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Friday, April 15, 2011

Ten (Imaginary) Shows We'd Watch Instead of the Food Network's Latest Garbage

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

click to enlarge Guy Fieri, starring in exactly none of our proposed Food Network shows
  • Guy Fieri, starring in exactly none of our proposed Food Network shows
The Food Network this week announced several new series to debut this year and next. Frankly, even by the Food Network's ever-lower standards, the list is unappetizing.

Among these new shows is an unholy marriage of Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray entitled Guy vs. Rachael's Celebrity Smackdown, yet another dessert competition (Halloween Wars) and Tough Cookies, a reality show about a family-run bakery in -- yup -- New Jersey.

Sounds awful, no? In response, we here at Gut Check International Headquarters and Television Production Facility have drawn up a slate of ten Food Network-esque shows that, if they existed, we'd much rather watch instead.

click to enlarge Chef-turned-freegan Pierre Brio calls this his "canvas."
  • Chef-turned-freegan Pierre Brio calls this his "canvas."
Dumpster Dives and Drive-Bys: Pierre Brio created quite a stir when he renounced his career as a Michelin-starred chef to follow the freegan lifestyle. In this series, Brio shows how you can easily create a meal worthy of the finest restaurants from the scraps and leftovers that find their way into trash cans, dumpsters and ditches along the highway. (26 30-minute episodes)

The Great Food Truck Biathlon: Eight food trucks race from Florida to California, trying to finish first and sell the most grub. Every 100 miles, the contestants stop for a target-shooting contest. (13 one-hour episodes)

Giada Eats a Stick of Butter: Each week, in a different scenic location in Italy, Giada De Laurentiis slowly unwraps and then consumes and an entire stick of butter. (39 30-minute episodes)

Just My Type II: A reality series following recently married couple George and Martha Stombergas as they open a bakery for their fellow diabetics. The tension of starting a new business is compounded when viewers learn that one half of the couple isn't following his or her restricted diet as closely as he or she should. (8 1-hour episodes)

V is for Victory...and Vegan: A game show in which vegans try to win a cash prize by sitting in a small room while waiters pile cooked meat and dairy products on a table in front of them without either a) eating something or b) throwing up. Paula Deen hosts. (26 30-minute episodes)

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