Wednesday, January 30, 2008

TV and me

The Manic Mommies like to talk about what they like to watch on TV, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

First of all, there is WAY too much ESPN and NESN being watched in my house for my taste. Also, these days, PBS Kids has been supplanted by Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, and we seem to be watching a lot of Zoe 101, Drake and Josh, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, iCarly, and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Also reruns of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. There is no accounting for my son's taste.

So here is what I like to watch:

On The Food Network, I love to watch 30 Minute Meals (with Rachael Ray, my hero) and I think Iron Chef America is hysterical (they all feign this amazing seriousness: it's too funny!). I don't love a lot of the other cooking shows, although I'll glance at Emeril and Everyday Italian every now and then (although I think the host of that show, Giada de Laurentiis, shows WAY too much cleavage - it's like cooking porn).

On HGTV, I like watching Divine Design, although I would never decorate my house that way (too expensive, too fancy, too much!). I think Design on a Dime is my favorite, and I like Kristan the best, although Summer is also very good. I love the way they use very creative and innovative techniques, and use only $1000 to decorate a room. I want them to come to my house!!!! Deserving Design is an interesting show: I don't love the premise, but I love the designer, Vern Yip.

On TLC, I love What Not To Wear. It can get a little annoying, but what I love about it is that the hosts, Stacy and Clinton, try to teach the person how to choose clothes that flatter their body, instead of trying to change their body. It's a very cute show. I used to watch Trading Spaces, and they just brought back their old host, Paige Davis, so we'll see how it goes. Finally, my current voyeur show is Jon and Kate Plus Eight. This poor family has twin girls and sextuplets: 8 kids total! Watching them deal with their brood sometimes makes me feel better dealing with my one, who drives me crazy anyway.

On the Style Network, Clean House is my favorite. The host, Niecy Nash, does psychotherapy with the guests in order to induce them to let go of some of their stuff. Hysterical!

More on this soon...

P.S. I found an interesting recipe today on Rachael Ray's show site, and it was, as she would say, "delish"! I am a great lover of buffalo wings, and this is a "riff" on that, Rachael Ray style. Take a look! Easy and delicious!

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