Posts tagged Gordon Ramsay
Well actually we’ve been here for a while…
Lask week it was announced that Paul Lee, the British executive currently running ABC Family, would be moving to ABC to take over the seat recently vacated by rumor plagued Entertainment President Stephen McPherson. Paul is seen as a rising star in the industry and come with an enviable track record.
Also in the headlines is fellow Brit Nigel Lythgoe, the So You Think You Can Dance judge who’s heading back to his old stomping ground at American Idol to try and rescue the ‘sinking’ ship – and sort out the biggest talent vacuum on American TV – who will replace Simon Cowell (another Brit – are you seeing the pattern here!)
Add into the mix: Mark Burnett (the reality guru behind The Apprentice, Survivor and, ahem, Pirate Master!); Gordon Ramsay (who with Hell’s Kitchen, Masterchef and Kitchen Nightmares now has three successful franchises on Fox); Dan Cutforth of Magical Elves (the company behind Top Chef and Project Runway); Michael Davies (the game show king behind Who Wants To Be A Millionaire); Ricky Gervais… the list goes on and on…
Together these Brits are responsible for a big chunk of American entertainment – leading many to question – why are Brits so good at More >
Regular readers of Remote Patrolled know I’m not a huge fan of Hell’s Kitchen or its shouty star Gordon Ramsay (see my Brit of Reality posting for more)
But last night’s show featured something we’re not used to seeing – a contestant giving Ramsay an earful and actually fighting back!
Check out Nilka, who royally screws up in the kitchen but when chef Ramsay tries to chuck her out – refuses to leave! Love it…
Nilka seems a pretty sweet lady though – and it was nice to see a moment of redemption at the end of the episode as Gordon leaves behind the one note nastiness and is actually encouraging for once… It’s the Ramsay I’m used to seeing in the UK – but which got jettisoned here in the US in favor of over the top theatrics…
But what do you think? Have you been following this season of Hell’s Kitchen… and what did you think of last night’s show?
As a TV producer working in the US I’m always meeting with talent, often for a potential docu-soap or reality series. Personal trainers, rodeo riders, chefs and psychics – you come across all different types of people and professions in TV. Most people are friendly and at the very least potentially interested in taking part in a show. But after working in the industry for over 15 years I can say one thing with absolute certainty – persuading people to take part in a TV series is undoubtedly harder now then when I first started out.
Now there are probably a hundred reasons why this is the case. TV has definitely lost some of its glamour and with so many channels and so many shows airing, being on TV isn’t the amazing, one in a million experience it once was. People are definitely skeptical – and in an era of car crash TV who can blame them!