March 29th, 2010
11:26 AM ET

Friday night TV: Signs of a revival?

A few months back, I wrote about how the major television networks appeared to be giving up on Friday nights.  Fridays were becoming the night where networks would send long-running series to die, or premiere new shows with no chance of success.

At the end of the piece, I asked if Friday night network TV could be saved.  Over the last few weeks, we have seen signs that a revival could happen - provided the networks show commitment to the night.

Leading the revival is "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" on ABC.  The show debuted in its Friday night time slot with a 2.6 rating among adults aged 18 to 49 - the audience that advertisers crave.  According to ABC, "Revolution" produced the network's highest 18-49 number for that Friday night slot since December 2006. FULL POST

March 29th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

TV Recap: 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution'

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The crumply Cockney teddy bear is not here to South Beach, Atkins, Master Cleanse or Michael Pollan your Cheez Doodle dimpled butt into starvation or Whole Foods-based bankruptcy. He just wants you and your kids to know what a fresh tomato looks like. And maybe eat one once in a while. Or he'll cry.

In his native England, Jamie Oliver - dyslexic, erstwhile Naked Chef, husband of Jools, father of Daisy, Poppy, Petal and another to be named upon his (fingers crossed for "Stamen") or her September arrival, and self-proclaimed "professional s**t-stirrer" - has made a cottage industry of calling foul on vile school cafeteria fare and teaching plain ol' British folks not to murder their families with processed food. In the course of this, he's set up community cooking centers and classes, exhorted Parliament to address national obesity issues, campaigned to ban junk food in schools and garnered Prime Minister Tony Blair's approval for £280m in financial support for improved school kitchens and "dinner lady" education. FULL POST

March 29th, 2010
08:52 AM ET

'Celebrity Apprentice's' surprising twist

I didn’t realize Darryl Strawberry was a wimp until I watched the latest episode of “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Norton and Lifelock challenged the teams to create a four-page advertorial about protecting consumers online. Strawberry whined as exhaustion gripped him as he executed his tasks this week. Then, when his team lost, he announced he wanted to be fired. Only two others have ever quit. He expressed fatigue. Trump fired him.

How selfish! The contestants on this show play for charities. Strawberry was playing for an autism organization. He never mentioned that. Maybe he’ll redeem himself by donating some of his own money. Want to take bets? FULL POST

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