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Tube talk: 'Restaurant: Impossible'

March 23, 2011 - Ray Eckenrode

Apparently, we're not the only one hooked on Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible." When we tweeted our admiration for the reality show a few weeks ago we received nearly a dozen replies from other fans.

The show airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Food Network and features celebrity chef Robert Irvine (who's part drill sergeant and part Hans (or Franz) from "Saturday Night Live") remaking a failing restaurant on a $10,000 budget.

The appeal of the show for us is twofold. First, it's really like four shows in one as Irvine looks at the restaurant's management, marketing, menu and decor. Sometimes it's a food show, sometimes it's a business show, sometimes it's an HGTV show. Second, it's a guilty pleasure to watch how truly screwed up a lot of small businesses are.

The show premiered in January and based on the fact that Food Network has mixed some repeats in with new episodes already we're guessing they only taped six or eight episodes for a trial run. It appears tonight's episode is new, though.

The network is now advertising heavily for new challenges for a second season of the show and Irvine's crew is in Harrisburg as we speak making over a western-themed steakhouse called Dodge City (see link at right).

The show might have found it's signature moment last week when in a true "Hoarders" moment Irvine discovered 13 dead mice in the filthy kitchen of a junked-up crab shack. It was gross -- and compelling.

Again, "Restaurant: Impossible" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Food Network with repeats on Sundays at 1 p.m.

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