OK, first things first. The “F” in the The F Word with Gordon Ramsay, the new competitive-cooking show debuting on FOX on Wednesday, May 31, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, does not mean what you think.
“‘F’ stands for ‘food,’ ‘fun’ and ‘family,’” says Ramsay, who’s better known for tossing around a different kind of f-word, especially on one of his other popular FOX shows, MasterChef (Season 8 of also premieres on Wednesday).
But Ramsay’s new program, based on his popular British version, promises all three of those things (and likely an occasional bleeped-out f-bomb). Each live, hour-long episode will feature two teams of foodie family and friends duking it out to serve a dining room filled with discerning VIPs, including celebrity guests, from Andy Cohen and Kai Penn to Jaimie Alexander and Miranda Kerr.
The set features a large open kitchen, allowing the diners a front row seat for the drama that’s sure to unfold as the teams navigate the challenges of restaurant service. Sure, competitors are talented home cooks, but Ramsay predicts they’ll quickly discover that a restaurant kitchen is nothing like cooking at home.
Unlike MasterChef, in which contestants are mentored by Ramsay and other judges throughout the competition, these home cooks have just one night to demonstrate their culinary chops. Teams will arrive the day of their competition, learn the menu, prep the ingredients and then cook dishes to order in an hour-long service, just like in a real restaurant.
“For them to be dropped in the middle of a restaurant and go from that domestic platter to a professional plate is going to be the big challenge,” says Ramsay. He predicts consistency and timing will be their biggest hurdles.
“We can’t just serve one table, stop, and high five,” says Ramsay. “It’s 15 tables. As one leaves, as one takes flight on the hot table, the next one is two minutes away. And it becomes systematic like that. If it doesn’t, it’s going to break down.
“If someone throws a spanner in the works, we’re f-cked,” he notes. (There’s that f-bomb.)
Each episode’s winning team will be determined by one question asked of each diner: Would you pay for this meal?
“If the guest is happy to pay for it, the team wins a point,” says Ramsay. By the end of the season, the top two teams will compete for a cash prize in the finale.
“I love the energy of a live kitchen,” says Ramsay of the drama that’s sure to be cooked up. But the show also touches on something else that’s dear to him: family cooking. “We’ve never had a chance to focus on families,” says Ramsay, who scoured the country to find families that love to cook — and eat — together.
Most of all, he hopes The F Word inspires viewers to spend more time in the kitchen with their own families. As Ramsay was building his restaurant and television empire, he reserved weekends for his family and brought his own four children into the kitchen with him. Even if they have no ambition to cook professionally, he says, it’s a life skill everyone needs.
“Cooking together is crucial,” says Ramsay. “The kitchen is a great place to communicate.”
I’ve added a couple hundred new photos of Jaimie to the gallery including additional images to her 2017 appearances and photo sessions as well as a bunch of high quality image replacements. Enjoy!
2017: Photo Session #003 – Additions & HQ replacements
2017: Photo Session #001 – Additions & HQ replacements
May 15 – NBC Upfronts – Arrivals – Additions & HQ replacements
May 15 – NBC Upfronts – Additions & HQ replacements
May 15 – NBC Upfronts – WB & Entetainment Weekly Party – Additions & HQ replacements
May 5 – MTV College Signing – HQ replacements
April 6 – New York Moves Power Women Forum – Additions & HQ replacements
January 18 – Winter TCA – Additions
Jaimie attended the NBC Upfronts yesterday and I have added over 100 HQ images to the gallery. She looked beautiful as always. Thanks to my friend Kaci for a few of these.
May 15 – NBC Upfronts: Red Carpet
May 15 – NBC Upfronts: WB & Entertainment Weekly Party
EDIT: 5/16/17 I added over 50 more images to the gallery of Jaimie from this event.
NBC is the first broadcast network to unveil its schedule for the 2017-18 TV season, and the big news on the returning-show front is the Peacock’s decision to shift breakout hit This Is Us from Tuesdays-at-9 to Thursdays-at-9. In its new slot, it will follow returning Must-See vet Will & Grace (at 8 pm) and the Tina Fey-produced sophomore comedy Great News (at 8:30 pm).
“Our hope is to create the return of Must-See TV on Thursday,” said NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a conference call with reporters on Sunday. “We really wanted to go after Thursday in a big way.” Greenblatt confirms that the actual Must-See branding will return this fall. And as previously reported, Will & Grace‘s episode count has been increased to 12. The exec also revealed that Fey will make several guest appearances on Great News this fall.
Former Thursday staple The Blacklist will move into the Wednesday lead-off position, while Superstore and The Good Place will head to Tuesdays.
lso of note: Blindspot will relocate to Fridays at 8 pm, where it will be paired with second-year drama Taken; and new military drama The Brave has scored the cushy post-Voice perch on Mondays.
Regarding the fate of remaining bubble series Chicago Justice and Trial & Error, Greenblatt said decisions on those will be made in the coming days and (possibly) weeks. Also the buzzy Casey Wilson-Busy Phillips comedy pilot The Sackett Sisters is not dead. Said Greenblatt: “We have’t definitively said no” to picking it up.
On tap for midseason or later: Returning series Chicago Med (airing Thursdays once L&O: True Crime‘s eight-episode run ends), Shades of Blue and Timeless, and the new scripted series RISE, A.P. BIO, GOOD GIRLS, CHAMPIONS and REVERIE.
All told, the NBC schedule looks like this:
8 pm The Voice
10 pm The Brave
8 pm The Voice
9 pm Superstore (new time slot)
9: 30 pm The Good Place (new time slot)
10 pm Chicago Fire
8 pm The Blacklist (new time slot)
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Chicago P.D.
8 pm WILL & GRACE
8:30 Great News (new time slot)
9 pm This Is Us (new time slot)
10 pm LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS (WATCH TRAILER)
8 pm Blindspot (new time slot)
9 pm Taken (new time slot)
10 pm Dateline
8 pm Dateline Mysteries
10 pm Saturday Night Live (encores)
7 pm Football Night in America
8:20 pm NBC Sunday Night Football
NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: Aquarius, The Blacklist: Redemption, Grimm and Powerless
“Blindspot” has been renewed for Season 3 at NBC, Variety has learned.
The series follows a mysterious woman known only as Jane Doe who is found in Times Square with her memory erased and her body covered in a series of coded tattoos. But as she and the FBI team who discovered her work to decipher the complex treasure map of her body, an ever-widening web of conspiracy and corruption is revealed.
The drama from Greg Berlanti’s prolific shop at Warner Bros. TV was on the bubble after softening in its second season. NBC and producer Warner Bros. TV were understood to have had a tough negotiation on the license fee for the renewal. The renewal comes as NBC prepares to unveil its 2017-18 schedule to advertisers in New York on Monday.
The series stars Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ashley Johnson, Ukweli Roach, Luke Mitchell, Michelle Hurd and Archie Panjabi. Creator and writer Martin Gero serves as exec producer and showrunner. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jeff F. King are also exec producers.
I’m currently working on organizing and updating the photo session in the gallery with all of Jaimie’s portraits and photoshoots. I’ve added a handful of missing ones. Check back for more updates as I have hundreds more to add.