I like the Neelys. It just sounds like they're in my or my friends' kitchens. Some of us actually do have fun and joke in the kitchen, just like that. As far as cleavage goes ... if you got it, flaunt it.
The good thing about TV is you get to choose what you watch. =) Food TV is more about entertaining than it is about food anyway. I mean sure, there is cooking. But none of them would be there if they didn't have a shtick that made them appeal to the masses. I get tons of ideas from watching them all. I think they've done a great job in getting everyone back into the kitchen and out of the permanent take- or dine-out mode. So more power to 'em.
__________________ ~~ Zereh We are fed by a food industry which pays no attention to health, and healed by a health industry that pays no attention to food - Wendell Berry
I think those who used to watch Paula (religiously) continue to watch the Neelys. Paula has come down on the scale as her popularity grew. Sorry to say that. Her restaurant in Savannah is not worth the two hour wait. Did it once. I can make better food at home. And, its loud in there and I felt rushed to finish. (If you read her books, she is paronoid about people stealing from her.) That- turned me off with her.
I can multi-task. I can deal with food and cleavage at the same time.
Despite the sexual angle she uses to draw viewers, I'd rather watch Mario.
Back when we used to have cable, we could only stand watching the Neelys for a few minutes. To me the non-stop 8th-grade pumpkin talk builds until I'm waiting for cupid to fall onto the set in a pool of his own vomit.
Paula drives me crazy too. Not only do I wholly disagree with her person/decisions off the set, but I also can't watch anyone who makes baked beans that start with two tins of baked beans...
The Neeleys make me glad I use close captioning. Not hard of hearing at all but it's a great way to "watch" a show without being irritated. I got used to using it when a houseguest was deaf and used it, liked it when I moved in and my first purchase was a pawn shop TV and expanded cable. All I had besides that I had a cheap folding chair. Talk about echoes! I started using the closed captioning because I couldn't understand a lot of the show without it, and found it good for watching something I like. The Neeleys DO have some good recipes, I just don't want to listen to the cupid talk. Too much banter.
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