Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Buffalo Chef Exits "Hell's Kitchen" Quickly

The Buffalo chef on “Hell’s Kitchen” was the first contestant to be shown the door by host Gordon Ramsay in Tuesday’s season premiere on WUTV.

Stacey Slichta, 38, who listed her hometown as Buffalo, was the first of 16 contestants eliminated on the Fox reality show after she had a very rough day in Ramsay’s kitchen.

Slichta, who said on the program that she has cooked for celebrities Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, admitted before she was ousted that she had a rough time in the hellish environment of Ramsay’s show.

Once she was out of camera range, Ramsay took a parting shot at her. “It is a good thing that Stacey is a private chef,” he said. “(Her) food wasn’t good enough for the public.”

* Happy Talk moment of the night: On Tuesday, Channel 7 anchor Keith Radford saw co-anchor Joanna Pasceri in glasses and pronounced “I keep thinking that Sarah Palin is beside me.”

Shortly after that, he added “I thought maybe they got rid of Joanna” and got someone else.

To which, Pasceri replied, laughing: “You never know. That’s always a possibility.”

* Today’s Buffalo News has an interesting story by Washington Post critic Tom Shales on the extended versions of the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” that air on the TV Guide Channel. They feature panel discussions about the show, which will have heavily-edited language in syndication.

What the article doesn’t note is that “Curb” reruns also will be carried locally next fall. Those half hour syndicated episodes will be carried in late night by either WUTV (Channel 29) or Channel 49 (WNYO) starting in September.

“It is not going to have huge ratings, but very strong men’s demographics,” said Nick Magnini, the general manager of both Sinclair Broadcasting stations.

The episodes won’t include the panel discussions on the TV Guide Channel. And that's probably a good thing.

* In case you wondered, the Buffalo market is No.3 when it comes to national ratings on NBC for the Stanley Cup final series between the Chicago Black Hawks and Philadelphia. Of course, Chicago is No.1 and Philadelphia is No.2. Games 3 tonight and Game 4 (Friday) are on Versus, the league’s cable rights-holder. NBC would get games five through seven, if necessary.

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