Pioneer Woman on TV vs. PW on her blog

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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:36:26 PM
I think about this every now and then wonder if anyone else feels the same way...

When I read PW's blog her personality seems really different from the personality I see on her TV show. On her blog she's funny, sarcastic, silly, etc. On her TV show, that doesn't really seem to be her personality. She seems more soft-spoken and shy.

The disconnect is just kind of strange to me. I understand that a shy person could be more comfortable in writing than in person. I just would think I'd see more of her silliness come through in her TV show than I do. Honestly, sometimes they seem like two different people.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:38:28 PM
Agreed...
I feel like we could be friends when I read her blog.
Not so much the few times I've caught her on TV.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:41:19 PM
I think she has a difficult time translating her written humor into spoken humor. She still seems slightly uncomfortable on camera.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:42:59 PM
I thought the exact same thing. I love her blog. I don't care for her TV show. In my mind, they are 2 different people.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:58:05 PM
I made the same comment to my husband. I love her personality that shows through in her writing, but it doesn't translate onto television.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:07:07 PM
i think she has way more control over the content of her blog than she does the content of the show. she does not own or produce the show. i'm sure there are producers and network execs controlling the "appropriate" tone and content for the sake of advertisers, network, and audience. i'm sure she would rather be her blog-self but it's not like she is Oprah with the freedom to control the content and tone of the show.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:20:21 PM
I do agree that there is a disconnect between her writing style and TV style. However, I really like her show. It is a little slower paced and not so professional as other ones out there.

I just wish her recipes were a little more diet friendly


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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:58:43 PM
I was good with her until I saw her face. She bears a remarkable resemblance to a woman whom I greatly dislike, and I just can't get past it. On the blog, I could ignore the pictures of her, but can't do that when she's on TV.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:04:04 PM
She has commented repeatedly on her blog that she is really a homebody and doesn't like to leave the ranch. I think she feels she can be bolder on her blog because there isn't one on one contact.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:11:17 PM
I agree, I don't mind her on tv, but it feels different than the person I "know" from the blog.

However, I would think that someone else is editing her TV show. The TV audience watching food channel are mostly interested in recipes, not so much PW! On her blog we laugh at her messy junk drawers, the mysterious dying rose bushes (sons were +ahem+ peeing/aiming off their porch) , her shattering the glass of the 7/11 donut case, the wild I-love-my-brother-Mike stories, etc. That's the stuff that makes me feel like she could be one of my goofy friends - but certainly not going to see that on a Food Network cooking show!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:22:56 PM

I use a few of her recipes regularly (Crash Hot Potatoes especially) and enjoyed her blog, but completely agree that she does not translate well to television. I do not find much appeal in her TV show.








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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:26:00 PM
I do watch from time to time but it just doesn't hold my interest the way her blog does.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:14:30 PM

i think she has way more control over the content of her blog than she does the content of the show. she does not own or produce the show. i'm sure there are producers and network execs controlling the "appropriate" tone and content for the sake of advertisers, network, and audience. i'm sure she would rather be her blog-self but it's not like she is Oprah with the freedom to control the content and tone of the show.

I think this is the reason for the difference as well.

I love her blog (well not as much lately with all the homeschool and guest posts). I enjoy the show because I can see her making things in person even if she's not quite as funny.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:54:53 PM
The show is boring. I can't watch it. I used to go to her blog a lot.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:58:24 PM
I am super sarcastic in real life... Very snarky, very silly.

Put me in front of a camera and I am so uncomfortable that I just want to crawl away. Of course, my solution is to not be on TV. You know, 'cause there is so much demand for a Mary Mary reality show.

Seriously though, I can see it. TV isn't everyone's medium.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:53:42 PM
Omg, my dh and I were discussing this exact thing this past weekend. He was asking me if I liked watching "that blogger's cooking show". My reply is that it is just painful to watch her on camera. Her voice just seems so shy and shaky.

I also feel as I am sure many people do, you can imagine what one would sound like when reading their written text. When you actually do hear them in person, sometimes what you imagined and the reality do not match up.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:09:09 PM
I hadn't really thought about the editing/production side of things. That could well be it. But then I think about people like Paula Deen and Guy Fieri. They definitely have loads of personality and goofiness to their cooking shows. So I'd be surprised if they wanted to edit the 'fun' out of PW.

