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Tuesday Night Treats: Hell’s Kitchen Premiere

Gordon Ramsay

As Idol ended and began, I realized that Tuesday night just became my favorite evening for TV. Two saucy Brits, two great hours of entertainment. With Gordon Ramsay now following Simon Cowell, we have just been treated to one of the better programming ploys FOX has ever tried. But was the Hell’s Kitchen premiere worth all the hype?

promised viewers, during another American Idol commercial break, that the first ten minutes of Hell’s Kitchen would be a can’t-miss event. I think that might have been a little strong, considering much of the first few minutes of the show were swamped by clips of Gordon Ramsay screaming at contestants from last season and this upcoming season. Don’t get me wrong - I love listening to Ramsay scream, but you’re not going to blow my mind with two minutes of edited promo footage. Finally, it was time to get to the meat of the premiere.

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Hell’s Kitchen: The First Fifteen

Hell's Kitchen - Gordon RamsayFor the fourth season of , the stakes are higher, the competition is tougher, and the big news of the season premiere is that world-class chef Gordon Ramsay will get literally sick when sampling one of the dishes.

This year’s competition features fifteen would-be chefs, instead of twelve, fresh blood that’s been added possibly because this year’s prize is the biggest one yet. The winner of Hell’s Kitchen this season won’t get to go work in any high-class restaurant…they’ll be going to work in one of Ramsay’s own high-class restaurants. So, who are these lucky (or not so lucky) cooks?

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This Week on TV (3/31-4/6)

My Name is Earl, Paris Hilton

(You can view TV Envy’s Post-Strike Television Schedule here.)

 

MONDAY (3/31)
  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC, 8pm):  The top 10 dancers take the floor tonight.  If also manages to master the fast jive, she’ll have my votes from this point out.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8pm):  “Sheldon gets sick, but the guys refuse to take care of him because he’s such a bad patient.”  So is there such thing as a good male patient?
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30):  “Barney tries to find the mystery woman who’s out to ruin his reputation, and he uses the basketball tournament-bracket template to eliminate 64 suspects.”  Okay - if CBS can’t get around to finally renewing this series, I will give them 64 reasons why I hate them.
  • New Amsterdam (FOX, 9pm):  “When a murder victim in Chinatown murder reminds John of a son he lost in the early 20th century, the investigation leads to a ruthless crime family who are related to his offspring.”  And I thought Terminator‘s storyline was trippy.

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Hot Summer Series Gets a Spring Run

Hell's Kitchen

fans no longer have to wait for rising temperatures to enjoy Gordon Ramsay’s fire - this summer sensation has been bumped up to spring. But before we move on to a whole new crop of competitors, let’s not forget the ones we loved from last summer.

In a recent Access Hollywood interview, gave the dish on the fate of some of our faves and even dropped a few hints about the sizzling new scenes yet to come. Last season’s Julia caught attention early for her determination and heart-wrenching elimination, where Ramsay told her he wanted to send her to culinary school for formal training, an offer not given to any other HK competitor. Ramsay called the former Waffle House chef an “amazing lady, extraordinary talent,” and warns “don’t think you’ve seen the last of this lady.” Julia did in fact go to culinary school, and Ramsay has promised that she’ll be back, though “not too sure where she’s going to pop up.” He still keeps in touch with her, and almost all the contestants of the show.

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MSNBC


Wednesday Ratings: Viewers Prefer CBS Leftovers

Despite the continuation of newbies Duel and Choirs, repeats on CBS were the most appealing thing of the evening.

8pm
Til Death

9pm

10pm

*denotes repeat

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Programming Insider


Wednesday Ratings: All Eyes on ‘CSI: New York’

It was a tight race between the Peacock and Eye networks.  had the slight edge with the viewers; tied in the demos.

8pm
Saleisha

9pm

10pm

  • (14.25 million, 4.0/12 in 18-49) was the evening’s best performer.
  • (2.7/8) marked its return with 8.73 million viewers.
  • * (1.2/4) ended the night with 3.77 million.

*denotes repeat

(You can review last Wednesday’s ratings here.)

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This Week on TV (12/10-12/16)

The Hills

 

MONDAY (12/10)
  • (ABC, 8pm):  “Linus and Lucy’s little brother, Rerun, hangs with Snoopy and his own sibling, the desert-dwelling Spike.”  Was I the only one not aware of the What’s Happening!/Peanuts crossover episode?
  • (CBS, 8pm):  “Ted asks his doctor on a date and his friends try to discourage him from dating someone he sees regularly.”  Relationships clearly work best when you never see them at all.
  • (ABC, 9:30pm):  “Lauren tries to convince her sister to move to LA so she can be nearby when the baby is born.”  Lauren’s sister isn’t stupid.  She knows what ‘be nearby’ means.
  • (MTV, 10pm): Season finale.  “Lauren gets an offer to go to Paris.”  I really hope doesn’t take their version of quality programming overseas (again).  The French hate us already.

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Upcoming Television Premiere Dates

Thanks to the , the Fall TV Programming Schedule I put together many months ago will now have to be burned.  Reality shows and mid-season replacements are now being brought in earlier than expected. 

Here’s a list of the TV premieres announced so far.  will be publishing a revamped programming schedule as soon as more dates are released.

American Idol

Wednesday Ratings: Viewers Preoccupied With Halloween

Little goblins wanting their candy fix and a night full of reruns kept audiences away. 

8pm
Dirty Sexy Money

9pm

10pm

  • (13.5 million, 3.6/10 in 18-49 demo) easily won the hour.
  • (8.4 million, 2.9/8) remained about even with last week.
  • (5.7 million, 1.9/5) was down over 1 million from last Wednesday.

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Hollywood Reporter


Wednesday Ratings:  Red Sox Score More Than Homeruns

Both and had to take a back seat to baseball last night.  Game 1 of the World Series was a huge ratings victory for .

8pm

  • Approximately 16.7 million fans rallied for the Red Sox/Rockies game (5.6/14 in 18-49 demo). Life
  • (9.4 million, 3.0/8) wilted a bit from last week.
  • The debut of (8.4 million, 2.9/8) underperformed Deal or No Deal’s usual numbers, but it remained close to Daisies in the demos.
  • (8 million, 2.5/7) was slightly up from last Wednesday; (4.7 million, 2.3/6) was slightly down.

9pm

10pm

  • (13.6 million, 3.8/10 in 18-49) took the hour’s viewers and demos.
  • (8.6 million, 3.2/8) pretty much repeated last week.
  • (6.8 million, 2.5/6) was at least consistent; it lost viewers (900,000) again.

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