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"Masterchef: Season #2."
The amateurs are coming.

I really hope they're actually amateurs.

The question here is 'How do we keep Second Season Syndrome from setting in?' For a large number of series, the original airing is when you have the best chance to get real people (for a television value of 'real') who are just excited by the show's prospect, want the title as much (or more!) than the exposure, and are truly in this thing because they truly believe they could be America's first Masterchef. And in the original airing? That's what we got. The arguable-most-diverse cast in genre history, a conjunction of backgrounds and cooking styles which normally require six square blocks of Manhattan to encompass, some decent team challenges, some elimination ones that needed polish, three judges who actually worked for the show -- and in the end, a winner most of us could stand. Kudos.

But now we're on Season #2.

This is where the professional chefs might turn up wearing a Kiss The Cook apron and lying about just tossing a few burgers for the guys back at the firehouse. This is when someone could throw a fit just for the sake of grabbing the three minutes of camera time it'll occupy. This is how someone might start a show-jumping career: start here, stick with Gordon for the fall, then head over to Bravo, and then they're The Next Food Network Star!

How, as a casting director, do you avoid that? And if you're a casting director, do you want to? Are you counting on getting that same wild diversity again -- or are you going to force formula down our collective throat and call it a specialty cocktail?

I wish I knew what was coming. All I've got is this: when I saw the first preview commercial hit, I was glad. For a few seconds, it almost approached excitement. Happy for the renewal, sure -- but also truly looking forward to the thing, more than I've looked forward to Survivor or Big Brother for several seasons now, by several orders of magnitude. I don't always want to watch a train wreck. I want to be enchanted every now and again, to stare at a creation like Mike's Ssam Duck and wish I could taste the screen.

But it's the second season...

I'm nervous.


Worst-case scenario: Lacey, Russell, Sabrina. In wigs.