But, hey, she's done 3 seasons, so I guess people do like to watch it. I think I just expected something and someone totally different. I wonder what she's like at her book signings. Anyone been to one?

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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:16:59 PM
She seems a little wooden to me on the show, but I still really enjoy it. I love to see the ranch and cowboy and kid stuff, and watch her cooking.

I have both of her cookbooks and it shows.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:24:45 PM
Another that loves the Blog, not so much love for the show. Some things just do not translate, KWIM?


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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:19:43 PM
She is not a TV personality. She can't carry a show. Even with her huge ranch, various family members and great recipes. She doesn't have **IT**. Her personality is very flat, and it doesn't translate well.

Her blog, on the other hand---funny! And clever.

I can handle Ina's nervous giggle. Giada's motto is "just keep smiling" and it works for her. After watching PW a few times, I had a feeling it wouldn't last long. She's just flat and blah on TV. You can really tell if someone is dynamic and has a personality that the camera loves. It's just not her.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:30:54 PM
I've heard people who met her in real life, before her tv days, were disappointed in her personality. That irl she is far less witty and much more standoffish (their word not mine because I've not met her)

A blog post can be started long before it is actually posted. Plenty of time to edit and re-edit until you get the persona you want. Much more difficult to pull of on a tv production schedule.

I have a feeling her real personality is close to her blog personality but she is more introverted than she appears to be and freezes up when people who aren't part of her every day circle are around.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:01:14 PM
I agree that some people are just different in writing than in person. I'm one. I even had a professor question that I was writing my own papers once because I am *so* different on paper than in person. It's just that I'm more comfortable writing than I am speaking. Put a camera in my face and you get no talking at all! I won't judge her for it.



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I know so very many people who, online, come across as outgoing, witty, charming, etc. but you meet them in person and they sure don't have that personality!


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Posted: 1/4/2013 12:58:34 AM
I tell hubby this same thing when I watch her show. I much prefer her blog.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:10:39 AM
Did you see the Thanksgiving Live show on Food Network? It was really obvious how uncomfortable she was compared to the other guest chefs. I see her cooking show as more a lifestyle show than cooking. I do watch it though.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:14:08 AM

i think she has way more control over the content of her blog than she does the content of the show. she does not own or produce the show. i'm sure there are producers and network execs controlling the "appropriate" tone and content for the sake of advertisers, network, and audience. i'm sure she would rather be her blog-self but it's not like she is Oprah with the freedom to control the content and tone of the show.


Yes, but I've seen her on interview shows like the Today show, and it's the same thing. The personality is just not what I would have expected, after what I saw on the blog.

I've actually had this same discussion with some friends before. I also think I have a pretty sardonic, self-deprecating sense of humor, and I think it comes across both in person and in writing and I guess I expected her's to be more like mine. But maybe it's like Mary said, she's just uncomfortable in front of the camera and can't find "herself." (Although, Volta seems to confirm that that is not the case.) I don't know, it just didn't ring right with me. I was disappointed.






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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:44:40 AM
I think she is the type of person who probably is more comfortable revealing herself in her writing versus in person.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:46:39 AM
Honestly? My first reaction to the difference that she exhibits on her show (which is horrendous, by the way) is that she's a fraud. No way someone's that different between their writing and their personality unless they are faking one or the other.

Granted, I have little respect for Pioneer Woman and her cooking, so I'm probably a little coloured in my opinion of her. But ya, intial reaction was fraud.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:40:04 AM
I can watch her before Giada, for some reason. I think it's because she's from an area nearby, with family connections, etc.

I don't like the nasal, high pitch of her voice. That's just a pet peeve of mine. I notice that on many female voices.

I see her using some of her humor. Where she could voice over more of her blog-like humor, they fill the time with her family and their country ranch activities.

If they'd let her talk more and use content like the blog, we might see more of her blog humor.







