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Monday, March 12, 2007 

Corkscrewed...The Wrath of Grapes

Yet another wine based Reality TV show filmed up in Paso Robles? No wonder Sunset highlighted Paso in this months issue as "The Next Great Wine Country." And who knew that this reality show highlighted the idle Idol producers.
American Idol executive producers, Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick decide to buy a Vineyard, (with a little help from some of their famous friends, including Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest). And after a trip to Paso Robles and a tour of several properties, they find the perfect one. But when their friends/co-financiers suddenly get cold feet, they are left with one big dilemma? Do they risk millions and go it alone? Or will this be the end of their Vineyard dreams? - Fox Reality Shows
Looks like the show won't be going on to Hollywood. Apparently, to many, it's a bad vintage and a bit refirmented.
The episode trots out the American Idol judge Simon Cowell, who, of course, knew all along that the vineyard was a bad idea. "All I saw was disaster," Cowell announces with his usual assurance. So he withdrew his offer to invest $1 million.

...What Corkscrewed proves beyond a shadow of a doubt is that talent shows and true reality shows are very different animals. Lythgoe and Warwick are masters at only one of those forms. - SanLuisObispo.com
"The best use of bad wine is to drive away poor relations." -- French proverbs (or apparently investors and viewers....)

Check the showtimes or buy the season if you're brave enough.

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