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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
 Masterchef: Season #2.   Estee     05-01-11       
   RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   weltek     05-04-11     1  
     RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   Estee     05-05-11     2  
         RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   Tummy     05-12-11     3  
             RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   Estee     05-12-11     4  
                 RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   Tummy     05-13-11     5  
   Premieres tonight.   Estee     06-06-11     6  
   Episode #1: Alligator Al and The H...   Estee     06-07-11     7  
     RE: Episode #1: Alligator Al and T...   Tummy     06-07-11     8  
         RE: Episode #1: Alligator Al and T...   Estee     06-07-11     9  
             RE: Episode #1: Alligator Al and T...   Tummy     06-07-11     10  
   Episode #2: Not The Mama.   Estee     06-08-11     11  
     RE: Episode #2: Not The Mama.   weltek     06-08-11     12  
         RE: Episode #2: Not The Mama.   Estee     06-08-11     13  
   RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   Loree     06-11-11     14  
     RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   jbug     06-11-11     15  
     NBC thanks you.   Estee     06-11-11     16  
   Episode #3: final auditions.   Estee     06-14-11     17  
     RE: Episode #3: final auditions.   Loree     06-14-11     18  
         RE: Episode #3: final auditions.   Estee     06-14-11     19  
   RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   jbug     06-14-11     20  
   Episode #4.   Estee     06-15-11     21  
     RE: Episode #4.   Tummy     06-15-11     22  
         RE: Episode #4.   Starshine     06-15-11     23  
             RE: Episode #4.   weltek     06-16-11     24  
                 RE: Episode #4.   mindy23     06-20-11     25  
   Episode #5.   Estee     06-21-11     26  
     RE: Episode #5.   Starshine     06-21-11     27  
         RE: Episode #5.   Estee     06-21-11     28  
             RE: Episode #5.   Starshine     06-21-11     29  
                 RE: Episode #5.   Tummy     06-21-11     30  
                     RE: Episode #5.   Starshine     06-21-11     31  
   Episode #6   Estee     06-22-11     32  
     RE: Episode #6   Starshine     06-22-11     33  
         RE: Episode #6   Tummy     06-22-11     34  
     RE: Episode #6   Pretty_Kitty     06-22-11     35  
         RE: Episode #6   Tummy     06-22-11     36  
             RE: Episode #6   foonermints     06-22-11     37  
   How's this for an edit?   cahaya     06-23-11     38  
     In The Pot   foonermints     06-24-11     39  
   Episode #7   Estee     06-28-11     40  
     RE: Episode #7   Starshine     06-28-11     41  
         RE: Episode #7   Estee     06-28-11     45  
     RE: Episode #7   tjdmlhw     06-28-11     42  
         RE: Episode #7   Estee     06-28-11     46  
   RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   jbug     06-28-11     43  
     RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   emydi     06-28-11     44  
   Dang.   foonermints     06-29-11     47  
     RE: Dang.   Pretty_Kitty     06-29-11     53  
         RE: Dang.   Estee     06-29-11     54  
   Episode 8   Starshine     06-29-11     48  
     RE: Episode 8   Estee     06-29-11     49  
         RE: Episode 8   Starshine     06-29-11     50  
         RE: Episode 8   Loree     06-29-11     51  
             RE: Episode 8   mindy23     06-29-11     52  
         RE: Episode 8   Tummy     06-29-11     55  
             RE: Episode 8   foonermints     06-29-11     56  
   RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   jbug     07-01-11     57  
     RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   JessicaRN     07-02-11     58  
   Episode 9   Starshine     07-06-11     59  
   'Let's cook the raw beef!'   Estee     07-12-11     60  
   Bye Bye Esther!   foonermints     07-13-11     61  
     RE: Bye Bye Esther!   Estee     07-13-11     62  
         RE: Bye Bye Esther!   foonermints     07-14-11     64  
     RE: Bye Bye Esther!   jbug     07-13-11     63  
         RE: Bye Bye Esther!   Tummy     07-15-11     65  
         RE: Bye Bye Esther!   JessicaRN     07-15-11     66  
   Standards deviation.   Estee     07-19-11     67  
     RE: Standards deviation.   Starshine     07-19-11     68  
         RE: Standards deviation.   Tummy     07-19-11     69  
             RE: Standards deviation.   Starshine     07-19-11     70  
                 RE: Standards deviation.   JessicaRN     07-19-11     71  
   There were these three old ladies.....   Starshine     07-20-11     72  
     RE: There were these three old ladi...   Estee     07-20-11     73  
     RE: There were these three old ladi...   Tummy     07-20-11     74  
         RE: There were these three old ladi...   JessicaRN     07-20-11     75  
             RE: There were these three old ladi...   Tummy     07-20-11     76  
                 RE: There were these three old ladi...   foonermints     07-25-11     79  
         RE: There were these three old ladi...   weltek     07-21-11     77  
             RE: There were these three old ladi...   Tummy     07-27-11     81  
     RE: There were these three old ladi...   jbug     07-25-11     78  
         RE: There were these three old ladi...   JessicaRN     07-25-11     80  
   It's raaaaaaaaaw!   Estee     07-27-11     82  
     RE: It's raaaaaaaaaw!   Starshine     07-27-11     83  
         RE: It's raaaaaaaaaw!   Estee     07-27-11     84  
             RE: It's raaaaaaaaaw!   Starshine     07-27-11     85  
                 RE: It's raaaaaaaaaw!   Estee     07-27-11     86  
                     RE: It's raaaaaaaaaw!   Starshine     07-27-11     87  
     RE: It's raaaaaaaaaw!   jbug     07-27-11     88  
         RE: It's raaaaaaaaaw!   Estee     07-28-11     89  
             RE: It's raaaaaaaaaw!   Starshine     07-28-11     90  
                 RE: It's raaaaaaaaaw!   jbug     07-28-11     91  
                     RE: I doubt he will win, but my fav...   mindy23     07-31-11     92  
   RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   Estee     08-02-11     93  
   Ep 14: Why do I bother?   Starshine     08-02-11     94  
     RE: Ep 14: Why do I bother?   Estee     08-02-11     95  
         RE: Ep 14: Why do I bother?   Starshine     08-02-11     96  
   Can you spot the Final Two?   Estee     08-03-11     97  
   ep 16: No seriously, why do I bothe...   Starshine     08-09-11     98  
     ep 17: Estee and I called it...   Starshine     08-10-11     99  
         RE: ep 17: Estee and I called it...   Estee     08-10-11     100  
             RE: ep 17: Estee and I called it...   frankz     08-10-11     103  
     You watch because...   weltek     08-10-11     101  
         RE: You watch because...   Estee     08-10-11     102  
   RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   Loree     08-11-11     104  
   Y'know all that lightning we've bee...   Estee     08-16-11     105  
   final 4 ep   jbug     08-16-11     106  
   Next season's drinking game.   Estee     08-17-11     107  
     RE: Next season's drinking game.   krismiss2us     08-18-11     108  
   RE: Masterchef: Season #2.   foonermint     08-19-11     109  

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