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In Movies & TV Commentary

Anthony Bourdain samples some Wisconsin cheese.

In Movies & TV Commentary

"The Bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky learns about taxidermy in Green Bay.

In Movies & TV Commentary

Barbara Walters returns to "The View" via Skype.

OnMedia: Bourdain gives us five minutes


The five-minute segment opened with the now-expected shot of the the bronze Fonz as Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" tour of the American "heartland" stopped ever so briefly in Milwaukee.

Monday night's installment of Bourdain's food-travel show offered a broad definition of the American "heartland," including Austin, Texas, a town that he clearly enjoyed more than most of his other stops.

Bourdain's Milwaukee visit centered on Bacchus and its chef, Adam Siegel. Some of his suppliers -- the Spice House, Larry's Market (for cheese), Strauss Veal and Sprecher Brewery -- all got shout-outs and a bit of screen time.

The idea behind the show is that places like Milwaukee (and Columbus, Ohio, and Minneapolis) -- all of which happened to be stops on Bourdain's live tour -- had great, innovative food.

Frankly, the episode looked like a concept designed merely to piggy-back off that live tour. But it did make Milwaukee look appetizing, even if that Bronze Fonz opening shot has already become something of a cliche.

The episode repeats at 8 p.m. Thursday, and midnight that night. Milwaukee comes about 45 minutes into the one-hour show.

The Travel Channel Web site features a bit more, including a video of a visit to Solly's for a good old butter burger, a three-minute segment that didn't make it into Monday night's show.

"The Bachelorette" goes to Green Bay: Monday's two-hour installment of ABC's "Bachelorette" on Channel 12 featured a visit to Titletown with Ali Fedotowsky meeting wannabe beau Kirk DeWindt's divorced parents.

After a harrowing visit to DeWindt's dad's taxidermy workshop, she had a heart-to-heart talk with him and proclaimed him "a warm, kind, caring guy."

Then it was over to mom's, where she learned that mom was warm, kind and caring.

After the visit, the 27-year-old DeWindt told the camera "I am ten times more confident in what Ali and I have today than before she met my family."

Still, DeWindt was sent home at the end of the episode.

On TV: The fifth edition of Journal Broadcast Group's "Morning Blend" has debuted on Las Vegas' KTNV-TV. The first of the five started on Milwaukee's Channel 4 in September 2006 in the 9 a.m. weekday slot. Versions of the locally-produced blend of advertising, entertainment and information also air on Journal-owned stations in Ft. Myers/Naples, Fla.; Omaha; and Tucson.

  • Nielsen Media Research counted 24.3 million U.S. viewers for Sunday' World Cup Final win by Spain over the Netherlands, making it the most-watched soccer game ever on U.S. TV.
  • Melina Kanakaredes says she's leaving CBS' "CSI: NY." There's talk Sela Ward will replace her.
  • After only three episodes, ABC has ordered a second season of "Rookie Blue." Production is supposed to start later this summer in Toronto.

The return of Barbara Walters: The ladies of ABC's "View" welcomed Barbara Walters home, via Skype, Monday, two months after she left the airwaves for heart surgery.

For the record, she resumed her weekly Sirius XM satellite radio show this week as well. It airs Mondays at 5 p.m. on Sirius Channel 102/XM Channel 155.

Here's video from "The View":


Talkbacks

Idle1 | July 15, 2010 at 11:33 p.m. (report)

To all the righteously indignant/factually challenged: Rachel Ray visited Milwaukee THREE YEARS prior to the Bronze Fonz. Also, the Solly's bit was an outtake--it did not air on the finished episode of "No Reservations".

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BayREVIEWER | July 15, 2010 at 3:02 p.m. (report)

Bronze fonze? Sollys? Milwaukee-cliches. I think Rachel Ray has been the only one to get Milwaukee semi-right. Three Brothers. Miss Katies Dinner...yup.

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Idle1 | July 14, 2010 at 10:40 p.m. (report)

I suspect the critical comments here come from folks unfamiliar with Bourdain's show and it's weekly focus on several towns or cities within a broad geographical area. Monday's episode was never intended nor promoted as a show about Milwaukee. Yes, Austin received more air time, and deservedly so, for it's glorious abundance of creative street food vendors operating out of everything from old ice cream trucks to scrapped Winnebago rvs. You can't seriously believe that Milwaukee holds a candle to that, my friends.

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Natemarq | July 13, 2010 at 1:32 p.m. (report)

Who does this Bourdain guy think he is anyways. I watched the show and it was a huge giant back handed compliment full of "foodies", (Aint that the worlds most smug thing to be as in somehow they know what taste better than anyone else) dissed the Midwest in every way possible. Kinda funny how the cities that he really liked: Ann Arbor and Austin were liberal cities to the N'th Degree. I love New York city and I know that most people in New York dont believe that the midwest is some wasteland but Bourdain's smug attitude; along with his pal from Coloumbus in the Red Shirt. Made me want to vomit. I have a feeling that Bourdain is like most big city people who think that Milwaukee has no Black people. GO BACK TO YOUR YUPPIE MANHATTAN LOFT AND STAY OUT OF MY CITY!!!

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ajesse | July 13, 2010 at 12:42 p.m. (report)

I have to agree with the above statement. I saw the Solly's clip, and I have to say, it made me kind of sick to my stomach. Not a fan.

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