Jul 25, 2013TV Network - FOX
If it feels like this season of "Hell's Kitchen" is ending earlier in the summer than other seasons, that's because it is. Last year, "Hell's Kitchen" aired its finale on September 10th, and here we are still in July and it's ending tonight. Don't even get us started on the fact that season 10 only had a 20 episode order and season 11 is doing 22 episodes. That is two whole extra episodes of Gordon Ramsay yelling about the beef wellington and calling people fat cows, but it just doesn't feel like enough, does it? On the bright side, we are already promised, at minimum, two more seasons down the line. So, just because it ends for a while tonight doesn't mean it's ending forever. But, to be clear, it's ending for a while tonight.
May 30, 2013TV Network - FOX
We are getting awfully close to the time when the red team and the blue team disappear and everyone gets their own black jacket. Now, that really is a special moment for the series. It is the moment when the intra-team backstabbing become front-stabbing, it is the moment when everyone is open and honest about being in this for themselves, and not just honest to the camera, honest to their competitors' faces. It is also the moment, sadly, when Ramsay tends to get slightly more nice about what people are doing in the kitchen and acts like he's been successful mentoring them. That bit we don't buy, but we totally accept the rest of it.
May 22, 2013TV Network - FOX
In the past (or at least last year, but we feel as though it's been the case in other seasons as well), we have gotten "Masterchef" episodes on back-to-back nights. That isn't going to happen with this, the fourth season of the cooking competition show. Perhaps that is because it's starting far earlier in the year, perhaps it's because the show is going to end later, perhaps it's for other reasons, all we know for certain is that things are different this year... very different. If Joe Bastianich is nice this year, it really will be like we're watching a completely different series.
May 10, 2013TV Network - FOX
There is a school of thought of which states that every episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" is essentially the same -- the owners all think the food is great; the staff hates the management; and eventually Ramsay is able to get it through everyone's head that he, Ramsay, can fix every issue. That school of thought is 100% accurate (variation comes in with whether or not the kitchen is clean), but misses the point that the formula is brilliant and makes for great television. Tune in tonight for the season finale and see if we're not right about it all.
Aug 13, 2012TV Network - FOX
As we all know, "Kitchen Nightmares" features the same three or four basic problems fixed over and over and over again. If we had to guess, "Hotel Hell" will do roughly the same thing, but with Gordon Ramsay fixing hotels instead of just restaurants. We had no idea that Gordon Ramsay was an expert in hotels, but it would make sense that he is what with his staying in tons of them so that he can go out and fix restaurants. Plus, he's Gordon Ramsay which makes him an expert in just about everything... including awesome.