TV OT: Why we knead and love baking shows. プラス, Broadway's back and 'Ted Lasso'

TV OT is a weekly look at what CNN’s entertainment team is watching since too much television has us all working overtime.

As I set up the refreshments table at the “法律 & 注文: SVU” Emotional Support Group, enjoy this week’s TV OT.

Just what I kneaded

At my darkest point during the lockdown portion of the pandemic, I was awake until past 3 午前. on most days watching old episodes ofThe Great British Bake Off,” wondering if I’d wake up my husband if I snuck into the kitchen and started baking a cake. (番号, Netflix, I’m not calling itThe Great British Baking Show.You can’t make me.)
    I’d typically start my binge sometime after midnight and go until I’d all but guaranteed I’d be dreaming about baking the perfect pastéis de nata instead of having Covid-related nightmares. Aside from the temptation of having the occasional 2 a.m cookie, this was anxiety relief that came with no downsides. A tented haven. A blissful, baked break from the horror show that was reality.
      Even whenThe Great British Bake-Off,” which begins a new season this week, did its first season amid Covid, it felt like coming home. There were a few nods to the happenings outside the tent, but otherwise, it was a warm blanket of familiarity, fun and flour.
        'Nailed It' celebrates bad baking at its best.

        I’d anecdotally heard from other people getting similar feelings from shows likeNailed It!,” “Cupcake Wars” そして “Bake Squad.” (Having previewed a few episodes of Netflix’s upcomingBaking Impossible,” I anticipate this engineering/baking hybrid series to find a way into the queues of those who frequent both the Food Network and Discovery Channel.)
        My best hypothesis is that the Xanax-like effect many of us get from these shows comes from the fact that while the bakers sometimes have things to prove, the shows themselves do not.
          The stakes are not life and death. You either get to eat the result or not. And even the failures are quite literally coated in sugar. Temper your eggs but check your tempers at the door; even if you have a soggy bottom, we will all live to bake another day.
          And the successes? They’re more than sweet. They’re euphoric. What is more satisfying to watch than a person putting hours of work into something — お気に入り, いう, a gravity defying cake, as in the first episode of the new season ofBake Off” — and seeing a beautiful result? (行け Jürgen!) Passion that yields perfection feeds my overachiever soul.
          だからありがとう, baking shows, for being a delicious piece of peace. 率直に言って, no genre does it バター.

          Raising the curtain for Broadway

          Ben Platt in 'Dear Evan Hansen.'

          From batter to Broadway, CNN’s Brian Lowry hits on all the stage that’s fit to screen and stream
          In accepting an Emmy for ‘Hamilton’ 日曜日に (was it really only Sunday?), 共演 Renee Elise Goldsberry celebrated the return of Broadway, as well as the way television helped keep the lights flickering during a pandemic period when ‘we were separate and alone.
          ‘This award represents the synergy between the medium of television and theater, what a gift we can be to each other, what a gift you gave to us last year, when we were dark and dispersed, TV created the platform to come together to put on a show,’ Goldsberry said.
          That synergy, しかしながら, is looking a bit more complicated amid a spate of musicals for TV, streaming and theaters, reflecting a really mixed bag of creative achievements, and no one-size-fits-all answers.
          CBS will continue the celebration of the stage with a live special Sunday, ‘The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!,’ after the presentation of the awards on sibling streamer Paramount+. It happens to come on the same weekend that another adaptation of a Tony winner, ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ hits theaters, weathering the kind of tepid reviews that might warrant tuning out social media.
          ‘Evan,’ notably, comes a few weeks after a runner-up in its Tony-winning year, ‘離れて来る,made its debut on Apple TV+ in spectacular fashion, and a week before ‘Diana: ミュージカル’ brings the people’s princess to Netflix. Throw in ‘Springsteen on Broadway そして ‘David Byrne’s American Utopia,’ and you can make a pretty good case for just setting up cameras and letting the talent do their stuff.
          それでも, if you look at those productions and ‘Hamiltonand say filming stage presentations is the way to go, 上手, ‘In the Heights received mostly (well-deserved) rapturous reviews earlier this summer, despite tanking at the box office; and Steven Spielberg’s remake of ‘West Side Storyis due out later this year.
          有る, 率直に言って, a lot to be said for filming presentations, which avoids some of the pitfalls that ‘Evan Hansenexhibits. 同時に, ‘In the Heightswas able to mount buoyant song-and-dance numbers on a scale that obviously wouldn’t be possible within that format.
          The bottom line is it’s never been a better time to get to experience theatrical productions from home, with the disclaimer being that nothing quite approximates, to paraphrase ‘Hamilton,’ being there, in person, in the room where it happens.

