That Sports Girl, Gina Miller, Wants SideDish on TV

Bite Me: Gina Miller, That Sports Girl Loves Food.

Gina Miller is a mom, wife, sports anchor/ reporter (CBS News and TXA 21), television host (pre-and-post Mavs, Stars, Cowboys, and Ranger games),  bloggertweeter, Facebooker, YouTubette,Dallas native, nice person, and loyal reader of SideDish. Those of us who are lucky enough to know Gina refer to her as That Sports Girl, which is also her Twitter handle.

As soon as I posted my challenge to get SideDish on TV, the lovely sports anchor whipped out her laptop and, within minutes, came up with the following ideas. Imagine locking her in a room for an hour and getting her full attention. Here’s Gina:

Saw your SideDish TV post.  There are SO many segments and entire 30-minute shows you can pitch.  Here are a few topics that would make for really good TV(think VISUALLY compelling):

1. Where The Locals Eat – a neighborhood focused segment that profiles where, say, the Cliff Dwellers/Lakewood peeps/Parkies/North Dallasites love and are proud to call their own.

2. Where Local “Celebs” Eat – Polticos, athletes, actors, authors, newsies, etc.

3. Dives ofDallas- profiling the taquerias, Club Schmitzs, Korean Huts, etc.

4. The Most IconicDallasDishes

5. Where You Can get a Reservation – could be tough to translate to TV but NYMag (I believe) does a great feature, calling a popular spot at 5pm on a certain day to see if a party of 4 can get a table for that night.

6. Restaurants Worth Filling Up the Tank to Visit – out of town spots worth the drive.

7. Ballpark food – the good stuff (and bad) at JerryWorld, Ballpark, AAC,PizzaHutPark, etc.

8. The Next Big Thing – what place will be dying to get into next month?

9. Cocktail Hour – capitalizing on the whole mixology trend (is it over yet) and featuring the latest and greatest cocktail to hitDallas.

Thanks, That Sports Girl. I see a some good stuff. Too bad you can’t be That Food Girl! Anybody care to chime in?



  • Jeff Hayden

    Here are some more ideas for food related TV shows:

    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

  • Nancy Nichols

    Jeff, you missed your calling. Good stuff!

  • Nancy Nichols

    spit take on Ghee

  • allison

    I like her suggestions a lot. Channel 5’s old 5.2 station used to have a show that was akin to Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Three hosts would go to a restaurant a piece and show how a really good dish was made in the kitchen, a la Guy Fieri. Fans of the show would suggest the dishes they thought were worthy. You could get multiple episodes out of a restaurant, and there is viewer (and social media) involvement. I thought it was a fun show. Now we have a different station, Cozi. Would love a Dallas version of the show. And all of Jeff’s shows, too!

  • TheBradsBlog

    Ghee, yes

  • Sandy

    I love Gina Miller. Go Rangers and get Hina on SideDish TV.

  • Anonymous

    That Sports Girl has some good looking… teeth.

  • primi timpano

    I will bet a “private” and “frank” conference behind locked doors will allow the petitioners to show they can get a hold of the editor’s “problem.” Take treats to the meeting: whipped cream, perhaps, to make the “coffee” sweeter and “more easily swallowed.”

  • Jeff Hayden

    That is one delicious cookie! And that thing she is eating doesn’t look bad either!

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  • richard

    Don’t forget

    Where every show a local celebrity Chef ( Fearing,Pyles,Tesar dressed in their favorite team jersey) prepares 5 lbs of his finest cuisine and I eat it along with a celebrity ( Demarcus Ware, Jaromir Jagr, B.J.Thomas,Mayor Rawlings dressed in chef coats) as I interview them

  • mbtm2007

    Awesome idea!!!!! I would love to host (and watch) a show like this!!!! I’m as perky as Rachael Ray, as knowledgeable as Bobby Flay and as entertaining as Michael Symon, Paula Deen & Sons, Guy Fieri and Giada DeLaurentiis. 🙂

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