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  1. TGABS in the Media

    <does happy dance at this news> Sherry Yard is the new judge I think it's a great choice. She has great credentials and enjoyed her previous appearances as a judge.
  2. Veterinary and Animal Rescue Shows

    There were two vet school shows. On NatGeoWild, VET SCHOOL focused on three first-year and three fourth-year students at Cornell University College Of Veterinary Medicine. Eight episodes aired in 2015. On Animal Planet, LIFE AT VET U focused on six students at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. Six episodes aired in 2016. Unfortunately, neither series was renewed for a second season. I watched both and preferred the show at Cornell because the U Of Penn show seemed more like a soap opera so I was sad when I read Vet School wasn't renewed.
  3. FOOD NETWORK NOVEMBER 2018 HIGHLIGHTS
  4. FOOD NETWORK BRAND-NEW PRIMETIME SPECIALS AND THANKSGIVING-THEMED PROGRAMMING
  5. The forum for Britain's Best Home Cook is here.
  6. Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, returns for a third season of Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro Sunday, October 21st at 12:30PM.
  7. Small Talk: Warning! Don't Feed The Lions!

    NAT GEO WILD re-aired episodes of SECRETS OF THE ZOO and Animal Planet has been re-airing episodes of THE ZOO on Saturdays. Naturally, that led to a comparison between the three zoo shows: THE ZOO (Bronx Zoo, NY), SECRET LIFE OF THE ZOO (Chester Zoo, England), and SECRETS OF THE ZOO (Columbus Zoo, OH). For me, I love THE ZOO, really like SECRET LIFE OF THE ZOO, and as a distant third SECRETS OF THE ZOO. THE ZOO focuses on the animals and I've learned a lot about the Zoo, animals, and the keepers' responsibilities. The keepers' explanations concentrate on the animals. THE SECRET LIFE OF THE ZOO focuses on the reproduction of the different endangered species and their health relative to breeding. The keepers' narration are interesting. The keeper of the Chimps really understand their dynamics. My least favorite zoo show is SECRETS OF THE ZOO. First, Suzi, the curator who raised the cheetah, treats the animals like they're her pets, kissing them, hugging them <bleh>. Then my first impression from episode 1 when the guys were making ribald comments about releasing the male okapi into a herd of females was ... unimpressive. Most of the interactions with mammals on THE ZOO have the keepers wearing masks while at the Columbus Zoo they appear to handle the animals without masks so the risk of exchanging diseases is a real possibility. And the talking heads are more about how the keepers feel and their perspective more than about the animals. And the segments with Jack Hanna were a waste IMO.
  8. Prue Leith: Paul's New Partner

    Of the new cast, I like Noel and Sandi, although I miss Sue and Mel, but I find Prue's judging wanting. When critiquing the bake, Paul (and Mary in her seasons) is specific on what is wrong (under-proved, raw, dry/over-baked, one ingredient overpowering another) and gives specifics on how the bake could have been remedied. Prue says whether a cake is moist or dry or if a flavor the baker said would be in the product isn't there but I don't remember her giving any specifics about the baking. In other words, I learned from Mary and Paul but have not yet learned anything from Prue.
  9. Veterinary and Animal Rescue Shows

    All-New Series "Amanda to the Rescue" Premieres On Animal Planet October 28 At 9PM ET/PT.
  10. Small Talk: Don't Tell Jeffrey!

    I read (or was told) that the eyes appear to follow you when you walk from side to side while viewing the painting. I was able to confirm it when I saw the Mona Lisa many years ago when it was on loan. It was pretty amazing.
  11. The Show: Sad Pibbles and Happy Tails

    I saw an ad on Animal Planet that Pitbulls & Parolees new season is premiering October 13, 2018.
  12. S09.E03: Bread Week

    Paul said Naan is usually made with yeast but the technical challenge recipe was made with baking powder so it would be harder to judge how long to prove the dough. I apologize to Dan in advance but he reminds me a little of Mike Isabella (Top Chef) facially.
  13. Veterinary and Animal Rescue Shows

    I saw an ad that a new season for Dr Oakley Yukon Vet premieres Saturday October 6, 2018 at 9PM.
  14. Chopped 2018

    Food Network October 2018 Highlight
  15. Food Network October 2018 Highlight