Help Me Get SideDish on TV

The Wicked.

In case you missed Tim’s announcement last month:

 D Magazine Partners (the magazine’s parent company) and London Broadcasting have announced a partnership that should make the local television landscape look a little more interesting. London, a local firm, owns a unique property called KTXD. It is an independent, must-carry station in a major media market. That means it is not beholden to a network like CBS or NBC, and the FCC requires that local cable providers carry it. Right now, KTXD broadcasts a lot of old classics but it plans to transition to all local programming. That’s where we come in. The station will rebrand itself as D-TV one show at a time.

So far we have several shows in production and the staff is encouraged to submit ideas. I pitched a couple of food-related shows to our publisher, Wick Allison, and he refuses to listen to me. I have emailed, called, and left voice mails with ideas. I need your help convincing him SideDish deserves a show. The possibilities are endless. Get creative and we’ll put you on TV!


  • Jennifer Hayes

    Best. Picture. Ever.

  • Karen Habbestad

    This is a foodie city…sure would make sense to me to “capture” that large a share of people.

  • Darren

    Somebody Help These Schmucks!

    Curate a list of hard to find ingredients, as well as some obvious staples. Give them four hours to scour the Metroplex. Range of points for the items they find. Winner moves on to the “Chopped” portion of the show, where they have to make a 3-course, chef-driven meal. Judges are Jack, Brian, and John.

    You can pay me later.

  • AmyS

    History of Dallas Food, of course.

  • Sarah Bennett

    This is the city that invented the frozen margarita. ‘Nuff said.

  • Sandy

    The Covert Diner. Nancy doing reviews in disguise. !

  • Dubious Brother

    Don’t mess with Hawaii Five O or Perry Mason.

  • Halley Homen

    My thoughts exactly.

  • AmyS

    I see underwriting possibilities on these segments: Pepsi/Frito Lay, Dr. Pepper, Mrs. Baird’s Bread, Freshpoint/American/Sysco, Owen’s Country Farms, Glazer’s, Magnolia Hotel, the list goes on.

  • Sandy

    Or Steven Doyle Does Dallas. He would be awesome.

  • Johnyalamo

    “Superfork and SideDish”
    2 Mild mannered cubicle workers by day/ Seasoned Foodies by night that travel the DFW area fighting food crimes.
    Think: Milton Waddams meets Rachel Ray meets Brett Shipp.

  • BorntoRhone

    Come on what I want is a local version of “Check, Please” – it’s the most awesome show ever and I was really sad recently to hear Alpanah Singh was leaving.

  • runDMC

    I’d like to see a Dallas food version of “The View”.
    NN + TGubb + Hanna Raskin + Monica + I Love Lucy Brenner
    Really kicking it about food critic anonymity, inappropriately close relationships between food writers and young hot chefs, trends like tacos and kale, the food dictionary i.e. what is a “gastropub”, how “Josh” did on Top Chef last night. The important stuff.

  • Stacy B

    Love the ideas from Amy and runDMC. Additionally, feature places that do not come across your desk with a big fat press release. Consider me your girl on the ground, Nancy….I’ll go get my eyebrows done…

  • Senor

    Spotlight quality locally owned restaurants (focus more on the places that do not have celebrity chefs, chic locations, or wealthy financial backers). Yes, it’s basically free advertising for the little guy, but you would be promoting local businesses, which is good for Dallas.

  • AmyS

    I’m not done, apparently. How about a regular guest – the lovely Jeanne Prejean, to discuss upcoming charity events that involve food and restaurants?

  • AmyS

    And “A Nichol’s Worth”, wherein you get to have your say about a current event.

  • Margie Hubbard

    That would be so much fun!

  • Darren

    Behind the Line

    Show “behind the scenes” topics involving restaurants: how is a dish created, how is a menu created, how is a cocktail created, what do chefs look for when hiring staff, the different vendors it takes to stock a restaurant, food costs. tax issues (Amy S would be the best correspondent for this topic!), naming a restaurant, etc. etc. etc.

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  • Jeff Hayden

    Please make it better than channel 5’s DFW Foodies. I saw one episode where they showed you how to make chicken fried steak three different times.

  • Jeff Hayden

    I, hereby, give D Magazine permission to use any of these:

    Law and Order: Food Poisoning
    Half and Half Men
    Risotto and Isles
    Lovers of Lemon
    New Grill
    Cheese Wheel of Fortune
    Modern Family Style
    Sarah Palin’s Baked Alaska
    Mike & Molly & Maple & Motor
    Eggs Factor
    Breaking Bread
    Charlie’s Angel Food
    Tool Thyme
    The Wonder Bread Years
    The Mayo Clinic
    The Minty Project
    Ben & Cake
    The Dukes of Gizzard
    John Tesar’s Tyler Perry
    20/20 Percent Tip
    The Béarnaise Bears
    How I Met Your Mother at Avilas
    What About Kabob?
    Growing Up Biscotti
    Curb Your Enthusiasm for Fried Foods
    60 Minutes at 350 Degrees
    Two and a Half Pant Sizes
    Chris Brown’s A Salt and Buttery
    Jim Belushi’s Dutch Oven
    A Priest, A Minister and Ajus

  • gracecafe

    I cook for churches and have met some great characters over the “ain’t nobody got time for that”! I would love to host a show similar to Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives about cooks at churches. We are in the Bible Belt after all y’all! And a little gimmick could be a gospel choir in the corner like Jay Leno’s band or Emeril’s jazz band idea. Singing amen, or halleujah when you add the bacon. They could even break out in Lyle Lovitt’s “Time for Dinner Preacher, Now Let’s Go Eat” it would be home cooking combined with mass production combined with catering combined with good natured lessons.
    AMEN to that sistah!

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  • Kevin Huckabee

    I have a complete treatment for a show called “Revisiting Dallas”. Please give me an email I can forward it to. Thank you.

  • Kevin Huckabee

    I have a complete treatment for a local show called “Revisiting Dallas”. Is there an email I can attach it to?

  • Nancy Nichols
  • Karen Habbestad

    Ha! “”A Nichol’s Worth””. That’s great!

  • Kevin Huckabee

    got it. I sent an email to [email protected] I will also send the same email to you. Thanks!

  • Kevin Huckabee

    email sent. Revisiting Dallas with Nathan Brown would be a program that could bring a breath of fresh air to the Dallas community. Thank you.