Archive for Monday, April 9, 2012

Welcome to the ‘Hotel Impossible’

April 9, 2012


There’s nothing particularly original about “Hotel Impossible” (9 p.m., Travel), but that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable. Smart, even.

Just as Gordon Ramsay shakes up restaurants, “Impossible” host Anthony Melchiorri goes to dysfunctional inns and lodgings to save them from bad habits, indifferent management and unmotivated staffs. The throbbing, tension-manufacturing music is all but stolen from “The Apprentice” — and that show’s score was hardly original.

Melchiorri also speaks or, rather, lectures viewers, hotel owners and workers in a blunt “I’ve seen it all” style not unlike Donald Trump’s. Although Melchiorri projects a certain head-shaven intensity, he never erupts into angry obscenity like Ramsay or struts with Trump’s ridiculously pompous self-regard. He is, in short, a patient teacher and a good manager, someone who recognizes and nurtures talent and potential. You’ll walk away from the show wishing you had a boss like him.

First up on “Hotel Impossible,” is Gurney’s Inn, located in Montauk, N.Y. A famous, yet faded hotel whose decor and management style appear to be stuck in the 1970s.

• You don’t have to be Italian-American to chafe at the mindless stereotyping of the ethnicity that’s seemingly everywhere on cable television. “Mama’s Boys of the Bronx” (9 p.m., TLC) is the latest insult. It follows five larger-than-life guys who conduct a rather brazen bachelor lifestyle and then return home to live with their mothers, who dote on them with bowls of ravioli when not doing their laundry. The soundtrack consists of antediluvian pizza parlor music.

If these guys only settled down with the vulgar harpies on Oxygen’s “Brooklyn 11223,” both shows might disappear.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Live performances on “The Voice” (7 p.m., NBC).

• Death by couponing on “Bones” (7 p.m., Fox).

• Hockey violence erupts on “House” (8 p.m., Fox).

• “Healthcare Hustle” (8 p.m., CNBC) documents extreme examples of Medicare fraud.

• “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (8 p.m., Travel) returns with a trip to Mozambique.

• Max’s troubled past resurfaces on “Hawaii Five-O” (9 p.m., CBS).

vUma Thurman guest-stars on “Smash” (9 p.m., NBC).


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