Lucky 13 for Big Daddy McCargo?

September 24, 2008 at 11:35 pm 11 comments

As predicted here earlier, the Food Network has decided to go ahead and order 13 more episodes of Big Daddy’s Kitchen despite poor reviews and less than electric ratings.  Though the number 13 may have proven lucky for host Aaron McCargo Jr. many believe that the same cannot be said for Food Network viewers.   The show is in a timeslot targeted at the 327 people not watching the NFL on Sundays.  Meanwhile, NFNS runner-up Adam Gertler’s new show Will Work For Food is set to premiere soon in primetime.

Hmm, Aaron wins despite poor fan interest and his show gets buried by the greatest television juggernaut in history and Adam comes in second and gets a show in primetime.  The spin is making me dizzy.  For more on this and other Food Network scuttlebutt I encourage you to join Internet starlet Sarah East on her webcast FN Crazy.  But be forewarned, if you are a Rachael Ray fan, you may not enjoy Sarah’s particular form of wit.

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  • 1. Brandon  |  September 27, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I’m in love with her. She’s sexy and funny, and knows her food.

  • 2. Big Daddy’s House - No Surprises « Wannabe TV Chef - Blog  |  September 27, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    […] What can I say about the premiere episode of Big Daddy’s House starring NFNS winner Aaron McCargo Jr?  There was nothing special about it.  The same problems that plagued Aaron during the contest […]

  • 3. NFNS: After the Fall Out « Wannabe TV Chef - Blog  |  September 27, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    […] The fall out was tremendous and everyone (self included) has their own opinion.  A few facts:  Aaron McCargo Jr. was named the winner and his new show Big Daddy’s House premiered a few weeks ago to less […]

  • 4. NFNS: Big Daddy’s Cliché Kitchen « Wannabe TV Chef - Blog  |  September 27, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    […] The Next Food Network Star trackback So now I have watched the worst kept secret in history, Aaron McCargo Jr. is the Next Food Network Star winner.  Hence forth to be referred to as the NFNS winner because […]

  • 5. Rita Dixon  |  October 5, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for the shout out/recommendation on here for FN Crazy! Your blog is really enjoyable and it was a nice surprise to stumble upon this! 🙂

  • 6. Mrs. Elizabeth Austin  |  October 16, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    I wonder why Big Daddy’s House was placrd in such an awful time slot.It seems it was set up to fail. Seems deliberate to me.

  • 7. wannabetvchef  |  October 17, 2008 at 12:12 am

    It was destined to fail regardless of the time slot. It was placed in a bad one because FN knew the show was not one of their stronger additions to the lineup but the winner was assured of getting six episodes. The NFNS winner has always been on Sunday mornings. They do not want to waste a good time slot on a below average show. The ratings started out ok because of the curiosity factor but once the show had to stand on its own merits they plummeted.

    Despite the ratings and reviews of the show it has been renewed for 13 more episodes. Not that anyone will be watching.

  • 8. Jack  |  December 11, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I read somewhere that his show has had great success. It premiered #5 in the W25-54 slot. Then I read on a blog that his first season totalled about 1.2 million viewers altogether. I don’t know ratings but that seems like a good number. I guess the folks at Food Network thought it was good enough to renew. I’ve never seen the show though I would like to. I was a fan of his on NFNS because he seemed like a cool, humble, down to earth guy and his food look good. I might tune in one day to see what all the fuss is about. But it seems like everywhere I turn I see a lot of people bashing this guy. He has to be doing something right if he got renewed AND he has haters. I mean c’mon, he’s making some kind of progress. He was on the Rachel Ray show for that Thanksgiving thing and Rach to Rescue (or something like that). Then he was featured on an episode of Dinner Impossible. He was featured in some news segment, I think GMA. Seems like his future in this business is looking bright. And if his first season sucked then hopefully it will be better the second time around. Remember, nobody starts off as great as you’d like them. They can’t exceed your expectations on their first try. Look at Guy Fieri (one of my faves on the network), his first season wasn’t great but now he’s on his third season. People tend to get better with time. And in due time, Aaron’s light will shine even greater. Patience is a virtue and great things come to those that wait for it (I think I said it right lol).

  • 9. henry melcher  |  March 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Our company would like to send a jar of our product called “white gold honey” to Aaron McCargo Jr. ,at no charge to try. If He likes it, we would like to see if He can incorporate our pure, raw, white honey on His Food Network Show “Big Daddy’s Kitchen”…please advise of what physical address we can send a free sample to via ups…thankyou for your help…Henry Melcher..p.s…please see website:….also, we have been consistently in the top three best selling catagory out of 500+ honeys on’s web site in the honey:syrups & sweeteners catagorey in their grocey section

  • 10. Big Daddy’s House Season 2, Meh. « Wannabe TV Chef  |  May 31, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    […] of it before now but the first season was just so terrible that I was not eager to sit through 13 more […]

  • 11. brian  |  June 23, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    stop hatten on arron!!!!!


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