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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:47:29 AM

Honestly? My first reaction to the difference that she exhibits on her show (which is horrendous, by the way) is that she's a fraud. No way someone's that different between their writing and their personality unless they are faking one or the other.



Personally, I believe there can be a HUGE natural disconnect between the way someone writes and the way they appear while engaging in public speaking - which is essentially what she's doing.

Might be because I just finished reading "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking". Wonderful book, btw. It's really common for introverts (not the same as "shy" at all) to express themselves confidently in writing, but have difficulty getting that to translate when speaking to people.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:56:34 AM
Okay, I gave her a chance. I don't particularly like her on TV so I assumed her blog would be the same. So from someone who has never read her blog, until about 15 minutes ago, I agree. She is more witty on the blog and more interesting. I still think quite a few of her recipes are not really her recipes (more of a variation on something previously done) but that isn't to say that it is all bad.





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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:06:50 AM

Did you see the Thanksgiving Live show on Food Network? It was really obvious how uncomfortable she was compared to the other guest chefs.
I thought the same thing.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:08:02 AM

Did you see the Thanksgiving Live show on Food Network? It was really obvious how uncomfortable she was compared to the other guest chefs.

Considering she's not a chef but a self-promoter, that's not surprising.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:19:38 AM
I met her at a book signing, and did not find her to be stand-offish. Actually, she gave a talk beforehand and I think her blog personlaity really shone through during that talk -- very funny, silly, with stories from the ranch - similar to her blog.
We even chatted briefly when she signed my cookbooks. I had to give her credit - she seemed to find something nice to say to each person who was getting a book signed - that has to be hard.

ETA: Admittedly, I am a big fan, so my opinion might be biased.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:23:17 AM
I've Been to her blog which is ok and only caught part of a show. She made "Asian hot wings"
And one of her guests made a jab " can't trust em"

Thoroughly turned me off to the show (and food network now. We go to travel channel for food shows)
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Posted: 1/5/2013 1:37:10 PM
I guess I will be the odd man out. I do not really care for her blog. She is funny and all, but I just find all of the 1000 pictures of every step of the process of cooking to be tedious. Her photography is great, though. But I actually love her show. I think she just comes across as just a "regular person," if you know what I mean. She is often funny on the show, and I like the mix of cooking with ranch activities. I'd rather watch someone on a cooking show who is low-key, like PW or Ina, than someone like Rachel Ray.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 1:58:05 PM

Might be because I just finished reading "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking". Wonderful book, btw. It's really common for introverts (not the same as "shy" at all) to express themselves confidently in writing, but have difficulty getting that to translate when speaking to people.


Love.this.book. It would completely make sense if Pioneer Woman is an introvert.



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Posted: 1/5/2013 2:55:02 PM
Having been on tv various times for different shows, as a Personal Chef, I can tell you it can be nervewracking in front of a camera. I am a natural introvert who can put on the extrovert mask when required. I have a pretty bubbly personality and crack jokes all the time in 'normal' circumstances. I do ok at public speaking and have been in public leadership roles.
I think I've 'pulled it off' as having a personality on tv but let me tell you, it can take some time to forget those cameras are watching your every move!




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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:10:28 AM

On her blog she's funny, sarcastic, silly, etc. On her TV show, that doesn't really seem to be her personality.

I see it on the show. The show isn't all about her and what she wants either. someone else is in charge of it. She doesn't have time to stop and tell much of a story etc.

On the blog she doesn't have to take 'orders' from others, worry about lighting, sound etc

On the TG show she was a newbie to it. Most (at least) of the others were old timers at it. They got star 'time' on the screen. I didn't expect different than that.

i do like her tv show - more for the kids, ranch, animals than her and cooking tho.

I can't watch much RR or even Paula. I do like Trisha - her show is much slower also.




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Posted: 1/11/2013 11:27:04 PM
I love the blog, hate the show. I don't even watch the show. I have her cookbooks, but I kind of question whether she is the one with the cooking knowledge (I think she has some, more than me...but not at a professional level...I think she is faking it some).



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Posted: 1/12/2013 6:01:30 AM
Not a fan at all. She comes off as contrived on the blog. Haven't seen the TV show.
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