Much like the last ITV trailer for Victoria, this does not sell the show the way it should, I fear.
It’s not bad, per se. (It’s certainly better than the first clip the gave us.) But it does seem to put Victoria in a girlish, lightweight light. Perhaps for a UK audience the idea is to humanize a grand dame whose latter years portrait looms large in their imaginations. But for Americans, this is not going to sell the show int he same way. After all, Downton Abbey had a proud feminist streak throughout, and PBS understood that was part of the appeal. I’d like to see how they recut this.
Last time we went dark it was a function of crashing, of not knowing where the limit was and then tripping over it and falling face first with a splat.
This time we have a better idea of what’s happening. And though we don’t have a firm schedule we can give you a heads up now of where things are heading.
Starting in the next day or so, posting will start to become scarcer around these parts as we gear up for the next big project. I will try to get something up every day, but sometimes it might just be Purrbot being adorable or SirEats attempting to fish bacon out of a hot pan while it’s still cooking.
What is that big project? Can’t tell you yet. It’ll be along soon enough.
After the last episode’s left turn into historical baked creations, we find ourselves in the Top Five and the Quarter finals. For this year’s Quarter Finals the theme is Pâtisserie, with tea time show stoppers all around from the Signature straight through to the oddity creation that constitute’s this episodes Showstopper, with a name that is, appropriately, very French. Let’s have Sue and Mel stop staring at the clouds and get into it.
Our Top Five contests who are left are: Ian, winner of three Star Bakers over the course of the season, Nadiya who has two, Tamal, who has one, and Paul and Flora who are probably mad that Ian and Nadiya are hogging all the Star Baker credits. Paul at least has a special commendation. Flora has….The Anxious Over Kneeler of the Season trophy. As we can tell, it’s sort of obvious who is walking into the tent a favorite and who is walking in an underdog. Still, Ian has had more bad days than good recently, so anyone’s game, etc.
The three Pâtisserie, challenges this week are Cream Horn Signature, a Mokatine Technical and a Showstopper with the impossible to pronounce French name of Religieuse à l’ancienne. it’s so hard to pronounce, everyone spend the back half of the episode referring to everyone’s “Nuns.” It’s not as dirty as you think, I promise.
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If someone were to make a song that captured the sound of the mid twenty teens, it would have the following hallmarks:
- a raggae type beat, either real or faux
- a female vocalist
- a male voice on the bridge and/or the breakdown
- electronic riffs that aren’t to-to EDM.
Bullet point one is why Sean Paul, after a decade of dormancy, is now the featured artist on Sia’s new number one track (which finally knocked Drake’s “One Dance” out of the Billboard penthouse after 10 weeks and counting.) Bullet points 2-4 are why this is Sia’s first Number One hit of her career.
This is from Sia’s album This Is Acting, which is a compilation of tracks she wrote for other artists that they then rejected. Unsurprisingly, this was originally meant for Rihanna. (Sia wrote RiR’s Number One hit “Diamonds” a couple of years back.) It seems to have all worked out in Sia’s favor though. The best part is that this track was actually released five months ago, but it took the heat kicking in and the summertime vibe to finally give it the push it needed to get all the way up the charts.
As we noted last week, the lack of bringing back Stephen Colbert after the triumphant return during the DNC was odd, until Stephen Colbert explained that Comedy Central’s Asinine Lawyers had decided he didn’t own that part of his persona anymore. He then immediately made up an identical twin Stephen Colbert and thumbed his nosed at them with “The Werd” instead of “The Word.”
The good news is that, at least until Comedy central decides to engender the wrath of Colbert’s fans and sue, CBS seems to have approved the work around. More to the point, they are taking to heart the reviews of Colbert’s performance and his return to the political arena, which included (but were not limited to) The New York Times pleading for Colbert to stay there, since it was obvious this is where he was happiest.
Hello, and welcome to The Werd. Let us all hope it is here to stay.
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The Great British Baking Show decided to go a little off the beaten path for this weekend’s first of another double episode week. Instead of “Bread” or “Cake’ this week’s theme was “Victorian.” One would have thought this a perfect moment to tie in PBS’ upcoming drama series Victoria into things, but sadly, this was taped for the BBC in 2015, and that doesn’t even begin to air until September of this year on rival ITV. So much for potential cross overs.
As a reminder, for those whose PBS stations are airing these shows on Sundays, once a week like god and the BBC originally intended, the recap for your episode (episode 5, “Pastry” can be found here.) For the rest of us, let’s get on with this historical bakes.
The Signature Challenge this week was Raised Game Pie. The Technical was a “Tennis Cake” which is just as ludicrous as it sounds, and really could have done with Mrs. Patmore wandering around lecturing the bakers. The Showstopper really was a showstopper. A 19th century dessert known as a “Charlotte Russe,” which has zero relation to the fashion design house of the same name. On the other hand, it much be a pretty tasty dessert, as Paul Hollywood at one point stopped the proceedings to declare this challenge “Best. Idea. Ever.”
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