Tuesday, March 25, 2008

More Set Flicks

Hey all!
So, I have some more flicks from my set. When I first got notice about the show, there were so many meetings we had. It all happened so fast, but i liken the process to a rollercoaster ... You go to the park cuz you like rides, you get a ticket in and then you just wait in line hoping that by time you get to the front, you're tall enough to get on. Then if you are tall enough, you get on the rollercoaster and it's a craaaazy ride!!

Since like, 2005, I'd written, pitched, discussed or worked on various shows on and off with various themes trying to find the right match at the network. So, when I got the word we could move forward, the funny thing is we all decided to start from scratch and throw out all previous ideas. This was like late last year ... so I walked around wondering how we'd figure out in a few months what I'd been trying to put together for 3 years. We did and while all the creative meetings were taking place, while I was compiling recipes and stuff, countless other people were building my set. I only met one in advance and that was Wendy, she's one of those people you meet and you just know she's going to do something creative, unique and beautiful. So, look, I may be a bit biased, but I love my set. I love it! I've seen some sets that are baren and some that are overdone, but this one really seems like me. All I asked for was lots of color and a microwave lol!! I got it and so much more, if I coulda put an air mattress on set, I would've slept in that kitchen! What I have right now is a narrow strip with everything within reach, kinda like a line in a restaurant kitchen ... a teeny one :-) .... Ok, so here these go ....






And then we filmed the Cooking For Real open in the same space that Tyler Florence films his show. If you look in the left corner of one flick you can jussst make out the tile in his kitchen ... it sticks out if you watch the show alot. Tyler was sooooo nice. Just completely welcoming on his set. He was wrapping the next day and asked if I wanted to attend the party ... again, I said something like "sure, yeah!" and I knew I wouldn't go, why do I do that? Prolly cuz it seems rude to say no. I'm such a doofus. But he was really nice, it's gotta be the food, haven't met a mean person yet at the network. Such a contrast from my radio career. Ok, back to the topic: When Tyler wrapped for the day, we squeezed in and the guys set up my teeny lil red back drop that'll appear in the open ... I haven't seen the open and will probably see it when you do, live on tv :-), but the description I got in the beginning is a picture pop-out thing ... that's the best I can do to describe it. I told the graphics guys that as long as they got it, I was happy :-) ... So to describe, basically we went out on the town and shot flicks, some of which are already running in the tv promo, then those pics we shot will be hanging in a row and I'll be moving them and looking at them in the show open while some of them come to life? Again, this description is the best I can do lol ... Stay tuned, this week I'll give ya a preview of my interview with Adam Roberts, the Amateur Gourmet, on his new online show The FN Dish. We walked the streets of my Brooklyn neighborhood and had a tasty bite!


10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I've just been reading about you upcoming show on Food Network, and I found your blog. Great looking set. I am excited to watch your program and wish you success.

Thanks,

Laura

Sunny Anderson said...

Laura,

Glad you found me! I'm excited about the show too, feels like I'll be watching someone else ;-), very out-of-body. The set is so colorful right? i must admit i cried like baby when i saw it ... hope you enjoy the recipes. spread the word :-)

jacob said...

Hey Sunny! Glad to see you blogging! I love the candid pics of your set.

I posted about you on my blog, Food Network Addict today (foodnetworkaddict.com).

I actually got a review copy of your first episode today, and rest assured that the opening sequence is pretty cool. I like it a lot. congrats!

-jacob
foodnetworkaddict.com
foodnetworkaddict@gmail.com

Sunny Anderson said...

jacob! love your blog! and omg you've seen the open?? yaaaay!! i bet people think i was joking ... but i've seen nuthin! lol ... well, i've seen your reviews, so i'm ready for the truth, but glad you at least like the show open so far :-) ... really want ya to like the food :-) ... here's hoping!

Chuck said...

Sounds like alot of fun! Cant wait for the premiere!

jacob said...

Hey Sunny-- I'd love to do an interview (either by phone or email) or something special on my site for your show's premiere. E-mail me and let me know if you're available. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sunny: Just found your blog tonight but have been excitedly watching the commercials for your new show on Food Network. It looks to become another fave of mine (along with Paula, Giada, the Neelys, Sandra, so many). The best of luck to you and anytime you come to the D/FW area, I'll help you shop for Tex Mex chorizo, VBG.

Deb in Tex

Sunny Anderson said...

Yaaay! Someone that shares my appreciation for some good ol' orange-oil chorizo!!! Good stuff. Awww do I miss Texas ... the Tex-Mex episode was one of my faves to tape ... love the food! Ok Deb, thnx for the early support! Hope I do Texas proud :-) haven't been to Dallas since what? 1997? Wow. I'm overdue for some brisket too ...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I got an e-mail from Foodnetwork announcing new shows and I'm saying to myself Sunny is that the Sunny from Hot 97? I'm so glad to hear you're pursuing your dreams, I was wondering what happened to you on the air. You used to get me throught the middays. Anyway I watch foodnetwork and I'll be watching your show for sure. Good luck and so you know a sista from Yonkers will be supporting your show. Now keep the recipes simple and easy to follow so a sista can get down in the kitchen for her man! Peace

Sunny Anderson said...

thanks anonymous! i was jusssst talkin about catering the d-block studios in yonkers back in the day! like not 10 minutes ago with a record exec, so what a neat coincidence to get a comment from yonkers! thanks for the early support!