Live-Blogging Top Chef 4.8 April 30, 2008Posted by Amy Yen in Top Chef, TV.
Tags: Amy Yen, Art Smith, Common Threads, live blog, StrawGrasping, Top Chef, Top Chef 4.8
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9:59 – Previously on Top Chef, Amy had to pass grad school so the live-blog took a back seat to the Project From Hell. Also, Jennifer went home. And hopefully, the absurdly uninteresting doing-it-for-Zoi subplot is mercifully put to bed.
10:00 – You know what’s awesome about watching the title sequence again after not really paying attention to it for a few weeks & learning about the chefs? You really start to see that they did somehow inject their personality into the three seconds they’re on the screen. For instance, Spike looks like an a-hole.
Give a little bit… April 25, 2008Posted by Amy Yen in General.
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Duck Season is Over April 21, 2008Posted by Amy Yen in sports.
Tags: Amy Yen, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, hockey, NHL, Stanley Cup Playoffs, StrawGrasping
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I know it’s only the first round, but it’s NOT only the first round, you know? Not for this organization, not in this market, not for this group of guys & not for this coach. This was a must-win series if there ever was one, & you know what? They did it.
Live-Blogging Top Chef 4.6 April 16, 2008Posted by Amy Yen in sports, Top Chef, TV.
Tags: Amy Yen, Chicago Bears, StrawGrasping, tailgating, television, Top Chef, Top Chef 4.6, Top Chef tailgating challenge, TV
9:59 – Previously, on Top Chef, Lisa & Dale hate each other. Also, the boring lesbian subplot of lameness is finally extinguished as the judges can’t justify keeping Zoi around for the fifth week in a row despite being a terrible chef.
10:00 – We open in the apartment again, as Spike tells us he “heard through the grapevine” that a lot of the chefs thought he should have gone home. Um. Actually, I think that they said that to your face, Spike. Also, get ready for tonight’s catch phrase: Jennifer is doing it for Zoi. Just in case you thought the boring lesbian subplot was over, don’t worry, it isn’t.
Live-Blogging Top Chef 4.5 April 9, 2008Posted by Amy Yen in Top Chef, TV.
Tags: Amy Yen, live blog, Meals on Wheels, Ming Tsai, StrawGrasping, television, Top Chef, TV
9:59 – Previously on Top Chef, Richard continues to rock it. Also, Manuel & his utter lack of personality goes home.
10:00 – We open in the apartment. I don’t think we’ve ever learned anything interesting in the apartment shots. It would have been more interesting if they were actually living with Rocco DiSpirito. Is there some way we can still arrange this?
Ad Post: NBA Playoffs Kobe/Shaq – Fear April 6, 2008Posted by Amy Yen in advertising, sports.
Tags: advertising, Amy Yen, fear, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Kobe Bryant, NBA, playoffs, Shaquille O'Neal, StrawGrasping
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NBA :30 Spot
Agency: Goodby Silverstein & Partners
A great spot in so many ways. The choice to use the famous adversaries Kobe & Shaq, the strings-backed soundtrack, even the subject. Fear. A bad word amongst athletes. Admitting fear is a sign of weakness, a death wish in the playoffs. So talking about fear in a spot like this, I think, is brave.
Besides the content, I thought the theme of this campaign was wonderful. The split screen, the perfectly simultaneous monotones & the tagline, “there can only be one.” It is an excellent capture of the calm before the storm.
As AdWeek reports, the spot is part of a series, also including ads featuring Steve Nash & Jason Kidd and KG & Lebron. Looking forward to seeing the whole series.
Live-Blogging Top Chef 4.4 April 2, 2008Posted by Amy in Top Chef, TV.
Tags: Amy Yen, Bravo, Daniel Boulud, live blog, StrawGrasping, Top Chef, Top Chef 4.4, Top Chef movie challenge
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9:59 – Previously on Top Chef, I tried really hard to start caring about this season’s contestants, with little to no success. Also, Erik was sent home for soggy corn dogs.
10:00 – Was just thinking…what an awkward shoot it must have been for the chefs to film that opening sequence. Were the producers just like, “Do something that expresses your personality as a person & a chef in approximately 3 seconds…go!”? I liked CJ’s shot from Season 3, all he had to do was be tall.
10:01 – We open in the apartments, where the chefs continue to be surprised that one of them was eliminated despite the fact that I keep pointing out that they are, in fact, on a reality show. Also, the producers continue to shove the fact that there is a lesbian couple this season down our throats & America continues to not care.