          Getting ‘Losteast of ‘La Brea

          Zyra Gorecki and Natalie Zea in NBC's 'ラブレア' (Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

          New fall TV continues to trickle in, and Lowry’s got a take on whether you should fall into this new NBC offering:
          ‘Maybe we’re just in an episode of “失われた,”‘ someone says in the premiere of ‘La Brea,’ at least being honest about the comparisons that this new NBC series invites.
          それでも, beyond joining the list of shows built around Big Mysteries They Won’t Answer Right Away, the title and premisein which a giant hole appears in the middle of Los Angeles, right along La Brea Avenuealso happen to dovetail with an old Hollywood joke, about how privileged westside residents (including the talent agencies situated in and around Beverly Hills) try to avoid venturing east of La Brea.
          上手, finally everyone has an excuse, and in the case of the show, it’s a doozy. As for where the giant sinkhole leads, those are the questions ‘La Breawill have to answer if it lives long enough. または, given the recent history of mystery-based NBC dramas (こんにちは, ‘Manifest’), maybe we should all just wait until it makes the commute over to Netflix. (今のところ, the show will air after ‘The Voiceon Tuesdays.)”

          Stop the presses for ‘Citizen Hearst

          William Randolph Hearst with Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, as seen in 'Citizen Hearst' (Courtesy of Marc Wanamaker/Bison Archives)

          Can’t wait forSuccession”? Lowry’s says PBS might have a media mogul to hold you over:
          “PBS’ ‘American Experiencedelivers a top-shelf two-part documentary beginning Sept. 27 about William Randolph Hearst, connecting the early mogul’s 20-century practices directly to the media climate of today, using crime and fear to sell newspapers and unleashing a ‘spiral of sensationalismin his war with rival publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
          The doc also goes into Hearst’s personal life, from building his castle at San Simeon to his relationship with Marion Davies, and the way he used his assets to advance his objectives, which included completely ignoring the release of ‘Citizen Kanein his newspapers.
          それでも, the part that really resonates comes from using this rear-view mirror to see where we areand where we’re heading. As David Nasaw, author of ‘The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst,’ puts it, ‘He invents the world that for better or worse we now inhabit.

          Three cheers for ‘Ted Lasso

          Jason Sudeikis and Brendan Hunt in "テッド・ラッソ" season two, エピソード 10 "No Weddingsquot a Funeral."

          If you’re tired of people praising “テッド・ラッソ” and the show winning all the awards, skip this section of TV OT.
          I’ll be the first to admit that last week’s Coach Beard-centric episode was not my favorite, enough though I acknowledge and accept its intention. The show needed some breathing room after a very heavy end to episode 8, in which Ted disclosed his father died from suicide. So taking a week off to focus on Coach Beard was understandable. (I thought it narratively fell short but was still wonderfully directed.) 今週, しかしながら, was a return to form. (Spoilers for the episode ahead.)
            No Weddings and a Funeral,” written by Jane Becker, was a glorious return to the classicLassomix of laugh-out-loud lines (Roy telling Keeley to avenge his death) and weighty moments that hit at the heart (Ted describing his father’s efforts to help him with a school assignment). Whether you’re in the camp that has loved this season (私) or not, there’s no denying that when “テッド・ラッソ” is good, it’s an unmatched TV MVP, worthy of the praise and awards it gets and then some.
            I know it’s hard to keep rooting for a show when you feel like it’s let you downtrust me, I’ve given up plentybut episodes like this are why you have to stick with it. You can’t give up onTed Lasso.” 結局, Ted Lasso would never give up on you.

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