Padma Lakshmi's possible sitcom: Please pack your knives and go

Padma-lakshmi_l Of all the people on Top Chef I'd pick to headline a sitcom, Padma Lakshmi is waaaaay down at the bottom of the list, just slightly above the swirling knife logo, way behind most former contestants, and certainly below Gail (saucy!) and Tom (also saucy!). But there it is: Lakshmi is developing a sitcom with NBC. According to Variety, "One possible title being mulled [is] Single Serving." Kill me.

I'm sure she's nice, and she's certainly very pretty, but the former Mrs. Salman Rushdie is a walking coma on screen. She's startlingly low-energy on Top Chef, and even on ordinary talk show appearances — where again, she seems very nice, and I'm sure she recycles and is kind to children, etc. etc. — she's dull-o-matic 9000.

How many female-led comedies debut in a given season? One? Two? If one of those turns out to be a schlocky sitcom about Padma Lakshmi being single and "working in the culinary world," I'm going to cry for a thousand years: There are actual funny people in this world. Please oh please can we give a sitcom to one of them instead?

Who's with me and feels a Padma sitcom would be a waste of a time slot? And wants to tell me I'm wrong and can argue in favor of a Padma-led show?

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  • MsDaisy

    I’m with you on this one. Padma???

  • mm

    How is she getting a sitcom and not Tom Collichio? He’s way more interesting and probably funnier too. She is about as exciting as a rice cake.

  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    MMMMM Padma. Now, as for having her star in a sitcom, um yeah, no.

  • Melissa

    A sitcom? Really? If it were an ad for Sleeping Aid or some other sleep inducement, that I could see

  • The Dude

    I love me some Padma. I think she’s gorgeous, and (unlike a lot of reality hosts) she also works as a judge in addition to being a host. The girl knows cooking. And she’s gorgeous.
    But even I’m rolling my eyes at this. She can be funny in spurts, but absolutely nothing about her screams SITCOM.
    Unless Lauren Graham is also in the show. Then I could forgive any casting NBC would do.

  • ed

    I’d much rather see more of Tom, but I’m biased. I find him cute and adorable…would love to see him topless…oh forget it, i’d like to see him naked!

  • Erin

    I’d rather watch a “daffy British supermodel tries to make it in America” sitcom starring Cat Deeley.

  • Coyote

    Wasted time slots must be the new thing at NBC. This fall they’re already wasting five: Leno, Leno, Leno, Leno and … oh, yeah … Leno!

  • Bjork’sSwanDress

    I find this news fascinating. I think Padma was born to entertain us all, and if surrounded by a group of talented supporting players, I see no reason why she couldn’t act her way to the top of sitcom stardom. Look at Jerry Seinfeld, who was an OK actor at best. What did he do? He surrounded himself with three hilarious sidekicks, thus creating one of the most memorable comedic quartets in all of sitcome history. I’m talking about the show “Seinfeld” for those not following. So, I think that Padma could have similar success if she plays her cards correctly. She’s stunningly beautiful, has a wry wit, and knows much about cooking… so the show could be a cooking-themed ditty about the trials of a stunningly beautiful chef woman who tries to make it in the big city. I smell a hit. And by smell, I mean this show could be saucy!

  • KG

    This is a horrible idea! This must be from the same brilliant decision makers who keep green-lighting movies based on Saturday Night Live sketches. While they’re at it, how about “Night at the Roxbury 2 – Electric Boogaloo”!

  • K8

    Really, you’d mess with Padma, have you not seen the Top Chef Promo where she weilds knives? Do you not like your limbs? I’m all for her trying comedy, who knows maybe Tom and Gayle can play her wacky next door neighbors.

  • Wojo

    Maybe it’ll be like “Herman’s Head” but instead of the different parts of her brain being characters, her scar will be the only anthropomorphic entity. If so, I smell Emmy bait.

  • Amanda

    What’s funny is that many fans criticized Top Chef’s first host, Katie Lee Joel, as being boring and unanimated. Padma is even duller but is sexier so she got to keep her job. Having seen Katie on other shows since TC, I think that, given the chance to grow and improve, Katie would have made a great host for TC. At least we wouldn’t have that cheesy line, “Utensils down, hands up!”.
    To introduce the chefs for season 3, there was a special competition that pitted chefs from seasons one and two against each other. At the end of the quickfire, when Padma walked in calling that out, the season one chefs looked at each other like they were thinking, “What? Do we actually have to put our hands up?”
    The show is supposed to be about the food, not Padma’s skimpy outfits. When the watercooler conversations start with, “What was Padma wearing?”, you know the show is turning in the wrong direction.

  • Alex

    Thank you for finally writing an article that highlights the dullness that is Padma! Ever since she’s been hosting Top Chef I’ve read nothing but praise of her on most sites and I can’t understand it for the life of me. Her dull, wooden delivery makes her the worst reality host on television in my opinion. I can’t fathom how she got an Emmy nod over the delightful Cat Deeley. Now, that’s a reality show host that could use a sitcom!

  • Keith

    Has the production company not seen her “acting” on an old Star Trek episode? It was pathetic (I was embarrassed for her) as were the sections of a travel program that she was on for PBS. Check it out, people…this is a terrible idea for any network. It’s a terrible idea for her. Don’t leave a good gig, Padma. Remember what happened to Shelley Long when she thought that she was better than Cheers…crash and burn.

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