Archive for Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Gordon Ramsay visits Vietnam in ‘Great Escape’

July 12, 2011


Half of the summer series are singing competitions, and the other half feature Gordon Ramsay. OK, that's not true, but it sure seems that way. Don't go looking for "MasterChef" tonight, but you can console yourself with "Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape" (8 p.m., BBC America).

The loud, angry and ridiculously overexposed cook and restaurateur travels to Southeast Asia, home to some of the few cuisines that Ramsay has not mastered. So let's look for humility on the menu. Tonight's "Escape" takes him to Vietnam. During the four-part series, he'll also sample the cultures and cuisines of Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand.

• Cooking shows that don't feature Gordon Ramsay often have something to do with baking cookies, cakes and/or cupcakes. And when those bakers aren't squeezing frosting, they're plugging other products or celebrities. How many times did Kate Gosselin drag the kids to "Cake Boss"? Or was it "Ace of Cakes"? Does it matter?

On tonight's "Staten Island Cakes" (8 p.m., WE), young Vinny is profiled in a local luxury magazine called Bella. Never heard of Bella? Now you have. And that's the point.

In other cross-merchandising news, Vinny's sister Kristin "runs into" Angelina Pivarnick of "Jersey Shore" fame. (How do so many reality stars have so many chance encounters?) Anyway, Angelina chats with Kristin about the party she's planning for the release of her new single. You didn't know that she's releasing a new single? Now you do. And that's the point.

• For those who prefer hot dogs and beer to cupcakes, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game (7 p.m., Fox) unfolds live from Chase Field in Phoenix. Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver provide the play-by-play and analysis.

• Documentaries don't get much more important than "Enemies of the People" on "POV" (9 p.m., PBS). Journalist Thet Sambath recalls the Khmer Rouge and its genocide of 2 million people, a quarter of Cambodia's population. He goes into the hinterlands and scores an interview with Nuon Chea, the radical regime's second-in-command. Now an old man, Nuon Chea admits his crimes for the first time and reluctantly explains why the mass killings were ordered.

"People" also reflects the cat-and-mouse nature of trying to cajole confessions from a reluctant witness, no matter how culpable and no matter how monstrous the crime.

• TV-themed DVDs available today include the third season of "Damages," which originally aired on FX.

Tonight’s other highlights

• "History Detectives" (7 p.m., PBS) examines fabric linked to aviator Charles Lindbergh.

• Home invasions on "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8 p.m., CBS).

• Fire claims a cherished tourist attraction on "Memphis Beat" (8 p.m., TNT).

• A new con man, barely of shaving age, emerges on "White Collar" (8 p.m., USA).

• "48 Hours Mystery" (9 p.m., CBS) examines the Casey Anthony verdict.

• Back on the farm on "Combat Hospital" (9 p.m., ABC).

• A ruse in Belarus on "Covert Affairs" (10 p.m., USA).


Kontum1972 6 years, 10 months ago

try the pickled sea gulls feet..with a side of fish heads and lice

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