When I was a kid in the 70′s, we only had four networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS. That was it. Then FOX came along and we all thought that was awesome. Then limited cable, all of 13 channels, plus HBO and Prism, if you were lucky enough to have parents that subscribed to it. I wasn’t lucky that way. My brother and I weren’t allowed to watch television Monday through Thursday, and no cable for us! We didn’t get cable until 1989 when my father spent 3 months in the hospital on his deathbed and got hooked on their cable. He’s ok now…and boy, has cable grown! With more channels than you can possibly ever need, there is always SOMETHING on that’s worth watching. But what if, what if, you had to choose only one network to watch for one year. Only one. Not two. One.
There’s a bomb on the bus…what do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?1?
It would be absolute hell for me, I have to be honest. I am a complete TV addict. But my choice, being forced to make it, is relatively easy. Food Network. It has everything! All of the programming is technically reality TV, then you have game shows (Guy’s Grocery Games, Food Court Wars, etc.), comedy (anything Alton Brown is on, really), horror (have you SEEN Cutthroat Kitchen?) and plenty of drama (Mystery Diners, Restaurant Takeover, and so on). There’s always something to watch, 24/7. It’s appointment TV for me. I look forward to watching Chopped every Tuesday night (my favorite judge is Alex Guarneshelli) and see what evil ingredients are in the baskets this week. But it would still be very hard to be missing my other programming.
What about you? What network would you choose and why? Please share your choices in the comments below! Now, pass the red onions, Scott Conant is judging on this week’s Chopped!
Anne Bayley – Assistant TO the Editor-in-Chief