by Douglas Hufnagel
TV chef Gordon Ramsay has pulled the plug on his own series, Kitchen Nightmares, saying “As filming comes to a close on the latest series of Kitchen Nightmares I’ve decided to stop making the show.” The famous TV chef appears to be tired of the show, as he did not renew his contract with Channel 4. However, the chef is expected to move over to ITV to star in a new show, possibly by early next year.
Kitchen Nightmares has been extraordinarily popular for a cooking show (although relying heavily on the drama that makes reality television so appealing to some). It appeared on Channel 4 in the UK and on Fox in the United States. Ratings have been consistently good for the show, which was going on to its seventh season this summer. This seems like a move consistent with the British television philosophy of ending things before they get stale. Most series end much sooner than they would in the United States.
While I have never consistently watched the show, I have seen it before, and it seems to be the standard blend of reality and “reality” that makes this type of TV so popular. This is a surprise move on the part of Gordon Ramsay, who has several successful TV shows (an industry famous for continuing with shows as long as they can sustain themselves. Who knows, maybe some other people will be inspired to end long-running shows that have slowly grown stale? Doubtful in my mind, but we can always hope, can’t we?
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