Feed the Beast.
The existence of "Feed the Beast" is hard to justify at any time, but in an age in which fans of scripted TV have hundreds of choices available, this drama--a flavorless concoction about the opening of a restaurant--seems especially superfluous. Its attempts to explore the motivations of a trouble-prone, hot-shot chef while mixing in observations about the persistence of organized crime in New York and meditations on the grief process, all lack originality and bite. The only bright spot is the performance of David Schwimmer, who plays a down-on-his-luck sommelier who had been a rising chef until the death of his wife, which also left him a single dad. Schwimmer gives some real pathos to his bereft character, who dips into his personal wine stash far more often than he should. The trouble is, the actor has been given mostly glum notes to play, and the show's drab aesthetics and flat tone add to the overall tedium. MAUREEN RYAN
Executive producers: Clyde Phillips, Henrik Ruben Genz, Malene Blenkov, Piv Bernth Cast: David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess, Michael Gladis, John Doman, Lorenza Izzo, Christine Adams, Elijah Jacob