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The only problem is the premier bartender competition show, Fine Living Network's Bartender Wars, is just plain crap. Read Jason Wilson's review for more detail, but I assure you Bartender Wars takes the profession back by years. Which leaves only one show remaining--On the Rocks: The Search for America's Top Bartender, a Web-only show produced by NBC.
After a few episodes I must say I'm charmed by this show. It's easy to see what it lacks but you can also see the seed of a good show. Better production quality, some revolving judges, a little more personality development, and they'd have it. Although the judges may need a little coaxing too, all except for Fabrizio Brienza--nightlife impresario--who trades in over-the-top.
But it also raises the question: should a bartender show simply mimic Top Chef? Some of the situations seem absurd--such as when there is a mock customer interaction--and then not all of the skill-sets are explored. I wonder how a better show could be made. After all, bartending is definitely next in line for a culinary competition show.
Well, let's put our thinking caps on, but but in the meantime you can watch On the Rocks online all the way up to the finale.
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