TV Quick Hits: Gordon Ramsay going live on Fox; ‘Archer’ sets possible end; ‘Underground’ season 2 scoop
Gordon Ramsay lands another series on Fox – Just in case the famed celebrity chef did not have enough to do on the network, he now has a potential program to go along with all of it.
The series is entitled “The F Word,” and is based on a British version of the show featuring the chef. Each episode contains both cooking elements and also guest interviews, which could make it relatively similar to “Rachael Ray” with the energy of “The Tonight Show.” Given that Gordon already has “Hell’s Kitchen” and several editions of “MasterChef” on the network, and has had success in the past with “Kitchen Nightmares,” it’s no shock that Fox wanted to try this.
In a statement, the network’s entertainment president David Madden had the following to say:
“Gordon Ramsay is not only one of the biggest names in the culinary world, but his expertise, combined with his larger-than-life personality, also make for genuine event television … Let’s face it, with Gordon live on television, the phrase ‘anything can happen’ takes on a whole new meaning.”
As for some other news on the day…
Is “Archer” ending with season 10? – While it may seem like this is a long ways away given there are seasons still to come, it’s still noteworthy that creator Adam Reed currently plans to say goodbye to the cult favorite series at this point. He confirmed the news to the Modern School of Film’s “Murmur” podcast, saying that he originally was going to end after season 8. Instead, the seasons will get progressively shorter until we’re at the end.
John Legend joins “Underground” – Per a report from Variety, the famed singer is going to appear on the second season of the WGN America series as famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass. This is both a great bit of casting for the sake of drawing eyeballs, but Douglass is also a historical figure who deserves every bit of attention that they can get on a series like this.