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Old 10-13-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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Good Eats 10th Anniversary Special

did anyone else catch the Good Eats 10th Anniversary Special this weekend? what did you think of it?

(for anyone who missed it, it was done at a large theatre with a live audience and went through a bit of the history of good eats, with some wackiness...im sure foodnetwork will replay it)

im a really big fan of the show and AB - i DVR all the episodes, often watching the same episode many times, have incorporated many of his techniques into my cooking, made a bunch of his recipes, etc - but i didnt think that the Special was all that great.....it was just TOO fake and CHEESY....and i know that is his style and background, but it just doesn't seem to work as well with a live audience as it does on the show....too over the top for a live format, for me at least

it seemed as though nearly the entire thing was scripted, even the parts that weren't supposed to be....i got sort of a "broadway show for kids" vibe from it...


there were a few tidbits that were nice, but i dont think there was any new info for any serious fans of the show

the episode "Behind the Eats", which was a behind scenes look at the show from a few years ago, was much better for me

that said, im still a loyal Good Eats and AB fan....i hope they have another 10 years in them

PS - did he have a cold? his voice seemed very rough, especially when he was talking loud or yelling

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Old 10-13-2009, 10:27 AM   #2
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I watched it & agree with you. Even though I'm an AB fan, I too thought the show was too staged, fake, & cutesy. I would have been a lot happier if they'd just showed more show clips & did blurbs about them. And like you, I enjoyed "Behind the Eats" a lot more.

But, considering "Good Eats" is virtually the ONLY show I bother to watch on The Food Network these days, I'm willing to cut the Alton Brown gang some slack.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:24 AM   #3
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I agree as well. Much too contrived to be interesting.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:54 AM   #4
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I missed this! Maybe I should continue to miss the special. I do love the show though!
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:19 AM   #5
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You didn't miss much BigDaddy. I agree with the other's before me. The show was cheesey and, well,.. silly. Now, I know you're saying that Good Eats is cheesey and silly, but this was different. It was embarrassing almost and so NOT what I expected. Have you ever seen Alton Brown on the David Letterman show? Remember how awkward the vibe was? Picture that x 100. Pass on the repeat if you haven't seen it.

It was pretty much "hosted" by Ted Allen. He was Alton's "interviewer" in a segment that parodied James Lipton's Inside the Actors Studio. He then served as Alton's Sous in preparing some bizarre recipes a la the comedian Gallagher.

In all, I thought it was a waste of DVR space. There were numerous times I asked myself how mad I'd be if I were one of the people in the audience who most likely paid to be there. I'd be furious. I love Alton Brown and have learned so much from him, however this was a letdown. I was bummed out knowing what could have been would have been so much more than what was delivered. How's THAT for a sentence?

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Old 10-15-2009, 04:48 PM   #6
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I was bummed out knowing what could have been would have been so much more than what was delivered.
(to be read in the voice of either Bill Curtis or William Shatner)

How much would have been, could a would have been chuck if a would have been chuck could chuck would have been?
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:35 AM   #7
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(to be read in the voice of either Bill Curtis or William Shatner)

How much would have been, could a would have been chuck if a would have been chuck could chuck would have been?
That pretty much sums it up. It was badly scripted and embarrassingly acted. I watched it halfway, and had to switch my TV channel to anything but. But, that's okay. Anniversary parties are often awkward affairs, and AB & Good Eats deserve theirs. It's one of the best shows on TV.

A Good Eats Star Trek spoof would be hilarious! Maybe "The Trouble with Truffles"...
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A Good Eats Star Trek spoof would be hilarious! Maybe "The Trouble with Truffles"...

Good Eats did do a Star Trek spoof in one episode (at least re: Spock), but I don't recall what the food topic was.
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You guys meen this show :)

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Old 10-17-2009, 02:04 PM   #10
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Yup.
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