Friday, May 22, 2015

American Diner Revival Starts Tonight - Robert Irvine Not Happy About The Show

American Diner Revival starts tonight at 10:30pm ET on the Food Network.  The show had a pilot in January 2015, and a six episode season was picked up.  Amanda Freitag and Ty Pennington help struggling diners across America with the help of local residents.  Amanda and Ty get the diner owner away from the restaurant for 24 to 36 hours and do the makeover while the owner is away.  The first episode is at The Diner in Norman, Oklahoma, and the restaurant has already been on Food Network's Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

A few weeks ago, Robert Irvine tweeted out sarcastically, "Let's try to remake restaurant impossible and call it diner revival"


A fan told Robert to be nice, to which he responded, "No annoys me"



A fan also called Robert out by saying Restaurant Impossible was pretty much taken from Kitchen Nightmares, and Robert denied that.

Robert also claimed an 80% success rate, which we know isn't true (below 50%), but that number is always inflated by him.


It doesn't seem like American Diner Revival has anything to do with struggling restaurants, but is more about the makeover.  I guess there is a time constraint which is similar, but do you think Robert has anything to be annoyed about?

30 comments:

  1. My, aren't we defensive, Mr. Irvine? I see more of Extreme Makeover in this, what with the presence of Ty Pennington and the participation of the community in the rehab. I'm guessing the food overhaul is more or less incidental.

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  2. They wouldn't need a new restaurant makeover show if RI didn't transform into Dr. Phil.

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  3. Irvine is such a hypocrite. American Diner is no more of a ripoff than Irvines show was. RI has turned to crap over the years as well, now its barely about food or running a restaurant at all.

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  4. He is EXTREMELY defensive about this. I Tweeted him, and he blocked me. LOL.

    @RobertIrvine Maybe if you stuck to what made Restaurant Impossible successful, and checked your ego, there would be no need for another one

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  5. Just watched it. It's only a half hour show, so it's the nuts and bolts. Pretty good, actually. None of the garbage filler of RI

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  6. it's also funny considering Robert berates the people when they walk away when they don't want to hear the truth...to bad you couldn't throw in your tweet "You've lost your passion" lol

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  7. Stop being a crybaby, Robert. This show is nothing like yours, (You know, I just wonder if Ty is disappointed he doesn't get to blow anything up in this show.)

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  8. It's sour grapes. His show jumped the shark, and Amanda and Ty won't have to put a sledge hammer through a wall or play pop psychologist or beg people for tweets to continue the series.

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  9. Television captures moments, not reality. You spend your life looking authoritative and powerful in front of the camera and you can easily start to believe your own hype, which is deadly.

    Robert Irvine has never shown success over a long term, from resume lies to failed restaurants, but producers have hyped the hell out of him to the point where he believes it. He looks like Mr. Big Swinging on TV, so he must be that, right?

    He seems to think that he is the magic man and the only problem is that those Tuschman and those other knobheads at Television Food Network don't support his vision. He doesn't get how he needs to step back and look at the integrity of his brand, at his own integrity.

    If he did, he would understand how public sniping at other shows just hurts him, not them. It reveals his pettiness and myopia, blaming others for letting RI go off the rails, jumping the shark and asking for retirement.

    Irvine has bought inrto the hype around him and it has poisoned him.

    Now he needs some humbling and maybe he gets another chance. Or maybe not. ,

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  10. Saw American Diner Revival. Pure rip off of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, down to the idea that they change the decor and the menu WITHOUT ANY INVOLVEMENT OF THE OWNERS. How else would you get the big fake reveal that EMHO trademarked?

    That's so incredibly TV fake; do that for real and lawsuits are guaranteed. On EMHO we knew there were complex arrangements and it was simplified for kids, but in this, it just feels immoral. You have Ty being Ty and Amanda being totally authoritative -- she has ALL the tight answers. "This place won't last the year if we don't fix it!" she intones, to power up the crucial fake jeopardy. "The countertop is missing!"

    The half hour feels real messy, but very TFN: Chain restaurants take novel ideas and do them up cheap & quick, and TFN takes good TV shows and does cheap & quick versions.

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  11. You mean authoritarian.

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  12. I haven't seen the new show but from the comments it seems like FN wants to see if Amanda Freitag has staying power. Chopped will be coming to an end eventually and they want to see if she can hold her own with a show.

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  13. She should have had her own show a long time ago.

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  14. Katherine MillerMay 23, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Spot on, McHub! Most U.S. reality/makeover shows were inspired by (read ripped off) from UK shows. RI was clearly inspired by the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares, but Irvine, or his handlers, replaced the in depth analysis of the actual business model, with rudiculous time constraints and copious footage of Irvine wielding a sledge hammer. I gave Irvine a pass for embellishing his resume, but his BS spin on his own restaurant failures and his petty behavior over a new show produced by the network that pays his bills and made him famous, is making me lose my appetite for Restaurant Impossibe.

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  15. Katherine MillerMay 23, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Good one! You clearly struck a nerve!

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  16. 'Nothing like a good Twitter tantrum. Would that be called a Twantrum or a Twitrum?!

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  17. Irvine needs to go back to the one show he was good at, Dinner:Impossible.

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  18. I can't imagine that he stopped to think this through. If I were the powers that be at FN I would be very upset to see one of my stars throwing a temper tantrum on twitter. It certainly can't help him in any ongoing negotiations about keeping RI on the air.

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  19. I saw it too, and I liked it.

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  20. Yes! I miss Dinner: Impossible.

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  21. I lost my appetite for RI a very long time ago. "Petty" is an understatement to describe Muscle-bound Irvine. Simply cannot stomach him.

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  22. Perhaps it's time for Food Network to dump him for the "second" time. They'd get my vote.

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  23. Was a time when FN stars would not pubically dis a fellow star. Seems that is no longer the case.

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  24. I'll keep it simple, Grow Up Robert.

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  25. She should have been an Iron Chef instead of Alex Guarnaschelli. I'm guessing FN is trying to make it up to her.

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  26. Irvine puts the twit in Twitter.

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  27. dwight mannsburdenMay 26, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    beyond the tantrum...i can't believe he's saying boldly that he has that high success rate. FFS, dude. Internet.

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  28. Not very cool throwing fellow FN shows under the bus. I think Irvine must have got the ultimatum that he's on his last season of RI and this will be the replacement for those seeking a restaurant "makeover" show.

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