Trebek brought consensus, class to a nation in need of both
Game show host Alex Trebek poses for a photo in his Los Angeles home on Aug. 3, 1988. Six nights a week for 36 years, after the evening news and before the firebrands of primetime cable opinion shows, Trebek brought together liberals and conservatives, city dwellers and rural folk, grandparents and grandchildren for a half-hour of brainy exercise. He was the composed college professor whose students endlessly speculated about what he was like when class was over. Trebek gave the role a gravitas, and a virtuosity, that didn't seem possible before him. Viewers will get a good bit more Trebek through episodes he has already taped, and through well over three decades of reruns.
Padma Lakshmi’s ‘Taste the Nation’ on Hulu is the perfect TV show for a food getaway
Truly, Padma Lakshmi’s new show on Hulu, “Taste the Nation,” is the perfect thing to watch if you’re missing life on the road. The first episode of “Taste the Nation” illustrates just how Lakshmi will get to the bottom of her questions. “Taste the Nation” is also just a great showcase for Lakshmi. After being a cookbook author and reality TV show host, getting to take the lead on “Taste the Nation” is the cherry on top for this gifted woman. All episodes of “Taste the Nation” are currently streaming on Hulu.
'Top Chef' Winner Melissa King on Finding Her Confidence Between Seasons 12 and 17 (Exclusive)
The season, which premiered in March and ran through June, was filmed last year, with their trip to Italy in the finale taking place in the fall. I was still finding myself and being comfortable with my style of cooking and my confidence as a person. I really just took that energy and carried it over the next five or six years. Im going to cook the prosciutto because its going to be great and its going to taste good. I do feel, from my own experience on my seasons, theyve done a very good job diversifying the type of people you see in this competition, she says.
Padma Lakshmi on the Future of 'Top Chef' and Exploring Immigrant Food Cultures (Exclusive)
Now shes stepping out on her own with her timely new Hulu series, Taste the Nation, which explores immigrant food cultures across the country and what defines American cuisine. With the series, she wanted to show the larger American public what its like to be an immigrant in this country. What is American food actually? she explains. It seemed to me, we were willing to embrace immigrant food and make it our own, but yet we were still unwilling to embrace the people that made that food. Not only does Lakshmi shine a much-needed light on various immigrant food cultures in the U.S., but she also turns the camera on herself and her familys experiences as immigrants and how they relate to America through food.
New this week: Neil Young, 'Miss Juneteenth,' Padma Lakshmi
This combination of cover images show, from left, Rough and Rowdy Ways," by Bob Dylan, "Homegrown," a release by Neil Young and "Bigger Love" by John Legend. Peoples film will debut Friday on-demand on Juneteenth, the annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Miss Juneteenth isnt about that history but the contemporary African American struggle to remain in the middle class. AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSICBob Dylan: Its been eight years since the legend Bob Dylan released an album of original material. Neil Young: Neil Young also has a new album out on Friday, though he finished it 45 years ago.
Padma Lakshmi Gets New Show at Hulu
Padma Lakshmi is getting a new show at Hulu. The streaming service has greenlit a 10-episode untitled series by theTop Chef host, it announced at Friday's Television Critics Association summer press tour. The untitled series is designed to serve as a "living cookbook, made up more from people and culture than recipes." See more on Lakshmi in the video below. RELATED CONTENT:Eric Ripert, Padma Lakshmi and More Celebrate #BourdainDay in Honor of Anthony Bourdain's BirthdayPadma Lakshmi Gushes Over How 'Humbling' It Is to Be a Mom (Exclusive)Padma Lakshmi Says She's Ditching Her Emmys Diet -- Find Out Why!