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there’s a show called Crime Scene Kitchen

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I found my dream vibe.

Ramble of the Day

I am the type of person that will give any cooking competition show at least one shot to impress me, so when I stumbled upon Fox’s Crime Scene Kitchen the other night, I watched it. The name piqued my curiosity on its own — it’s pretty hard to guess what the competition is. If you guessed that it’s a show about using clues to guide contestants in their baking, you’re correct.

It’s a contender for the most unconventional baking competition out there, and the episode I watched brought the mild humor a show like this promised. On a challenge where all the signs led to cannolis, all got the hint but one man who claimed he would know if it was cannoli because he’s Italian. He made a doughnut instead, and he said his grandmother should slap him after finding out the truth.

In the end, though, this was a show whose thrill exists solely in the concept. I don’t think it has to be; I think they just got the balance wrong. The mystery should be the star of the show, and the problem is that the mystery is solved very quickly and pretty easily by the contestants. I think the powers that be need to make it harder, which then adds more intrigue. It might also make things slightly more chaotic, which I always endorse.

Joel McHale also does very little to jazz this show up as its host, but I find it a complete waste of his talents. My optimistic view on dry humor is that it has a place almost anywhere, but this show actually does not allow for anything other than a tiny amount of it. The potential for something fun is there, it just needs to shift its priorities a bit. It goes conventional as quickly as it can, and who would want that from a show called Crime Scene Kitchen?

tl;dr: I accidentally watched Crime Scene Kitchen, a new baking show on Fox that has a decent mystery concept but does not have its priorities in order.

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Links of the Day

Former Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner retired after a 16 year career.

England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the Euros after picking up a thigh injury.

Ligue 1 will go from 20 teams to 18 teams for the 2023-24 season.

Houston Texans’ Mark Ingram purchased a 1% stake in DC United.

A longer read: Peter Pattisson on the poor working conditions of security guards at Qatar’s World Cup-related constructed projects for the Guardian

A bonus link! Our very own Dustin George-Miller joined Jimmy Conrad’s Twitch show to talk Antonio Conte (appearance starts at 37:19)