Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg have united to create the perfect panacea for those weary of the election coverage and its aftermath. Giving new meaning to high society, the queen of domestic style and the king of rapper culture have teamed up for a unique TV show that weaves weed jokes with celebrity guests, friendly cooking competitions, and clever conversations.
Stewart and Snoop Dogg began their friendship seemingly against all the odds, pointed out the Daily Beast. But after stunning viewers when he showed up on her show in 2008, the rapper and Martha have continued to charm with their opposites-attract attitudes. The result is a new series on VH1, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.
There are jokes about weed (“I’m not high right now, but whoever gave us this show must have been!” proclaimed Snoop Dogg), a fight over who makes the best fried chicken, and guests such as Seth Rogen.
The show’s debut included Rogen, Wiz Khalifa, and Ice Cube joking together, along with Stewart and Snoop Dogg competing over that fried chicken.
“This is the weirdest group of people ever on a stage together,” proclaimed Seth.
Although Stewart and Snoop both prove they know how to make viewers laugh while cooking competitively and engaging their celebrity guests, the TV show also shows that they are true friends.
Jezebel noted that Martha’s and Snoop Dogg’s debut indicated that the series would follow a certain structure, quoting the rapper’s comment that their televised potluck party blends “high society and high society.”
The structure includes a theme (in the premiere, it was the fried chicken contest), wit including weed jokes, star guests, and a musical artist. The cooking element finishes with a flourish as they all eat the results of their kitchen war.
W magazine described what those pals had learned from each other while working on their Potluck Dinner Party show.
When Wiz Khalifa brought a gift in the form of a bag of KK (which W magazine defines as “the rapper’s namesake cannabis brand”), Stewart asked Snoop Dogg to explain what it was.
“Khalifa Kush,” he revealed to Martha.
But it wasn’t all one-sided. Stewart informed him about the benefits of going through the process of brining chicken prior to frying it up.
In every competition, there is supposed to be a winner and a loser. But, in contrast to the election, Martha’s and Snoop Dogg’s fried chicken battle turned into a tie. And the delightful couple offered a lesson to the nation about compromise as well (sort of).
“It’s gonna be both of our belts,” said Snoop Dogg of the prize. “But it’s gonna stay at my house.”
The puns, party, and fried chicken panacea added up to an impressive debut, but in order to succeed, it takes ratings. Did Stewart and Snoop Dogg dish up enough delight to attract and hold viewers?
Deadline revealed the success of the premiere episode of Stewart’s and Snoop Dogg’s series. Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party attracted an impressive 1.7 million total viewers, with a 1.2 million adults 18 to 49 rating for the debut Monday.
The network revealed that Stewart’s and Snoop Dogg’s premiere scored high enough to become the number one debut in the category of new cable unscripted franchises in 2016. The duo’s series also ranks as VH1’s “top series debut since Stevie J & Joseline Go Hollywood in January,” according to Deadline.
Each episode of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party will star Stewart and Snoop Dogg hosting dinner parties with other celebrities. On the schedule to join them are Rick Ross, Jamie Chung, 2 Chainz, Naya Rivera, Ashley Graham, Jason Derulo, 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Kathy Griffin, Kelis, Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, Keke Palmer and Robin Thicke.
For those intrigued by the mystery of their friendship, the two actually dine together regularly, revealed the New York Times.
Stewart is 75, while Snoop Dogg is 45, and the surprise that comes in teaming up the two is part of what VH1 views as a key element in the series.
“If you would’ve told me five years ago these two would have had a TV show I would’ve laughed myself sick,” admitted one of the show’s executive producers, SallyAnn Salsano.
But in addition to their friendship, delightful banter, and celebrity guests, this particular series has something special, emphasized Snoop Dogg.
“One thing about food, it’s a great conversation piece. That’s what’s missing in a lot of the world, conversation,” he pointed out.
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