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Reality Shows UK vs US

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Ken S, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. Dec 6, 2007 #1 of 10
    Ken S

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    I enjoy watching Kitchen Nightmares and the F Word with Gordon Ramsay. The difference between the shows on the BBC and Fox is striking though to the point where the Fox drivel is barely watchable.

    The BBC shows are lower key, not as overly dramatic with "staged" situations. They also focus on the actual food and cooking of one of the great chefs. The US show is all about drama, yelling and arguments.

    Anyone else agree?
     
  2. Dec 6, 2007 #2 of 10
    Earl Bonovich

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    Yep... can't argue much with that.

    But what is the cause of it... as Fox isn't "unique" in that presentation style.
     
  3. Dec 6, 2007 #3 of 10
    jodyguercio

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    I think it's the fact that here the masses seem to enjoy the drama and in your face attitude that comes with reality tv.
     
  4. Dec 6, 2007 #4 of 10
    chris0

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    Agree. But while I like the BBCA version of KN I also like the Fox version. It seems the Fox version has more people who just shouldn't be in a kitchen or a restaurant while the BBCA version has quality cooks, they're just stuck in their failing ways and don't want to change.

    And the F Word is one of my new favorite shows. It's such a weird combination of things put together in one show. I like it when Gordon is showing us how to make one of the meals the team is going to be serving and he does the voice over: "Chop...Braise...Salt...Thyme...Oven."
     
  5. Dec 6, 2007 #5 of 10
    Doug Brott

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    I'd like to meet Gordon one day .. He seems like such a bad guy on the parts of the show that are shown, but even his worst enemies kinda coddle up to him when it's all said and done. He must be much more endearing a person than he is made out to be on his shows.
     
  6. Dec 6, 2007 #6 of 10
    jodyguercio

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    Gordon does come across that way.....the guy you liked to knock on his butt because hes always in your face but when you needed a hand hed be the first one in line to go whatever you need.....The guy from the restaurant in Hollywood was on the Frosty,Heidi, and Frank show here in LA a couple weeks ago and he did nothing but slam the guy for his entire interview......
     
  7. Dec 6, 2007 #7 of 10
    Doug Brott

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    Interesting ..
     
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    jodyguercio

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    It was....try to say he really wasnt as bad at things as Gordon made him out to be, editting made him look bad, he even admitted that the minute Gordon left he switched the menu back to his weird confusing pizza combonations thing.
     
  9. Dec 6, 2007 #9 of 10
    Supramom2000

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    Anybody read Dick Francis novels? He is a British author who always writes about horse racing. Usually his heroes are jockeys or somehow related to the horses. His most recent one is about a chef and he uses Gordon Ramsey in it.
     
  10. Ken S

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    I worked for about 8 years through college and afterwards as a line cook and later a sous chef. I think that's why I like the show so much...it's right on for the bizarre group that work in restaurants. I was nowhere near as talented as Ramsay and also knew that working in restaurants when you're over 40 really isn't a good thing.
    He's not really that much tougher than a lot of chefs I knew...and his language is actually clean compared to some of them.

    The only thing that bothers me is the cleanliness of some of those restaurants. I really hope some of that is staged for the shows.
     

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