Archive for Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tune In Tonight: New cooking show uses blind taste tests

January 22, 2013


When in doubt, imitate. “The Taste” (7 p.m., ABC) borrows a concept from “The Voice” and asks competitors, ranging from professional chefs to adventurous home cooks, to submit their offerings to a “blind” taste test. The celebrity judges won’t be told the name of the dish, the nature of its ingredients or the biography of its creator until they sample and pass judgment.

Since one of the tasters is author and Travel Channel star Anthony Bourdain, expect some of those judgments to be harsh. He’s joined by British chef, author and TV star Nigella Lawson, chef and author Ludo Lefebvre and restaurant owner Brian Malarkey, whose last name best sums up this form of entertainment.

‘‘The Taste” isn’t the only cooking show to debut tonight. “Ramsay Behind Bars” (8 p.m., BBC America) follows brash chef Gordon Ramsay has he attempts to make prison food more palatable.

“Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan” (9 p.m., BBC America) follows Charlie from “Lost” to exotic locales. First up: Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

Tonight’s other highlights:

“Pioneers of Television” (7 p.m., PBS) looks at prime-time soaps.

• The three-part series “The Abolitionists” concludes on “American Experience” (8 p.m., PBS).

• Advice for Sutton on “The Lying Game” (8 p.m., ABC Family).

• The new eight-part series “Wild Deep” (8 p.m., Animal Planet) goes far below the ocean’s surface.

• A one-night stand gets cut short on “The Mindy Project” (8:30 p.m., Fox).

• Lamb suspects Savino of kidnapping and extortion on “Vegas” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Anniversary surprises on “Parenthood” (9 p.m., NBC).

• Naomi returns for Addison’s wedding on the series finale of “Private Practice” (9 p.m., ABC).

• The secrets of Neal’s dad are explored on “White Collar” (9 p.m., USA).

• Drew’s widow returns, trailing trouble, on “Justified” (9 p.m., FX).

“Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” (9 p.m., HBO) profiles Houston Rockets rookie Royce White.

“Our America With Lisa Ling” (9 p.m., OWN) examines some of the sexual subcultures referenced in the best-seller “Fifty Shades of Grey.”


HaileyJones 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for sharing all the info on these shows Kevin! I’ve been looking forward to pretty much all of these shows, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to watch them all live tonight. I’m away on business right now for my job at DISH, but I did make sure to set recording timers for all of these shows on my DISH Hopper before I left. Luckily I upgraded to that DVR just in time, because now I have the DVR space to record everything my heart desires with the 2,000 hours of entertainment I can store. I’m really looking forward to catching up with all of these when I get home!

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