The food in your favorite TV show
I was noticing that people were still posting comments under my last TV post. That got me thinking about food and TV, and the fact that except for sit-coms where families sit around the dinner table, people don't eat much on TV shows.
It used to drive me crazy that Jack never ate on 24. I mean, I know he went to the bathroom during the commercial breaks, but that wouldn't have given him time to make and eat a sandwich or even gulp down a granola bar. ...
One exception is the boys on Entourage (I don't have HBO; I watch it on DVD). They are always eating at Urth Caffe, which makes me very happy, and other LA restaurants that I sometimes recognize and sometimes don't. The show wouldn't be as true to life if they didn't, because everyone eats out in LA.
Everyone eats, for that matter, and I think TV ought to make better use of that fact. Now I've started watching to see if anyone ever eats anything on the other shows I like. Last night as far as I could tell, although I fell asleep by the end of the first hour (don't give away any plot points; I TiVoed), in the season premiere of Heroes the kitchen was used only for scalping Claire.
However, on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Sarah fixed plates of spaghetti for her family after an action-packed day tracking down a robot from the future, rescuing her ex-boyfriend's wife and shooting a lot of semi-automatics.
I suggest everyone start watching for food and restaurants in their favorite TV shows for, say, a week; and report back here when you have a sighting.
I'll bet we find there isn't much.
(Photo by Anthony Mandler/Fox)