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'Suzilla, The Mouth That Roars' review: Tonight's debut is easy to stomach

I thought I’d just about had my fill of reality food/eating shows, but the debut of Suzilla, The Mouth That Roars is awfully fun and satisfying. It airs tonight on Planet Green network.   READ FULL STORY

'South Park' mid season premiere: Asperger's syndrome gets the Cartman treatment

South Park returned for its mid season 15 premiere, picking up where the show left off, with the malaise of “You’re Getting Old” having deepened heavily. Stan’s morose conviction that the world has become filled with, ah, excrement is only increased when he faces a fall filled with Terra Nova and Ashton Kutcher in Two and a Half Men, both of which were mercilessly ridiculed. Oh, and he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. READ FULL STORY

Jack LaLanne has died, but here's how he can still show you a way to live, healthy and happy

Jack LaLanne, the affably talkative man who helped bring physical-fitness training to TV, has died; he was 96.

LaLanne’s success was due to a number of factors. Facing down skeptics in the 1950s who thought people who watched TV didn’t want to be lectured to about health and READ FULL STORY

'When Love Is Not Enough' review: Alcoholics not anonymous, from Lois Wilson's point of view

Sometimes the glaze of sentiment that Hallmark Hall of Fame drizzles across the top of its productions does some artistic good. Sunday night’s When Love Is Not Enough, starring Winona Ryder and based on the life of Lois Wilson, wife of the man who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous, was READ FULL STORY

'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' season finale: Did the revolution fizzle out?

And so we come to the final episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (he can’t crank it up for a second season, can he — what would he do, become DJ Rod’s personal trainer?).

The financial math became a bit fuzzy early on during this last hour. Jamie had said he needed $150,000 to keep fresh food coursing through the Huntington, West Virginia, school system, but I only saw the local business-folk handing out READ FULL STORY

'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' recap: 'I can't believe it.' Me neither. Did you?

This week, when most of the high school kids in Huntington, West Virginia, were offered french fries, pizza, or chef Jamie Oliver’s “home made spaghetti sauce [with] six or seven vegetables in there,” the majority chose the veggie sauce. Oliver exclaimed, “I can’t believe it!”

Neither could I. This was the first week of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution when I thought READ FULL STORY

Eating the KFC Double Down while watching Adam Lambert and 'American Idol' on Elvis night: A big, fat, cheesy combo!

I could not resist trying the KFC Double Down. I like junk food, even if I balance it out by eating a lot of broccoli-and-quinoa dinners. But you show me a new sandwich with bacon, cheese, and mayo-mystery-sauce wedged between two pieces of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and that is a challenge I am ready to tackle.

Much the way the remaining American Idol contestants accepted the challenge of performing Elvis Presley songs. Insert your own grilled-peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches, late-period Elvis jokes here. Me, I respect Elvis in his prime the way I respect McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese: brilliant American inventiveness.

Don’t worry, this isn’t me dumping on Idol, and the eminent Michael Slezak gives you the full measure of his Idol expertise here.

No, I’m just writing about an experience you do all the time, but that critics don’t often write about: eating while watching TV.

So I sped home with my KFC Double Down in time to see Adam Lambert exhort the singers to provide viewers with what Elvis did: something “to listen to, look at, and feel.” I think Lambert is truly terrific. He gets it.

Unlike Presley, however, who was too polite to do such a thing, Lambert can also play the music critic with acuity. He told Andrew Garcia his rehearsal version of “Hound Dog” was “boring.” (It was.) In assessing Lee DeWyze, Lambert pointed to the area of the face and said, “there’s nothing going on there” — i.e., that Lee is inexpressive. (He is.)

I was so happy watching Lambert offer cogent, good-humored analysis that I started eating without thinking much about what I was consuming. (You know the feeling. Looking down at the empty bowl of potato chips during a Glee commercial break and wondering, where the hell did the chips all go?) Then I chewed and swallowed with concentration on the food.

The Double Down tasted… heavy, with grease. But not without a certain spicy charm. The KFC formula (I bought the “original,” not the “grilled”) combined with the bacon, cheese, and mayo for a nice tang. If I’d eaten a crisper piece of bacon placed on a single, thinner piece of KFC chicken, I think I actually would have said it was really fun. Unhealthy on a regular basis, but fun. Something like listening to badly but spiritedly performed music.

I’m not going to make the Double Down part of my regular snacking. It’s back to the broccoli and quinoa for me. Similarly, I’ll be watching Modern Family instead of Idol tomorrow night.

Have you tried the Double Down? Did you watch Idol? You didn’t by any chance combine the two, did you?

For Idol coverage: ‘American Idol’ brings back Adam Lambert for Elvis night

'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' recap: Did Jamie really win over his worst critic?

If you’ve been reading my recaps, you know I’m a fan of Huntington, WV, disc jockey Rod Willis, the man whom Jamie Oliver describes as “the biggest enemy of the food revolution.” That’s because, based solely on what I’ve seen of Rod on this TV series, he’s READ FULL STORY

'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' recap: 'Fries count as a vegetable'

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution could yield a spin-off: Alice’s “Your Food Is A Pain In The Butt To Cook” Resistance. Alice, the Huntington, West Virginia, elementary-school lunch worker, is proving to be the British cook’s greatest adversary. This week, in his quest to rid the unhealthy-eating town of processed, fatty food, Oliver brought in some extra help for the five-woman Huntington cook-staff, but Alice READ FULL STORY

'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' last night: Kindergarteners with knives

If you liked the first episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, last night’s second edition was… pretty much the first episode all over again, with a couple of eyebrow-raising new details. Such as READ FULL STORY

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