Saw a commercial this afternoon for the upcoming second season of "The Next Great Baker" on TLC. This came as quite a shock, as I didn't know there had been a first season of "The Next Great Baker." Then again, the show might just have gotten buried in the veritable avalanche of TLC's other baking-themed shows, "Cake Boss," "Fabulous Cakes," and "DC Cupcakes."
(DIGRESSION: Suggested tagline for TLC's "Extreme Couponing": "TLC: We're not just baking and midgets anymore!"
WOS: They need a show about midgets who bake! "The Littlest Baker"? Copyright!
SOL: How about "Jon and Kate Plus Cake"? Copyright! EOD)
Seriously, though, between "The Next Great Baker" and Bravo's "Top Chef: Just Desserts," the market for baking competitions is saturated, especially since there are so many unexplored possibilities:
PRIME CUT: THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GREAT BUTCHER (Spike TV)
You can beat the heat, but you can't beat our meat! On tonight's episode, controversy erupts as the nine remaining contestants are each given an exotic animal to slaughter, break down, and debone: Fan favorite, Rabbi Ethan "The Shvitzer" Goldfarb balks at butchering a wombat, which he declares "tref."
And, why not:
WICKED AWESOME: AMERICA'S NEXT GREAT CANDLEMAKER (HGTV)
Wax ON! Former porn star Jenna Jameson challenges the contestants to make a candle that can double as a female gratification tool.
TOP COLLECTOR: WORLD'S BEST TOLLBOOTH ATTENDANT (The Travel Channel)
Life in the EZ-Pass Lane. Can anyone defeat the favorite, Tollmate3000, the state-of-the-art scanning device that's been mowing down all competitors since being installed on a stretch of I-80 outside Chicago? Tune in to find out.
Personally, I'm most looking forward to Comedy Central's offering, DEAD FUNNY: AMERICA'S MOST HILARIOUS CORPSE. Competition promises to be stiff. Sorry.