Cable networks are going mildly mad in their search for original programming, with Food Network announcing what in essence turns a joke from the "South Park" movie into the title for a series -- "What Would Brian Boitano Make?" -- while ReelzChannel is devoting a weekly program to all the hype surrounding the "Twilight" series.
Lest anyone forget (and if you saw the movie, who could?), the gang in "South Park" is oddly obsessed with former Olympic skating champion Boitano, singing a song called "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" Here's the chorus:
So what would Brian Boitano do
If he were here today
I'm sure he'd kick as ass or two
That's what Brian Boitano'd do
Apparently, someone at Food Network thinks that's more than enough foundation for a series. The real chutzpah in the release is that it doesn't acknowledge the debt to the animated show:
NEW YORK – July 15th, 2009 – Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano is more than just a champion on the ice; he also gives a winning performance in the kitchen! In the new daytime series, What Would Brian Boitano Make?, premiering Sunday, August 23rd at 1PM ET/PT, Brian demonstrates his culinary skills and talent for one-of-a-kind entertaining.
“Brian's combination of off-the-wall humor and culinary inventiveness will be a revelation to viewers," said Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production for Food Network. “His clever recipes, infectious enthusiasm and stylish ideas will inspire and entertain."
With a lifelong passion for food and cooking, Brian hosts unpredictable get-togethers at his San Francisco home and creates amazing menus focusing on innovative but accessible dishes. He feeds an all-girl roller derby squad, plays matchmaker for a friend, wins over his handyman’s , and plans a celebrating new motherhood. With a humorous and knowledgeable approach to cooking, Brian puts his unique spin on irresistible dishes like Chicken Paella Burgers, Pear and Almond Crostata, Crab and Avocado Crostini, and Bourbon Bacon Tarts.
As for "Twilight," I understand that teenage girls are a difficult audience to reach and that the project has become a sensation within that coveted demographic, but a weekly series? Really? The next movie doesn't even open until November, for crissakes.
Nevertheless, ReelzChannel execs sound giddy about the prospect of pandering to "Twi-hards," a group that is beginning to make Trekkers look well-adjusted. Think of it as a way to take a little piece of Comic-Con home with you every Monday.
Reading these releases, I suddenly need something to drink that's a lot stronger than blood:
REELZCHANNEL® - TV About Movies(TM) announced today the launch of a new weekly series, "Twilight Weekly: Spotlight," as a cornerstone of the network's extensive on-air and online coverage of the hugely popular Twilight movie saga. Hosted by REELZCHANNEL's resident Twilight expert and correspondent Naibe Reynoso, the new series is sure to galvanize the legions of diehard movie fans by giving TV viewers and web users the inside track on all of the latest news and info leading up to the highly anticipated fall movie sequel, New Moon. "Twilight Weekly: Spotlight" premieres in its Monday primetime slot beginning August 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm ET featuring cast interviews and special coverage from TwiCon.
On "Twilight Weekly: Spotlight," an expansion of ReelzChannel's popular movie documentary series "Spotlight," viewers can tune in to see the most buzzed-about news, behind-the-scenes coverage and footage of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse, interviews with key cast members and fan-favorite characters, not to mention a series of special events that could land some lucky fans on the show. In addition, the series will feature reports from this summer's upcoming TwiCon convention by Reynoso and a specially-selected fan contributor who will help cover the convention for the network. The winner will be chosen from a group of six hopeful on-air personalities narrowed down from a large field of finalists, all of whom auditioned at a special talent search and open casting event held recently in New York.