TV tonight: 'The Taste,' 'Parenthood,' 'Go On'
Posted January 21, 2013
The Taste | ABC, 8 ET/PT
It's not clear that TV really needs another reality competition, or another example of that popular but particularly odd offshoot, the cooking contest - the only such talent contest where you're dependent on the judges' powers of description, as even the most advanced HDTV will not enable you to taste the food for yourself. Here the describers are Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey, and the Voice-like gimmick is that they choose their teams and judge the contestants through blind taste tests. As that Voice reference indicates, you should not expect any great TV breakthroughs here, or even so much of a hint of originality. But the blind test gimmick, with its yes or no button, is effective, and the opener is fairly entertaining.
Go On | NBC, 9 ET/PT
Later tonight, USA's best series, White Collar, returns for a winter run. Here Piper Perabo, the star of another strong USA effort, Covert Affairs, makes a guest appearance on Matthew Perry's sitcom as a former group member who tries to work her way back into the group. Sports fans should make note of another special guest, the NFL's Terrell Owens.
Parenthood | NBC, 10 ET/PT
NBC's family drama makes an early seasonal exit with an episode that finds Kristina and Adam preparing for the next phase of her cancer treatment, while Sarah is forced to come to a decision about her competing suitors. Viewers seem to spend more time crying at this show than at any other TV series; we'll see whether the finale gives them a tear-free break. Assuming, of course, that's what they want.
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