What Would… WHO?
As you all know, I am STILL without home computer access and thus desperately casting around for things to do. (Have I complained about that yet today?) Among other things, I’ve seen a hell of a lot of HGTV and the Food Network. And during my fiftieth Good Eats rerun, what did I see? An ad for the Food Network’s new show “What Would Brian Boitano Make?”
No, seriously. Could I make something like this up? Apparently the show just debuted (Sundays at 1 pm Eastern) and is an actual cooking show centering around a champion figure skater. Those who are not South Park fans may be thinking that this is the most random idea ever. Well, frankly, it’s pretty random regardless, but Google the fine South Park musical number “What Would Brian Boitano Do?”
I have to admit, regardless of how the show turns out, I am one of the people who finds the whole idea of the show to be hilariously funny. Yes, I remember the 1988 Olympics (oh, the days when the summer and winter games were together). And I was just old enough that men’s figure skating made my tweeny heart flutter. Clearly, Brian Boitano is not one of the world’s preeminent chefs. But let’s be real – he was one hell of a figure skater. Even now, you’ll hear skating commentators say that he may have been the best jumper in the history of the sport. This in no way qualifies him for a cooking show. I think it has a high likelihood of being totally disastrous, and I wonder a little who was on what when this concept was floated by the network. But I think I’m entitled to a tiny soft spot in memory of his spectacular gold medal long program.
I have no idea whether Boitano actually has the charm and charisma to carry a whole show like this, but you bet I’ll be tuning in to check it out on Sunday for giggles if nothing else.