Hotel Impossible (VOD Hidden Gem)May 11, 2012
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HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE (VOD Hidden Gem)
While the Food Network Channel is gaining so much popularity that they need two channels (yes, THAT’S what the Cooking Channel is...Food Network Jr.), the world of renovation doesn’t seem to have the same clear path that food does. Normally you’d think a show about hotel business revamping would go maybe on HGTV but Hotel Impossible is held up at the Travel Channel which makes a little bit of sense if you connect the travel and leisure dots.
Much like "Restaurant Impossible" where British chef and TV host Robert Irvine goes to revamp failing restaurants or Gordon Ramsey for "Kitchen Nightmares," hospitality vet Anthony Melchiorri goes in search of failing hotels across the country and helps them revamp and renovate to at least passable standards. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this show is the same exact show as Restaurant Impossible except for the business and Melchiorri is shorter and bald to Irvine’s taller and bald. And Melchiorri has no accent.
There’s nothing wrong with the sameness of the shows. In fact the Impossible brand seems to be in dire need when it comes to hospitality. A few of the hotels that Melchiorri visits are in such denial and disrepair that it’s surprising to see anybody staying in them. At worst case they look like the photos of pissed former guests on TripAdvisor.com - nasty tubs, fallling cielings, dirty rooms, hair in the beds...you know, common sense things.
Melchiorri has just as much outrage at these things as Irvine/Ramsey have when they see lazy cooks or poor sanitation in the kitchen. And, for some reason, he gets just as much sassy pushback from owners as Irvine and Ramsey do! What is wrong with people? Perhaps this pushback makes for better ratings and high payoff because Hotel Impossible ranks itself a solid show that could hold its own with "Restaurant Impossible" and "Kitchen Nightmares."
If it does well, perhaps it could spread to Airline Impossible or Rental Car Impossible. It’s quite possible they could make Impossible (see what I did there?) a viable franchise for the Travel Channel since they still are indebted to Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern putting them on the map.
T. Tara Turk is a novelist/playwright/screenwriter, living in LA with her boyfriend and dog - all three successful TV addicts. You can find her at www.ttaraturk.com or follow her on Twitter @ttaraturk.