Noon, Seven, Prime7
M. 2001. True life tale of two NFL footballers – one white, one black – who forged a prickly friendship which develops into a stronger bond when one contracts terminal cancer. A real tearjerker but a powerful testament to the friendships which can develop in sport. Sean Maher, Mekhi Phifer. 8.30pm, TCM
M. 1968. Clumsy Indian actor lands in California hoping to make it big, but somehow ends up insulting, offending, or otherwise alienating most of the Hollywood film community. Peter Sellers is a delight in this fish-out-ofwater comedy classic. Blake Edwards directs. 9.30pm, Go!
M. 2007. Nicely envisioned but ultimately uninvolving adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic sci-fi novel about a world infected by plague. Lone survivor Will Smith works on a cure while being hunted by the diseased, vampire-like remnants who roam the deserted streets. Third or fourth adaptation of the original novel again fails to conjure up the genuine chills. Alice Braga. 11.05pm, SBS ONE
M. 2009. Amusing French crime thriller directed by Claude Chabrol. Inspector Gerard Depardieu tries to solve a crime while holidaying with his sexy wife Marie Bunel. The scenes with Bunel, as he explains the intricacies of his investigation, have a charming, lived-in look, though this fades somewhat when his alcoholic brother appears on the scene. Not Chabrol’s greatest work but an accomplished one. HERE’S a glut of reality cooking shows these days, but none as troubled as Famous Food, where seven celebrities try to start a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard.
Famous Food has some well-known and not so well-known names, who are given the task of working together to start a Hollywood restaurant from scratch.
They have to name and theme the eatery, put together a menu, hire staff, and obtain health and fire department permits among other tasks.
The winner will get to run the restaurant in partnership with the Dolce Group, which also owns and runs a string of notable eateries including Ashton Kutcher’s Geisha House.
The D-grade Hollywood stars would be A-listers in the shallow Australian celebrity pool, which for some will be enough to watch – even if it’s only to see Academy Award-winning rap artists DJ Paul and Juicy J call former callgirl Ashley Dupre a whore behind her back.
And if you don’t know who Dupre is, she shot to fame after being at the centre of a callgirl scandal involving former New York governor Eliot Spitzer in 2004 and is now a columnist for the New York Post.
The two DJS fortunately provide some comic relief during the interview segments – which is a relief and brings some entertainment to this intense, and at times frustrating, reality show.
Former Sopranos actor Vincent Pastore takes on his mobster persona from the outset in an attempt to get some type of teamwork going as the dysfunctional cast have only 28 days and $US150,000 ($A145,158) to open the restaurant.
Danielle Staub, from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, has no intention of playing ball with anyone and it’s very easy to take an instant dislike to her overbearing and opinionated personality.
She deliberately arrives late to a meeting organised by Pastore with a consultant, and this riles the former Soprano and then begins to divide the group.
Plastic surgery specimen Heidi Montag, from The Hills, has reallife insight on restaurants after the demise of her parent’s eatery, but fails to offer any substantial input in the opening episode.
Dupre, ridiculed by the DJS early in the show, scores an early win that only serves to rile Staub, who could easily have ended up in a pair of concrete shoes if she had ever been a character that crossed Pastore’s path in the Sopranos. Meanwhile, Jake Pavelka, who has appeared on the US reality shows The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars, provides the eye candy for the girls and does his best to stay out of trouble.
The opening episode is tame in comparison with the remainder of the series, where celebrities abuse each other, and throw tables and tantrums.
It’s one of the more peculiar reality shows you’ll see this year.
Wednesdays, 9.30pm, E! Channel.