: nerd), "The Next Iron Chef" returns Sunday on the Food Network, current Iron Chef Michael Symon (can you say "rock star"?) starts a new competition show on Oct. 14 called "Food Feuds" and British food diva Nigella Lawson's culinary cleverness launches in the U.S. on the Food Network, also on Sunday.
It's food TV nerd nirvana.
Sooooooooo, they couldn't see this coming?
It was reported Tuesday that police are investigating the subjects of TLC reality show "Sister Wives," about one great big polygamy family living in Utah.
Um, yeah, cops watch TV, too, guys.
According to The Associated Press, the show that debuted last Sunday follows 41-year-old advertising salesman Kody Brown and his four wives, 13 children and three stepchildren.
"Brown is only legally married to Meri Paul, but also calls three other women his spouses: Janelle, Christine and Robyn," The AP reports. "The three stepchildren are from Robyn's previous relationship.
"Christine Brown declined to comment Tuesday, although the family issued a statement through TLC that it was disappointed.
" ' ... When we decided to do this show, we knew there would be risks,' the family said. 'But for the sake of our family, and most importantly, our kids, we felt it was a risk worth taking.'
"The Browns have said they hoped that the reality show's peek into their lives would help broaden the public's understanding of plural families."
Looks like some folks got a bit too excited about the success of the HBO show "Big Love" and forgot that THAT show was fiction.
Also according to The AP, "although it is rarely prosecuted, bigamy is a third-degree felony in Utah, punishable by a prison term of up to five years. Under the law, a person can be found guilty of bigamy through cohabitation, not just legal marriage contracts."
Flaunting your illegal behavior on national television doesn't seem like such a good move. But, then again, neither does polygamy, eh?
The subjects of the show aside, just what were the folks at TLC thinking, anyway?
They need to get away from the crazy, going-for-
the-shock-value stuff like this and get back to plain, simple, solid TV.
Might we suggest a good food competition program, perhaps?
Reach Scene editor Pat Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.