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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 11, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Gordan Ramsey's former boss Marco Pierre White gets into the cooking reality TV business with a team competition to win $250,000 to open a restaurant.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Reality, Game Show, Food & Cooking
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Not everyone dreams of opening a fusion bistro or perfecting a vol-au-vent, but many feel that they had a tougher time learning their trade than younger, mollycoddled and overly entitled upstarts. And for those, The Chopping Block cuts just right.
  2. As reality shows go, the concept isn't bad: Two teams with four couples each operate restaurants across the street from one another in New York. But Chopping Block botches the introductions in tonight's premiere.
  3. This new effort from NBC is literally a chop off the old block.
  4. Though perhaps slightly more rational than his Fox counterpart, who's increasingly becoming a caricature of himself, White's given to ponderous pronouncements that make every decision on The Chopping Block sound like a matter of life and death.
  5. Reviewed by: Devra First
    The show has seasoned reality TV talent behind it, so it's a surprise to find The Chopping Block structurally jumbled, with hardly any time spent introducing the contestants.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The glowering White--with his brooding eyes, tennis shoes and Three Stooges' Larry Fine haircut--is more pretentious and irritating than most.
  7. 20
    A maddeningly empty hour in which hapless schmoes endure insults and temper tantrums from a pompous clod. It's enough, as the British say, to put you off your food.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. RayRay
    Apr 1, 2009
    I love the show but it doesn't always seem to be on it isn't on tonight 04-01 What gives!? Is it on every week? I can't find it on the NBC schedule! I'm pissed! Expand
  2. mitchb
    Mar 31, 2009
    It's way better than Law and Order! I've had enough of law and stupid cop shows. They are all the same. Why start a show that will have a winner and cancel it 3 episodes in? What's that point in that? At least finish out the season so we see who wins! Bad move by NBC. They ax everything. Freeks and Geeks, great show, they pulled the plug. Expand
  3. JeffL
    Mar 15, 2009
    I thought Marco was a nice change from the frothing at the mouth Ramsay and the overly smug Colicchio. He's a highly regarded chef who seems to have a bit of heart. I like his style and thus the show. Expand
  4. HoraceH
    Mar 12, 2009
    Wow. Really awful. It really showed me how good Top Chef really is. I am still shocked at how obnoxious the host and the food critic was, how the couples thing made no sense (why is one a "chef" and one worthless?), and how they were given no time to come up with a concept which gave viewers no time to figure out who/what we liked. Talk about terrible editing. The concept is stolen from Top Chef's "restaurant wars," but I'd rather watch a Top Chef re-run every week than this show ever again. Expand